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J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University Law School
B.A., with high honors, from the University of Notre Dame
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Mary Jean Dolan
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Mary Jean has extensive experience representing local governments, focusing her practice on constitutional, legislative, and policy issues.

Mary Jean has practiced in the government sector for close to two decades. In her previous position as in-house legal counsel to the City of Chicago, she advised public officials on a full range of issues including the First Amendment, Equal Protection, home rule, discrimination, affirmative action, land use, personnel, police, and public health. She is experienced in drafting ordinances and policies, testifying before legislative bodies, and advising and creating legal solutions. Mary Jean also previously served as Legal Counsel to the Cook County Department on Human Rights and Ethics, where she developed expertise in employment discrimination, sexual harassment, fair housing and ethics. 

Mary Jean has presented and written extensively, in both the attorney and academic arenas, primarily on the First Amendment speech and religion clauses as they affect local government. 

Mary Jean earned her B.A., with high honors, from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University Law School.


  • The Recent Pleasant Grove Decision:  Its Import for IMLA and Municipal Government Speech, International Municipal Lawyers Association Annual Seminar, Washington, D.C., April 20, 2009 

  • Why Monuments are Government Speech:  The Hard Case of Pleasant Grove v. Summum, Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 25, 2008 

  • Protecting the Public’s Health: Compelled Isolation & Quarantine and State and Local Coordination, ABA/CDC Regional Conference on Public Health Emergencies and Law, St. Louis, Missouri, May 2006

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  • The Cross National Memorial: At the Intersection of Speech and Religion, 61 CASE WESTERN RESERVE LAW REVIEW 1171 (2011)

  • The Supreme Court’s First Look at Municipal “Government Speech,” MUNICIPAL LAWYER (July/August 2009) 

  • New Risk on an Uncertain Path:  Establishment Clause Guidelines for Municipal Aid to Religious Organizations, 49 MUNICIPAL LAWYER 15 (March/April 2008) 

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