Mary Elizabeth Shea has practiced law in Idaho from 2000-2013 in her own private civil litigation practice, with an emphasis in family law. Mary is admitted to practice in the Idaho state and federal courts, and in the United States Supreme Court. Mary is also a trained and experienced family law mediator. Mary has been the full time Program Coordinator and Faculty for the AAS Degree Paralegal Studies Program at Idaho State University from 2010-2017. Mary also served as advisor, member, and Committee Chair for the Idaho State University Bachelors of Applied Science Degree Program, which offers a major in Paralegal Studies. Mary is past Chair of the 6th District Bar Family Law Section, and she assists with editing the Idaho State Bar Family Law Handbook annually. Mary has also published an article in the Idaho Family Law Handbook regarding Parenting Time Evaluators, which led to changes in the Rules regarding the use of these evaluations in court. Mary is a Board member of Idaho Legal Aid Services, and she served as ILAS Board President from 2008-2013. Mary currently serves as counsel to Bright Tomorrows, LLC, a non-profit counseling center for abused children.
Before moving to Idaho in 1999, Mary was an Assistant Attorney General for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office from 1993-2000, practicing in the areas of criminal post-conviction litigation, and complex civil rights and personal injury litigation. Mary was a law clerk for the Virginia Supreme Court from 1990-1993. Mary received her J.D. from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, where she served on the Law Review, and she received her B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary.
In her spare time, Mary enjoys the outdoors and beauty of Idaho and the west with her three teenage sons, and their three dogs.