Listee Features — Law

Julie Poirier


Dealing with serious injuries, from catastrophic to surgical, paraplegic, and amputees, Julie M. Poirier, JD, originally planned on attending medical school. After realizing how difficult the field of law truly was, it only inspired her to try harder and succeed beyond the expectations of both herself and others, considering herself an “underdog.” Ms. Poirier is currently the principal of her own firm, the Poirier Law Firm, LLC, since 2015. Prior to this role, she was a senior workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Perry Dean Ellis from 1999 to 2015. Before starting her career, Ms. Poirier pursued a formal education at the University of Georgia, where she was a member of the UGA American Society

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The president and owner of Sunrise Title Services since 2006, Patricia “Patty” Fisher-Dally is distinguished for her expertise in renewing and reviewing titles. She has more than 35 years of real estate and title experience, so she is well positioned to help her clients with everything from searching titles and plots to assisting attorneys with cases. Her main goal is to protect homebuyers. Ms. Fisher-Dally began her journey through the field right out of high school when she was hired to work for Robert Berry, a land surveyor. She spent nine years with him before he moved his office location. She elected to remain where she was, so she joined the office a real estate attorney. Eventually, Ms. Fisher-Dally and

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Linda Hopkins


Determined to prove a point, Linda Kay Hopkins went into law after her marriage to a judge and the negative response she received after mentioning to him that she was interested in going to law school. She found out through practical challenges that the law did not protect women in a lot of ways, and she made a vow if she ever got into law school that she would use the law as best as she could to help other people. In her personal life, she always had an interest in the law and how the law operated. Despite the odds, she felt as if law was her spiritual calling. Today, Ms. Hopkins has served as a columnist for the

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Carolyn Zollar


Inspired by a constitutional law course in college, Carolyn C. Zollar has dedicated her career to the field. She started out as an assistant to William Anderson, a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives, after which she advanced to roles like planning consultant, legal assistant, and government and external relations assistant at the National Institute of Education, and associate at Joe W. Fleming II, Professional Corporation. During this time, Ms. Zollar built a strong reputation for her understanding of lobbying and the U.S. budgeting process. She also used her role to mentor young women coming into the industry. After seven years with Joe W. Fleming II, Ms. Zollar left to focus her legal knowledge on another issue she was

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Raised by progressive parents, Rosemary McAuliffe and her sister were always encouraged to pursue their dreams. Ms. McAuliffe wasn’t entirely sure where her path would lead her, but her sister was set on law. Upon graduating Regis College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1949, Ms. McAuliffe decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps. She proceeded to earn a JD from New England Law School in 1954 and to be admitted to practice before the state of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Degrees in hand, Ms. McAuliffe set out into the field. She opened her own private practice in Boston in 1956, and remains there to

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When Holly Peacock Young saw how many inequities and conflicts there were in the country, she decided she had to do something to help. Law initially seemed the perfect way to achieve her goals, but she quickly realized how often cases could be resolved by people sitting down and talking with one another. This inspired Ms. Young to alter her direction and pursue mediation instead. She spent four years as a mediator with Settlement Consultants, Inc., before branching out on her own. Her focuses include civil cases, dispute resolution, probate, estate planning, and commercial family education. To prepare for her endeavors, Ms. Young studied at Dartmouth College in 1970 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College in 1971,

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Backed by a keen sense of justice, Mary Libby Payne set out to become a voice for the voiceless. She became a lawyer in 1955, and quickly worked her way up the chain. Over the years, she held positions like secretary with Guaranty Title Co., partner with Bickerstaff & Bickerstaff, associate of Henley, Jones, & Henley, Jackson, solo practitioner, executive director of the Mississippi Judiciary Commission, chief of drafting and research for the Mississippi House of Representatives, and assistant attorney general in the State Attorney General Office. Judge Payne broke into academia in 1975, when she became the founding dean and associate professor in the School of Law at Mississippi College. She decided that she liked using her experience to

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Coming from a family of lawyers, Sheila Hermes Marshall was exposed to the intricacies of the field at a very young age. She always found it fascinating, so she got a job as a secretary in a law firm. Ms. Marshall eventually realized she wanted more, however; she didn’t just want to assist lawyers, she wanted to be one. Although women didn’t frequently break that barrier at the time, she knew she had to try. Ms. Marshall proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Arts from Saint John’s University in 1959 and an LLB from New York University in 1963. She was also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the United

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Dierdre A. Burgman is a writer and an attorney with decades of extensive legal experience. She earned her B.A. in English from Valparaiso University, her J.D. from its School of Law in the 1970s, and her Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from Yale Law School in 1985. Ms. Burgman was first admitted in Indiana, but a few years after her admission to practice in New York in 1982, she chose not to renew her Indiana license. She was also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Seventh Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. After clerking for the chief judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals,

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Able to interact with anyone in a positive manner, Patricia Joyce Gray excelled as a legal association administrator. She came from a family who didn’t believe women should go to college, so she ventured into the workforce right out of high school. Ms. Gray did so well as a receptionist and clerk at Nationwide Finance that she caught the attention of her peers and higher-ups. The person who had formerly held her position, Loraine Dewart, was looking for someone to go into court with a judge and take shorthand notes. Ms. Gray was hired, and the rest is history. She began to learn more and more of the inner workings of the courtroom, enough so that she started moving up

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