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Mary Hartnett

Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Grinnell College; J.D., Georgetown

Mary Hartnett has been at Georgetown Law since 1998, first as Executive Director of the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP), and...

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Mary Hartnett has been at Georgetown Law since 1998, first as Executive Director of the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP), and now as an Adjunct Professor of Law and Advisory Board Member of WLPPFP. Professor Hartnett is currently writing, with co-author Wendy Williams, an authorized biography of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and co-authored, with Justice Ginsburg and Professor Williams, My Own Words (Simon & Schuster, 2016). Professor Hartnett has also served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C., as a Visiting Professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law in Latvia, teaching International Women's Human Rights Law, as a member of the Edmund Muskie Fellowship legal selection committee, and as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on the Rights of Women.

Prior to her positions at Georgetown, Professor Hartnett was of counsel to the international law firm of Coudert Brothers, advising for nearly a decade on international transactions. Professor Hartnett has been actively involved in women's rights issues throughout her career as an international attorney, including representing low-income clients in federal court through her service on the Civil Pro Bono Panel for the U.S. District Court, D.C., drafting amicus briefs for the Women's Legal Defense Fund, and counseling victims of domestic violence. She has a special interest in international women's rights issues, having lived in Bahrain, Norway, Russia, Ireland, Latvia, Uzbekistan, and Georgia, and is the 2009 recipient of the American Bar Association's Rasmussen Award for the Advancement of Women in International Law, and the 2005 recipient of the Grinnell College Alumni Award.

Professor Hartnett attended New York University School of Law for her first year of law school as a Root-Tilden scholar, and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center magna cum laude, where she was a member of the American Criminal Law Review and the Sex Discrimination Clinic. She received her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College with honors, where she majored in women's studies and political science, interned and clerked for members of the Iowa House of Representatives and Senate, played varsity softball and captained the women's tennis team.

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"Justice Ginsburg Denounces Unconscious Gender Bias," coverage in The Hoya, April 28, 2017, featuring Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Invigorated Justice Ginsburg Says 'I Love My Job'," coverage in Law.com, April 28, 2017, featuring Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Gregory Clay: Supreme words from the Notorious RBG," coverage in Tulsa World, April 9, 2017, featuring an event with Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Williams.

"‘Notorius RBG’: Ginsburg as irrepressible as ever," coverage in the Las Vegas Sun, April 7, 2017, featuring Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams.

"I Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout. It Nearly Broke Me," coverage in Politico Magazine, February 27, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

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"Justice Ginsburg Denounces Unconscious Gender Bias," coverage in The Hoya, April 28, 2017, featuring Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Invigorated Justice Ginsburg Says 'I Love My Job'," coverage in Law.com, April 28, 2017, featuring Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Gregory Clay: Supreme words from the Notorious RBG," coverage in Tulsa World, April 9, 2017, featuring an event with Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Williams.

"‘Notorius RBG’: Ginsburg as irrepressible as ever," coverage in the Las Vegas Sun, April 7, 2017, featuring Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams.

"I Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout. It Nearly Broke Me," coverage in Politico Magazine, February 27, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Ginsburg Recalls Landmark Cases, Talks New Biography," coverage by The Hoya, February 24, 2017, featuring Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Williams. This story also covered by The GW Hatchet.

"W&L, VMI Host Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," coverage in the Washington and Lee University News, February 2, 2017, featuring Professor Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

“Justice Ginsburg makes her first visit to the military institute she remade”, coverage by the Washington Post, February 1, 2017, quoting Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emeritus Wendy Williams.

"Admitting women to VMI made it 'a better place,' Justice Ginsburg says," coverage in the Martinsville Bulletin, February 1, 2017, featuring Professor Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg Visits Military Institute Whose Doors She Opened to Women," coverage in The National Law Journal, February 1, 2017, featuring Professor Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"BOOK REVIEW: MY OWN WORDS BY RUTH BADER GINSBURG," coverage by Wisblawg, December 10, 2016, featuring the a biography written by Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Doing justice," coverage by The Jerusalem Post, November 17, 2016, mentioning Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Williams.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her 'Own Words,'" coverage in USA Today, October 3, 2016, featuring Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Visit Military Campus She Transformed," coverage in The National Law Journal, September 7, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Simon & Schuster to Publish Writings of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," coverage by New York Times, March 10, 2016, mentioning Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy W. Williams. This story was also covered in The National Reporter.

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