Mary McCleary has ties to New Mexico law dating to the nineteenth century, when her great-great-grandfather arrived to bind the books of the Territorial Legislature in Santa Fe. In law school, her coursework focused on criminal law and trial practice. She was awarded the Freedman, Boyd, Daniels, Hollander, Goldberg, & Ives Prize for Excellence in Criminal Law. After law school, Ms. McCleary worked as a public defender, prosecutor, and in private practice. She now represents defendants in both state and federal court and at every stage of proceedings.