Mary L. Boland is a prosecutor in the criminal appeals division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Illinois. She has conducted nearly 200 appeals, over 40 oral arguments and supervised over 700 cases in Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts. The courts have published opinions in more than 80 of her cases.
Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Boland represented nonprofit victim service organizations. She was a steering committee member of the Illinois Crime Victims= Constitutional Amendment Network (IL-VICAN), and worked on Illinois Crime Victims’ Constitutional Amendment and the subsequent amendments to the Illinois Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act. Active on committees and boards, Boland is currently a Council Member for the Criminal Justice Section of the ABA and has previously served as Chair of its Victims Committee; she has also a former co-chair of the Victims Issues Committee of the Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association. Boland is also a member of the Homeland Security Committee of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section, and participates in the Northern District of Illinois Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC). She is also a member of the committee which is developing the disaster-related continuity of operations plan (COOP) for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Boland has been an advisory board member on projects of the National Center for Victims of Crime, the Council of State Governments and the American Bar Association. She is a practitioner expert and peer-reviewed projects consultant for the Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office for Victims of Crime. She was a consultant on the National Crime Victim=s Agenda Project and was a contributing author to New Directions from the Field: Victims= Rights and Services for the 21st Century (OVC 1998).
Boland is an adjunct professor, teaching courses on the criminal justice system and process; sexual harassment and sexual assault; appellate advocacy; domestic relations; legal research and writing; and victimology at two universities and for a law school in the Chicagoland area. She is also an instructor for mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) programs.
Boland has co-authored a chapter entitled The Effective Prosecutor: Assisting Crime Victims with Special Needs in The Prosecutor’s Deskbook (APRI 2001) and contributed a section on victim=s rights to the Criminal Justice Chapter of the ABA Family Law Guide (2003); she has co-authored an article analyzing the case of Shepard v. United States, no. 03-9168 (U.S. S.Ct.) for the ABA=s November 2004 Preview Magazine and has written articles for the ABA=s Criminal Justice Magazine on Cyberstalking (Model Code Revisted: Taking Aim at the High Tech Stalker, Spring 2005) and Disaster Planning for the Criminal Justice System (Will Your Criminal Justice System Function in a Disaster? Spring 2007). She also directed and provided substantial edits to the recent ABA Victim=s Committee monograph entitled Restitution (2004).
Boland has authored five consumer law books, two of which are also in Spanish; all published by Sourcebooks: Crime Victims Guide to Justice (3rd ed. 2008 (in print) and Spanish edition Guia de Justicia para Victimas del Crimen (2001, translator Marta C. Quiroz-Pecirno); Sexual Harassment: Your Guide to Legal Action (2002); Sexual harassment in the Workplace (2nd ed. 2005); Your Right to Child Custody, Visitation and Support (4th ed. 2007) and Child support: Your Legal Guide to Collecting, Enforcing and Terminating the Court’s Order (2nd ed. 2006) and Spanish edition Cómo Recibir Manutencion de Niños (2007)..
Boland has a bachelor’s degree in political science (high honors) from Lewis University (1980), a Juris Doctor degree (with distinction) from the John Marshall Law School (1983) in Chicago, and is completing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (expected 2008). Boland lives in the Chicagoland area.