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Mary Elizabeth Kelly

Mary Elizabeth Kelly, American nurse, lawyer. Bar: Illinois 1979, California 1983; Registered Nurse Illinois. Research grantee, 1978.


  • Kelly, Mary Elizabeth was born on January 27, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Edward Joseph and Laurette Kathleen (Howe) Kelly.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of science in nursing with honors, University Illinois Chgo, 1976. Juris Doctor with honors, DePaul University, 1979.


    • Psychiatric nurse Billings Hospital University Chicago, 1976—1978. Law clerk to Kevin F. Forde Chicago, 1978—1979. Judicial clerk to David Linn Appellate Court, 1979—1981.

      Law clerk to Arthur L. Alarcon 9th circuit Court Appeals, Los Angeles, 1981—1983. Member firm Abzug & Kelly, Los Angeles, since 1983. Adjunct professor law Southwestern University School Law, since 1983.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Illinois 1979, California 1983. Registered Nurse Illinois.


    • Editor (with Cynthia Northrop): Legal Issues in Nursing, 1984. Contributor articles to publication.


    Member of American Bar Association (health law committee), American Association For Justice, American Society Law & Medicine, Health Lawyers Association, American Nurses Association, Los Angeles Women Lawyers Association, Los Trial Lawyers Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association (committee bioethi), American Association Nurse Attorneys (director 1983, chairman amicus committee and public relations), Sigma Theta Tau.


    • Married Thomas R. Garrick, May 30, 1981.
    • father: Edward Joseph Kelly
    • mother: Laurette Kathleen (Howe) Kelly
    • spouse: Thomas R. Garrick
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    Born January 27, 1953
    (age 64)