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Mary Hurley Returns to Private Practice with Cooley Shrair

SPRINGFIELD — The law firm of Cooley Shrair announced that Mary Hurley, Esq., retired first justice of the Chicopee District Court, has returned to private practice with Cooley Shrair. Hurley served 19 years as a judge, following 18 years as a practicing attorney. She was a principal with Cooley Shrair and served two terms as mayor of Springfield before accepting an appointment as a state court justice.

“We are thrilled to have Mary return to our firm following her impressive career outside of private practice. Her expertise and stellar reputation make her a terrific addition to our team,” said Cooley Shrair’s managing principal, Peter Shrair.

Added Hurley, “I may be retired from the bench, but I love the law, and I intend to use my expertise gained from many years in the courts of the Commonwealth to assist clients with their legal needs in the areas of litigation, family and probate, personal injury, and criminal law.”

Hurley actively serves as a member of the advisory board for the Elms College Criminal Justice Program and the College Club of Greater Springfield. Her background of community service includes work as a trustee of Elms College, the Springfield Library and Museums Assoc., Springfield College, and Holyoke Community College, as well as service on the boards of directors for such organizations as Sisters of Providence Health System, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and Alcoholism and Drug Services of Western Mass. Inc. She is also a recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Assoc. Public Service Award.

Hurley earned her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Elms College, where she also obtained a teaching certificate and received an honorary doctorate degree.

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