Mary Waldrop joined the firm in 2007, after working for twentyfour years as a paralegal in the area of personal injury law. She received a B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina-Upstate in 1982, and began her paralegal career shortly thereafter.
Upon joining the firm, Mary felt an immediate desire to learn all she could about adoption and ARTS. She was soon providing important paralegal support services as well as administrative services. In addition to working on adoption and ARTS cases, Mary’s organizational skills were put to use in organizing and maintaining the firm’s lists of clients awaiting adoptive placement. Mary also keeps up with the firm’s placement statistics and helps to develop short and longterm strategies for the firm’s staff development. Mary also assists in answering initial inquiries to the firm by phone or email, and arranges appointments for prospective clients. Mary is also the firm’s primary enforcement officer for our Hague Accreditation process.
Mary enjoys ongoing paralegal education related to adoption and ARTS and regularly attends the paralegal conferences offered by the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Technologies. Mary was a speaker at the last paralegal conference speaking on the topic of contested adoptions.
Mary is a committed member of the firm and says that she finds her work in adoption and ARTS to be the most personally rewarding work in her long paralegal career.