Mary L. Wiseman|
(? - living) U.S.A.
Mary received a B.S. from Ball State University in 1984 and her law degree, with honors, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1988. In law school, she served as executive editor of the Law Journal, was published twice, received the school's award for superior legal writing and won the state trial advocacy competition.
A litigation property attorney in Dayton at Faruki Gilliam & Ireland, Mary frequently represents pro bono clients. In 1996, she was named a member of Who's Who in American Law. She belongs to the American, Ohio State and Dayton Bar Associations.
Mary was Vice-Chair of Dayton's Board of Zoning Appeals and a member of Dayton's Environmental Advisory Board. Openly lesbian, Mary was elected in 1997 to a four year term on the Dayton City Commission. She serves on the board of Montgomery County Historical Society and Dayton Access Television, Inc. and she is involved in numerous other community ventures.
Recognition of Mary's service to her community and profession includes listings in OUT magazine's 1998 top one-hundred leaders, The Business News 1999 top forty leaders and Spectrum magazine's 1999 person of the year.
Her partner's two children, whom she has raised as her own, are nearly grown. The oldest is a young mother with two young children; the youngest is a 17-year-old junior at Miamisburg High School. "He has had two gay moms for 10 years now, and he is much more confident," Wiseman said.