Mary C. Coyle
Senior Social Worker, Criminal Defense Practice
Mary is excited to join the Criminal Defense Practice at BDS. Mary graduated from Hunter’s Silberman School of Social Work, with honors, in May 2014. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies, with a minor in philosophy, from Fordham University.
While at Fordham University, Mary worked as an appellate paralegal for The Children’s Law Center. She credits her time at The Children’s Law Center as sparking her interest in pursuing a social work career. During her social work training at Hunter, Mary completed internships with Brooklyn Defender’s Family Defense Practice. She also interned with Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), a community based organization located in Brooklyn that supports gay men with mental health and substance abuse issues who are HIV positive. There, she provided psychotherapeutic services to a very vulnerable population.
Upon graduation from Hunter, Mary worked with Lantern Community Services, a supportive housing program. At Lantern, she worked with folks with serious and persistent mental illness with co-occurring substance abuse issues as well as young adults aged out of foster care. Mary joined BDS’s Criminal Defense Practice in March, 2015.
Mary, like many of her colleagues, is committed to justice, in all its forms and believes in “walking with” her clients, listening to their stories, and advocating for their own personal justice.