Center for Excellence Honoree: Mary FerrariMary Ferrari joined the faculty of the School of Law to teach tax law in 1986. Though her course covers one of the most difficult-and what many students consider the least interesting-subjects, she has achieved the unprecedented honor of being voted professor of the year five times by the School of Law's graduating class.
Mary's ability to connect with her students and maintain a sense of humor in the classroom has made her one of our most highly respected professors. She considers her students her colleagues and believes that stupid questions don't exist. In the classroom, she shares her considerable expertise in tax law, but also teaches students about the special responsibilities that come with being a lawyer.
Outside the classroom, her dedication to public service has never waned, and she continues to help alleviate homelessness in New Haven through her work on the board of directors of New Haven Home Recovery, Inc.
She is vice chairwoman of the Faculty Senate, a member of the university Academic Policies Committee and the School of Law's Executive Committee. She also is adviser to the Tax Law Society, a student organization.
Mary graduated from the University of Notre Dame, earned a J.D. from Cornell University Law School, and an advanced law degree in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Before coming to Quinnipiac, she held various legal positions, including a three-year stint as an attorney for Connecticut Legal Services providing legal assistance to lowincome people.
"My main goal is to make tax law more accessible and not so anxiety producing. I want my students to learn and not to be nervous wrecks."
"...her ability to convey information concisely and clearly is truly something to be noted...she is a remarkable individual and by far the best teacher I've ever had."
-Sara Conopask, J.D. '03, nominator