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Mary K. Poirier

Mitigation Specialist – Criminal Defense

Mary K. spent the first years of her childhood in Texas until her family was transferred to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  In 2005, she moved to Kansas City, Missouri and began working with CLS Mitigation and Consulting Services, serving especially the impoverished in our society who are facing the death penalty at trial. She has degrees in child and youth care and social work, with specialties in youth at risk, counseling, addictions, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and poverty.

Over the last 10 years, Mary K. has been a team member in federal and state death penalty cases across the nation.  Her role as mitigation specialist involves in-depth work in the following areas: client support, family support, witness interviews and preparation for trial, developing the client’s “life story,” exhibit creation and preparation, expert referrals and support, witness coordination, organization of the story for opening and closing arguments and team strategy.

Mary K.’s participation has helped secure life verdicts through plea and trial work; the government’s decision to not authorize federal and state capital cases, thus removing the death penalty for lesser charges; and a recent case in which the client received clemency only days before his execution date, thus sparing the client’s life.  Recently, she has started to work on federal cases as a sentencing advocate, providing mitigation support and investigation to support the downward departures of sentences recommended by the federal sentencing guidelines, an area of mitigation work in which Mary K. truly shines.  In this role, her research, sentencing book and video recently helped secure a client’s 24-month sentence, in the face of guidelines recommending six times that sentence, 151 months.

Mary K has attended numerous federal and state training sessions as well as been included as faculty with capital trainings at The Center for American and International Law in Plano, Texas and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College. She has given presentations to students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Texas and is trained as a Defense-Initiated Victims’ Outreach Specialist. Mary K. is also published in The Warrior, 2009 edition.

Mary K is married and has one son who is active in baseball and soccer.  Her husband is pursuing his PhD in Experimental psychology. Between work and sports, Mary K reads, enjoys movies, camping and nights out with friends.

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