Bar News - July 20, 2016
In Memoriam: Mary Theresa Pilkington-Casey
Mary T. Pilkington-Casey, 67, died Monday, June 20, 2016, after a long battle with MS. She enjoyed close to 40 years working to improve the lives of some of the stateís most vulnerable adults and children.
Born in Middletown, Conn. and raised in Windsor Locks, Conn., Pilkington-Casey earned a bachelor degree from Central Connecticut State University and went on to get a masterís degree in social work from Boston College in 1975. Following graduation, she moved to Manchester to work for the Department of Health and Human Services as a child protection social worker. In 1980, she settled in Concord, where she resided for the rest of her life, to work as a policy writer for social services and moved on to be chief of the Bureau of Adult Services.
Pilkington-Casey earned her JD from Franklin Pierce Law Center, now UNH Law, in 1986. After clerking for a year at the New Hampshire Superior Court, she returned to UNH Law as a professor with the clinic program. After 18 years as director of the Children and the Law Clinic, she served as director of the Administrative Law and Advocacy Clinic. She also taught several classes at the law school.
Pilkington-Casey served on many community boards of directors, including the Salvation Army, Project Second Start, Belknap - Merrimack Counties Community Action Program, and Bishop Brady High School. She also received numerous awards including the 1997 Dr. Roger M. Fossum Award from the New Hampshire Attorney Generalís Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect and the 2005 Marilla Ricker Achievement Award presented by the New Hampshire Womenís Bar Association.
She and her husband of 35 years, Paul Casey, raised two daughters, Theresa (Tess) Casey Flanagan and Kathryn Casey. Pilkington-Casey made cross-stitched quilts, hand sewn Halloween costumes, beautiful gardens, and home cooked family meals every night, and her greatest joys were her family and friends, and a day at the beach. In addition to her husband and daughters, she is survived by numerous relatives and friends.
In memory of our colleague, the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors has made a contribution to the NH Bar Foundation.