MC-PortraitTHE UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, T.C. WILLIAMS SCHOOL OF LAW- Juris Doctor, August 1990 (Dual Degree with Social Work). Legal Clinic: City of Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Juvenile and Domestic Relations.  Admitted TN, June 2003. Awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for excellant achievment in the study of Criminal Law at the University of Richmond, School of Law, Summer 1986.

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK-Master of Social Work, August 1990. Field Placement: (1) Child Protective Services for Richmond, VA: and (2) Virginia Department of Youth and Family Services.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT-Ph.D. in Sociology, Feb. 1977Dissertation: Occupational Stress of Law Officers and Marital and Familial Relationships.

BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSTY (OHIO)-Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, June 1965 and Masters of Arts in Sociology, August 1966. 

BAR ADMISSIONS: State of Tennessee, June 2003; U. S. District Court (Middle District of TN), March 18th, 2004; and United States Tax Court, Sept. 2004.


  1. Mediation and Dispute Resolution training sponsored by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and American Bar Association.
  2. Tennessee Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator Training with the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, August 2004.
  3. Tennessee Rule 31 Civil-to-Family Crossover Mediation Training, The Mediation Institute of the Institute for Violence Prevention,
    September 2006.
  4. Diplomate, National Association of Forensic Counselors, 2000-2012.

PUBLICATIONS: Juvenile Justice System: Law and Process, Second Edition, Butterworth and Heinemann, c. 2002.

Upon Request A More Detailed Resume Can Be Provided

Mary Clement

Source: Richmond Law
Fall 1999. Vol. 12, No. 2, P.27
“Alumni Profile”

As a student in the 1960’s, Dr. Mary Hageman Clement, L’90, knew few female attorneys. So despite a lifelong interest in law and career counseling test that listed lawyer as a suggested occupation, the Ohio native focused on her math and science abilities and majored in sociology. After graduation, she earned master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology but never lost her desire to attend law school.

“We use law to correct, control, predict and modify human behavior” says Clement, explaining the natural interrelationship of the two disciplines. While teaching criminology and juvenile delinquency in Washington and Kansas, she began to pursue the law school dream.

In 1981, Clement accepted a faculty position in the department of criminal justice at Virginia Commonwealth University. There she taught a variety of courses to undergraduate and graduate students, including women in the criminal justice system and juvenile justice law and process.

Again she picked up her dream of studying law. Once turned down for admission at the University’s T.C. Williams School of Law, her interest in Richmond’s dual-degree with VCU’s School of Social Work led her to re-apply. Already accepted to VCU, Clement was admitted to the law school’s performance program, where she was guaranteed admission upon successful completion of a summer program.

Throughout her four-year program at Richmond, the associate professor continued to teach full time at VCU. The mother of one son, she also strengthened her interest in juvenile justice, completing field assignments with Child Protective Services, the Department of Youth and Family Services, and the commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.

Clement’s publications focus on juvenile justice and women offenders. Author or editor of nine books, including the recent The Juvenile Justice System:  Law and Process, she also published dozens of journal articles and book chapters. She frequently conducts legal seminars on juvenile justice for Virginia law enforcement officers, and she worked pro bono with women in prison through MILK (Mothers/Men Inside Loving Kids).

Although Clement was initially attracted to a legal education as a prespective on social issues, she decided to take the bar exam so she could pursue private practice opportunities.

Looking back on her law school experience, Clement advocates internship opportunities to help students find their focus early. A Fulbright Scholar, she also insists that law schools should offer more dual-degree programs and encourage students to tailor their work toward their own legal interests.

“My top wish for Richmond is more emphasis on teaching the human developmental stages” she says. “Essential in criminal cases, an understanding of human behavior can help future attorneys by allowing them to appreciate how their clients think.”

In August, Clement retired from VCU and moved to Nashville, TN (in 1999).

-Alissa A. Mancuso, AW94