Mary-Grace Pollet New Member Spotlight
BRBA: Where are you from?
MGP: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
BRBA: Where and what type of law do you practice?
MGP: I mostly practice in East Baton Rouge, but I’ve handled a couple of cases in Acadia and Livingston Parishes. I practice in the fields of government relations, family law, contract law, wills and estates. I also clerk for Judge Higginbotham at the 19th JDC along with my own solo and firm work.
BRBA: How long have you been practicing law?
MGP: One year.
BRBA: Where did you receive your education?
MGP: I graduated from Saint Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, then I attended Spring Hill for my undergraduate degree and finally LSU for law school.
BRBA: What made you want to become an attorney?
MGP: I looked up to my parents and brothers, who are all doctors, when I was growing up. I decided that I always wanted to get some kind of advanced degree but I didn’t feel like science was calling to me the way that the humanities were. While I was at Spring Hill I decided to go pre-law and then I got into law school at LSU and followed through with it and here I am now.
BRBA: What is one thing you wish you would have known before you went to law school?
MGP: I wish I would not have compared myself to others because that comparison made me feel either superior or inferior to others and as far as I’m concerned neither are productive. Plus to always remember to Love God by loving your neighbor and loving yourself. Things have a way of working out. Trust that everything will be fine. That's what my mom always told me.
BRBA: If you didn’t practice law what would be your profession?
MGP: While it is fun to think about the "what-ifs," it can be dangerous because it leads me to take for granted how lucky I am to have the life in front of me, you know? That being said, I'd own a cafe/pub in Scotland or something.
BRBA: What motivated you to become involved with the BRBA?
MGP: As a recent graduate from law school I wanted to be more involved within the legal community, and that was my initial motivation to join the BRBA. I have a philosophy of never wanted to pass up an opportunity to be involved. Also, I really love the philanthropy the BRBA does.
BRBA: How are you involved at the BRBA?
MGP: I attended CLEs and BRBA events like Belly Up with the Bar.
BRBA: Are you involved with any other organizations or causes?
MGP: In 2019 and 2020 I was an officer for Justice for Fatrell, a group I met through PILS at LSU. I enjoy being active in St. Aloysius Parish ministries and participating in charity golf tournaments when I can. I loved working alongside organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Promise of Justice Initiative, and Louisiana Coalition to Fix Our Roads this past legislative session, MP Wray at Top Drawer Strategies gave me so many great projects to work on and lobby with her at the State Capitol.
BRBA: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
MGP: I love spending time with animals, spending time my nieces and nephews, going to tailgates with my parents, going out boating and gardening.