Mary Wolfe was born in 1963 in Washington DC. Her father John grew up on a farm in Lost Nation. Her mother Pierrette’s family immigrated from Switzerland when she was young and she grew up in NYC. The two met while working on JFK’s presidential campaign when they were both students at Georgetown University.
The family moved to Iowa in 1966. John practiced law in Davenport for a time and then served on Governor Hughes’s staff in Des Moines for year before being hired by Model Cities program. In 1976 he became a public defender in Clinton. Mary and her seven siblings attended North Catholic Elementary School and Mater Dei High School.
Mary graduated from high school in 1981. During the next few years she travelled the country, taking college courses at Georgetown and Loyola. She received her Bachelors in English from the University of Iowa in 1989. In the Spring of 1992, Mary graduated from UofIA law school, passed the bar exam, and returned to Clinton to work with her father at his firm. Her son John Steger, was born in 1994.
Mary is a former board member of the IAJ’s criminal defense section, from its inception in 2004 through Fall of 2009. Her firm in Clinton handles primarily family law, criminal defense, and Chapter 7 bankruptcy. She is the only woman attorney in Clinton in private practice. She obtained targeted small business status last Fall. She is currently a board member of the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Council.
Mary is an active member of the local YMCA, and plans on running in the annual Brry-Scurry race coming up in early February. Her son John attended Prince of Peace for elementary school and is currently a freshman at Clinton High School.