Mary G. Leary
Professor Leary is an associate professor of law at The Catholic University of America. She is the former deputy director and policy consultant for the Office of Legal Counsel at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and the former director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA). Prior to this work in the nonprofit sector, Professor Leary was a prosecutor focusing on crimes against women and children.
Professor Leary's scholarship examines the intersection of contemporary social problems, technology, criminal law, and criminal procedure. She focuses on areas of exploitation and abuse of women, children, and “vulnerable peoples.” Her publications include, but are not limited to:
- Katz on a Hot Tin Roof: Saving the Fourth Amendment from Commercial Conditioning, American Criminal Law Review (forthcoming, Spring 2012).
- The Missed Opportunity of United States v. Jones – Commercial Conditioning in a Post Google-Earth World, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 15, No. 1 (2012)
- New Frontier in Debate Over Child Pornography Sentencing? Judicial Challenges to Mandatory Minimum Sentences, Sex Offender Law Report, Vol. 13, No. 1 (2011)
- Reasonable Expectations of Privacy for Youth in a Digital Age, Mississippi Law Review, Vol. 80, No. 3 (2011)
- Sexting or Self - Produced Child Pornography? The Dialogue Continues - Structured Prosecutorial Discretion within a Multidisciplinary Response, University of Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, Vol. 17 (2010)
- Mulieris Dignitatem: An Exploration of Dignity in a Protected Speech Paradigm, Ave Maria Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Spring 2010)
- Death to Child Erotica, Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2009)
- Kennedy v. Louisiana: A Chapter of Subtle Changes in the Supreme Court's Book on the Death Penalty, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 21, No. 2 (2008)
- Self-Produced Child Pornography: The Appropriate Legal and Societal Response to Juvenile Self Exploitation, University of Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, Vol. 15, No. 1 (2008)
- The Role of The Intimate Partner Violence Professional in Criminal Prosecutions, Intimate Partner Violence: Resource for Professionals Working With Children and Families, G.W. Medical Publishing (2010) (Book Chapter)
Her current work in progress includes a comprehensive review of the role of technology in child sex trafficking cases since the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. She is also working on a book chapter regarding technology’s effect on child sexual exploitation for Oxford University Press.