Mary Campbell Gallagher


Mary Campbell Gallagher's Publications on Public Speaking
Op-ed arguing that Title IX and basketball are responsible for Sarah Palin's extraordinary skills as a platform speaker.
Mary Campbell Gallagher's Publications on Cities
Op-ed by Mary Campbell Gallagher arguing against government plans to build towers in Paris.
Polls show that Parisians oppose towers by between 55 and 60 per cent. The Mayor and City Council, however, plan to construct their own commercial and residential towers. In
Mary Campbell Gallagher's Publications on Cities
Op-ed arguing that at Atlantic Yards Mayor Bloomberg and developer Bruce Ratner are gambling with the character of Brooklyn and with citizens' homes and businesses. The project may fail, but no politician will ever pay the price at the polls.
Op-ed highlighting the mammoth out-of-scale size of the Atlantic Yards project and the fact that Atlantic Yards is entirely a creation of politician and developer avarice. This city treats its neighborhoods as just "products," to be offered for sale to corporations for condos and office buildings. No one consulted the citizens of New York City.
Op-ed arguing that while Wal-Mart and Ikea promise to "create" jobs, they in fact destroy jobs, instead.
Op-ed demonstrating that big box Ikea's promises to the residents of Red Hook Houses are false, and suggesting that an Ikea store in Red Hook will cause suburban problems like sprawl and congestion while eliminating the lively variety we enjoy in cities.
Mary Campbell Gallagher'sPublications on Cities
Essay-Book Review. An argument for strengthening the manufacturing sector in New York City
Essay about New York City's Central Park in spring.
Critical memoir of New York City student life in Greenwich Village in the Fifties.
Selected Publications on Legal Topics
Selected Publications on Legal Topics
Study guide for bar candidates teaches them how to raise their scores on the bar exam essays: 80 actual state bar exam questions, plus answers in Dr. Gallagher's format.
Op-Ed essay arguing that in the Abscam cases the F.B.I. may have manipulated conversations on audiotapes to produce falsified evidence in prosecutions of politicians.
Feature article setting out pros and cons of a statutory parental consent requirement for teen-agers' abortions. Includes many interviews with advocates for both sides.
Feature article with interviews with state bar examiners, showing how students should structure their bar exam essays
Selected Publications on Schools and Teaching
Full-length feature article cum memoir on the history of the Curriculum Reform Movement of the 1960s. Contains interviews with key participants in that historic era in American education.


Born and raised in Chicago and trained as a lawyer at Harvard, Mary Campbell Gallagher calls herself a "captivated student" of rebuilding the New York City economy and a passionate advocate for Parisian urbanism. Her op-ed "Who Will Save the Skyline of Paris?" appeared on, and subsequent articles about the skyline of Paris have appeared on and in Traditional Building Magazine. The long-established architectural preservationist organization SOS Paris invited her to address their annual meeting on March 22, 2011, in Paris. She spearheaded the joint tour of tower sites by SOS Paris and the board of the Council for European Urbanism (CEU) in October 2011. In March 2012, the CEU published its white paper on the proposed towers. See David Brussat's report in the Providence Journal and on his blog. http:/​/​​BrussatCEUwhitepaper

An advocate for local commerce, Dr. Gallagher has argued, in Newsday and elsewhere, that Wal-Mart's claim that it creates jobs is false. She proved that big box stores like Wal-Mart actually destroy jobs, instead. She has testified on big box stores before the Economic Development Committee of the New York City Council. In the Nation, she has reviewed Mike Wallace's book A New Deal for New York, urging the strengthening of the manufacturing sector of the New York City economy. She frequently speaks on that subject. A widely-published writer, Dr. Gallagher is a member of the Authors Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Arts Club.

Also a leading expert, lecturer, and consultant on preparation for the bar exam, Dr. Gallagher is the author of the widely-praised book Scoring High on Bar Exam Essays and of Perform Your Best on the Bar Exam Performance Test (MPT): Train to Finish the MPT in 90 Minutes "Like a Sport(TM)". She is President of BarWrite®, a division of Mary Campbell Gallagher & Co., Inc., that offers Continuing Legal Education classes and courses preparing candidates for the bar examination, and of BarWrite Press, which publishes legal study guides.

Dr. Gallagher attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, on whose Board of Visitors and Governors she served, and she was graduated from Barnard College, which awarded her the Montague Prize for distinction in philosophy. She holds the J.D. from Harvard Law School and the Ph.D. in linguistic theory from the University of Illinois. Dr. Gallagher has received many awards and honors. The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts has honored her four times with VCCA fellowships.

A member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bars, Dr. Gallagher currently serves on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Profession, where she chairs the subcommittee on ABA accreditation of overseas law schools. In the past, she has served on the national Accreditation Panel of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and on the Board of Directors of the New York Tri-State Speakers Association, Inc. (NYTSA-NSA), which awarded her its highest honor, the Alan Cimberg Award.

Dr. Gallagher is a member of the Federalist Society, the National Association of Scholars, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and numerous other professional, civic, architectural and planning organizations. She belongs to the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Harvard Club of New York City, and the National Arts Club, where she is an active member of the Architectural Committee.

Mary Campbell Gallagher, J.D., Ph.D., President of BarWrite® and BarWrite Press, Speaking at Brooklyn Law School

Mary Campbell Gallagher, J.D., Ph.D., Speaking in Paris at the 2011 Annual Meeting of Preservationist Organization SOS Paris (Photo: Tristan Fleurquin)