Our Legal Team
Mary L. Bonauto
Civil Rights Project Director
Mary L. Bonauto has been the Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders since 1990. She has litigated in the state and federal courts of New England on discrimination issues, parental rights, free speech and religious liberty, and relationship recognition.
Mary and two Vermont co-counsel won a 1999 ruling in Baker v. State of Vermont which led to the nation’s first civil union law. She was lead counsel in the groundbreaking case Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which made Massachusetts the first state where same-sex couples could legally marry in 2004. Mary also co-counseled in Kerrigan v. Department of Public Health, in which the Connecticut Supreme Court also ruled for marriage, advocated in state legislatures for marriage, and served on the Executive Committee of the 2009 and 2012 Maine ballot campaigns. She led GLAD's federal court challenges to DOMA in Gill and Pedersen, leading to the first District Court and Court of Appeals victories against DOMA, and then coordinated amici briefs for the Windsor case at the Supreme Court. Mary is currently a member of the legal team in the Utah marriage case Kitchen v. Herbert.
Mary’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including most recently the 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. She is the Shikes Fellow in Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, and has also served as co-chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities.
Mary graduated from Hamilton College and Northeastern University School of Law.
New York Times March 2013: In Fight for Marriage Rights, ‘She’s Our Thurgood Marshall’
Mary Bonauto featured in The Advocate, December 2004
The Boston Globe Magazine's People of the Year, December 2004
Interim Executive Director/Legal Director
Gary Buseck has been involved with GLAD in various capacities for 35 years, including serving as Executive Director from the fall of 1997 to January, 2004. After spending the bulk of a year working at Lambda Legal in 2004, Gary returned as GLAD's Legal Director, setting legal strategy and supervising GLAD's team of attorneys. Before coming to GLAD, Gary spent twenty years in private practice, and co-founded a Boston law firm focusing on the gay and lesbian community. He received a B.A., a Masters in Religious Education and a J.D. magna cum laude from Boston College. He has recently completed 10 years as an Overseer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Youth Initiative Director
Vickie Henry leads GLAD's Youth Initiative. Vickie joined the legal team as a Senior Staff Attorney in January 2011, after a twenty year history supporting GLAD as a volunteer and co-counsel. She is a skilled litigator who came to GLAD from the law firm Foley Hoag LLP, where she worked for 15 years, becoming a partner in 2002. Vickie focused her career on intellectual property and commercial litigation disputes.
Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Vickie served as law clerk to the Honorable Denise R. Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court. She is admitted to the bar in California and Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, First, and Ninth Circuits, as well as U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and Northern and Central California. From 2006-2008 she served on the MassEquality Board of Directors, and from 2003-2005 was co-chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association. She earned her BA from Wellesley College, and her JD from Boston University School of Law.
Henry is the recipient of many honors and awards. From 2009-11, she was Chair of the 1,500- member Commercial Litigation Committee of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, the international organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. She was named one of MA Lawyers Weekly's Top Women of Law in 2012. She received the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association Pioneering Spirit Award in 2008. She received DRI's Davis Carr Outstanding Committee Chair Award in 2011. She has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer since 2004, and was one of five named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as “Up and Coming Lawyers” in 2002.
Deputy Director/Senior Staff Attorney
Janson Wu joined GLAD as a staff attorney in 2006 and took on the role of deputy director in early 2014. Following a comprehensive national search, Janson was selected by GLAD’s board to serve as the organization’s next executive director. He will step into that role on December 1, 2014.
During his time at GLAD, Janson has been deeply involved in the breadth of GLAD’s work, with a particular emphasis on marriage equality, DOMA, transgender rights, employment benefits, family law and parentage, and the rights of LGBT elders. He has served as part of the legal team on many of GLAD’s significant cases, including GLAD’s challenges to DOMA, Gill v. OPM and Pedersen v. OPM, and the recent successful asylum case of Ugandan activist John Abdallah Wambere. In 2012, he successfully argued before New Hampshire’s highest court that a non-biological lesbian mother should be recognized as a parent (In re Madelyn B.).
In addition to his litigation, Wu has been extensively involved in GLAD’s legislative and policy work throughout New England. In New Hampshire and Rhode Island, he led GLAD’s coalition work with local advocacy organizations, legislators and individuals to pass marriage equality in those states.
Janson’s efforts have earned national recognition; in 2012, Janson received the David Carliner Award from the American Constitutional Society, and in 2011 he was named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. He was also a 21st Century Fellow with the Pipeline Project, which is dedicated to cultivating leadership among LGBT people of color.
Before coming to GLAD, Janson worked as an attorney with Tri-City Community Action Program, a multi-service, anti-poverty organization, where he provided legal services to low-income individuals. Prior to that, Janson was an associate at the litigation law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in San Francisco. He has served on the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and on the Legal Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
Read a profile of Janson Wu, "Marriage Equality's Lawyer," in The Progressive