Our Legal Team
Mary L. Bonauto, Esq.
Civil Rights Project Director
Mary L. Bonauto has been the Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) since 1990. Her practice concentrates on impact litigation for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, as well as people living with HIV or AIDS. She has litigated widely in the state and federal courts and agencies of the six New England states since 1990 on issues of employment discrimination, custody, free speech and civil rights. In 1999, she and two Vermont co-counsel won a ruling that same-sex couples are entitled to all of the benefits and protections of civil marriage in the case of Baker v. State of Vermont. This ruling prompted the Vermont legislature to enact the nation’s first “civil union” law for same-sex couples. Mary was lead counsel in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, which resulted in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's landmark decision that prohibiting civil marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. She is currently leading GLAD's challenge to the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in two cases in federal court.
Mary is a graduate of Hamilton College and Northeastern University School of Law. She serves as a Co-chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the IRR Section of the ABA.
New York Times Magazine May 2004: Toward a More Perfect Union
Mary Bonauto featured in The Advocate, December 2004
The Boston Globe Magazine's People of the Year, December 2004
As Legal Director, Gary Buseck supervises GLAD's team of attorneys and sets legal strategy. He served as GLAD's Executive Director for six years, and also served as Legal Director for Lambda Legal from 2003-2004. 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 both a Masters in Religious Education and a J.D. magna cum laude from Boston College. He has served as an Overseer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as a board member of Victory House, and a member of the Institutional Review board of the Fenway Community Health Center.
Bay Windows article on Gary Buseck's temporary departure for Lambda Legal in 2004
Senior Staff Attorney
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.
Janson Wu joined GLAD’s legal staff in May 2006.
Before coming to GLAD, Janson worked as a coordinating 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 Oliver & Hedges in San Francisco. In California, he volunteered on an LGBT anti-violence hotline, for the Lawyer’s Committee of Civil Rights, and for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. He is a member of the bars of Massachusetts and California, and serves on the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and on the Legal Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
Janson is a graduate of both Harvard University and Harvard Law School and was named a 2011 "Best LGBT Lawyer Under 40" by the National LGBT Bar Association. Janson was also the 2012 recipient of the American Constitution Society’s David Carliner Award, which recognizes one outstanding mid-career public interest lawyer a year whose work best exemplifies its namesake’s legacy of fearless, uncompromising and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people.
Read a profile of Janson Wu, "Marriage Equality's Lawyer," in The Progressive
Ropes & Gray LLP Fellow
Katie Shen joined GLAD in September 2012 after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law. In addition to volunteering for organizations such as the ACLU Women's Rights Project and Rhode Island Legal Services, Katie was the president of the Feminist Legal Forum and a member of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic during law school. At graduation she was named a National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student and received the Robert E. Goldsten Award. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied English.