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Mary Vail Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Ms. Vail has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the law industry

Mary Vail has accepted the Bar Association Award of Merit in 1977 and the Recognition Award from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in the early 1980s.

    OAKLAND, CA, January 14, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Mary Vail with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Ms. Vail celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Now retired, Ms. Vail was a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board from 1990 to 2009. She spent the year of 1977 as a director of the Women's Resource Center of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department. Following this appointment, she was a staff attorney in the office of sections and committees with the State Bar of California from 1978 to 1981 and the Senior staff attorney in their office of legal services from 1981 to 1983.

She was an instructor of sex discrimination and law at Golden Gate University Law School in 1978, as well as an instructor of writing and research at Hastings College from 1977 to 1978. Ms. Vail's first position was as a VISTA attorney at the Women's Litigation Unit San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation from 1974 to 1976.

Since 1975, Ms. Vail has been affiliated with the Bar Association of San Francisco, for which she was on the Police Review Oversight Committee. She was a chair of the sex discrimination committee from 1975 to 1976, on the board of directors in the Barristers Club from 1976 to 1978, president in 1978, and on BASF's Criminal Justice Advisory Council from 1975 to the early 1990s.

Ms. Vail is a retired member of the Service Employees International Union where she was on the State Bar staff chapter from 1979 to 1986, an attorney unit steward and on the contract bargaining committee from 1982 to 1986. She was a member of the National Labor Relations Board Union, Locals 20 and 32, from 1990 to 2009, for which she was a convention delegate from 1991 to 2001 and also served local 20, steward and professional vice president from 1992 to 2001.

Ms. Vail's academic pursuits began at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science with honors in 1971. She continued her studies at the McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific, where she ultimately obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1974.

Throughout the years, Ms. Vail has maintained civic involvement in numerous ways. She was an at Large California Delegate of the Democratic National Convention in 1984, an alternate delegate at the National Democratic Midterm Conference in 1982, a member of the California Democratic Party Executive Board from 1979 to 1985, a member of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee from 1978 to 1985, and a member and chair of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women from June 1978 to September 1979.

Ms. Vail served on the Police Discipline Study Committee for San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, where she was a Bar Association of San Francisco representative from 1990 to 1991, served on the Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums Police Issues Task Force from 2006 to 2010, and has been on the Oakland Measure LL Police Commission Selection Committee since 2017. Likewise, she holds membership with the American Civil Liberties Union and the California Women Lawyers.

Since 2006, she has been a member of the Oakland Coalition for Police Accountability, in addition to its predecessor organizations. She has been a board member and recording secretary for the Glenview Neighborhood Association and the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council since 2014. She has been a member of the Neighbors for Racial Justice since 2015 and a member of the East Bay chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women since 1985. Beyond these endeavors, as an agnostic, she is also a member of multiple organizations that support the separation of church and state.

In acknowledgement of her successful career, Ms. Vail has accepted the Bar Association Award of Merit in 1977 and the Recognition Award from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in the early 1980s for her work in criminal justice reform advocacy. She has previously been featured in Who's Who of American Women.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Mary Vail has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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