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Mary L. Hubacher
Chair

 

Mary represents a number of school districts on the unique issues that schools, school boards, and school administrators face including the issues of educating students with disabilities, student discipline and expulsion, student rights and responsibilities, student nondiscrimination and bullying, pupil records, in addition to advising school districts on open meetings and public records issues. Mary defends both school districts and municipalities in hearings, grievance proceedings, WERC proceedings and before state and federal agencies.

 

Mary also advises public and private sector employers on issues as diverse as labor negotiations, contract interpretation, grievance proceedings, compliance with state and federal employment discrimination laws, wage and hour laws, employee discipline and discharge, and personnel records.

 

Accomplishments

 

  • JD, cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • MS, Western Illinois University
  • BS, UW-Stevens Point
  • Member, State Bars of Wisconsin and California
  • Board of Directors and Member – Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Member, Wisconsin Council of Administrators for Student Services

 

Up Close & Personal

 

  • Q:What do you like to do when you are not at work?
    A:My absolute favorite thing to do when not at work is to spend time with my grandsons: Bennett, Dexter and Calvin. Whether it’s taking long walks, doing crafts or snuggling up and watching movies, being their “Nonna” is the best! I also love to cook and spend time with my family and good friends!
  • Q:What is your favorite vacation destination?
    A:I have many, but I would say that Italy continues to be at the top of the list. The history and culture are amazing, the people are warm and friendly, the food is wonderful and the landscapes are beautiful. Paris is a close second – especially in springtime!
  • Q:What do you like most about your job?
    A:Unequivocally my clients! They are the best and I value the work that they do and their trust in me.
  • Q:What is your favorite TV show and why?
    A:I love Downton Abbey, but now that it is done, I am on the search for a new favorite. Some have suggested House of Cards.
  • Q:What is your favorite cuisine or meal?
    A:I love pasta, but am trying to eat healthier, so using more organic and locally sourced fruits and vegetables and lighter sauces in pasta dishes. I also have a small raised garden in my yard for freshly picked tomatoes and herbs during the summer and fall.
  • Q:What is your favorite quote and why?
    A:“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Mitch Albom Even though some of the people I have loved most in my life, including my husband and my parents who are no longer with me in this physical world, they will always be a part of my being, of what makes me who I am. And I continue to rely on their love, support and guidance as I make my way in this world.
  • Q:Who do you admire most and why?
    A:My father. He was a gentle and kind man and always looked for the good in people, even when faced with difficult situations. At his funeral, I compared him to Joseph – he loved and accepted his family for who they are, he provided for and protected his family, he loved to work with his hands and was a very talented furniture maker and he trusted in God. Not always unquestioningly, but would be at peace with what he believed was God’s plan for him.