Oprah Winfrey has revived her popular “Oprah’s Favorite Things” special, in which she reveals her must-haves for this holiday season, and pulls off a surprise giveaway to a group of deserving military spouses, which included Montage freelance attorney, Mary Reding Smith. The two-hour special episode will air tonight — Sunday, November 18th — on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network from 8-10 pm ET/PT.
Mary Reding Smith is the wife of Maj. John Smith, an F-16 instructor pilot at the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson. Backed by the American Bar Association and the White House, Mary Reding, President of the JD Military Spouse Network, has educated bar associations nationwide about the need for more flexible practice rules for military spouse lawyers. On July 30, 2012, the Conference of Chief Justices adopted a policy that calls on states to remove burdensome bar admission rules for lawyer military spouses. The resolution encourages states to allow military spouse attorneys to practice as they move from state to state without being required to gain admission to each state bar, as long as the attorneys remain admitted in good standing in at least one jurisdiction and maintain competency and education standards.
This year, Mary was a nominee for Military Spouse magazine’s Military Spouse of the Year, and will be honored as one of Tuscon’s 40 Under 40. Montage Legal Group is so proud of Mary and all of her accomplishments! For more information about Mary Reding Smith and Montage Legal Group’s other military spouses, please view our prior blog post, Recognizing Service: Freelance Lawyering Provides Opportunities for Military Spouse Attorneys.