Mary Kate Bird is a leader among her peers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. In addition to being on the dean’s list, she is also president of the Student Bar Association and literary editor of the UMKC Law Review. She’s already had success as a clerk at Barbieri & Associates and internships including the office of Judge Rex Gabbert in the Missouri Court of Appeals.
What are your proudest career accomplishments?
I am very proud to have been chosen by my peers in holding the position of Student Bar Association president this academic year. As I look toward graduation in the coming months, I’m proud of the accomplishment of balancing all that law school had to offer — leadership positions with SBA and as a literary editor of the UMKC Law Review while also enrolled full-time and working part-time.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I played college golf at the University of Nebraska and followed my undergraduate degree with a short stint with the United States Golf Association. Being paid to spend time on a golf course every day was a pretty great kind of living.
What is the best advice you have ever been given or received?
You won’t always be the smartest person in the room, but you can always be the hardest worker.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
My father is a lawyer and I grew up wanting to emulate him. In fact, I went as a lawyer for Halloween in the seventh grade. I always found it so exciting when he would come home and mention something about going to court that day, though I realized later in life that bankruptcy court wasn’t nearly as exciting as I had dreamed it to be as a kid.
What has been your favorite part of your job?
I had the privilege of working for Judge Anthony Rex Gabbert of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District this past summer and the experiences gained there were invaluable. I had the opportunity to work with him on a variety of projects that were some of the most challenging and thought-provoking things I’ve had the chance to work on throughout law school.