Marie-Therese Connolly is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a 2011 MacArthur Foundation fellow, and a recipient of a 2016 Yaddo residency to complete a book of nonfiction (W.W. Norton) about elder abuse. MT conceived of and was the original architect of the Elder Justice Act (EJA), the first comprehensive federal law to address elder abuse, enacted with the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
After founding the Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative in 1999, MT worked with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to co-fund and launch DOJ’s elder abuse research program. For more than a decade, NIJ’s was only such research program, until the 2016 creation of the new Elder Justice Foundation, which she is advising. While at DOJ, MT also helped guide theory and strategy in federal cases redressing facility abuse and neglect and organize numerous interagency groups and events. She has written speeches and testimony for cabinet and other high-level officials and members of Congress, testified herself before Congress and the Elder Justice Coordinating Council, is a frequent public speaker, has been profiled in various media, and has published in venues including academic and policy journals and newspapers such as the Washington Post. MT also helped to organize Elder Justice Roadmap Project and co-authored EJRP report.
A native of Rochester, Minnesota and graduate of Stanford University and Northeastern University Law School, MT lives in Washington, DC.