Mary Jean Dolan joined the faculty in 2007 and teaches Constitutional Law, Family Law, Lawyering Skills, and Religion & Law. She has written and presented extensively on the First Amendment, an area in which she gained expertise by writing laws and policies for the City of Chicago. In 2009, the amicus brief she authored for the International Municipal Lawyers' Association was cited and relied on by the United States Supreme Court majority in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum. Professor Dolan's articles have appeared in journals including the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the Catholic University Law Review, the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.
Professor Dolan also has taught as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Florida and IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she developed scholarly interest in family law, feminist theory, and legal pedagogy. She clerked for Judge Ilana Rovner, then on the US District Court, worked as an associate at Mayer Brown in Chicago, and was an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.