Mary Adkins, Founding Partner

Lawyer and Storyteller

Mary Adkins is a graduate of Yale Law School with a background in writing and storytelling. She teaches storytelling workshops for The Moth and launched the live storytelling series Live Law as part of the public radio project Life of the Law, supported by the National Science Foundation. As an attorney she worked as an associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in New York City, where she also served as pro bono coordinator. She directed the Domestic Violence Clinic at Yale Law School for two years and won the Florence M. Kelley '37 Prize for her focus on family law. Her legal scholarship has been published in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. Her non-legal writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and elsewhere, and her play The 49 Project received the Outstanding Playwriting Award in the 2009 NYC Fringe Festival. As a novelist, she is represented by Claire Anderson-Wheeler at Regal Hoffman & Associates.


Julie Polk, Founding Partner

PERFORMANCE COACH AND STORYTELLER

Julie Polk is a writer, teacher, and performer with extensive experience in the corporate, nonprofit, and academic worlds. As a writer and teacher, she leads storytelling workshops for The Moth, regularly teaches storytelling for journalists at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and served as an adjunct professor of acting and playwriting at Manhattan College. At global brand firm Siegel+Gale, she designed messaging platforms and taught writing workshops in the US and Europe for clients including American Express, HP, Aetna, Motorola, Verizon, Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and the Wharton School of Business. For two years she served as the Curriculum Director for Girls Write Now, a nonprofit that provides one-on-one writing mentorship for girls in underserved NYC high schools, twice distinguished by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities as one of the nation's top after-school programs. She trained as a classical actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of Delaware's Professional Theater Training Program and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.