Mary Ena Johnson Heath was raised in a family of lawyers and educators. Her father was an attorney for many years, and her uncle served as a judge. Her mother and many of her relatives were teachers. When Mary Ena went to college at the University of Alabama, she chose the teaching profession, earning a B.A. in English and French before going on to earn a Master’s of Education degree in secondary education and English. This led to a fulfilling career in education where she taught secondary English and French to students in Mississippi and Alaska while her husband flew fighters for the U.S.A.F. In 1987 an opportunity arose for her to return to her home state of Alabama to study law at the University of Alabama School of Law.
After earning her J.D., Mary Ena practiced in a variety of areas of the law that generally centered on civil litigation. From the beginning, she has approached her profession with a strong work ethic and a willingness to stick with a problem in order to find a solution, no matter how much time and research is required. She believes that viewing an issue from a variety of perspectives is a strength that can create novel solutions for complex legal issues.
I believe that seeing an issue from a variety of perspectives can be a great strength, and can help create novel solutions for complex legal issues.