Paralegal Studies Faculty
Mary Shea (formerly Huneycutt), J.D.
Mary Elizabeth Shea (formerly Huneycutt) is the full time Program Coordinator and Faculty for the AAS Degree Paralegal Studies Program at Idaho State University. Mary also serves as advisor and Committee member for the Idaho State University Bachelors of Applied Science Degree Program, which offers a major in Paralegal Studies. Mary is a member of the Idaho State Bar and she is admitted to practice in the Idaho state and federal courts, and in the United States Supreme Court.
Mary practiced law in Idaho from 2000-2013 in her own private civil litigation practice, with an emphasis in family law. Mary is past Chair of the 6th District Bar Family Law Section. Mary supervises paralegal student assistants in editing the Idaho State Bar Family Law Handbook annually. Mary is also a Board member of Idaho Legal Aid Services, and she served as ILAS Board President from 2008-2013. Mary currently serves as counsel to Bright Tomorrows, LLC, a non-profit counseling center for abused children.
Before moving to Idaho, Mary was an Assistant Attorney General for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office from 1993-2001, practicing in the areas of criminal post-conviction litigation, and complex civil rights and personal injury litigation. Mary was a law clerk for the Virginia Supreme Court from 1990-1993. Mary received her J.D. from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, where she served on the Law Review, and she received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary.
Carole Wesenberg, J.D.
Carole Wesenberg is a Career Law Clerk for the Honorable N. Randy Smith with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also an Adjunct Instructor for the Paralegal Studies program at Idaho State University, teaching legal research and writing.
Prior to her employment with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ms. Wesenberg served as an associate with Carey Perkins LLP (formerly Quane Smith, LLP) in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where her practice focused on insurance defense law. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable N. Randy Smith with the Sixth Judicial District of Idaho.
Ms. Wesenberg received her Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Montana State University in 1994, and her Masters of Science in Environmental Science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She received her Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University in 2000.
Ryan E. Farnsworth, J.D.
Ryan grew up in Mesa, Arizona where he graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in 2007. He then worked as a Property and Development Projects Manager for an insurance company in Arizona, after which Ryan attended law school and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2011. Ryan then moved his family to Idaho and gained admission to the Idaho State Bar in February 2012.
While attending the University of Utah College of Law, Ryan participated in a program with the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association representing criminal defendants that could not afford an attorney. He worked one semester as an intern for the Honorable Judge R. Kimball Mosier at the U.S. Bankruptcy court during his third year. During law school Ryan was also selected for and participated in a regional mediation competition held at the University of Idaho. Following law school, he worked for an Idaho Falls law firm performing legal research. Ryan has filed several hundred bankruptcies and chose that practice to help people solve their financial problems.
Ryan is admitted to practice in all Idaho State Courts, and the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, including Bankruptcy Court. Memberships include the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, the Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section of the Idaho State Bar and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
Ryan's practice at Avery Law focuses on bankruptcy, personal injury and worker's compensation law in Idaho.
Ryan enjoys spending his free time with his wife and three children, in addition to reading, boating, shooting, and fishing.