Born and raised in the Buffalo area, Mr. MacKay is a graduate of Canisius High School. Following high school, he attended S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, graduating cum laude and “With High Distinction” in the psychology department.
Attending law school after taking several years off, Mr. MacKay graduated magna cum laude early on an accelerated track from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo Law School. While there, he participated in several moot court competitions, including representing the school in a national criminal law moot court competition. In addition, Mr. MacKay interned with the Hon. Timothy J. Drury of the New York State Supreme Court and completed a practice-intensive internship in the felony division of the San Diego County Public Defender’s office, where he made numerous court appearances, including actively second-chairing a first-degree murder/cross-border kidnapping jury trial.
Following law school, Mr. MacKay worked as a law clerk for the Federal Public Defender’s office in Buffalo before going on to serve as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Kathleen M. Tafoya in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.