Gary L. Conlay was born in Winnfield, Louisiana, on May 30, 1958, but has lived in Natchitoches his entire life.
Mr. Conlay attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches where he was a member of the marching band. He received his B.S. in Accounting in 1979. He received his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1982, graduating in the top one-third of his class. He spent one summer studying law in Greece. Mr. Conlay also attended Southern Methodist University School of Law and received his LL.M. in Taxation in 1983. While there, he received an academic scholarship.
Gary L. Conlay is licensed to practice before all Louisiana and Federal Courts including the United States Tax Court. He has met the requirements of the Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Legal Specialization and has been certified as a Tax Law Specialist and as an Estate Planning and Administration Specialist. Mr. Conlay is a member of the Natchitoches Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has been in private practice in Natchitoches, Louisiana since his graduation from Southern Methodist University in 1983.
Mr. Conlay serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Northwestern State University, teaching courses in Business Law and Tax, and has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for NSU's Paralegal Program.
Mr. Conlay is an active member of First Baptist Church Natchitoches where he serves as a Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and plays drums for the Celebrate Recovery and Worship Praise Bands. Mr. Conlay has a heart for local and global missions, serving in Celebrate Recovery's ministry addressing a wide range of "hurts, habits and hang-ups", and serving on foreign mission teams to Kenya and Chile'. He desires simply to serve as Jesus' hands and feet where God calls. Along with his wife, he formed as serves as a Director of Tumaini Na Imani, a Not For Profit entity providing education and support for youth and street children in Eldoret, Kenya. Tumaini provides ongoing support for Tumaini Imara, a school for street children in Eldoret, Kenya. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Louisiana Human Services District, and has served on the Board of the Women's Resource Center, a Christian, pro-life ministry in Natchitoches. Other past community involvements include serving as president of the Natchitoches Rotary Club, board member of the Natchitoches Northwestern Symphony Society, Natchitoches Area Dixie Youth Baseball board member, Wee-Tee Commissioner, team sponsor and coach.