McCaye Christianson completed her Bachelor’s Degree in English and German at BYU in 1981. She taught English and Social Studies in the public schools. McCaye received her law degree from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1986. While in law school, she was a member of the Law Review and worked as a clerk in LDA’s appellate division. She started her legal career in the misdemeanor division at LDA. After leaving LDA in 1988, McCaye worked in the Civil Rights Division of the Solicitor’s Office at the United States Department of Labor and, later, at an insurance defense firm. As a private practitioner, McCaye did criminal defense contract work. She also represented people serving prison sentences in post-conviction litigation and in commutation proceedings and other hearings before the Board of Pardons and Parole. McCaye returned to LDA in 2009. She loves working for an agency dedicated to zealous advocacy for the rights and dignity of the accused.
McCaye has a lifelong passion for supporting the aspirations of refugees as a volunteer in resettlement. She has boundless admiration for the courageous people in Salt Lake’s refugee communities.