Ms. McClernan is the first female recipient of the Leadership in Law Award, Generation JD from the Daily Record in Southern Maryland. She has also just been awarded as one of the 10 Best Attorneys in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys for 2017. She was previously recognized as The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in 2014. She currently dedicates time as a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Children and Community Mediation of St. Mary's County. She can also be found at lunchtime working with the students of Leonardtown High School for the Mock Trial Competition. Ms. McClernan just completed a two year term as President of the St. Mary's County Bar Association.
Ms. McClernan’s legal career began with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD), assuming increasingly more significant positions from June 2006 through June 2013. In December 2007, she began practicing as an attorney in St. Mary’s County, providing representation for clients in criminal cases. Ms. McClernan was responsible for four to five District Court dockets weekly for more than 100 cases a month.
She was then promoted to the Hagerstown office of the OPD. She completed over 100 cases and carried a caseload of approximately 40 Circuit Court felony cases. Ms. McClernan handled five jury trials, two court trials, and four suppression hearings in under two years. These cases ranged from simple possession to 1st degree Murder. You can read about some of Ms. McClernan’s trials in the news section.
From June 2013 until October 2015, Ms. McClernan worked as an associate attorney in a private practice firm in a range of fields including but not limited to landlord tenant, family law, security clearance issues and; criminal law. She traveled between the three Southern Maryland counties, Prince George’s County, and Arlington, VA representing clients and litigating cases in District and Circuit Court. She also represented clients in front of Administrative Law Judges for Motor Vehicle Administrative (MVA) hearings, security clearance hearings, and Title IX hearings for students at St. Mary’s College of Southern Maryland.
Ms. McClernan is a graduate of the University of Arizona, a 2007 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in December of 2007. She is a current member of the Maryland State Bar Association, St. Mary's County Bar Association, an Alumnus of Leadership of Southern Maryland (Class of 2016), and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.