Pittsburgh Attorney & Duquesne University Professor Appointed to Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pa., (April 19, 2013) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the appointment of attorney Tracey McCants Lewis to serve on the Board for a three-year term.

The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency under the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction, consisting of thirteen members: eleven attorneys and two non-lawyers from across the Commonwealth. Funded by annual assessments paid by attorneys licensed to practice in the Commonwealth, it assists the Supreme Court in all matters involving attorney licensing and discipline in Pennsylvania.

Tracey McCants Lewis
Tracey McCants Lewis

“I am looking forward to serving on the Board to ensure that citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have access to professional and ethical legal services and to maintain the integrity of the legal profession,” said McCants Lewis.

McCants Lewis is an assistant professor and assistant director of Clinical Legal Education at Duquesne University School of Law. She teaches in the Civil Rights Clinic and focuses her scholarship on critical race theory, feminist legal theory and the application of legal storytelling in clinical legal education. Leveraging her work as an educator, McCants Lewis looks forward to providing the Board with insights into the thinking of new attorneys, and simultaneously ensuring that its communications are provided to future attorneys who are still receiving their education.

Prior to Duquesne, McCants Lewis practiced law as an associate with K&L Gates LLP and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Max Baer of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

A member of the Pennsylvania State Bar, she also actively volunteers on a variety of boards and committees including the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh; American Civil Liberties Union, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter; Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center; Neighborhood Legal Services Association; American Civil Liberties Union, Pennsylvania State Board; Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee; and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Pittsburgh Unit.

Additionally, McCants Lewis served as the chair of the Allegheny County, Courts Administration Vision Team Committee in 2012, and was named recipient of the 2012 NAACP Pittsburgh - Homer S. Brown Award for Legal Service and the 2012 Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh - Decade of Dedication Award.

McCants Lewis earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gannon University in Political Science and her Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University School of Law, where she served on the Law Review Board and was the recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers - Outstanding Woman Law Graduate of 2000. She was also a member of the Louis L. Manderino Honor Society for Distinguished Achievement in Moot Court Competition.

About the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA

The Disciplinary Board's goals are to protect the general public, maintain a high standard of integrity in the legal profession, and safeguard the reputation of the courts of Pennsylvania. The Disciplinary Board was created by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to review conduct and assure compliance by all attorneys to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct. For more information about the Disciplinary Board, please visit www.padb.us.

For more information regarding this press release, please contact Rebecca Porterfield at Rebecca@suasion.us or 717-432-2468.