Duane Morris' Meghan E. Claiborne Receives Philadelphia Bar Association Award
December 5, 2016
PHILADELPHIA, December 5, 2016—Duane Morris LLP attorney Meghan E. Claiborne has been honored with the Sean Peretta Service Award by the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Claiborne was recognized for her efforts as co-chair of the YLD’s expungement project, which helps former convicts “restart” their lives and careers with unblemished criminal records. The project hosted six clinics throughout Philadelphia to help prepare petitions under Act 5—a new Pennsylvania law that provides for the sealing of convictions for less serious offenses if an individual has been conviction-free for 10 years. The six clinics were staffed by over 175 lawyer, paralegal and law student volunteers and saw more than 700 people in need. John Coyle, co-chair of the YLD and a deputy city solicitor, and Jamie Gullen, an attorney at Community Legal Services, also received the award at the YLD Annual Holiday Party held on November 30.
The Sean Peretta Service Award is given annually to a member of the legal community who exhibits exceptional community service.
Claiborne, 30, practices in the area of litigation. She is a 2013 graduate, with honors, of Emory University School of Law, where she was co-founder of the Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review, and a graduate, with honors, of the University of Georgia.
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