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Meghan M. McSweeney
Worked at Solano County Public Defender
Attended University of San Francisco
Lives in San Francisco


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Criminal Defense attorney in the Bay Area
Hi! I'm Meghan, a recent grad of the University of San Francisco School of Law.  I love criminal law and appearing in court.  My dream is to represent indigent criminal defendants.

I'm originally from Dorchester, Massachusetts - a section of Boston, but I currently live in the San Francisco Bay area.

Please check out my Linkedin profile for more information.
Bragging rights
I make amazing Irish Bread, I've taken USF's Intensive Advocacy Program- an intensive trial practice course, I've written two winning motions
  • University of San Francisco
    Law, 2010 - 2013
    St. Thomas More Society, Treasurer 2011-2012, Secretary 2012-2013 Women's Law Association, Secretary 2012-2013, Mentor to 1L 2011-2013 Contributor to Law and Global Justice Forum
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
    American Studies, B.A., 2002 - 2006
    Honors and Distinction in American Studies Women's Studies Minor Honors Program Scholar summa cum laude
  • Mt. St. Joseph Academy
    College Prep., 1997 - 2001
    Social Justice Club
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Law Clerk/ Law Student
Legal Research and Writing, Advocacy, Client Representation, Client Counseling, Patient Services, Medical Terminology, Public Speaking, Trial Practice
  • Solano County Public Defender
    Law Clerk, 2012 - 2013
    Law Clerk in the Felony Unit of Solano County PD, Vallejo office. Recent projects include: -preparing a statement in mitigation of sentence -drafting a motion to dismiss (PC 995) -drafted a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus on the grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel. -conducting a probation violation hearing -conducting advisement and waiver of rights for clients accepting plea bargains. -interviewing clients both in and out of custody
  • Contra Costa County Public Defender
    Summer Law Clerk, 2012 - 2012
    Certified Law Clerk Projects included -Writing and arguing motions to suppress (PC 1538.5) -Preparing motion to reconsider for an issue of first impression in Contra Costa County. -Researching and preparing several memoranda of law -Conducting client intake interviews.
  • Office of the State Public Defender
    Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2012
    Indexed and Organized multiple Habeas Petitions during the office's move to a new location.
  • Napa Superior Court
    Judical Intern, 2011 - 2011
    Observed criminal and civil proceedings, including jury trials, arraignments, sentencing, preliminary hearings, violation of probation hearings, drug court, juvenile proceedings, family law custody and support hearings, and settlement conferences. Discussed trial techniques with both the deputy district attorneys and public defenders. Observed Napa’s Behavioral Intervention program and discussed its success in lowering recidivism in drug and alcohol related offenses. Participated in moot court program, which required preparing questions for direct and cross-examination, and argued motions to suppress before a judge
  • Tenants Together
    Hotline Volunteer, 2011 - 2012
    Counsel tenants in foreclosure situations on their rights under the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act and their rights under California law regarding security deposits and utilities
  • Boston Breast Diagnostic Center
    Patient Services Coordinator, 2005 - 2010
    Managed office and medical supplies integral to office operations. Participated in management level decisions regarding hiring, staff schedules, patient flow, office structure, and the selection and installation of new software programs. Prioritized and scheduled patients according to diagnosis and need. Provided comfort and support to patients dealing with serious breast health issues
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San Francisco
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