Laura McMahon

Pro Bono Director


Laura McMahon (she/they) believes in the dignity of all people and that the value of our privilege is only worth its weight in gold if we use it to help the most vulnerable of us. Laura decided to go to law school after volunteering for a tattoo removal clinic at a Los Angeles-based organization called Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit that helps former gang members secure stability and employment.

A graduate of Smith College, Laura attended law school in Washington, DC, at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, where she learned the law through the lens of public service and clinical practice. After graduation from law school, Laura worked as a Court Appointed Attorney for the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City, where she represented incarcerated clients in initial appearance hearings before the Court Commissioner. Then, Laura built and managed a pro bono and training program at FreeState Justice, a civil legal services and policy advocacy organization serving LGBTQ Marylanders. After working at FreeState Justice for four years, Laura pursued a long-time goal of becoming a Public Defender, and for two years represented clients facing misdemeanor criminal charges in Baltimore City District Court and Circuit Court. Laura is passionate about issues facing the LGBTQ community, specifically transgender and gender expansive community members. She enjoys being out in nature and traveling to new places. Laura lives with her family and cat, Henry, in San Francisco.

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