Caitlin E. McDonough
Harris Jones & Malone
Caitlin E. McDonough serves a variety of clients in her government relations work with Baltimore-based law firm Harris Jones & Malone, but she takes special pride in the work that allows her to advocate for other women.
For the past six years, McDonough has worked successfully with the Association of Independent Midwives of Maryland and Maryland Families for Safe Birth to increase access to maternal health services for Maryland women.
“During that time, I gave birth to three of my own children, and that experience gave me a personal stake in ensuring that women maintain choice and bodily autonomy through the entire birth process, not just the beginning,” McDonough said. “Although these groups are not the highest-profile or highest-paying clients, I take a personal satisfaction in advocating on behalf of this often-disregarded population.”
McDonough, 36, believes the adversarial system often touted as the most effective way to reach the best outcomes in the judicial system is also applicable to the other branches of government, and this belief informs her work on behalf of her clients.
“I zealously advocate on behalf of my clients before the executive and legislative branches of government,” she said. “When all stakeholders have a strong voice in developing public policy, whether it be in statute or otherwise, the resulting policy is stronger and more beneficial to society at large.”
A Prince George’s County native and nearly lifelong resident, McDonough serves the community there through the parent-teacher partnership at the Center for Young Children at the University of Maryland, where she works to increase access to quality early education for county children.
She has also done pro bono government relations work for Decoding Dyslexia; House of Ruth, which provides services for victims of domestic abuse; and the Family Tree, a child abuse prevention program.
McDonough was named a Bucerius International Law School Fellow in 2004. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts from The University of Maryland, College Park in 2003 and her Juris Doctor from The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2006.