As chief, McDermott will provide oversight of CLI staff, work, and outreach activities; foster new, and nurture established relationships with community partners; and play a key role in charting the course for the continued growth of the CLI unit.
Previously, McDermott was the acting chief attorney for CLI since March 2021. Prior to that, she was the supervising attorney/project director for CLI since October 2017.
She began at MLA in February 2017 as a staff attorney for CLI, where she regularly provided civil legal assistance and help for criminal record expungements directly in underserved communities.
Before joining Maryland Legal Aid, McDermott worked for the Social Security Administration in the Baltimore Hearing Office as an attorney-adviser.
She earned her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in sociology and criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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