Lisette M. McCormick is executive director of the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness, where she directs the implementation of recommendations from the 2003 study on racial and gender bias by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Since her graduation from Duquesne University Law School in 1981, McCormick has focused her career on public interest law, beginning with a position as a staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Pittsburgh. Following the defunding of the program in 1982, McCormick moved to the Allegheny County Public Defender's Office. She served in the trial division there for several years before taking a position as assistant counsel and deputy attorney general for the Toxic Waste Unit of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. She later spent nine years in private practice with the law firm of Tabakin, Carroll and Curtin in Pittsburgh, focusing on environmental counseling and plaintiff's employment litigation.
McCormick is a frequent lecturer on the findings of the Supreme Court study on racial and gender bias, and is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Allegheny County Bar Association, where she has served as a member of its Board of Governors, Past Chair of the Women in the Law Division, co-chair of the Diversity Committee and the Diversity Collaborative. Attorney McCormick also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University School of Law and is active in community service, including volunteering as an attorney for victims of domestic violence in Protection from Abuse cases and serving on the Boards of Directors for the Program for Female Offenders and the National Consortium for Racial and Ethnic Fairness.
McCormick has received numerous awards for her work, most recently, the YWCA Racial Justice Award; The Honorable Carol Los Mansmann Helping Hand Award; The Art of Justice, Women Shaping the Law Award; and induction into the Century Club of Duquesne University Distinguished Alumni.
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