Duquesne University School of Law

Tracey McCants Lewis, J.D.

Associate Clinical Professor and Pro Bono Program Coordinator

Office: Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education

Phone Number: 412.396.1686

E-Mail Address: lewist1@duq.edu

Education: J.D., Law, Duquesne University School of Law, 2000
B.A., Political Science, Gannon University, 1993

Tracey McCants Lewis is associate clinical professor and pro bono program coordinator at Duquesne University School of Law. She teaches in the Civil Rights Clinic and Unemployment Compensation Clinic and focuses her scholarship on critical race theory, feminist legal theory, and the application of legal storytelling in clinical legal education.

McCants Lewis was appointed to the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board in 2013. She served as the chair of the Allegheny County, Courts Administration Vision Team Committee in 2012. McCants Lewis was named recipient of the 2012 NAACP Pittsburgh - Homer S. Brown Award for Legal Service and the 2012 Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh - Decade of Dedication Award. In 2015, the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh named her as a Racial Justice Award honoree during the 24th annual event. 

A member of the Pennsylvania State Bar, McCants Lewis formerly practiced law as an associate with K&L Gates LLP and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Max Baer of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. McCants Lewis earned her B.A. degree from Gannon University in political science and her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law, where she served on the Duquesne Law Review board and was the recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers - Outstanding Woman Law Graduate of 2000. She was also a member of the Louis L. Manderino Honor Society for Distinguished Achievement in Moot Court Competition.

  • Civil Rights Clinic
  • Unemployment Compensation Clinic
  • Pro Bono Program

Legal Storytelling: The Murder of Voter ID in Pennsylvania (examination of the legal storytelling techniques used by the ACLU of Pennsylvania and cooperating attorneys in the case of Applewhite et al. v. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, opposing the 2012 amendment of the Pennsylvania election code for allegations of resulting disenfranchisement of qualified voters.)

Book Chapter:

Lewis, T.M. (2012). A Mother's Pain: The Toxicity of the Systemic Disease of Devaluation Transferred from the Black Mother to the Black Male Child. (Yancey, G. & Jones, J. Eds.) In Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics (pp. 155-172). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books
ISBN 0739178830, 9780739178836

Reviewed by Joy Simmons Bradley in Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology, July, Vol. 5 (2), 2013.

Reviewed by Michelle Rowley in APA Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience, Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring 2013.

Admitted to the United States Supreme Court

Admitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Admitted to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Minority Bar Committee

Allegheny County Bar Association, Homer S. Brown Division

City of Pittsburgh Equal Opportunity Review Commission (EORC) Commissioner

Homer S. Brown Law Association

Clinical Legal Education Association

Citizen of the Year Award, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (2016)

Duquesne University School of Law, Alumni Association Outstanding Achievement Award (2016)

Recipient YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Legal Racial Justice Award (2015)

Allegheny County Pro Bono Achievement Award – Lorraine M. Bittner Public Interest Attorney Award (2015)

Duquesne University School of Law – Woman of the Year Award (2015)

NAACP Pittsburgh – Homer S. Brown Award for Legal Services (2012)

Decade of Dedication Award Honoree, Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh (2012)

NAACP President’s Award for Bill of Rights Clinic (2009)

Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2005 40 under 40 Award Recipient (2005)

New Pittsburgh Courier Fabulous 40 Award Recipient

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Book Chapters

A Fierce Love: The Unique Process of Nurturing, Educating and Protecting our Black Sons

Tracey McCants Lewis, A Fierce Love: The Unique Process of Nurturing, Educating and Protecting our Black Sons, in Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk About Their Fears, Sorrow, and Hopes 113-117 (G. Yancey ed., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2016).

A Mother's Pain: The Toxicity of the Systemic Disease of Devaluation Transferred from the Black Mother to the Black Male Child

Tracey McCants Lewis, A Mother's Pain: The Toxicity of the Systemic Disease of Devaluation Transferred from the Black Mother to the Black Male Child, in Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics 155-172 (Yancey, G. & Jones, J. Eds., Lexington Books).

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Articles

Legal Storytelling: The Murder of Voter ID in Pennsylvania

Tracey McCants Lewis, Legal Storytelling: The Murder of Voter ID, 30 BYU J. Pub. L. 41 (2015).

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Presentations

Community Engagement, Civil Rights, and Civil Leadership

Tracey McCants Lewis, Community Engagement, Civil Rights, and Civil Leadership, lecture at Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (July 12, 2017).

Conference Keynote Remix Speaker presentation on pro bono service

Tracey McCants Lewis, Conference Keynote Remix Speaker presentation on pro bono service at Allegheny County Bar Association’s Bench-Bar Conference (June 16, 2017).

Plumbing for Pro Bono: Creating and Maintaining the Pipeline from Law School to Practice

Tracey McCants Lewis, Plumbing for Pro Bono: Creating and Maintaining the Pipeline from Law School to Practice, panel at American Bar Association Equal Justice Conference (May 4, 2017).

Plenary Opening Address at Law School Pro Bono Advisors Preconference

Tracey McCants Lewis, Plenary Opening Address at Law School Pro Bono Advisors Preconference, American Bar Association Equal Justice Conference (May 3, 2017).

Race and Police: Building Trust in Communities

Tracey McCants Lewis, Race and Police: Building Trust in Communities, panel discussion at Race and Understanding in a New Era (Feb. 13, 2017).

Expungement and Limited Access Process in Allegheny County

Tracey McCants Lewis, Expungement and Limited Access Process in Allegheny County, guest lecture at University of Pittsburgh School of Law (January 26, 2017).

County-Wide Expungement Day,

Tracey McCants Lewis, organizer and participant, County-Wide Expungement Day (Nov. 14, 2016).

Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records to Remove Employment and Housing Barriers

Tracey McCants Lewis, Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records to Remove Employment and Housing Barriers, CLE at Allegheny County Bar Association (Oct. 28, 2013).

Civics for Adults, ACLU Pittsburgh Series, Expungements

Tracey McCants Lewis, Civics for Adults, ACLU Pittsburgh Series, Expungements, presentation at Monroeville Public Library (Aug. 24, 2016).

The Developing Picture of Police Body Cameras on Sentencing and Re-Entry

Tracey McCants Lewis, The Developing Picture of Police Body Cameras on Sentencing and Re-Entry, presentation at A Day for Learning and Speaking Out (Mar. 15, 2016).

PA Disciplinary Board Primer: Keep Calm and Follow the Rules

Shanicka Kennedy and Tracey McCants Lewis, PA Disciplinary Board Primer: Keep Calm and Follow the Rules, CLE at Allegheny County Bar Association (Nov. 16, 2015).

Continuing Legal Education Panelist, Race and Law Enforcement in America Today: Bridging the Divide

Commissioner Davis, Tracey McCants Lewis, Constance B.J. Parker, Sue Song, Tim Stevens, Witold Walczak, Continuing Legal Education Panelist, Race and Law Enforcement in America Today: Bridging the Divide, CLE at Duquesne University Cyril Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law (Nov. 13, 2015).

Continuing Legal Education Panel Discussion Among Supreme Court Justices and Appellate Lawyers Regarding Ethical and Effective Appellate Advocacy

Justice Baer, Justice Eakin, David Fine, Justice Todd and Tracey McCants Lewis, Continuing Legal Education Panel Discussion Among Supreme Court Justices and Appellate Lawyers Regarding Ethical and Effective Appellate Advocacy, presentation at Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure: Appreciating the Past and Anticipating the Future (Oct. 8, 2015).

Restorative Justice Services: A Cure for Better Employment, Education and Housing

Shanicka Kennedy and Tracey McCants Lewis, Restorative Justice Services: A Cure for Better Employment, Education and Housing, CLE at Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Summer Meeting (Aug. 6, 2015).

Examining Your Criminal Record

Elliot Howsie and Tracey McCants Lewis, Examining Your Criminal Record, presentation at Southwestern Pennsylvania Re-Entry Coalition Life without Bars 2015 Conference (July 31, 2015).

Practice Before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Tracey McCants Lewis, Practice Before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, CLE at Pennsylvania Bar Institute (June 16, 2015).

Civil Rights, Civil Responsibilities: the Community and the Evolving Role of the Police: A Duquesne Faculty Panel Discussion

Tracey McCants Lewis, Civil Rights, Civil Responsibilities: the Community and the Evolving Role of the Police: A Duquesne Faculty Panel Discussion, panel presentation at A Day for Learning and Speaking Out (Mar. 25, 2015).

Legal Storytelling: The Murder of Voter ID in Pennsylvania

Tracey McCants Lewis, Legal Storytelling: The Murder of Voter ID in Pennsylvania, presentation at 20th Annual Mid-Atlantic People of Color (MAPOC) Conference (Jan. 30, 2015).

Legal Storytelling: The Murder of Voter ID in Pennsylvania

Tracey McCants Lewis, Legal Storytelling: The Murder of Voter ID in Pennsylvania, presentation at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Jan. 22, 2015).

Companion Animals and the Law

Faith Bjalobok, Dom Costa, Tracey McCants Lewis, Matthew D. Monsour, and Ann L. Schiavone, Companion Animals and the Law, CLE at Duquesne University (Nov. 8, 2014).

Voter ID Presentation

Tracey McCants Lewis, Voter ID Presentation at Duquesne University School of Law (Nov. 3, 2014).

Criminal Justice, Race, the Media and the Trayvon Martin Case

Montré D. Carodine, Tracey McCants Lewis, and Mark O’Mara, Criminal Justice, Race, the Media and the Trayvon Martin Case (Oct. 22, 2014).

Town Hall Meeting About Racial/Ethnic Stereotyping and Profiling

Tracey McCants Lewis, Town Hall Meeting About Racial/Ethnic Stereotyping and Profiling, presentation at Duquesne University Office of Multicultural Affairs (Oct. 14, 2014).

Know Your Rights Training Session Addressing Strategies for Safe and Effective Encounters with Law Enforcement

Tracey McCants Lewis, Know Your Rights Training Session Addressing Strategies for Safe and Effective Encounters with Law Enforcement, presentation at Edinboro University (Sep. 17, 2014).

The Trayvon Martin Case: Was Justice Served?

A.J. Bellido de Luna, Leonard Birdsong, Elliot Howsie, and Tracey McCants Lewis, The Trayvon Martin Case: Was Justice Served? panel discussion at Duquesne University School of Law (Feb. 6, 2014).

The Trayvon Martin Case: Was Justice Served?

Tracey McCants Lewis, Panelist, The Trayvon Martin Case: Was Justice Served?Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Feb. 6, 2014).

Clinical Legal Education Externship Supervision Training

Tracey McCants Lewis, Clinical Legal Education Externship Supervision TrainingCLE Program at Duquesne University School of Law (Nov. 6, 2013).

Hearing Committee Training - Reinstatements

Tracey McCants Lewis and Jane Penny, Hearing Committee Training - ReinstatementsCLE Program at The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (Oct. 10, 2013).

Racial Profiling in America

Tracey McCants Lewis, Lecturer, Racial Profiling in America, presentation at Duquesne University Office of Multicultural Affairs, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Oct. 8, 2013).

Complainant Representation and Mediation Before the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations

Tracey McCants Lewis, Complainant Representation and Mediation Before the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations Mediation / Conciliation Training, Rodef Shalom Temple, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Sep. 12, 2013).

Legal Storytelling: The Murder of Voter ID in Pennsylvania

Tracey McCants Lewis, Legal Storytelling: The Murder of Voter ID in Pennsylvania, presentation at The 2013 Applied Legal Storytelling Conference; Chapter 4 Once Upon A Story, The City Law School, City University, London, England (July 24, 2013).

The House I Live In

Tracey McCants Lewis, Panelist, The House I Live InAugust Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. (May 2013).

Stand Against Racism Rally

Tracey McCants Lewis, Stand Against Racism Rally at Greater Pittsburgh YWCA -Community College of Allegheny County (Allegheny Campus), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Apr. 2013).

You Have the Right to An Attorney: Gideon at 50

David Harris, Tracey McCants Lewis, and Lisette M. McCormick, You Have the Right to An Attorney: Gideon at 50, panel discussion sponsored by the ACLU of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh Law School and Duquesne University School of Law, University of Pittsburgh Law School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Mar. 26, 2013).

Systemic Transfer of Devaluation of Black Mothers to Black Children

Tracey McCants Lewis, Systemic Transfer of Devaluation of Black Mothers to Black Children, CLE at The Twentieth Annual CLE Conference Updated for Feminist Law Professors (Dec. 14, 2012).

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