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
  • Advanced and Non-Profit Externship Seminar
  • Pro Bono Program

"The Trayvon Martin Case: Was Justice Served?" Panelist, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, February 6, 2014.

"Clinical Legal Education Externship Supervision Training," Duquesne University School of Law, CLE Program, November 6, 2013

"Hearing Committee Training -Reinstatements," The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, CLE Program, October 10, 2013.

"Racial Profiling in America," Lecturer, Duquesne University Office of Multicultural Affairs, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 8, 2013.

"Complainant Representation and Mediation Before the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations," City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations Mediation / Conciliation Training, Rodef Shalom Temple, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 12, 2013.

"Legal Storytelling: The Murder of Voter ID in Pennsylvania," 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," Panelist, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 2013.

"Stand Against Racism Rally," Greater Pittsburgh YWCA -Community College of Allegheny County (Allegheny Campus), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 2013.

"You Have the Right to An Attorney: Gideon at 50," Panelist, Sponsored by the ACLU of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh Law School and Duquesne University School of Law, University of Pittsburgh Law School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 2013.

"Systemic Transfer of Devaluation of Black Mothers to Black Children," The Twentieth Annual CLE Conference Updated for Feminist Law Professors. Temple University School of Law, CLE Program, December 14, 2012.

"The School to Prison Pipeline Community Discussion," Facilitator, October 2010

"Know Your Rights Program Focusing on Racial Profiling and Youth Interaction with Police," sponsored by the ACLU and Black Political Empowerment Program (B-PEP), Panelist, March 2010

"Political and Civil Rights," CLE Presentation, February 2009

"End Racial and Ethnic Profiling: Face the Truth, Stand Together, Help Make the Change," sponsored by the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network, the Black Political Empowerment Program (B-PEP), the ACLU, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Pittsburgh Chapter, Facilitator, March 2010

"Impact WPXI," Guest April 2009

Journey to the Bench from a Minority Perspective," Allegheny County Bar Association Diversity Collaborative Committee, Moderator, November 2008

"Discussion on Civic Engagement," Coro Center for Civic Leadership, July 2005

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 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, Minority Bar Committee

Allegheny County Bar Association, Homer S. Brown Division

Homer S. Brown Law Association

Clinical Legal Education Association

Monday, July 10, 2017

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Friday, June 16, 2017

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