Shannan Leelyn, Esq. completed
her undergraduate work at the College of William & Mary, and
graduated as the Valedictorian from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. Before earning her Juris Doctorate and
concurrent Certificate in Law and Social Justice, Attorney Leelyn was selected to intern for the Honorable Jeffery B.
Barton of the San Diego Superior Court.
to practice law in California and Massachusetts, Attorney Leelyn's experience has covered
the full gambit of civil practice, including employment, property,
business, and contract litigation; civil rights work focusing on sex
and orientation discrimination, retaliation, Title IX claims, marriage
equality, and election integrity issues; as well as elder abuse,
personal injury, and medical malpractice cases. She also has some
experience in family law, criminal defense, and appellate work.
Attorney Leelyn served as an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Legal Research and Writing to first year law students at her alma mater,
and accepted an invitation to be a guest lecturer for the American
Constitution Society, where she discussed constitutional issues related
to marriage equality.
Leelyn is also an accomplished writer and a published author. Her
written work, which has garnered a nomination for the prestigious
Burton Award for Legal Achievement, explores the ways the war on drugs
has stymied the treatment of chronic, intractable pain; chronicles the
limited constitutional recourse transsexual inmates have when they are
housed strictly according to their birth sex; and examines the
potential pitfalls unmarried women face when they inseminate with a
known rather than an anonymous donor.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award||Thomas Jefferson School of Law||N/A|
|Burton Award for Legal Achievement - Nomination||Burton Foundation||N/A|
|Michael W. Greenberg National Writing Competition||Lavender Law||N/A|
|Principal Attorney||Private Practice||2009 - Present|
|Owner||Afternoons Off - Lawyers Helping Lawyers||2008 - Present|
|Adjunct Law Professor||Thomas Jefferson Law||2006 - 2008|
|Associate Attorney (Prior Clerk)||Stock Stephens, LLP||2005 - 2008|
|Judicial Intern||San Diego Superior Court||2004 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Franklin County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|GLAD Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders||N/A||N/A|
|Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts||N/A||N/A|
|Lavender Law's Michael W. Greenberg Competition||Penal Implants: Transsexuals (Mis)Housed in the Criminal Justice System||2005|
|Thomas Jefferson Law Review||Failures in Pain Management: The Collision of Law and Medicine||2004|
|Thomas Jefferson SOL||Law||Juris Doctorate||2005|
|College of William and Mary||Psychology; Sociology||Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Constitutional Citizenship Day||Approaches to constitutional interpretation and impact on tangible rights.||2014|
|Marriage Equality Forum||Constitutional Issues Related to Marriage Equality||2006|