Megan McDermott is a Lecturer and Honorary Fellow in the Institute of Legal Studies. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Classics, Megan worked as a consultant to investment banks and as an aide to Governor William Weld of Massachusetts. Megan received her law degree from the University of California-Berkeley, Order of the Coif, and then clerked for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.
Megan has over a decade of litigation experience, having handled hundreds of cases and appeals as an intellectual property litigator at Covington and Burling and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Denver and Madison. Most recently, Megan served as Hearing Examiner for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, conducting evidentiary hearings and issuing decisions in state administrative appeals. In addition, Megan founded the popular legal blog Decision of the Day, which she sold to eNotes.com in 2007.
Megan is a member of the State Bar Professional Ethics and Public Education Committees and also serves as program chair for Our Courts Wisconsin, an innovative outreach program designed to increase public understanding of the state court system. In addition to her work in the legal field, she volunteers with several community organizations, including the Americorps Schools of Hope Program, the Madison GROW Coalition, and the Lussier Community Education Center.