Megan A. Benevento

Throughout Megan Benevento’s professional and academic career, she has vigorously championed for the best interests of victims. Megan practices in the firm’s civil litigation department where she works diligently to preserve, defend, and pursue the interests of her clients.

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Megan has a strong commitment to excellence and public service.  Originally from Oregon, Megan received her undergraduate degree in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College, where she graduated magna cum laude and was recognized twice with the Dean’s Award for Service.  In addition to other leadership roles, Megan served her student body as Associate Justice to the Constitutional Court where she was the first undergraduate or female student to be appointed to the court in nearly a decade.

Beyond campus, her service efforts focused on ensuring positive outcomes for victims and increasing their access to advocacy. Megan’s seven years of child advocacy experience began with her work as a Victim Advocate serving on the front lines of child abuse interventions and investigations. She was then sworn as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) where she advocated for the best interests of foster children and ensured that they did not get lost in an overburdened child welfare system. Megan also helped to design and implement an expanded volunteer support model that has since been adopted as the national standard for CASA programs across the country. This groundbreaking work was recognized with the award for innovative practices by Megan’s local Board of County Commissioners.

Megan built on her proven track record of service and success in law school where she assisted the United States’ Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in its conviction of a felony murder. Megan also worked as a Summer Associate in the commercial litigation department of the prestigious defense firm, Perkins Coie, LLP. Since joining Joseph, Greenwald and Laake, Megan has helped secure critical wins in multiple cases including civil rights and class actions matters.

 

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Education

  • University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College, B.S. , magna cum laude, 2012
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. , 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 2016

Honors and Awards

Award for Innovatice Practices, Lane County Board of Commissioners, 2012

 

Certification/Specialties

  • Certified Victim’s Assistant, Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims’ Services Division

Classes/Seminars Taught

“Public Advocacy in Action: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” Workshop,  June 14, 2011, Foster Care Advocacy Team’s Foster Care Conference

Media Appearances

Pro Bono Activities

  • CAIR: Capitol Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition-Credible Fear Interviewer, 2013-2014
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), 2010-2014

Speeches & Articles

  • “90by30: Reducing Child Maltreatment 90% by 2030 Through Collective Impact.”

Professional Affiliations

Maryland Association for Justice

Maryland State Bar Association