Kaitlyn Clarkson, Esq.

Appellate and Post-Conviction Attorney

Areas of Practice

I focus on appeals, post-conviction litigation and mental health commitments. I use your case’s errors to fight unfavorable verdicts and investigates post-conviction cases for legal error, ineffective assistance of counsel, and/or prosecutorial and judicial misconduct.

When it comes to mental health commitments, I worry about protecting people’s constitutional rights. I want to make sure that any involuntary mental health commitment complies with the law. Oftentimes, the hospitals who sign these commitments do not even know the laws they are required to meet. They ignore the law and your rights. Even a 302 commitment, which does not include any protections such as right to counsel and right to a judicial officer making the decision, strips you of your right to possess firearms in Pennsylvania.

Philosophy

I believe in the phrase "latius est impunitum relinqui facinus nocentis quam innocentem damnari." Translated as "it is better to let the crime of the guilty go unpunished than to condemn the innocent." I stand by this proposition and it drives me to find any reason to undermine a conviction. I will spend countless hours digging through your case to find where the court committed error. I then look to turn those errors into strong legal arguments for the benefits of my clients. My passion is fighting for those who have no one else to fight for them.

Personal Background

I earned my Associates Degree at Lehigh Carbon Community College within a year after graduating from high school. I then went on to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia.

After leaving Temple, I attended Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg. I started here at The McShane Firm as a law clerk and I participated in Widener’s Civil Law Clinic while in law school. I received CALI awards in two classes for earning the highest grade in my class.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and my three rescued cats, Penelope, Pumpkin, and Purrl. On weekends, you can often find me watching football and Formula 1.

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