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About Judge Clemons

The Honorable Lucretia Clemons was appointed to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in June 2016 by Governor Tom Wolf.  Prior to taking the bench, Judge Clemons was a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Labor and Employment Group at Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia, concentrating on employment law and corporate diversity management. She is an experienced diversity practioner with a master's degree in diversity management. She is a frequent lecturer, panelist, and nationally published author on diversity and cultural issues.

Ms. Clemons founded Ballard Spahr's Minority Associates Group, composed of lawyers of color as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lawyers. Her leadership was instrumental in establishing the group's Minority 1L Interviewing and Resume Writing Workshop, now held annually in several of the firm's offices.

Before joining Ballard Spahr, Judge Clemons served as law clerk to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

In 2016, Judge Clemons was honored as a "Top Woman in the Law" by The Legal Intelligencer.  She also received the National Diversity Council's 2014 Most Powerful and Influential Women Award and 2011 Multicultural Leadership Award. In 2011, the Philadelphia Business Journal named Ms. Clemons to its "40 Under 40" list, recognizing professional excellence and outstanding community involvement. She was also selected to the Stakeholder 100 Class of 2007. Stakeholder 100 works with industry leaders to identify top-performing associates of color, with the goal of investing in them to maximize their careers. In 2006, The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly honored Judge Clemons as a "Lawyer on the Fast Track," an award given to select young Pennsylvania lawyers whose achievements have distinguished them among their peers. Those same publications named her a 2006 "Woman on the Verge," a distinction given to 25 female Pennsylvania lawyers who have risen to prominence.

During law school, Judge Clemons served as a graduate assistant for the Department of Legal Studies at Temple University's Fox School of Business and Management, volunteered as a student teacher of legal studies at two local high schools through Temple's Legal Education and Assistance Program, and received commendations from the law school faculty, who twice recognized her efforts for outstanding service to the law school and local community.

Judge Clemons is the former Co-chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She formerly served on the National Nominating Committee for the National Bar Association and previously served as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Women Lawyers Division. Judge Clemons is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, where she is a former member of the House of Delegates, as well as the Forum of Executive Women. In addition, she sits on the Board of Directors of Art Sanctuary.

Judge Clemons is a graduate of New York University (B.S. and M.A.) and Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D., cum laude), where she served as a staff member of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review.




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