Maureen Hanlon


College of Wooster – B.A. in Political Theory
Saint Louis University School of Law – J.D.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan which has given me a lifelong appreciation of trees, hippies, and Michigan football.

When did you join ArchCity Defenders?

I joined Arch City Defender in the summer of 2019. I wanted to work for an organization that does both direct representation and systemic work to change conditions, which makes Arch City a dream job.

What is your background?

Right after college, I came to Missouri to work on a political campaign. Following that, I spent six years working with teenagers and their families in a combination of education, social service, and youth development work at a local program called College Bound St. Louis. I decided to go to law school in 2015 and knew I wanted to stay in St. Louis for a while. I went to SLU Law, graduated in 2018, and then clerked for a judge on the Missouri Supreme Court.

What do you do at ArchCity Defenders?

I am a staff attorney focusing on civil litigation.

What words would you use to describe ArchCity Defenders?

Dedicated, intentional, scrappy, creative

Fun/personal fact you want to share.

I enjoy evangelizing about how everyone should adopt senior rescue dogs.