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February 12, 2014

La Salle University’s African American Student League Honors Alumnus Joanna McClinton, Esq.

La Salle University’s African American Student League (AASL) recently honored Joanna McClinton, Esq., a 2003 graduate of the University.

“The organization honored Joanna McClinton because of the tireless work she has done since graduating from La Salle. She epitomizes what it means to be a servant for your community,” said Daniel Davis, AASL President.

“I was tremendously blessed to be honored with an award from the AASL,” said McClinton, who is also an ordained minister. “To have a few minutes to formally address current students who encounter many challenges I faced as a student and young professional was an incredible honor. I encouraged them to pursue excellence and seek success.”

At La Salle, McClinton served as President of the La Salle Gospel Choir, and a voting member of the Judicial Board. She was a neighborhood tutor and involved with many activities, including AIDS Outreach, the Los Niños service trip to Mexico, the St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society, and the Political Science Society.

“When I started at La Salle in August of 1999, I was excited and thrilled to begin my college career. Coming from a very small Christian school, I was very nervous to be on a college campus,” McClinton said. “During my freshman year, Cherylyn Rush of the Multicultural and International Center took me along with a delegation of students to the National Black Student Leadership Development Conference in Richmond, Virginia.”

Since her graduation, McClinton was elected a to the La Salle University Alumni Association Board of Directors, where she helped initiate the Minority Alumni Advisory Group. Last fall, she was elected President of the La Salle African American Alumni Association.

After graduating from La Salle with honors, McClinton attended Villanova University’s School of Law.

Following law school, she spent seven years as a trial attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she handled misdemeanor and felony cases within the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In her final year there, she was selected to be the Assistant Chief of the East Zone and mentored young attorneys in the defender’s office.

She was recently appointed Chief Counsel to State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams of the Eighth Pennsylvania Senatorial District.

McClinton also has served as the secretary of the Philadelphia Barrister’s Association, the city’s bar association of African-American attorneys.

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 schools in the North Region and among the top 10 Catholic schools in the region.