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Christine H. McClure Honored For 2016 “Women Making History”

Posted on March 22, 2016

Christine (Chris) McClure

Christine H. McClure is one of 12 women being honored this week for the Mercy Center for Women's 2016 "Women Making History."

Women Making History nominees must demonstrate dedicated service in their neighborhoods, workplaces or communities; honesty, integrity and strong moral values; a commitment to women’s issues; and a commitment to personal growth and development.

The full nomination description can be found on the Mercy Center for Women's website. Ms. McClure joins a distinguished group of Erie women who have received this notable award over the years.

Ms. McClure has nearly 40 years of experience as an attorney in our community, focusing on estate planning and administration, general business counsel, representation of borrowers or lenders in business transactions, and municipal and school district law. She graduated from Chatham College (now Chatham University) as a Phi Beta Kappa, is a cum laude graduate of Villanova University School of Law, and is licensed to practice in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. McClure was the first female member of the Board of Directors at the Knox Law firm in its 56 year history, having been elected in 2010 and currently serving as Board Secretary. She was also only the second female President of the Erie County Bar Association (ECBA) in its 127 year history, having served in that capacity in 2002. In 2012, she was appointed to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Task Force to recommend revisions to the Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct by PBA President Thomas G. Wilkenson, Jr. She also served on a PBA task force regarding meeting the legal needs of middle-income people in 2007, the recommendations of which were approved by the PBA Board of Governors and House of Delegates as well.

In addition to these roles, she has many years of service to her local and state Bar associations and foundations, as well as to other community organizations, including Ball Pavilion, Springhill Retirement Community, Arts Erie (now Erie Arts & Culture), and others.

The Mercy Center for Women was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in January 1994 and "provides safe and supportive transitional housing, education and counseling for homeless women with or without children; connection with social service agencies and volunteers to form a network of ongoing support, mentoring and education to our residents and women in the community; and an environment based on spirituality and ethical values."

For more information, please contact Sarah Holland.