Biography

Attorney Lilys D. McCoy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego in June 1987 with Department Honors in Political Science with Distinction. She graduated from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in May 1991 and was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1991. After 20 years in private practice, Ms. McCoy joined the staff of Thomas Jefferson School of Law to pursue her passion for legal education. At Thomas Jefferson School of Law, she serves as the founding director of the Center for Solo Practitioners, a lawyer accelerator program for TJSL alumni who wish to start solo practices that focus on access-to-justice and community service. In her capacity as director, she has written and administrated several grants for the provision of legal services to under-served populations, spoken to national audiences about how to start and build a lawyer incubator program, and coordinated monthly community law clinics. In addition, she is the Director of TJSL’s Epsten, Grinnell & Howell National Trial Team. In that role, she brought on talented trial attorneys to teach and coach a carefully selected group of students for competition in national, regional, and invitational mock trial tournaments. The TJSL National Trial Team has experienced several successes in the past five years, including winning the Texas Young Lawyers Association Regional Championship in 2013 and 2018, advancing to the Semi-Finals in the National Trial Competition in San Antonio Texas, winning the award for Most Professional Team at the 2014 Pacific McGeorge National Ethics Trial Competition, and advancing in other major regional tournaments.

Before joining TJSL, Ms. McCoy practiced almost exclusively in the area of civil litigation, with a focus on individual and class action consumer protection cases. She has tried matters to judges and juries and represented clients in judicial arbitrations, contractual arbitrations, and mediation hearings.

Ms. McCoy also participates in a number of local and state bar organizations. She is currently the president-elect of the San Diego County Bar Association. She received the SDCBA’s Service to the Profession Award in 2014. Ms. McCoy served as president of Lawyers Club of San Diego from 2002-2003 and served as Co-President of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association from 2005-2007. She received the THLA Co-President’s Award in 2008 and, in 2007, she received the Belva Lockwood Award from Lawyers Club of San Diego. She is also passionate about legislative advocacy and served as Chair of the Conference of California Bar Association from 2009 to 2010. She has been named a Super Lawyer, a Top Attorney in the San Diego Daily Transcript, a Top Attorney by San Diego Magazine, and a Woman of Achievement by California Women Lawyers. Ms. McCoy has an AV Preeminent Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell.

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