Jennifer McKinnon is an experienced trial lawyer who recently joined Shapiro, Weissberg & Garin after three years as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute, where she taught law students the art of courtroom advocacy. During her time at Harvard Law School, Ms. McKinnon also served as faculty at the nationally-recognized Trial Advocacy Workshop.
Before teaching at Harvard Law School, Ms. McKinnon spent the first ten years of her practice representing clients charged with major felonies, and as a supervisor at the Committee for Public Counsel Services. She has also lectured widely to her peers on various topics.
In the present legal culture dominated by settlements in civil cases and plea bargains in criminal cases, Ms. McKinnon’s experience and training distinguishes her from many lawyers who rarely, if ever, bring cases to trial—providing a distinct advantage to her clients.
Highlights of Ms. McKinnon’s speaking engagements and experience include the following:
- New England Clinical Conference, “Poking the Elephant in the Room: How to Discuss Race in the Classroom,” Harvard Law School, Panelist (2015)
- Trial Advocacy Workshop, Harvard Law School, Faculty Member (2013-2016)
- Criminal Advocacy Clinic, Northeastern School of Law, Guest Faculty (2013)
- Committee for Public Counsel Services’ Regional Supervising Attorneys’ Annual Conference, Organizer (2013)
- Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Panelist (2011) – Motions for Third-Party Records
- New Lawyer Training, Committee for Public Counsel Services, Faculty member (2010-2014)
- Zealous Advocacy in the District Courts, Committee for Public Counsel Services Training Program, Faculty member (2010-2014)
- Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Panelist (2006) – Forfeiture by Wrongdoing
Ms. McKinnon was also a member of the Criminal Law Section Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association (2009-2010). She has been a member of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 2006. She now represents clients in both state and federal court in civil and criminal matters. She has particular experience representing juvenile clients.