Name: Maureen F. Hallahan
Birthplace: San Diego
Current home city: San Diego
Education and degrees: Bachelor's degree (with distinction), psychology, San Diego State University, 1976; Juris Doctorate (cum laude), University of San Diego School of Law, 1981.
Area of practice: Civil litigation in the areas of business, intellectual property, employment and fiduciary litigation, including probate, estate and trust litigation.
Proudest personal accomplishment: My proudest personal accomplishment is my ability to balance my professional life with my personal and family life. I achieve great fulfillment and personal satisfaction from both. I am also blessed with many wonderful friends, whose advice and counsel I seek, and who are there for me whatever life or law brings.
Proudest legal/professional accomplishment: My proudest legal/professional accomplishments fall into two categories. First, is my involvement with several volunteer and pro bono programs. I was also elected by the partners in the firm to be a member of the management committee of Procopio. I am very pleased and humbled to have earned the trust and confidence of my peers in the legal profession and honored with leadership positions in which I could serve them.
Current or recent volunteer/pro bono work: I am the immediate past president of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, a member of the Board of Governors, the current treasurer of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and am on the Executive Committee of the Enright Inn of Court. I also provide pro bono legal services to Noah Homes, a home for disabled adults in Rancho San Diego. I previously served on the Board of Directors of Big Sisters and have been an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the California Continuing Education of the Bar. I am a participant in the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer program and the AIDS Legal Clinic, and I am a member of California Women Lawyers and Consumer Lawyers of San Diego.
Why are you a lawyer? I wanted a profession where I could use my college degree in psychology and my analytical skills to interact with and help people on a daily basis. I believe that law is a noble and honorable profession and plays a unique, necessary and vital part in our society. I hope, through my career as a lawyer, that I can make a difference, however small, to better the lives of the people I represent and those with whom I come in contact.
Comment on law school experience at University of San Diego: The University of San Diego School of Law provided an excellent academic foundation. I had wonderful professors, many of whom I still see today. The administration of the school was and is vitally interested in the personal and professional success of its students. The friends I made at law school have been and will remain life-long friends. I believe that one of the greatest privileges in my life was to attend the University of San Diego School of Law and I cherish that experience.