Marsha L. Williams Biography

Marsha understands that no two cases are the same. She prides herself in taking the time to listen to the client in order to assess the case and provide the client with the legal advice and zealous representation needed for that client’s case. Marsha represents clients in family law matters, including divorce, custody, child support, and adoption cases. Marsha also assists families with their estate planning needs. Being a practicing attorney in Maryland since December 2000, has afforded Marsha the opportunity to build upon the knowledge and expertise needed to handle the most difficult case.

Awarded in 2019!

Marsha attended Rutgers University - New Brunswick where, in 1997, she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. In 2000, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, Marsha began her legal career with the House of Ruth of Maryland. While at the House of Ruth, Marsha advocated on behalf of and represented clients involved in domestic violence cases. In 2002, Marsha joined Maryland Legal Aid - Southern Maryland Office as a Staff Attorney and was later promoted to Senior Attorney. During her tenure at Maryland Legal Aid, Marsha represented clients in child welfare proceedings in Maryland’s trial and appellate courts.

In 2019, Marsha was recognized by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for outstanding achievement in her legal career and for community leadership. In 2020, The Daily Record named Marsha as a Leadership in Law Honoree for her dedication to the legal field and to her community.

Marsha has called St. Mary’s County home since 2002. She is an active member of the St. Mary’s County branch of the NAACP #7025, a member and the scholarship chair of the St. Mary’s County Bar Association, an adult advisor board member on St. Mary’s County Youth Advisory Commission, and a member of the Board of Directors for the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce.

Kathleen M. McClernan Biography

Kathleen zealously defends clients in landlord tenant, family law, security clearance issues, and criminal law matters. She also helps families with their estate planning needs to help secure their future. Since entering private practice, she regularly travels between the three Southern Maryland counties and Prince George’s County. Kathleen has also handled cases for client’s as far away as Harford County and Arlington, VA. She handles Title IX hearings for students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Awarded in 2018!

Kathleen’s legal career began with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD), assuming increasingly more significant positions from June 2006 through June 2013. In December 2007, she began practicing as an attorney in St. Mary’s County, providing representation for clients in more than 100 criminal cases a month. She was then promoted to the Hagerstown office of the MOPD. She completed over 100 cases and carried a caseload of approximately 40 active Circuit Court felony cases which included five jury trials, two court trials, and four suppression hearings in under two years. These cases ranged from simple possession to 1st degree Murder.

In 2017, Kathleen became the first female recipient of the Leadership in Law Award, Generation JD from the Daily Record in Southern Maryland. In April 2018, Kathleen was recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland by the Daily Record, joining top judges, attorneys, and businesswomen from all over Maryland. In 2019, Kathleen won the Leadership in Law Award from the Daily Record for the second time and was recognized as a VIP.

Kathleen was born and raised in Linthicum, Maryland. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of Arizona, a 2007 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in December of 2007. She is a current member of the Maryland State Bar Association, St. Mary's County Bar Association, Woman’s Bar Association, an Alumnus of Leadership of Southern Maryland (Class of 2016), and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International. She currently dedicates time as a member of the Board of Director for the Community Mediation of St. Mary's County and is a member of the Ethics Commission for St. Mary’s County. She can also be found at lunchtime working with the students of Leonardtown High School for the Mock Trial Competition.

Alycia E. Stack Biography

Alycia supports families through times of crisis, helping to navigate divorce, custody, and domestic violence proceedings. She recognizes the complex histories and relationships that court proceedings cannot always fully address. She has a depth of understanding of family trauma and violence, child abuse and neglect, and the effects of substance abuse on family responsibilities. Alycia is experienced across the spectrum of family law, from divorce to domestic violence to adoption. She has often represented children, both as a Child in Need of Assistance attorney and as a Best Interest Attorney appointed by the court.

Alycia is a proud midwesterner, born and raised in Indiana. She attended Kenyon College in Ohio and received her Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law at American University in 2009. Alycia began her legal career at the Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy, where she handled over 300 peace and protective order cases. In 2014, she joined the Southern Maryland office of Maryland Legal Aid as a Child in Need of Assistance attorney, where she represented children in the child welfare system throughout foster care, terminations of parental rights, and adoptions.

Awarded in 2019!

In 2019, Alycia was named as one of The Daily Record’s Leading Women, which recognizes women age 40 or younger for the tremendous accomplishments they have made so far in their careers, and judges on professional experience, community involvement and a commitment to inspiring change. In 2020, she was awarded the Daily Record’s Leadership in the Law, Generation JD Award which honors Maryland’s up-and-coming attorneys who already are making a difference in their profession and in their communities. 

Youth are Alycia’s passion, and she advocates tirelessly for their interests and well-being. As an active member of the St. Mary’s County Bar Association, she volunteers on the scholarship committee, which awards a scholarship to a deserving senior in St. Mary’s County each spring. She serves on the Social Services Advisory Board, promoting the well-being of children and families. As a member of the Steering Committee for the Campaign for a Community/Youth Center, Alycia has advocated in person and via social media for St. Mary’s County to build a community space for youth and families where it is needed most. She also serves on the youth committees of several other community organizations.

Alycia has lived in St. Mary’s County for over a decade and is happy to call Southern Maryland her home because she believes that the values of this community in many ways match those that she was raised with: family as a priority, a slower pace of life, and a love of the outdoors. You will often see her and her family enjoying local parks and attending southern Maryland’s many family-friendly events.

Joshua S. Brewster Biography

Joshua S. Brewster graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in 2002. Joshua practiced civil rights law with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission for ten years, where he rose to the level of Deputy Director and Chief Staff Counsel. In his years with the statewide civil rights enforcement agency, Joshua investigated, litigated and mediated claims of discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations, and was particularly concerned with providing equal opportunities to people with disabilities. Joshua maintained close working relationships with housing providers, educators and employers providing training and advice on compliance with state and federal law.

Joshua also worked closely with other state and federal agencies to coordinate efforts in the enforcement of sometimes overlapping laws and regulations. Joshua has received extensive training in the enforcement of the federal Fair Housing Act and federal Equal Employment Opportunity laws. Entering the private practice of law when he moved to St. Mary’s County in 2012, Joshua has focused on employment, landlord/tenant and adult guardianship cases. He is frequently appointed by the Circuit Courts of Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert to represent adults alleged to have a disability in guardianship proceedings.

Tiffany Young

Tiffany previously worked in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties as a Staff Attorney with Maryland Legal Aid’s Southern Maryland Office where she represented children in child welfare proceedings at tumultuous, traumatic and triumphant times of their lives, including removals, termination of parental rights hearings and adoptions. Ms. Ashton understood that helping youth meant doing more than attending hearings. She understood that helping the family unit as a whole also helped the youth she represented. To this end, she worked with Family Recovery Court in Charles and St. Mary’s counties to assist families with substance abuse issues gain wrap-around services with the goal of being reunited with their children. She also worked with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Southern Maryland’s advisory board to help implement strategies and a new curriculum for CASA appointees.

Tiffany received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from American University in 2014. She furthered her education at the University of Baltimore, where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree with honors in 2017.

Tiffany is excited to continue her work in Southern Maryland and assist clients with their family law and estate planning needs.