McLeroy is a shareholder of Carlton Fields, and chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. She is a Fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation.
McLeroy received her bachelor’s degree in 1982 from Louisiana State University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She also received her master’s degree summa cum laude in 1986 from LSU.
McLeroy was awarded her juris doctor in 1990 from Washington & Lee University School of Law in Virginia, where she graduated cum laude and was a member of the Washington and Lee Law Review. McLeroy was also honored as a Burks Scholar and a Sparks Scholar.
McLeroy was recently sworn in as president of Bay Area Legal Services, an organization that provides free civil legal services to the poor in Hillsborough and Pasco counties. This marks McLeroy’s second term as president of BALS.
McLeroy has served on the Foundation’s board of directors since 1999, and in 2006-07 held the position of Secretary. Currently, McLeroy chairs the Foundation’s Development Committee
McLeroy has been a leader in efforts to secure legal services funding and increasing pro bono activity by members of the legal profession. Her prior professional commitments and appointments include: The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism (2003-present); Hoveler Judicial Award Committee, Chair (2004-2005); Continuing Legal Education Committee (1992-2002) Vice Chair (2001-2002); Grievance Committee 13A (1999-2002), Chair (2000-2002); Business Law Section; American Bar Association Business Law Section, Pro Bono Committee, Executive Committee, Vice-Chair; Hillsborough County Bar Association (1991-present); Corporate Banking and Business Law Section, Chair (1993-1994); and Law Week Steering Committee (1996-1998).
McLeroy has a long history of giving back to the community. Her dedication to her profession has resulted in much recognition, including The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award (2005); the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Jimmy Kynes Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service (2004); and Outstanding Pro Bono Service from the Hillsborough Attorney Volunteer Efforts Program (2001).
The Florida Bar Foundation (flabarfndn.org) is a statewide charitable organization established in 1956 to foster law-related public service programs on behalf of Florida’s legal profession. The Foundation is the only statewide funder of civil legal services for the poor. Other Foundation programs include grants to improve the justice system, public service fellowships for law students, and loan repayment assistance for attorneys at its legal aid grantee organizations. Principal support for the Foundation’s charitable activities comes from the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program implemented by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981. Additional support for the Foundation comes from gifts by Florida attorneys, law firms, corporations, foundations and from other individuals.