Teresa Fidelis Lancaster, Esquire, world-known attorney, and advocate for victims of sexual abuse, is featured in The Keepers, a seven-part documentary currently on Netflix. As an adult, mother, survivor, and widow, Teresa returned to school earning a BA degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) with Cum Laude.
She advocated for juvenile offenders as a Social Work Intern at the Baltimore Public Defender’s Office in the Juvenile Division. Her passion for law began much earlier. As a young girl, she admired her father’s work as an Attorney to bring justice to those unable to attain it for themselves. Teresa went on to earn her JD from The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law with honors and a Health Law Certificate in 2002. Amongst many other achievements, she received the 2002 Excellence Award in Clinical Services, Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program, was a standing member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity.
Teresa’s research articles, Battered Women Syndrome, A License to Kill? And Employment Discrimination Based on Genetic Predisposition to Disease was published in the Medical Trial Technique Quarterly (MTTQ) in 2004. (MTTQ Vol. 50, No. 4, pp.121-162, Thomson West, 2004; Vol.50, No.3 pp.199-223, Thomson West, 2004) In 2008, Teresa was featured in The Daily Record for winning a Jury award for 82K for a young client who suffered lead paint exposure.
You may know Teresa from the Doe/Roe case against Father A. Joseph Maskell, where she sought to expose the sexual abuse which occurred at Archbishop Keough while she was a student there, Jane Doe et al. v. A. Joseph Maskell, et al., No. 102, September Term, 1995, July 29, 1996, Filed. Teresa went on to join SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), where she helped other victims of child sexual abuse. SNAP presented Teresa with the “I Made A Difference” award at their annual conference in 2015. To date, her proudest accomplishment would be being part of a family; Teresa is the mother of six and the proud grandmother of eleven.