Marcia Levy, Executive Director, began her stewardship of Pro Bono Partnership in 2014. She is responsible for oversight and management of the organization.
Before leading Pro Bono Partnership, she served as the Associate Dean of the Office of Career Services and Professor of Professional Development at the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. Previously, Marcia was the Special Counsel for Pro Bono and Director of Professional Development at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP where she developed and supervised litigation and transactional pro bono opportunities for the firm’s lawyers.
Marcia’s experience also includes service for the Legal Aid Society, first, as a staff attorney with the Prisoners’ Rights Project, and then as an assistant federal defender in the Eastern District of New York. She spent over 14 years in legal education, holding academic positions as a Clinic Director and Clinical Law Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Rutgers Law School and Hofstra University School of Law. In addition, she was the first Director of the Eric Neisser Public Interest Program at Rutgers.
Marcia consults on legal education internationally for ABA ROLI and other organizations. She was Counsel and is now Special Advisor to Chief Judge Lippman’s Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services (now the Permanent Commission on Access to Justice). She is a member of the NYC Bar Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and Non-Profit Organizations Committee, the NYSBA President’s Commission on Access to Justice and the Committee on Legal Aid, and served as Chair of the Association of American Law School’s Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Marcia was awarded the Robert E. Oliphant Service to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Award, and she has been a NYSBA Empire Awardee for Pro Bono Service. She is also on the Board of Directors for Nonprofit Westchester.
Marcia has appeared on numerous media outlets, including CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and Court TV. In October 2015, The New York Law Journal recognized Marcia as one of their 2015 “Lawyers Who Lead by Example” for her “leadership through [her career] in public service [and through her] devotion to improving the legal system and profession in New York.”
Marcia is admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey, as well as Oregon (inactive). She graduated from State University of New York at Albany and Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College.