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Marlene Halpern

Marlene Halpern, Director of Pro Bono Services

Marlene joined the Center in 2013 and is responsible for developing, maintaining, and expanding relationships with law firms to leverage effective legal support for our U.S. Legal, U.S. Policy and Advocacy, and Global Legal programs, which totals about $5.3 million per year.  

Marlene comes to us from the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Practice, where she served as a supervising attorney for the past 14 years. She has also spoken extensively on pro bono partnerships. Prior to working for the Legal Aid Society, Marlene was the Family Law Coordinator for Legal Services for New City, a senior welfare policy analyst with Children’s Defense Fund –NY, and an assistant clinical law professor at Hofstra Law School. Marlene is a lecturer-in-law with Columbia Law School, where she co-teaches the Externship on Pro Bono Practice and Design.

Marlene received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School after earning her bachelor’s at George Washington University.