Marcia Levy, Associate Dean of Career Services and Professor of Professional Development, has more than 25 years of experience working with students and new lawyers in both the public and private sectors, helping them to reach their career aspirations and to develop into thoughtful and skilled professionals. Levy’s distinguished legal career includes experience as a professor, clinical director, program administrator and practicing attorney. From 2007 to 2011, Levy worked at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP as Special Counsel for Pro Bono and Professional Development, overseeing eight staff members. She directed the professional and associate development programs for the firm, which has over 750 lawyers. Levy was responsible for overseeing the firm’s policies and practices in mentoring, associate review, upward reviews, assignments, training and continuing legal education. She presented numerous panels, workshops and conferences on oral advocacy, international training programs and developing competencies from law school to practice. As Special Counsel for Pro Bono, Levy developed and supervised litigation and transactional pro bono opportunities for the entire firm.
Prior to her years at Sullivan & Cromwell, Levy spent 14 years in legal education, working as the Dean of Skills Programs at Hofstra University School of Law, the Director of the Clinical Law Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and as a Clinical Law Professor and the first Director of the Eric Neisser Public Interest Program at Rutgers University School of Law. In the Fall 2011 semester, Levy worked as a Professor of Law at New York Law School. There, she taught Legal Practice, a course that covered writing, research, interviewing, counseling and negotiation.
Levy has served as an assistant federal defender for the Federal Defender’s Office in the Eastern District of New York. In addition, she has worked as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society Prisoners’ Rights Project. She was counsel and now is Special Advisor to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s Task Force on Access to Civil Legal Services. She is a member of the NYC Bar Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and served as the Chair of the AALS Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. In addition, Levy has developed, directed, and taught in advocacy training programs––working domestically with organizations such as the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and internationally with ABA-Roli, Pilnet, and others. She designed and taught a one-week interactive teaching workshop for 24 professors from eight law faculties in Egypt, and organized a pro bono panel for the Global Alliance for Justice Education conference in Spain.
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