Marah S. McLeod

Associate in Law

Office: Jerome Greene Hall
Room 509
New York NY 10025
Tel: 212-854-2722
  • Harvard University,  A.B. 2002, magna cum laude in Government
  • Yale Law School,  J.D. 2006


Marah’s research focuses on issues in criminal law and criminal procedure, with particular emphasis on the role of the federal courts. She seeks greater accountability and rationality in the criminal justice system and explores how criminal procedure and criminal law affect those who are most vulnerable—particularly the often poor and ill-equipped defendants in our criminal cases as well as persons victimized by crime.

Marah graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court and Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Between her clerkships, she worked as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, under both the Bush and Obama Administrations.  Marah then moved to Chicago to work as a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP.  While in private practice, she served as pro bono counsel to three death-row inmates challenging their convictions and capital sentences in Alabama.

Selected Publications

  • The Semblance of Autonomy: Treatment of Persons with Disabilities Under the Uniform Health-Care Decisions Act, 22 Issues in Law & Medicine 39 (2006)
  • A Plebiscitary Bargain, 1 London L.R. 497 (2006)
  • Immigration Reform: A Catholic Dilemma?, 84 U. Detroit Mercy L.R. 73 (2007)