Marlene Halpern is the supervising attorney for The Legal Aid Society’s pro bono practice and a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School.
The Legal Aid Society, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of free legal services to the indigent, has been part of New York City’s social fabric since 1876. Through a network of neighborhood and court-based offices, the society provides a full range of civil legal services as well as criminal defense work and juvenile rights representation in family court.
The pro bono practice is integrated throughout the practices and in engages more than 3,400 attorneys and paralegals annually—primarily from New York’s leading law firms and corporate law departments. Halpern has spoken extensively on pro bono partnerships and has been a presenter at past equal justice and NLADA conferences.
She coauthored, “Filling the Gaps: Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Advocacy,” Clearing House Review, 2001. Prior to working for The Legal Aid Society, Halpern was the family law coordinator for Legal Services for New City, a senior welfare policy analyst with Children’s Defense Fund, and an assistant clinical law professor at Hofstra Law School.
Halpern earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her bachelor’s degree at George Washington University.