Dear members of the Columbia Law School community,
Last spring, I wrote to announce the creation of a new position—director of externships and field-based learning—to manage and further develop the Law School’s high-quality experiential learning curriculum. Reporting to the director of clinical legal education and serving as a member of the Law School’s senior administrative team, this role is designed to foster innovation in Columbia’s field-based curriculum, counsel students on externship opportunities, and provide support for externship instructors. The director will also work with the clinical faculty and S.J.I. staff to coordinate and enhance opportunities for experiential learning.
Today, I am excited to announce that Marcia Levy will be named to this position, beginning on a part-time basis on September 17th, and joining us full time on November 1st. Marcia currently serves as the executive director of Pro Bono Partnership, a community-based organization that provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofits throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. From 2011 to 2014, Marcia was associate dean for career services and professor of professional development at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, and has spent nearly 15 years developing and teaching in lawyering and public interest programs at leading law schools around the country, including as a clinical professor at Rutgers Law School and clinic director at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In addition, from 2007 to 2011, Marcia led all firm-wide professional and associate development programs at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, as special counsel for pro bono and director of professional development.
Marcia is also an active member of the bar and has devoted significant time to pro bono service. She serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Aid, the President’s Commission on Access to Justice, and the New York City Bar Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. She also chaired the Association of American Law Schools Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, and has taught in trial advocacy training programs in the U.S. and around the world. In 2015, Marcia was honored as a Lawyer Who Leads By Example in Public Service by the New York Law Journal, among numerous other awards. Marcia holds a J.D. from Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law, and a B.S. from the State University of New York at Albany.
Please join me in welcoming Marcia to the Columbia Law School community, and in thanking the members of the search committee—expertly led by Professor Carol Liebman—for their work in bringing such an outstanding candidate to Columbia.