Marlene Halpern, Senior Director of Pro Bono Services


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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. and Global programs, as well as corporate legal needs. Since 2013, the total valuation of pro bono services to the Center has grown from $4.7 million to over $27.33 million per year. Marlene has also spoken extensively at U.S., global, and bar association events on the integration of pro bono relationships into the Center’s work and how NGOs can partner successfully with law firms. Under Marlene’s direction, the Center has developed relationships with over 51 global law firms, as well as key regional law firms in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Marlene came to the Center from the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Practice, where she served as a supervising attorney for 14 years. Prior to working for the Legal Aid Society, Marlene was the Family Law Coordinator for Legal Services for New York 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 Access to Justice.

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