Marie Ndiaye is the Supervising Attorney of the Legal Aid Society’s Decarceration Project. Marie supervises the Project’s expanding team of dedicated attorneys and para-professionals, and manages the day to day operations of the project. Prior to re-joining Legal Aid, Marie was the Senior Policy Manager at the Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice, where she focused on pretrial justice – bail, discovery, speedy trial – and parole legislative reform.
Marie began her legal career at the Legal Aid Society in 2012 as a Staff Attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice Manhattan trial office. As a Public Defender, she represented over 2000 low-income New Yorkers charged with misdemeanors and felonies. That representation spanned from arraignment to plea agreement or trial. She was also active in her union where she served as a delegate, attended conferences, and advocated on socio-economic issues in Albany.
A proud honorary New Yorker, Marie is a graduate of the City University of New York’s Hunter College. She received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 2012 where she participated in several student clinics and graduated with the distinction of having performed over 1000 hours of pro bono services. She was also an active member of the Black Law Student’s Association and the Harvard African Law Students Association, holding several committee chair positions in the both organizations.