Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Molly Gallivan proudly joined Brooklyn Defender Services in 2011. Molly has practiced criminal defense in Brooklyn since 2001, first with the Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division and then in private practice. During her time in private practice, she was also a member of the Assigned Counsel Plan. Molly has extensive jury trial experience and has tried over twenty cases involving a wide range of allegations including attempted murder, assault, robbery, and sexual abuse.
In 2016, Molly taught the criminal defense clinic at Fordham University School of Law as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law. She is also an adjunct professor at Fordham where she teaches Fundamental Lawyering Skills, and coaches trial advocacy competition teams. In addition to teaching aspiring trial attorneys, Molly has taught continuing legal education courses on client-centered counseling and negotiation, and cross-examination.
A native Utahn, Molly first moved to New York to volunteer for Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, an East Harlem community advocacy center. Molly is a cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she received a B.A. in English and Sociology. Molly received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she excelled on the both the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy competition teams and participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic.