Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Maryanne is a native New Yorker who graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle. After college, she graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in Jamaica, Queens.
Maryanne has dedicated her time to dealing with social justice issues here in New York City. This includes work with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an initiative to help people who immigrated to the United States as children secure legal status. She has also spent time working with Legal Outreach, a non-profit, NYC-based organization focused on providing opportunities to young people in underserved communities. This work included teaching a summer class for rising 9th grade students in which the students learned basic legal concepts, advocacy skills and about their rights during police encounters. She later co-founded the St. John’s Law Chapter of Mentoring Youth through Legal Education (MYLE), a Legal Outreach program through which high school students participate in constitutional law debates with the mentoring of law student volunteers.
During her time at St. John’s Law, Maryanne was an active member of the student body. She worked to hone her trial advocacy skills by competing in mock trial competitions and served as the Director of Internal Competition for the St. John’s Law mock trial program. After a successful 2014-2015 year, she and her teammates were ranked among the top 8 law school trial advocacy teams nationally by the American Association for Justice. She was also the President of the St. John’s Law Democrats, which spearheaded public service projects including poll watching in highly-contested counties during the 2014 midterm elections to ensure that no person was wrongfully denied his or her right to vote. During her final year of school, she was a student public defense attorney with the Legal Aid Society in Queens through the St. John’s Criminal Defense Clinic, which only furthered her desire to continue public service in the criminal justice sector. Upon graduation, she received the Public Service Award.
Maryanne believes that all clients deserve the best possible representation and advocacy, and the talented staff at Brooklyn Defender Services aims to provide just that. She is thrilled to be a part of BDS and will work tirelessly to advocate for the people of Brooklyn.