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Andrea M. Marsh

Andrea M. Marsh

  • Lecturer
  • Director - Richard & Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program

Faculty Profile: Andrea M. Marsh

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Andrea Marsh is a Clinical Lecturer and the Director of the Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program in the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law. Ms. Marsh teaches the Nonprofit Internship Course, with a focus on deepening students' understanding of the role of lawyers in increasing access to justice and in social change movements, ethical issues that confront public interest lawyers, and strategic development in nonprofit legal organizations. In her role leading the Mithoff Program, Ms. Marsh works with students, private lawyers, and nonprofit organizations to develop and execute projects that provide legal services to underserved communities. 

Ms. Marsh has professional experience in civil rights advocacy, criminal justice policy, and nonprofit fundraising and management. Prior to joining Texas Law, Ms. Marsh founded the Texas Fair Defense Project and served as its Executive Director for ten years. TFDP is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the public defense system and challenge policies that create modern-day debtors’ prisons filled with poor people who cannot afford to pay commercial bond fees and post-conviction fines and costs. At TFDP, Ms. Marsh worked with judges and bar leaders to create new standards and programs for the delivery of public defense services, led advocacy campaigns that resulted in legislation that protects the rights of poor people accused of crimes, and successfully challenged unconstitutional public defense procedures before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Ms. Marsh maintains a number of volunteer positions related to her work to address civil rights violations in the criminal justice system and consults on state and national criminal justice reform efforts.

Ms. Marsh is a graduate of Tulane University and Yale Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Keith P. Ellison of the United States District Court in Laredo, Texas. Ms. Marsh has been awarded several prestigious national public interest fellowships, including the Liman Public Interest Fellowship (2002-2003, Yale Law School), the Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship (2004-2006, Open Society Foundations), the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship (2005-2006, Harvard Law School), and the Humanities Institute Community Sabbatical Research Fellowship (2012-2013, University of Texas at Austin). Her work has been recognized with the State Bar of Texas’s J. Chrys Dougherty Legal Services Award (2014), an Impact Award from the Bar’s Poverty Law Section (2014), the Bar’s Michael K. Moore Award for Excellence in Research or Writing in the Area of Indigent Criminal Defense (2014), the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association’s Public Interest Award (2014), the Texas Law Fellowship’s Excellence in Public Interest Award (2009), and Texas Lawyer magazine’s Extraordinary Women in Texas Law Award (2008). 

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Professional Activities

2017

April 6, 2017

Conference Reporter

Judicial Responsibility for Justice in Criminal Courts Conference, Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics at Hofstra University's Maurice A. Deane School of Law

March 14, 2017

Presenter

Right to Counsel Consortium's Quarterly Webinar

"State of Crisis: Findings and Recommendations from NACDL's report on Louisiana's public defense crisis"

2017-present

Price of Justice Grant Advisory Committee

Texas Office of Court Administration

2017-present

Vice Chair, Oversight Board

Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases

2017-present

Curriculum Consultant, Private Assigned Counsel Mentoring Programs

Smart Defense Initiative, National Legal Aid and Defender Association

2016

December 14, 2016

Invited Participant

Beyond the Bench: Law, Justice, and Communities Summit

Invited attendee at event sponsored by the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to increase public trust in the courts.

October 25, 2016

Invited Participant

Right to Counsel Consortium Annual Meeting

Invited to attend meeting of national public defense leaders at the Department of Justice.

2016-present

Committee on Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters

State Bar of Texas

May 20, 2016

Facilitator

Second Stakeholder Convening on Municipal Court Fines and Fees, The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

Facilitated discussion involving judges, court administrators, defense lawyers, and nonprofit advocates to identify best practices regarding the assessment and collection of legal financial obligations. 

May 6, 2016

Moderator and Panelist

Texas Fair Defense Act 15th Anniversary Celebration Symposium, Texas Indigent Defense Commission

"A Look Forward to Challenges that Lie Ahead"

April 4, 2016

Trainer

Felony Attorney Mentoring Program, Capital Area Private Defender Service

"How Did We Get Here: Public Defense in Texas, 1993-2016"

2016

Collection Improvement Program Rules Review Advisory Committee

Texas Judicial Council

February 19, 2016

Presenter

Public Defense Committee, Mid-Year Meeting, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

"History and Principles of Systemic Indigent Defense Litigation"

February 10, 2016

Facilitator

Texas Stakeholder Convening on Municipal Court Fines and Fees, The William Wayne Justice for Public Interest Law

Facilitated discussion involving judges, court administrators, defense lawyers, and nonprofit advocates about problems in the assessment and collection of legal financial obligations. 

2015

July 20, 2015

Panelist

Soros Justice Fellowships Conference

"Cash Register Justice"

2015-present

Public Defense Litigation Advisory Committee

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

2015-present

Smart Defense Portal State Advisory Group

Texas Indigent Defense Commission

May 8, 2015

Panelist

Equal Justice Conference

"Law Student Externs: Training the Next Generation and Expanding Services"

May 6, 2015

Panelist

Law School Pro Bono Advisors Preconference, Equal Justice Conference

"Strategies for Involving Students in Project Development and Management to Increase Pro Bono Program Capacity"

2015-present

Board Secretary

Texas Fair Defense Project

2014

October 6, 2014

Guest Lecturer

The University of Houston School of Law

Hot Topics in Criminal Defense Advanced Seminar

2014-present

Pro Bono Work Group

State Bar of Texas

2014-present

Executive Committee

Yale Law School Association

April 9, 2014

Presenter

Yale Law School Criminal Justice Theory & Practice Workshop

"Debtors' Prisons in Twenty-First Century America"

March 27, 2014

Panelist

Texas Association of Pretrial Services Agencies Conference

"Indigent Defense and Pretrial Justice"

2013

December 11, 2013

Presenter

Humanities Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

"Redefining Public Defense: Strategies for Delivering Client-Centered Representation"

2013-present

Client Choice Project Advisory Panel

Texas Indigent Defense Commission

2013-2015

Texas Weighted Caseload Study Advisory Panel

Texas Indigent Defense Commission

May 13, 2013

Presenter

Criminal Justice Conference, Texas Center for the Judiciary

"Judicial Orders for Repayment of Appointed Attorney Costs"

April 5, 2013

Panelist

Arthur Liman Public Interest Colloquium, Yale Law School

"Accessing Counsel and Courts"

2012

June 6, 2012

Presenter

Public Defender Training, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

"The Importance of Early Appointment of Counsel"

March 2, 2012

Panelist

Arthur Liman Public Interest Colloquium, Yale Law School

"Gideon Revived: Criminal Defense, Financial Austerity, and Overcriminalization"

2008

2008-2009

Harris County Public Defender Office Study Group

Harris County Commissioners Court

2007

2007-2016

Oversight Board

Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases

2006

2006-2012

Committee on Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters

State Bar of Texas

2006-2010

Inmate Representation Work Group

Texas Access to Justice Commission

2005

2005-present

Discretionary Grant Review Team

Texas Indigent Defense Commission

2004

2004-2011

Board of Directors

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition