Andrea M. Marsh

  • Lecturer
  • Director, Richard & Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program - William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

Education

  • JD Yale
  • BA Tulane University

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 public interest lawyering, strategic development in nonprofit legal organizations, ethical issues that confront public interest lawyers, and the role of lawyers in increasing access to justice and in social change movements. Ms. Marsh also works with students in pro bono clinics that help clients with expunctions, deferred action for childhood arrivals applications, and the preparation of wills and other documents to preserve assets for low-income families.

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). She is a member of the Yale Law School Association’s Executive Committee.