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Marne Lenox

Assistant Counsel

Marne Lenox joined LDF in 2016 as Assistant Counsel.  At LDF, Marne’s practice is primarily focused on criminal justice litigation, though she also represents clients in education and economic justice cases. 

Marne is actively engaged in the monitoring process in Davis, et al. v. City of New York, et al., a federal class action lawsuit challenging the New York City Police Department’s unlawful practice of stopping and arresting New York City public housing residents and their guests for trespass.  Marne is also co-counsel in Grottano, et al. v. City of New York, et al., a federal class action lawsuit challenging the New York City Department of Correction’s unlawful practice of strip searching visitors to local jail facilities.  As one of the LDF attorneys representing a death-sentenced man in Elzie Ball v. Darrel Vannoy, Warden, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Marne co-wrote a state post-conviction petition raising issues of race discrimination and ineffective assistance of counsel.  Marne also co-authored an amicus brief in New York v. Otis Boone, a New York State Court of Appeals case, arguing that jurors in all cases involving identification testimony must receive jury instructions about the flaws inherent to cross-racial identification.  New York State’s highest court ruled in favor of Mr. Boone, mandating a cross-racial identification jury instruction in certain circumstances.

Prior to joining LDF, Marne spent five years as a Criminal Defense Practice Staff Attorney at the Bronx Defenders, representing thousands of indigent clients charged with crimes in Bronx Criminal and Supreme Court. While at the Bronx Defenders, Marne successfully tried numerous misdemeanor and felony cases, including winning an outright acquittal for a client charged with attempted murder. 

Marne received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. While in law school, Marne served as a Notes Editor for the New York University Law Review, which published her student Note, Neutralizing the Gendered Collateral Consequences of the War on Drugs.  Marne received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, where she concentrated in both Public Policy and Africana Studies.  She is a member of the New York State Bar.