Mary Lynne Werlwas Named Head of PRP
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016

Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice, announced Mary Lynne Werlwas as incoming Director of the Prisoners’ Rights Project.

Mary Lynne joined the Prisoners’ Rights Project as a Staff Attorney in 1999. Throughout her legal career, Mary Lynne has employed civil rights and constitutional litigation to improve the lives of others and been a tireless advocate for the clients we serve. As a member of PRP, she is class counsel in Nunez v. New York, challenging the system wide abuse of people held in New York City jails, and Handberry v. Thompson, remedying New York City’s failure to provide high school education to youth held in adult jails. Prior to joining the Society she was an associate at Altshuler, Berzon, Nussbaum, Rubin & Demain in San Francisco, specializing in labor, employment, constitutional and civil rights law, and the Leonard Sandler Fellow at Human Rights Watch in New York. She served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and to the Honorable Chief Justice Gubbay of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe in Harare. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review.

Mary Lynne will assume her new role in PRP on May 23rd.