Marcie Rodriguez was working in the Law Department at the New York City Housing Authority when a supervisor suggested she take the civil service exam. Soon, she was offered a position as a Case Manager at the NYC Department of Education’s Impartial Hearing Office, managing the document flow and scheduling of cases.

What Marcie discovered she enjoyed most about the Impartial Hearing office was helping parents who had questions or felt lost in the process. It was through this work that she began to reflect on her own family history and came to realize that several relatives had had special education needs and never received what they were entitled to under the law. After seven years at the Impartial Hearing Office, Marcie accepted an offer to be a paralegal at our firm in order to have an even more direct impact helping families of kids with special needs.

Marcie received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from John Jay College in 2016.

In her spare time, Marcie is active with a community organization she helped to found in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she grew up. L.E.S. United brings mentorship, SAT prep, and basketball to neighborhood teens.