Marika received her J.D. cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has been a public defender for over ten years and has served as Legal Director of The Bronx Defenders since 2007. As Legal Director, she supervises attorneys in legal writing and research and litigation of complex and novel legal issues. She is also responsible for keeping the office up-to-date on developments in the law and for supervising de novo bail applications, bail writs and pro bono appeals. In March 2012, she obtained a unanimous decision from the New York Court of Appeals construing New York’s bail statute to require bail to be set in two forms and prohibiting cash only bail. Marika has conducted trainings on alternative forms of bail and bail advocacy throughout the state and has led numerous CLEs on criminal defense matters. Prior to joining the office, Marika worked at the Legal Aid Society and Appellate Advocates. While in law school, she externed at the United States District Court-Northern District of California and immediately upon graduated, worked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she earned an Excellence Award. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley with distinction in English Literature.
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