Marcia Isaacson Joins Lawrenceville as General Counsel & Director of Risk Management

The Lawrenceville School is pleased to welcome Marcia Isaacson to its senior staff as General Counsel and Director of Risk Management. Reporting to Lawrenceville’s Chief Financial Officer and Secretary to the Board of Trustees Ben Hammond, Isaacson will also serve as liaison to the School’s Trustee Legal Committee and as an advisor to the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee.

“We are delighted to have an attorney as uniquely qualified as Marcia join the School community,” said Hammond. “Having in-house counsel means we’ll be able to take a more coordinated and thoughtful approach to our wide-ranging legal needs. The world has become increasingly complicated and institutions like ours face growing risks. These risks include protecting our students’ safety and well-being, ensuring our employees are treated fairly, mitigating threats to our digital security, preparing for natural disasters, and more. All of these risks have legal components and could harm our reputation as well.”

Isaacson said the job, as Lawrenceville’s inaugural General Counsel and Director of Risk Management, had immediate appeal. “The risks and legal issues that affect educational institutions are interesting, dynamic, and wonderfully varied. Plus, it is rewarding to work in an environment where everyone is committed to improving the lives of young people,” she explained. “I will get to be an integral member of the campus community and shape the position to best respond to the School’s needs.”

Isaacson brings more than three decades of legal experience – more than ten years in education – to Lawrenceville. She has served in legal and compliance roles at major universities, most recently as Chief Compliance Officer at Northwestern University. There, she oversaw the university’s compliance and audit functions and was actively engaged in risk management. Isaacson held similar positions at both the City University of New York (Senior Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer) and the State University of New York (Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer).

“Marcia thinks about risk in a really sophisticated way, and she brings significant legal and risk management experience in complex educational institutions,” said Hammond. “She understands how institutions like Lawrenceville operate, and she’s committed to supporting the work of faculty and staff in providing a world-class education to our students.”

Before moving into education, Isaacson served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York as well as with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Public Integrity Section. In these roles, she prosecuted complex public corruption and fraud cases.

Isaacson holds an A.B. with Distinction and Juris Doctor from Stanford University, where she was an editor of the “Stanford Law Review.” Upon graduation, she clerked with a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Isaacson’s first priority will be getting to know the School and the community. “I’ll be reaching out to meet with people and departments individually and look forward to serving on relevant committees and working groups,” she said.

Isaacson will focus on building her understanding of the principal risks to the School, and will collaborate with the various departments on ways to mitigate those risks.

“I want people to see me as someone who can answer the tough legal questions as well as counsel and advise them on ways to comply with the law and mitigate risk,” she said. “It’s a team effort – people are already doing a lot of the right things and have great ideas on what more can be done. I look forward to being a good resource, bringing people together to identify actual and potential risks, develop practical and coordinated ways to manage them, and make the School a safer place.”

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