Marcia Isaacson is Lawrenceville's inaugural 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.
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).
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.
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