Marwa Elbially graduated from the University at Albany with a B.A. in Political Science. After receiving her undergraduate degree, cum laude, she attended Albany Law School, where she was President of the local chapter of the Muslim Law Students Association. While in law school she had the opportunity to work in Cairo, Egypt, with Human Rights Associations on issues affecting prisoners, the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, and the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. She also studied at the René Cassin International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, during the summer of 2009.
After graduation, she continued her activism on issues related to civil liberties for Muslims and underrepresented groups. As a volunteer with the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF), she assisted in the development of an extensive database of pre-emptively prosecuted defendants and served as NCPCF Interim Executive Director for a period of time in 2014.
She began working for CLCMA in January of 2015 as our Project Resource Attorney and is responsible for setting up educational programs and conferences, identifying and cultivating pro bono assistance, coordinating special projects for CLCMA, handling individual cases and clients, and assisting with writing and research as needed.