I’m very pleased to welcome the latest addition to our team, Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon, who joins FIRE as a Senior Program Officer with our Individual Rights Defense Program.
A native of the Philadelphia area, Marieke graduated summa cum laude from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2004. Marieke continued her studies at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 2008.
After law school, Marieke clerked for the Honorable A. Richard Caputo in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania before joining the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania as a legal fellow in 2009. She later joined the Philadelphia firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis as a commercial litigation associate, where she continued to work on civil rights cases on a pro bono basis, focusing primarily on the First Amendment. Right before joining FIRE, she served as a Project Coordinator for the nonprofit Resources for Human Development, where she implemented projects addressing disability discrimination and health care reform.
As you may have noticed, we’ve already put Marieke to work here on The Torch, and no doubt you’ll be hearing plenty more from her. I know I speak for all of us at FIRE when I say I’m glad to have her on our team, and I look forward to the good work we’ll do together.