Global Director of Pro Bono

Marcia Tavares Maack

Pro Bono, Social & Impact Finance, Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)


Marcia Tavares Maack is the Global Director of Pro Bono for Mayer Brown, and is responsible for managing the firm’s pro bono program. Marcia acts as a liaison to the legal services and nonprofit community, develops and selects pro bono opportunities, and ensures a broad range of participation in the firm’s pro bono activities. She also assists and supervises the firm’s attorneys with their pro bono cases, and spearheads the firm’s major pro bono initiatives and partnerships with corporate clients. Under her leadership, the firm has twice been named to the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Hot List and has received numerous other awards and accolades.

Marcia's pro bono work is concentrated in the areas of international human rights, asylum, and refugee matters. In addition to numerous other projects, she coordinates the asylum efforts of a coalition of more than twenty law firms and legal departments working on behalf of the almost 150 students from the Asian University for Women whom the firm helped to evacuate from Afghanistan in August 2020.

Marcia is a member of the Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice. She also served on the board of directors of the Washington Council of Lawyers and the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Marcia has been a speaker at public interest and pro bono conferences in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru, in addition to the Pro Bono Institute annual conference and the ABA Equal Justice Conference. She is fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish.

Before becoming the Global Director of Pro Bono, Marcia served as the firm’s Assistant Director of Pro Bono Activities, a position she held from 2005 to 2015. Prior to that, Marcia was a lawyer in Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice.


  • Brooklyn Law School, JD, cum laude
  • Cornell University, BA


  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Washington Council of Lawyers, 2014-Present
  • Committee Member, Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, 2012-Present 
  • Member, Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2009-2015
  • Member, Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo), 2006-Present