Mother

Accomplished Attorney 

Immigrant 

Veteran 

ABOUT MARYLIN

Accomplishments 

Professional 

In The Community 

Education:
  • May 1990 - Howard University School of Law, Juris Doctor

  • Leadership Montgomery, Graduate 2009

  • Emerge Maryland Graduate, 201

Employment:
  • 1985 – Enlisted in the United States Army Reserved (ROTC)

  • 1987 – Commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army

  • 1992 - Law Office of Woodard & Howard Associate Attorney

Admitted to:
  • 2000 - United States District Court for the Southern District of New York Bar

  • 2000 - United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York Bar

  • 1999 - State of New York Bar

  • 1999 - District of Columbia Bar

  • 1997 - United States Supreme Court Bar

  • 1996 - United States District Court for the District of Columbia

  • 1992 - United States District Court for the District of Maryland Bar

  • 1992 - State of Maryland Bar

  • 1991 - Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bar

Member of Bar Association:
  • 2013 - Vietnamese American Bar Association of the District of Columbia Member

  • 2009 - Asian American Pacific Bar Association, Member

  • 2007 - Monumental Bar Association, Member

  • 1992- Women's Bar Association Member

  • 1992 - Montgomery County Bar Association Member, Leader 2009

  • 1992 - J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association Member, President 2012

  • Member:

  • 2009 - Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society, Member

  • 2008 - Lincoln Park Historical Foundation Board, Member

  • 2007 - Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, Member

Other:
  • 2009 - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Legal Redress Attorney

  • 2008 - Riley House/Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site Central Research Center of African American History, Legal Advisor

  • 2006 - Montgomery County Circuit Court Domestic Relations Facilitator

2015
  • Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating CommissionMember, Chair 2019

  • Maryland State Board of Occupational Therapy

2010
  • Menare Foundation, Board Member

2009
  • Women's Democratic Club, Member

  • Montgomery Women, Vice-Chair

  • Montgomery County Historical Society, Board Member

  • Comptroller Peter Franchot's Montgomery County Steering Committee, Member

2008
  • Montgomery Women, Member

2007
  • African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County, Member

  • African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County, Financial Officer

Recognition & Awards

2019
  • Leadership in Law Award, 2019

2018
  • Toastmasters International, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), 2018

  • United States Senate’s Citation, 2018

  • State of Maryland Governor's Citation, 2018

  • Maryland State Senate Citation, 2018

  • Business and Professional Women of Maryland Montgomery County Woman of Achievement, 2018

2016
  • J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association Community Service Award, 2016

2014
  • The Daily Record's Maryland’s Top 100 Women (Circle of Excellence), 2014

  • Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) Morgan/Jerney Community Service Award, 2014

  • Maryland State Conference’s Enolia Pettigen McMillan “Women in NAACP" Award, 2014

  • United States Senate Certificate of Special Recognition, 2014

  • Maryland State Senate Certificate of Recognition, 2014

  • Howard County Certificate of Recognition, 2014

2012
  • The Daily Record's Maryland’s Top 100 Women, 2012

2010
  • The Daily Record's Maryland’s Top 100 Women, 2010

  • United States House of Representatives Certificate of Congressional Recognition, 2010

  • Lincoln Park Historical Society Honored Veteran, 2010

  • Montgomery County Bar Association Pro Bono Award

  • Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Pro Bono Star, 2010

2002
  • United States Senate’s Citation, 2002  

  • State of Maryland Governor's Citation, 2002

  • African American Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County Businesswoman of the Year, 2002

MARYLIN'S STORY 

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In 1975, Marylin and her family immigrated to the United States from Haiti in search of a better life. At an early age, Marylin was inspired to practice law after listening to the passionate arguments of the first African American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. Her career went on to thrive. 

Marylin is a retired First Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve who served as an officer in the Military Police Corps.  She graduated from Howard University School of Law and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has been practicing law in Montgomery County for over 30 years.

Marylin is also a well-known community organizer, public servant, and legal expert in Montgomery County, Maryland. She has worked hard to ensure that everyone has equitable access to legal representation and is treated with dignity and respect in the eyes of the law.  She knows the meaning of family which involves determination, understanding, and communication because, throughout her career, she continues to receive support from her husband of almost 29 years, Reynold Pierre-Louis, and their three wonderful children.

A THRIVING CAREER

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Marylin was a facilitator for the Montgomery County Circuit Court Domestic Relations Division for almost 10 years. As a facilitator, Marylin helped numerous parties with divorce, child support, custody, visitation, and other cases resolve their issues; and wrote consent orders that were to be signed by the family law magistrates and the Circuit Court judges. This helped lessened the court’s docket and empowered the parties who were then able to resolve their disputes in manners satisfactory to them.​

Marylin has addressed the United States Supreme Court, the country’s highest court and the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. She has represented clients in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals; various Maryland Circuit and District Courts; the District of Columbia trial and appellate courts; and New York trial courts. She has also represented clients before the Office of Administrative Hearings; the Motor Vehicle Administration; and the Worker’s Compensation Commission.

Marylin is a former officer in the United States Army Military Police Corps; a former chair of the Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission; and a former president of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, Maryland’s largest and most active specialty bar association. Marylin is a consumer member of the Maryland State Board of Occupational Therapy and the legal counsel for the Business and Professional Women of Maryland. She is a former legal counsel and a former board member of the Montgomery County Historical Society, a former legal redress attorney for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Montgomery County, Maryland Branch, and a former Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

READY TO SERVE