Marleena graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Theory and Women’s Studies. Marleena continued on to receive her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2018, where she earned a certificate in Child and Family Law. She was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2018.
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During her time in law school, Marleena was very involved in DePaul’s family law program. She was a member of the school’s Child and Family Law Association, was awarded the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Fellowship Grant, and received the CALI award for Legal Excellence in her Family Law Drafting course for receiving the highest grade in the class. Marleena also displayed a passion for pro bono work and was awarded the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service award.
Marleena has worked with the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. since 2017, having worked as a law clerk before being admitted to the Illinois Bar. Prior to joining the firm, Marleena interned at the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services on the Domestic Violence Team, clerked for a distinguished Judge in the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and worked at a large family law firm in downtown Chicago, all of which helped her gain experience in all aspects of family law.