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Efrain Marimon

by Rob Peeler Nov 01, 2016
Efrain Marimon

Instructor of Education

Director, Social Justice Fellowship

113b Chambers Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-6445

Biography:

Efrain Marimon is an instructor at Penn State University in the College of Education. He is currently developing community-based programs with various university departments and exploring new initiatives related to social justice, human rights, law, and education. 

Efrain is the faculty lead and founder of the Restorative Justice Initiative: a collaborative group of faculty members, graduate students, staff, and community stakeholders dedicated to restoring and empowering individuals that are incarcerated or recently released through education and meaningful engagement in civic life. It is a collaboration between the College of Education, CentrePeace (a local non-profit that works with incarcerated populations), and the Rock Ethics Institute. The initiative is in early development and is currently creating immersive, interdisciplinary curricula that supports and enhances programing in correctional facilities in Centre County.

Prior to working for Penn State, Efrain served as a teaching fellow and adjunct professor for the Street Law Clinic at Georgetown Law. At the Street Law Clinic, Efrain selected, trained, and supervised J.D. students who taught curricula to high school students throughout Washington, D.C. He also designed curriculum, co-taught a weekly legal seminar, coordinated placements with administrators, and regularly liaised with government agencies and nonprofits.  

Efrain also co-taught a summer clinic at Georgetown Law that supervised instructors teaching adults in various settings: correctional facilities; treatment centers for alcohol, drug, or HIV problems; homeless shelters; halfway houses; and other community centers. He also managed instructional and programmatic responsibilities at Georgetown Law for a program called After School Kids (ASK). The ASK Program is a youth diversion program that pairs Georgetown University students as mentors for court-involved youth. The mentors worked with law instructors to deliver weekly classes at the Law Center for program participants. 

Prior to working for the Georgetown Law, Efrain clerked for the Miami-Dade School Board Attorney and the General Counsel for Florida’s Department of Education. He earned his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University Law, where he graduated with honors. He received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Georgetown Law and is licensed to practice law in Florida.

Before law school, Efrain earned his M.S.Ed. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught Social Studies and Literacy in Philadelphia; and he frequently led professional development for his school, the district, and worked for Teach for America as a high school curriculum specialist.  During his time as an educator, Efrain was awarded the “Top 100 Teachers” recognition by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and presented a formal commendation by the School District of Philadelphia’s Superintendent for “Exemplary Community Leadership.”

Recently Efrain has conducted professional training for various national and international groups. In 2015, he trained graduate students, teachers, and attorneys at The Law Society of Scotland and at the University of Hong Kong Human Rights Clinic. Similarly, he led a session for attorneys, teachers, and administrators on innovative teaching methods at the 2015 Law-Related Education Conference for the American Bar Association. Currently, Efrain has plans to train clinical law faculty in Russia to establish Street Law Programs.