Marquis Whitney is a Law Clerk at the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, a federal trial court that adjudicates disputes in both civil and criminal cases. Marquis provides direct assistance and counsel to a Magistrate Judge in making legal determinations and in writing opinions by researching legal issues before the court. Prior to his clerkship, Marquis spent several years at the United States District Court, Clerk’s Office where he served in various positions including Courtroom Deputy, Appeals Clerk, and Generalist.
Marquis is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and Rutgers University. As a former evening law student, Marquis is no stranger to extraordinary challenges. Despite a tough course schedule and demanding career, Marquis was actively involved with the law school, student organizations and various bar associations. Of particular note is Marquis’ roles as President of the Black Law Students’ Association, Law Student Liaison for the Garden State Bar Association (“GSBA”) and volunteer work for the Center for Policy and Research. In addition, Marquis served on the Interscholastic and Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Boards, earning Best Brief honors and first place in the Eugene Gressman Moot Court Competition.
A firm believer in the African proverb, “each one teach one,” Marquis spends significant time serving the community. Marquis volunteers as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties and previously served as a mentor in the Thurgood Marshall Law Academy at University High School in Newark, New Jersey. As a mentor, Marquis shares the knowledge he has gained in every area of his life including lessons learned, successes, failures, talents, and blessings. Marquis also provides nontraditional law students with the opportunity to learn about judges, the judicial decision-making process, and the justice system in general, while working as a judicial extern.
Marquis currently serves on the Board for the GSBA, New Jersey’s oldest and largest professional organization for Black lawyers, judges, and law students. In this role, Marquis has spearheaded, participated in, and spoken at various panels and networking events for the New Jersey legal community. Lastly, Marquis is a founding member of “The Collective,” which is a group of Black male lawyers who represent the best and brightest in private practice, prestigious clerkships and in-house counsel across New Jersey.