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A University of Michigan Law School graduate, James represents victims of sex abuse in schools, colleges, churches, and government and military institutions; campus sexual assault and rape, online sexual exploitation; child pornography; sextortion, and revenge porn.

His case on compensation for victims of child pornography in federal criminal restitution proceedings was recently decided by the United States Supreme Court. That case, United States v. Paroline, led to the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act which was recently passed by the Senate 98-0 and is pending in the House.

James founded the nationally recognized Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC, and is an experienced trial attorney, and frequent commentator, lecturer, and author on legal issues affecting children and victims of sex abuse and exploitation. He now leads Marsh Law Firm in New York which is recognized worldwide for its work helping sexually abused victims obtain justice and rebuild their lives with dignity and respect.

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Practice Areas

  • Child Sex Abuse
  • Child Pornography
  • Criminal Restitution
  • Title IX Sex Discrimination
  • Campus Sexual Assault and Harassment
  • Crime Victim’s Rights
  • Sextortion and Revenge Porn
  • Federal Tort Claims Act Sexual Abuse
  • Internet Privacy Law
  • Children’s Rights
  • Federal Appeals

Education

J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1990

A.B., University of Michigan, 1987

Graduated cum laude and with distinction


Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

New York, 1991
District of Columbia, 1993
US District Court – District of Columbia
US District Court – Southern District of New York
US District Court – Northern District of New York
US District Court – Western District of New York
First Circuit Court of Appeals
Second Circuit Court of Appeals
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court


Boards and Commissions

Founding Board Member – Children’s Justice Fund – 2016 to present

Member – Canadian Centre for Child Protection Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Imagery Working Group – 2015 to present

Founding Board Member – International Child Rescue Project – 2015 to present

Expert Advisor – ECPAT International Access to Justice and Remedies Project – 2015 to present

Member – United States Sentencing Commission Victims Advisory Group – December 2012 to present

President – Children’s Law Center Emeritus Board – 2011 to 2015

Honorary Board Member – Children’s Health Care is a Legal Duty (CHILD, Inc.) – 1999 to present

Founder, President, and Executive Director – Children’s Law Center – 1996 to 2011

Member – ABA Section of Litigation, Children and the Law Committee, Child Welfare Subcommittee – 2001 to 2002

Chair – The Mayor’s Committee on Adoption Law Reform, Washington, DC – 1999 to 2000

Secretary – The Mayor’s Advisory Council on Permanent Homes for Children, Washington, DC – 1999 to 2000

Co-chair – DC Metro Chapter of the National Association of Council for Children – 1997 to 2000

Founder – DC Superior Court Permanency Mediation Project – 1999 to 2000

Member – DC Superior Court Remediation Project Advisory Committee – 1999 to 2000

Member – DC Superior Court Family Division Advisory Rules Committee – 1999 to 2000

Member – DC Superior Court Family Division Model Court Committee – 1999 to 2000

Presenter – Fourth Annual Children’s Initiatives Forum (Washington, DC) – 1999

Member – The Charleston Condominium Board of Directors (Arlington, VA) – 1996 to 2000


Fellowships

Senior Fellow at the Center for Adoption Research – UMass Medical School – 2002 to 2004

Legislative Fellow for United States Senator Frank Lautenberg – 1993 to 1994


Speaker Reviews

“Have been following the work of James Marsh in this area for the past three years because I think there’s a wealth of knowledge to be gleaned from his experiences. Hopefully some of that knowledge can translate to positive changes in my state for child victims. Thank you!”

“Bring Marsh back for another forum on the Trafficking on children.”

“I really enjoyed hearing James Marsh speak, he was by far my favorite part of the day.”

“James Marsh was incredible and should be asked to return.”

“Bring back Mr. Marsh next year.”

“The best part of the day was Mr. Marsh’s presentation. He was both informative and entertaining. He kept the atmosphere refreshing.”

“Great speaker.”

“Quite revealing and disturbing realities. Great speaker!”

“Fantastic and engaging.”

“Fantastic!!!”

“James Marsh was incredible!”

“Mr. Marsh was exceptional – information very useful.”

“I really enjoyed hearing James Marsh speak, he was by far my favorite part of the day.”

“James Marsh presentation was fantastic!”

“Loved James Marsh! He was informative but funny and kept me awake!”

“James Marsh – Wow! What a topic! Very enlightening and his comments and information was an eye opener.”

“Awesome.”


Lectures

Full restitution for child pornography victims: the Supreme Court’s Paroline decision and the need for a congressional response — Lecture — Children’s and Young People’s Rights in the Digital Age — London School of Economics — London, England (July 26, 2016)

Pursuing Restitution & Justice for Child Pornography Victims — Keynote Speaker — Utah Crime Victims Conference: 21st Century Solutions Enhancing Response to Victims — Midway, Utah (April 21, 2016)

Digital Neglect and the Online Abuse of Children — Lecture — The Passaic County Multidisciplinary Team — Passaic, New Jersey (October 22, 2015)

Representing Child Victims: Promises and Challenges for the 21st Century — Guest Lecturer — Center for Child Advocacy at Montclair State University — Montclair, New Jersey (April 8, 2015)

Representing Child Victims, Assessing their Competency, and Working with Parents — Lecture — Special Victims’ Counsel Seminar — Judge Advocate General’s School — Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (January 9, 2015)

Title IX on Campus — Luncheon Workshop — Denison University — Granville, Ohio (October 10, 2014)

Child Pornography as Child Trafficking — Laura C. Harris Symposium — Denison University — Granville, Ohio (October 9, 2014)

Pornography — Feminist Theory Special Guest — Denison University — Granville, Ohio (October 8, 2014)

Restitution for Child Pornography Victims: The Impact of Paroline v. United States — 2014 National Institute — The National Center for Victims of Crime — Miami, Florida (September 17, 2014)

Compensation for Child Pornography Victims — 19th International Conference & Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma — Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma — San Diego, California (September 9, 2014)

Providing Legal Services to Child Victims — Victims’ Legal Counsel Organization Annual Training — United States Marine Corps — San Diego, California (August 26, 2014)

Architecture of a Victims’ Rights Case:  How Amy Made it to the U.S. Supreme Court — Never Whisper Justice; Demand Victims’ Rights — National Crime Victim Law Institute Conference — Portland, Oregon (June 19, 2014)

Child Pornography: First Report of the Dutch National Rapporteur — The Twenty First Century Child: New Technologies and New Concerns — Center for Child Advocacy at Montclair State University Ninth Annual National Conference — Montclair, New Jersey (April 4, 2014)

Compensation for Child Pornography Victims — The Twenty First Century Child: New Technologies and New Concerns — Center for Child Advocacy at Montclair State University Ninth Annual National Conference — Montclair, New Jersey (April 4, 2014)

Restitution for Child Pornography Victims — The Twenty First Century Child: New Technologies and New Concerns — Prevent Child Abuse Texas 28th Annual Conference on the Prevention of Child Abuse — San Antonio, Texas (March 3, 2014)

Compensating Victims of Child Pornography and Exploitation — 31st Annual Conference on Crime Victims’ Issues — Virginia Beach, Virginia (November 22, 2013)

Restitution for Child Pornography Victims — ICAC Training and Technical Assistance Program — Webinar (August 22, 2013)

Financial Compensation for Victims of Child Pornography — 14th International Symposium — World Society of Victimology — The Hague, Netherlands (May 23, 2012)

Criminal Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography — Crimes Against Children: The Multiple Faces of Child Victimization — Montclair State University Center for Child Advocacy National Conference (April 15, 2011)

Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography — Predators, Porn & The Law: America’s Children in the Internet Era — Syracuse University College of Law (April 9, 2011)

Rehabilitation, Incapacitation, Retribution: What is Congress’s Role? — Predators, Porn & The Law: America’s Children in the Internet Era — Syracuse University College of Law (April 9, 2011)

Restitution for Victims of Child Exploitation — National Crime Victim Bar Association National Conference (September 16, 2010)

Child Exploitation and the Child Welfare System — Connecticut Assistant Attorneys General Retreat (June 14, 2010)

Representing Victims of Child Pornography — The National Crime Victim Bar Association Conference (June 20, 2007)

The Practice of Child Welfare Law in 2036 — The University of Michigan Law School Child Advocacy Law Clinic 30th Anniversary Symposium (March 31, 2007)

New Developments In Special Education — Lorman Educational Services (January 24, 2006)

Children’s Legal Rights in New York Public Schools — Pace Law School (November 21, 2005)

Records Retention Management in the Digital Age: A Key Element in Minimizing Agency and Worker Liability — National Resource Center for Information Technology in Child Welfare (April 21, 2004)

Document Management: Best Practices and Technology Solutions — The Child Welfare League of America (November 12, 2003)

Adoption and Kinship Law — The Child Welfare League of America (July 31, 2003)

Meeting the Special Legal Needs of Children — The American Bar Association (April 16–17, 2003)

Adoption Law and Policy Update — The Child Welfare League of America (November 7, 2002)

ASFA Panel Discussion: Following the Yellow Brick Road? — Twelfth Annual Peirce Warwick Symposium (October 4, 2002)

Preparing Social Workers to Testify in Court — The National Association of Council for Children (September 28, 2002)

Organizing and Running a Children’s Law Center and Pro Bono Child Representation Program, The American Bar Association (June 7, 2002)

Fundamentals of Social Worker Witness Preparation — District of Columbia Child and Family Service Agency (May 24–28, 2002)

The Adoption and Safe Families Act in the District of Columbia — The Council for Court Excellence (February 25–May 19, 2000)

Courtroom Skills for Child Welfare Social Workers — District of Columbia Child and Family Service Agency (May 24–25, 2000)

Permanency Mediation — The Superior Court of the District of Columbia (May 11, 2000)

Technology Fundamentals for Attorneys — The Bar Association of the District of Columbia (May 6, 2000)

The District of Columbia Foster Children’s Guardianship Act — The Children’s Law Center (2001)

Children’s Records Law in the District of Columbia — Lorman Educational Services (1999–2001)

The District of Columbia Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) and the Courts — The Council for Court Excellence (2000)

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) Training — The Superior Court of the District of Columbia (2000)

Adoption Subsidy in the District of Columbia — The District of Columbia Bar Association (1999–2000)

Child Welfare in the District of Columbia in the 21st Century – Steps to Achieving Successful Outcomes in Abuse and Neglect Cases — Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia (2000)

Next Steps for Child Welfare Reform in the District of Columbia — Consortium for Child Welfare Symposium (November 17–18, 1999)

Issues for Attorneys in Adoption Cases — The Neglect and Delinquency Practice Institute (June 19, 1999)

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect – Issues for Physicians — Howard University School of Medicine (1999)

Abuse and Neglect Legal Overview for Men and the Community — The Urban League (1999)

Social Worker Introductory Training — The Consortium for Child Welfare (1999)

Adoption in the District of Columbia: Promises and Challenges — Georgetown Television Children at Risk Series (1998)


Articles and Publications

Blog, The Huffington Post, 2014

Full Restitution for Child Pornography Victims: The Supreme Court’s Paroline Decision and the Need for a Congressional Response, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, 13 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 5 (2015)

Federal Criminal Restitution for Child Pornography Victims, Children’s Rights Litigation, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Fall 2014

The Case for Full Restitution for Child Pornography Victims, George Washington University Law Review, Volume 82, Number 1,  December 2013

Child Pornography Restitution Update, Sex Offender Law Report, Volume 14, #5,  August/September 2013

Masha’s Law: A Federal Civil Remedy for Child Pornography Victims, Syracuse Law Review, 61 Syracuse L. Rev. 459, 2011

Recent Judicial Decisions Regarding the Adoption and Safe Families Act, Adoption Quarterly, Volume: 8 Issue: 4, 2005

Adopting a Foster Child in New York, Adoption Law: Practice and Procedure in the 21st Century, New York State Bar Association, 2004

Social Work Misconduct May Lead to Liability, Social Work, Volume: 49 Number: 4, 2004

Constitutional Rights of Foster Parents to Adopt Foster Children, Adoption & Fostering, Summer 2003

Recent Developments in Adoption Law, Adoption Quarterly, Volume: 6 Issue: 3, 2003

The Federal Government’s Role in Child Welfare – In Plain Language, Fostering Families Today, 2003

How Should the Law Respond When Children Die, Or Are Injured, In Foster Care? Even Limited Immunities for Foster Parents Are Dangerous, FindLaw’s Writ, March 27, 2003

The Adoption and Child Welfare Law Reporter, i-net Publishing Solutions LLC, 2002–2003

Federal Paternity Proceedings, Matthew Bender, Disputed Paternity Proceedings, 2002

Federal Impact on Adoption, Matthew Bender, Adoption Law and Practice, 2001, 2005

Legal Notes: USA, Adoption and Fostering Journal, Volume 26 Number 1, 2002

DC Adoption and Safe Families Act, The Children’s Law Center, Inc., CD–ROM and Website, 2000

Child Welfare Law and Practice in the District of Columbia, The Children’s Law Center, Inc., 2000

Issues for Attorneys in Adoption Cases, The Children’s Law Center, Inc., 1999

Initial and Shelter Care Hearings: Strategies and Practice Pointers for Attorneys, The Children’s Law Center, Inc., 1998

The Pro Bono Adoption Referral Project: Training Manual, The Children’s Law Center, Inc., 1997


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