Marshall Dayan , Esq.


Marshall Dayan was born in Miami, Florida, but raised in Macon, Georgia.  He was awarded a B.A. degree from the University of Georgia, and received his J.D. in 1986 from Antioch School of Law. 

Dayan has been actively involved in the anti-death penalty movement since 1981.  He was staff attorney with the North Carolina Resource Center for seven years, an assistant appellate defender for the State of North Carolina for three years, and in August, 2001, became an Assistant Professor of Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law, teaching Constitutional Law, Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, and a death penalty seminar.  In June, 2006, Dayan became State Strategies Coordinator of the national ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project, which relocated from Washington, D.C. to Durham, N.C.  After almost a year with the ACLU-CPP, Dayan joined the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Defender’s Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he serves as an Assistant Federal Public Defender.

Dayan has written several published law review articles on the death penalty in various journals, and has also written several pieces on capital litigation for The Champion, the magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He has served as Chair of the Board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, as President of the NC-based People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, and as Vice-Chair on the Commission on Social Action for Reform Judaism, a national policy-making board for the Reform movement.   He currently serves as co-Chair of the board of Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, on the board of the Pittsburgh chapter of Pennsylvania ACLU and on its legal committee, and is Vice-President of the board of the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee, as well as a board member of JSPAN.  He also serves as a member of board of trustees of Adat Shalom Synagogue in Cheswick, PA.