MARJORIE R. ESMAN was admitted to the practice of law in 1987. She spent twenty years in private practice focusing on copyright and trademark copyright and trademark issues, as well as First Amendment litigation concerning the freedom of speech and religion. She has served as chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the New Orleans Bar Association. From 2007-2017 she was Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana, retiring and returning to her law practice.
In addition to her law degree (Tulane 1987), Esman holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane University (1981) and has taught at Tulane, LSU, and the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). She serves on the boards of Parkway Partners, a New Orleans organization dedicated to restoring and preserving the green spaces in the city of New Orleans; Emerge Louisiana, which trains Democratic women to run for elected office, and is Legal Counsel to the Louisiana Democratic Party.