Maddy was born and raised in the Syracuse area. After graduating from Liverpool High School, Maddy attended Le Moyne College where she majored in political science and minored in legal studies, criminology, and philosophy. Maddy was also a part of Le Moyne College’s Integral Honors Program, where she was able to thoroughly research, write, and defend her honors thesis titled “The Land of the Incarcerated and the Home of Racial Inequality: Mass Incarceration in the United States.” Maddy graduated from Le Moyne summa cum laude with the highest distinction from her participation in the Honors Program. While studying at Le Moyne, Maddy was introduced to the legal field with an internship with DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Law Firm and a study abroad program to the international courts in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Maddy’s passion for criminal justice reform and serving those in need lead her to law school, which she attended at Syracuse University College of Law. While at the College of Law, Maddy achieved great academic success and was elected to the executive board of Syracuse Law Review, where she served as the Senior Notes Editor. As a member of Law Review, Maddy was given the opportunity to expand on her prior research of mass incarceration, race, and poverty with her Note, “Cracks in Equal Protection Analysis: A Critique of Courts’ Treatment of Equal Protection Claims Stemming from the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986.” Maddy also served as a research assistant to multiple professors in the legal fields of criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, international law, and administrative/labor law.
I decided to become an attorney during my sophomore year at Le Moyne College after watching a documentary called 13th. Learning about the fundamental issues with our criminal justice system unleashed a passion I never knew I had. From that moment forward, I knew I would dedicate my career to advocacy, justice, and helping people navigate some of the lowest points in their lives.