The Marino Family has for three generations helped aspiring young attorneys prepare for the bar exam, enhancing their law school knowledge and sharpening their test-taking skills.

Professor Joe Marino was named “the go-to-guy for those in need of bar review” by The New York Law Journal after helping JFK, Jr., the most famous retaker, to pass the bar exam, after failing twice with two other bar courses.

A former full time professor at New York Law School, credited for raising their bar passage rate from 57% to 94%  and a former lecturer for Barbri, Professor Marino earned a reputation for helping unsuccessful bar exam candidates to pass, most notably with his Retaker Course, the only program designed specifically for those students retaking the bar exam.

Part of the reason the Retaker Course has proven to be so successful is Professor Marino’s unique understanding of what causes the vast majority of retakers to fail. If being smart and knowing the law was all that students needed, they likely would not have failed. However, passing the bar exam requires more than simply knowing the law; it requires the knowledge of what to do with it. In his Retaker Course, Prof. Marino combined the recall and memory component of bar studying with his exam performance workshops, teaching students how to apply the legal rules to the test questions.

Generations of attorneys nationwide have attributed their bar exam success to Marino and send their children and grandchildren – as well as their legal interns and law clerks – to Marino for bar exam preparation. It is a tradition that has continued for 70 years.

After being a fixture in the world of legal education for the past 40 years, Professor Marino passed away in 2016. His wife Emily and son Michael continue his commitment to help law students pass the bar exam and accomplish their goals as successful attorneys.  

Our sense of family and commitment to our customers extends to all of our staff. Our core staff includes:

Emily Marino Director of Marino Bar Tutors, Emily handles almost all aspects of this business, from hiring and training tutors to matching them with prospective clients. Having run Marino Legal with her husband for 35 years, Emily plays an active role in managing all three Marino Legal businesses. She earned her B.S. from the University of Maryland and her M.S. from Adelphi University.

Michael Marino, Esq. The Director of Marino Legal, Michael joined the family business in 2009. Responsible for taking Marino Legal into the digital age, he’s constantly working to make the MarinoLegalCLE.com experience a pleasant one, while also keeping an eye on sons Max and Teddy, potentially the fourth generation of Marino Legal. After earning his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, Michael was an adjunct professor at New York Law School.

Max Shoengold, Esq. Our National Sales Director, Max develops and implements Marino Legal’s plans to expand our Bar Review and Continuing Legal Education programs nationwide. Max earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from Brandeis University. Prior to joining Marino Legal, he practiced as an Associate Attorney in several law firms in New York City and was awarded a Legal Fellowship with the National Labor Relations Board.

Sue Silverman, Esq. Sue Silverman is the senior legal editor and is responsible for developing the course materials for the Marino Bar Review courses.  After earning her J.D. from NYU Law, Sue practiced as a litigation associate for several years before joining Marino Legal.