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Faculty Profile

Lynn Marcus

Co-Director, Immigration Clinic


E-mail:  Lynn Marcus
Office Number: RH 127
Office Phone: (520) 621-4647

Courses Taught:
Asylum & Refugee Rights Law - Law 696K
Immigration Law Clinic - Law 696C

Biographical Information

Immigration Law Clinic Website:

Administrative Associate:  Gloria Klinicki– (520) 626-5232

Published Decisions::

  • Sinotes-Cruz v. Gonzales, 468 F.3d 1190 (9th Cir. 2006), co-counsel for petitioner (rule disqualifying certain legal permanent residents from eligibility for waivers does not apply retroactively to pre-1996 criminal convictions);
  • Fernandez-Ruiz v. Gonzales, 466 F. 3d 1121 (9th Cir. 2006) (en banc), co-counsel for amici curiae (the term “crime of violence,” used, inter alia, as a basis for removal of non-citizens, does not encompass accidental incidents, such as offenses which may be committed recklessly rather than with an intent to injure); brief published at;
  • Ye v. INS, 214 F. 3d 1128 (9th Cir. 2000), counsel for petitioner (unlawful entry into a locked vehicle is neither “burglary” nor a “crime of violence” so as to render noncitizen subject to removal as an aggravated felon).


New York University School of Law, J.D. (1989) Moot Court Board, 1987 - 1988; Recipient of Public Interest Summer Internship Grants, 1987 & 1988
Stanford University, B.A. (1986) 

Admitted to Practice

United States Supreme Court
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court of Arizona

Professional Work Experience

Co-Director, Immigration Law Clinic, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2008 - present
Director, Immigration Clinic, James E. Rogers College of Law, 1997 - 2007
Clinic Director; Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Inc., Florence and Tucson, Arizona, 1995 - 1996
Intake Attorney (part time), Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc., Tucson, Arizona, 1994
Attorney, Project Coordinator, Tucson Ecumenical Council Legal Assistance, Tucson, Arizona, 1990 - 1994
Attorney; Legal Assistant, Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc. Immigration Project, Tucson, Arizona , 1989 - 1990
Legal Intern, Washington Square Legal Services, New York, N.Y., 1988 - 1989
Intern Practioner, Public Defender Association, Seattle, Washington, Summer 1988
Law Clerk, Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc., Tucson, Arizona, Summer 1987
Legal Intern, East Palo Alto Community Law Project Immigration Clinic, East Palo Alto, California, 1985 - 1986

Representative Publications

Immigration Defense for Arizona Defense Attorneys (2003) (handbook).
Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Sanctuary Movement and the Asylum Program of Southern Arizona (Desert Penguin Media, 2002) (videotape).
Complete List of Publications

Public Service

Member, Board of Directors, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest Dec. 2005 - 2008
Founding member, Asylum Program of Arizona, 2002 - present Chair of Advisory Board
Member, Immigration Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, 2001 - present Co-chair, 2003 - 2005; member, Executive Council, 2004 - 2007
No More Deaths, volunteer consulting attorney (periodic summer training sessions for volunteers) 2005 - 2007
Member, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild 1990 - present, annual meeting planning committee member, 2005, 2006
Member, Board of Directors, Southern Arizona People's Law Center 1998 - 2005
Member, Immigration and Nationality Committee, Section of International Law and Practice, Arizona Bar Association 1999 - 2000
Member, Board of Directors, Tucson Ecumenical Council Legal Assistance 1998 - 2000


YWCA of Tucson's Women on the Move Recipient  2004
First Place, Creative Writing Contest (Song/Poetry), Clinical Education Association  2003
University of Arizona Minority Law Students' Association Community Service Award  1998
New York University Public Service Fellowship  1992


Last Updated: 07/11/2013