Who We Are
Lynn Marcus is Co-Director of the Immigration Law Clinic. She launched the Clinic as a part of the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in January of 1995, and she continued as the Clinic's director when the University of Arizona became the program's home in 1997. Before then, Ms. Marcus worked for nearly every non-profit organization in Southern Arizona that provides legal services to immigrants, initially raising grant money to monitor conditions at INS detention facilities and to write and distribute self-help pamphlets for pro se immigrants in deportation proceedings. She has represented immigrants in immigration court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals, in federal district court, at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. She chairs the Advisory Board of the Asylum Program of Arizona (a program of Catholic Social Service of Tucson), and has co-chaired the Immigration Section of the State Bar. She also teaches a refugee law seminar. Ms. Marcus graduated from NYU School of Law in 1989.
Nina Rabin is Co-Director of the Immigration Law Clinic. She is also Director of the Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program , and has a joint affiliation with the Southwest Institute of Research on Women at the University of Arizona, where she is Director of Border Research. Her work focuses on the impact of immigration and border policies on women's rights. She directs projects that provide direct legal services to low-wage immigrant women workers and women in immigration detention facilities. At the same time, her projects undertake policy research and advocacy that grow out of these direct services. Prior to her work in Arizona, Ms. Rabin clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced in a civil rights law firm in California. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2003.
Gloria Klinicki provides invaluable assistance to students, professors, and clients by screening and referring callers, scheduling appointments, reserving rooms, and surmounting logistical challenges. She joined the College of Law's staff as the Clinic Administrator in the Fall of 2012. Gloria is a University of Arizona alumna with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She has worked as an accountant, a substitute teacher, and, more recently, an administrative assistant at a local high school.
Shayna Kessler joined the Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program as the Clinical Law Fellow in August 2013. Through her fellowship, Shayna focuses on legal advocacy for immigrant workers in Tucson through direct legal services and policy research. As a supervising attorney for the Tucson Immigrant Workers' Project, Shayna represents and supervises law students' representation of low-wage immigrant workers in employment matters, as well as coordinating and conducting workshops and trainings for low-wage immigrant workers and their advocates. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Shayna was a criminal defense attorney at the Bronx Defenders and she advocated for improved conditions in New York's prisons as the Prison Visiting Project Associate at the Correctional Association of NY. Shayna graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2010.
Patricia Mejia has been the pro bono lawyer for the Immigration Consultation Clinic for many years. She is in private practice in Tucson, specializing in removal and deportation defense. Ms. Mejia was previously an Equal Justice Fellow at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Inc., where she designed and taught pro se representation courses to immigration detainees at the Eloy Detention Center. Ms. Mejia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She is a graduate of Boston College Law School.
When Ms. Mejia is unavailable, other members of the local immigration bar generously volunteer to supervise Clinic students.
Last Updated: 11/01/2013