Lynn Marcus

Director, Community Immigration Law Placement Clinic & Clinical Professor of Law

Lynn Marcus portrait

Curriculum Vitae

Immigration Law Clinic website:

Administrative Associate: (520) 626-5232

Representative Publications

From 1993 to 1999, Professor Marcus wrote, translated to Spanish, and updated a series of self-help manuals published by the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, with funding from the Marshall Fund and the Ford Foundation. The materials explained the law and procedures for applying for asylum, bond, parole, withholding of removal, legal status through family members, suspension of deportation, voluntary departure, and humanitarian waivers of deportation for legal permanent residents.

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).

Representative Presentations and Media Appearances

Professor Marcus is a frequent lecturer and commentator on immigration issues. Recent representative presentations and media appearances include the following:


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

Admitted to Practice

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

Work Experience

  • Director, Immigration Law Clinic
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2018 - present
  • Co-Director, Immigration Law Clinic
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2008 - 2018
  • Director, Immigration Law 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
  • 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

Public & Institutional Service

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


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