Linus Kafka

Assistant Director, BA in Law and Master of Legal Studies Program; Part-time Professor of Practice

Linus Kafka is the Assistant Director for the Bachelor of Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Dr. Kafka helps administer the BA in Law, MLS, and LP programs and mentors students seeking career opportunities, internships, and professional advice. He additionally fosters community connections that will promote employment for graduates of the program. Dr. Kafka serves as a Professor of Practice at the College of Law and also holds an appointment as a Professor of Practice at the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, where he teaches urban planning law and real estate development law.

As an attorney, Dr. Kafka specialized in land use law and local government law and has also practiced juvenile law and workers’ compensation law. After earning his JD, Dr. Kafka served as a clerk to Judge Mike Quigley at the Arizona Superior Court and later as a Deputy Pima County Attorney, pursuing land use code enforcement cases. He later practiced as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Tucson. He became the Zoning Examiner for Tucson, hearing rezoning and other land use cases, and has also worked in city management, as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, and in private practice.

Dr. Kafka earned his PhD in history, with a focus on American intellectual and urban history. His research work has focused on the influence cosmopolitan travelers had on American artistic life and culture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with special attention to developments in physical space and the built environment. He has been awarded fellowships from UCLA, the Huntington Library, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.  He also interned with the US Department of Justice and the National Archives Architectural and Cartographic Division.

He has taught history and law at UCLA, UC Irvine, Eastern Kentucky University, Pima Community College, and the University of Arizona. 

His law degree is from the University of Arizona.  His BA is from Rutgers University, his MA from New York University, and his PhD from UCLA.

Professor of Practice