Sylvia Lett

Associate Professor of Legal Writing & Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Sylvia Lett is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. Since 2005, Professor Lett has taught various first-year and upper-level legal writing courses. She is now focused on teaching legal writing and an introduction to U.S. law course to international students at the law school. Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, she served 12 years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Arizona Federal Public Defender's Office, where she represented death row inmates in their federal habeas appeals. Prior to that she worked as a civil litigator in Manhattan and Phoenix. Professor Lett is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University Law School. She clerked for the Hon. Barry G. Silverman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Hon. Susan A. Ehrlich on the Arizona Court of Appeals. Prof. Lett remains an active member of the state bars of New York and Arizona.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • J.D. New York University School of Law
    1994
  • B.A. Harvard University
    1990

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
    1994
  • Arizona
    1996

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor of Legal Writing & Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2017 - present
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender
    Office of the Federal Public Defender, District of Arizona, Capital Habeas Unit
    2000 - 2012
  • Part-Time Professor of Law
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2005 - 2017
  • Associate
    Mariscal, Weeks, McIntyre, & Friedlander, P.A., Phoenix, Arizona
    1997 - 1998; 1999 - 2000
  • Judicial Clerk
    Honorable Barry G. Silverman, United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
    1998 - 1999
  • Judicial Clerk
    Honorable Susan A. Ehrlich, Arizona State Court of Appeals
    1996 - 1997
  • Summer Associate/Law Clerk/Associate
    Anderson, Kill, Olick & Oshinsky, P.C., New York, New York
    1994 - 1996
  • Summer Associate/Law Clerk/Associate
    Anderson, Kill, Olick & Oshinsky, P.C.
    1993 - 1994