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Marjorie Menza

Marjorie Menza

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: September 1, 2017




Marjorie Menza is a lecturer in law in the LLM Legal Research and Writing Program. Until 2015, she was the first pro bono counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York where she supervised federal habeas corpus proceedings as well as asylum, VAWA and U-Visa matters. She was awarded the 2015 Commitment to Justice Award by Her Justice, a nonprofit legal services organization dedicated to serving the needs of indigent women in New York. Prior to that, Menza served as senior associate in the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton where she specialized in international dispute resolution and white collar criminal defense. She has investigated corruption matters throughout South America, Europe and the Middle East. At Debevoise & Plimpton, Menza was also counsel to Occidental Petroleum Corporation where she advised in the multi-billion dollar bilateral investment treaty dispute with the government of Ecuador.

Menza received her bachelor’s degree cum laude from Duke University in German Studies, and was a McCracken Fellow at New York University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law where she served as staff editor for Law and Contemporary Problems. Menza speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and German. She lives in South Pasadena with her husband, their two sons, and a dog.
 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Tribune
December 6, 2018
Re: Elyn Saks

Elyn Saks was quoted in an article exploring the economic and social costs that occur due to the mistreatment of persons suffering from mental illness. "Thirty years ago, I was given a diagnosis of Schizophrenia," she said. "My prognosis was ‘grave’: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, or get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness.” The author of the article went on to discuss the ways that people dealing with mental health issues should be cared for, arguing that they "have the right to live with dignity just as anyone with diabetes or hypertension or heart disease. Mental illness, after all, is an illness like any other."

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Sam Erman
September, 2018

Sam Erman wrote an op-ed, "Devastation Without Representation in Puerto Rico," posted to The Los Angeles Times on September 20, 2018.

Gregory Keating
September, 2018

"Principles of Risk Imposition and the Priority of Avoiding Harm," Revus [Online] (2018).

Jody David Armour
September, 2018

"Where Bias Lives in the Criminal Law and its Processes: How Judges and Jurors Socially Construct Black Criminals," American Journal of Criminal Law 45 (2018): 203.