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Marjorie Menza

Marjorie Menza

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Friday, September 1, 2017

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

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.


Buzzfeed News
March 18, 2018
Re: Niels W. Frenzen

Niels Frenzen was quoted on the lower evidentiary standard for arresting someone based on immigration status instead of a criminal act. The majority of immigration arrests in the United States are warrantless arrests, Frenzen said. "I don’t know if that is the case with this recent arrest in San Diego, but if CBP really had evidence that she was involved in a transnational human smuggling operation of some kind, that would definitely be a case where CBP would seek to criminally prosecute first and deport second," Frenzen said. "So the fact that CBP has arrested her on the civil law violations suggests that CBP does not have enough evidence to convince a judge to issue a criminal arrest warrant."


Robert K. Rasmussen
January, 2018

"Puerto Rico and the Netherworld of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Workshop, Duke Law School, Durham, NC. 

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

Pauline Aranas participated on a panel on "Effective Assessment:  Measuring Your Law Library's Impact" at the Association of American Law School's Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

Pauline Aranas concluded her year-year term on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law School's Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information.