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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.
"Blindspot: Faith-Based Discrimination and the Misinterpretation of Sherbert v. Verner," Conference on Law, Religion and Complicity, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
"The Great Patent Grab", The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
"Parental Control Rights." In Philosophical Foundations of Children's and Family Law, edited by Elizabeth Brake & Lucinda Ferguson. New York: Oxford Univerity Press, 2018.