David Marcus, an authority on civil litigation and an award-winning teacher, has joined the UCLA School of Law faculty as a professor of law. He comes to UCLA Law from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2006.
An expert in civil procedure, administrative law and legal history, Marcus is a widely published author of articles and essays on complex litigation and agency adjudication. His innovative and often-cited research examines how shifting currents in politics, society and economics affect the procedures that civil litigants use to pursue justice, and it investigates the processes by which the American legal system may deliver the most fair, accurate and cost-effective outcomes to large numbers of people.
Pretrial, which he wrote with his University of Arizona colleague Thomas A. Mauet, is the leading book on the practical steps that lawyers take to prepare for and litigate civil cases before trial. They will soon publish its 10th edition.
In addition to his work as a scholar, Marcus is a celebrated teacher. He was elected Professor of the Year by the Rogers College of Law student body on three occasions, and the University of Arizona selected him as an 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar for his outstanding campus leadership and commitment to student success. He was also named Professor of the Year by the student body of Yale Law School, where he served as the Maurice R. Greenberg Visiting Professor of Law during the 2012-13 school year.
Marcus graduated from Harvard University with a B.A., magna cum laude, in 1998, and he was a Harvard-Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge in 1998-99. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2002.
After law school, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Allyne R. Ross of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and to the Hon. William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also worked for two years as an associate at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein in San Francisco, and he was a lecturer at Stanford Law School.