Marcelle has been with the firm since 2005. She is a brilliant legal writer with frequent victories in appeals at the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Her successes at the U.S. Court of Appeals have resulted in significant awards under the Equal Access to Justice Act.
She obtained her Law degree from the U.C. Hastings College of Law, where she interned at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, an organization supporting those seeking protection from gender-related persecution. Her work with the Center resulted in the publication of “Protecting Parents: Why Mothers and Fathers Who Oppose Female Genital Cutting Qualify for Asylum,” Immigration Briefings, Vol. 04-11, Nov. 2004; and “The Implementation of the One-Year Bar to Asylum,” 31 Hastings Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 693 (2008) (Marcelle A. Rice with Karen Musalo).
Before law school, Marcelle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also studied at the University of Oslo, Norway. Besides English, she speaks Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and conversational French and Spanish.
Memberships: State Bar of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
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