Marcia Canavan teaches in UConn Law’s Lawyering Process program, where her course offerings focus on legal research and writing, as well as clinical and law practice skills. Prior to joining the Law School’s clinical faculty in 2008, Professor Canavan served as a professor of legal writing at Roger Williams University School of Law and as an assistant clinical professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she taught legal research and writing and supervised law students in the civil clinic. Her teaching experience also includes adjunct professorships at Quinnipiac University, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Colorado, as well as a tenured professorship in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
The holder of a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public health from UCLA and a JD from Golden Gate University School of Law, Professor Canavan has more than 25 years of collective experience as a practicing attorney, judge/magistrate and mediator. Her diverse practice experience includes work in civil litigation, family law – the subject of a course she has taught at the Law School during the summer term – administrative law and criminal law. She has worked as a prosecutor, contract public defender and a pro bono immigration attorney.
Professor Canavan’s scholarly publications include two articles in the Quinnipiac Law Review, “Holistic Education in a Law School Clinic” and “Using Literature to Teach Legal Writing.” She also is the author/editor of two college textbooks: Woman’s Law and Colorado Juvenile Law.