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11238 El Camino Real
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San Diego, CA 92130
United States of America

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • University of Cape Town

Spoken Languages

  • Afrikaans

Marlene Stanger

Marlene, a former newspaper and magazine journalist and freelance writer/ghostwriter, has been practicing immigration law for over 10 years. She serves as immigration counsel to a wide range of clients from individuals to major multinationals, as well as institutions of higher education and scientific research institutes.

Representative Experience

Represents top San Diego scientific research institutions in obtaining permanent residence for its scientists on the basis of Outstanding Research and National Interest Waivers.

Has worked closely with corporations in registering as Treaty Trader or Treaty Investor companies throughout the world.

Represents clients’ interests in dealings with U.S. consulates and U.S. Dept. of State to resolve visa issuance problems.

Works on complex matters to find solutions.

Professional Accomplishments


Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, International Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association

Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego

Previous member of Board of Directors, Lawyers Club of San Diego, 2006-2008

Previous member of Anti-Defamation League, Reader for Hate Crimes Registry, 1994-1996

Previous member of Law Review, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Editor, Board Member, Senior Editor and Writer

Publications and Lectures

Marlene has ghost-written books and newsletters on immigration law for prominent immigration attorneys both in New York and Washington. She has lectured on immigration matters at professional seminars in San Diego and has both spoken at and moderated a panel discussion on immigration at the San Diego County Bar Association’s continuing education meetings for the International Law section.


National Association of Women Lawyers' Outstanding Woman Graduate (1997)

Who's Who Among Students (1995-97)

Recipient, American Jurisprudence awards in Constitutional Law II, Corporations, Trusts and Appellate Advocacy

Recipient, San Diego County Bar Association Auxiliary Scholarship (1996)

Honors List and Dean’s List, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services

Pro Bono

Marlene currently works on Pro Bono cases for Casa Cornelia, a non-profit organization in San Diego, CA, that provides legal services to women and children who have been the victims of abuse and who qualify for immigration benefits to remain in the U.S.

She has helped to obtain R-1 visas for Kenyan religious workers who are part of an organization that raises money to build homes for AIDS orphans in Kenya.