Samuel William Bettwy

Samuel William Bettwy

University of San Diego School of Law
  • Arizona, California, District of Columbia
Claimed Lawyer Profile

From 1987 to 1999, Bettwy was an Assistant Editor of International Legal Materials, a publication of the American Society of International Law. He has specialized in immigration law since 1987 when he began as a prosecutor in immigration court for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in San Francisco. From there, he was promoted to Associate General Counsel in Washington, DC, in charge of attorney training, and then he transferred to the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego, where he continues to specialize in immigration law matters before the U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2007 and 2008, Professor Bettwy was the only government attorney selected in the category of Immigration in Super Lawyer’s San Diego Edition.

Bettwy is an adjunct professor of law at both the University of San Diego School of Law and Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Author of several published law review articles on the subjects of international law and immigration law.

Bettwy also served as an active reservist in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1987 to 2014, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Naval War College
M.A. (2015) | National Security and Strategic Studies
Honors: With Highest Distinction
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Georgetown University Law Center
LL.M. (1985) | International and Comparative Law
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California Western School of Law
J.D. (1980)
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Pomona College
B.A. (1976) | Economics
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Professional Experience
Adjunct Professor of Law
University of San Diego School of Law
- Current
Adjunct Professor of Law
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
- Current
U.S. Department of Justice
- Current
Lieutenant Colonel
U.S. Army Reserve
Articles & Publications
Comparing Criminal Procedures through Film
Vandeplas Publishing
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 94918
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Arizona
ID Number: 006735
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District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
ID Number: 379484
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Additional Practice Area
  • Government attorney
  • French: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Youtube playlist - Comparing Criminal Procedures through Film
Faculty profile: Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Contact & Map
US Attorney's Office
880 Front St Rm 6293
San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: (619) 546-7125
Fax: (619) 546-7751