Professor Lucht received a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Nebraska and an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. He has been worked with legal services organizations in Colorado, Nebraska, Georgia, and Iowa, where he was Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law from 1981 until 1989, when he joined the Yale Law School faculty.
Students in the Immigration Clinic work with Professors Lucht, Stephen Wizner, and Jean Koh Peters on affidavits and briefs on behalf of their clients and represent them in interviews with immigration officials and in oral arguments before judges in administrative proceedings and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Lucht also works with Professor Wizner in the newly created Legal Services for Immigrant Communities Clinic, which fuses traditional civil legal services representation with collaborative, community-based strategies for solving community problems and empowering clients. The clinic provides a broad range of legal services to the two largest immigrant communities in New Haven: the Spanish-speaking Latin American and Caribbean community, and the French-speaking West African community, and offers students the opportunity to represent immigrant clients in a wide range of cases, often including not just immigration law, but employment law, benefits, family law, mortgage foreclosures, landlord-tenant law, and consumer fraud.
Professor Lucht is the author of numerous publications on legal services, children with special needs, and disability rights issues.