Shefali Milczarek-Desai

Director, Workers' Rights Clinic

Professor of Practice

Shefali Milczarek-Desai is an attorney, teacher, and author who integrates her experiences in the areas of litigation, employment, and immigration law with her passion for education, writing, and public service. In addition to supervising, teaching, and mentoring students, Shefali is an advocate for marginalized populations and a legal scholar on sanctuary city issues. Prior to directing the Worker’s Rights Clinic, Shefali helped litigate Flores v. Arizona, a U.S. Supreme Court case concerning the rights of English Language Learners, practiced at the DeConcini McDonald law firm where she was elected shareholder, and clerked for Vice-Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor at the Arizona Supreme Court. Shefali is a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist, a Notre Dame Law School Feminist Jurisprudence award winner, and has authored numerous, widely-published articles and essays as well as a book-length manuscript selected as a finalist in an international competition. Her favorite pastimes include hiking in mountains, cooking Indian food, and reading to her sons.

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • Constitutional Cities:  Sanctuary Jurisdictions, Local Voice, and Individual Liberty, 50 Colum. Hum. Rts. Rev. 1 (2018) (co-author, with Toni Massaro).
  • Constitutional Cities, Ms. Magazine Blog, (Aug. 25, 2017),
  • (Re)Locating Other/Third World Women:  An Alternative Approach to Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez's Construction of Gender, Culture and Identity, 13 UCLA Women's L.J. 235 (2004).
  • Hearing Afghan Women's Voices:  Feminist Theory’s Re-Conceptualization of Women's Human Rights, 16 Ariz. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 805 (1999).
  • Complete List of Publications


  • J.D. James E. Rogers College of Law
  • M.A University of Arizona Women's Studies
    Created and was first graduate of JD/MA Women’s Studies joint-degree program
  • B.A. Whittier College
     Graduated summa cum laude

Work Experience

  • Director, Worker’s Rights Clinic
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2018 - present
  • Attorney, Speaker, Author
    Employment Law, Immigration and Asylum Law, Tucson, Arizona
    2010 - present
  • Attorney
    Arizona Risk Retention Trust, Tucson, Arizona
    2008 - 2009
  • Attorney
    DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy PC, Tucson, Arizona
    2002 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
    Hon. Ruth V. McGregor, Arizona Supreme Court, Phoenix, Arizona
    2001 - 2002