Shefali Milczarek-Desai

Assistant Clinical Professor; Workers' Rights Clinic

Shefali Milczarek-Desai (@Shefalimdesai) is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Workers’ Rights Clinic, and Co-Chair of the Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. She instructs and supervises the next generation of lawyers in providing legal advice and representation to low-wage immigrant workers, and has created and teaches online immigration courses in the undergraduate law, master’s in legal studies, and foreign diplomat training programs. Her clinic students have worked on cases resulting in published decisions at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Arizona District Court upholding immigrant and workers’ rights. Milczarek-Desai researches and writes at the intersections of feminist and critical race jurisprudence, sanctuary cities and universal representation, and immigration and employment law. Her work has appeared in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and the UCLA Women’s Law Journal among others. Milczarek-Desai's favorite pastimes include hiking and reading to her sons. 

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • Soledad:  A Documentary Film (2019) (written and co-produced) (directed by Lisa Molomot) (more info available at
  • 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 

           2001, cum laude

  • 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
    1997, summa cum laude

Work Experience

  • Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic & Worker's Rights Clinic
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2019 - present
  • 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