Walter Nash

Part-time Professor of Practice

Walter Nash has been a trial lawyer in Tucson, Arizona, since 1971. His practice focuses primarily on the area of criminal justice. He graduated with distinction from the University of Arizona with a degree in economics in 1968 and from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1971. He is a member of the bar in Arizona, is admitted to practice before a number of Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals, and has argued before the United States Supreme Court. In addition to teaching at the Law School, he has served the practice in a variety of capacities including as President of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice; as a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Arizona, the Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments, the Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, the federal Criminal Justice Act Panel Selection Committee and the State Bar of Arizona’s Professionalism Task Force; and as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Conference. Mr. Nash is an “AV” rated lawyer and listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America and a number of other publications. He is the recipient of the Tom Karas Criminal Justice Award, the John J. Flynn Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Robert Hooker Criminal Justice award. More on his professional background can be found at


  • J.D. University of Arizona
  • B.A. University of Arizona

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
    Nash & Kirchner, Tucson, Arizona
    1978 - present
  • Shareholder
    Waterfall, Economidis, Caldwell and Hanshaw
    1971 - 1978