The Workers' Rights Clinic at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law is dedicated to training the next generation of lawyers through close supervision and hands-on experience in direct client representation, community education and outreach, and policy research and writing.

Our work focuses on the intersection of immigration, employment and labor laws to support the rights of low-wage workers from immigrant communities throughout Arizona. We are the only clinic in the state that provides free legal services to low-wage workers and that operates a Worker Hotline. Our students begin with the desire to serve underrepresented communities and leave armed with the knowledge and on-the-ground experience necessary to excel in any legal career path they choose. 

 

COVID-19 Resources

Get answers to questions about Arizona workers' leave and benefits rights during the coronavirus pandemic. Obtenga respuestas de preguntas sobre derechos de beneficios y ausencias para trabajadores en Arizona durante la pandemia coronavirus.

Know Your Rights! / ¡Conozca Sus Derechos!

Our "know your rights" packets provide workers with information about their rights at work in Arizona. Nuestros paquetes de información de “conocer sus derechos” proveen información a trabajadores sobre sus derechos laborales en Arizona. 

Get Information / Más Información

Request Legal Assistance

Questions about your rights at work? Contact us to schedule an appointment. ¿Tiene preguntas sobre sus derechos en el trabajo? Contáctenos para programar una cita.

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Support our Work

Your support of the Workers' Rights Clinic ensures we can continue seeking justice for low-income workers. Help us protect the health, safety and economic survival of essential, frontline immigrant workers.

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"The Workers’ Rights Clinic has been one of the most important things I’ve done in law school. Having the opportunity to provide direct representation for someone gave me the sense of obligation that I think is so critical in law. I had the opportunity to be someone’s advocate. It was an incredible feeling."

-Jeff Herrera ('20)

Watch clinic director Shefali Milczarek-Desai discuss "Immigrant Workers' Rights, Fears, and Public Health Consequences" as part of University of Arizona Law's Health Law and COVID-19 video explainer series.

Watch "The Cleaners," made by award-winning documentary filmmaker Lisa Molomot and her undergraduate law film class. This 20-minute documentary tells the story of Workers' Rights Clinic students and supervisors working together to achieve justice for low-wage immigrant workers in Tucson.

 

Leadership

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. She 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.