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Alumna in Action
This past year, University of Arizona Law celebrated the nomination and confirmation of alumna Roopali Desai (JD ‘05, MPH ‘01, BA ‘00) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Desai was confirmed by the United States Senate this past August in a 67–29 vote, the most votes that any circuit court nominee has received since President Biden took office and just 50 days after her initial nomination, the fastest of any Circuit Court nominee since the Clinton Administration. Desai is the first South Asian judge to sit on the country's largest federal appeals court.
The San Francisco-based circuit court hears appeals of district court rulings in nine states and two territories – Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington state, the U.S. territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
“Her trajectory took her far from campus, but not too far,” said University of Arizona Law Dean Marc Miller to attendees. “I have watched her career from afar with admiration and I look forward to continuing to watch her career unfold.”
As a law student, Desai knew she wanted to work in the public sector helping vulnerable populations. She was drawn to litigation from the beginning, always enjoying public speaking, persuasion and thinking outside the box. While in law school, Desai was a legal intern for the office of the federal public defender in the district of Arizona.
Following law school, she clerked for then-Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the US court of appeals for the ninth circuit. In 2006 she worked as an associate at Lewis & Roca before joining the Phoenix law firm Coppersmith Brockelman, as a political and election attorney, where she continued to practice until her recent confirmation.
While at Coopersmith Brockelman, Desai worked on some of the highest-profile statewide cases of the last four years, including a suit to overturn laws banning COVID-19 risk mitigation policies; representing the Arizona Secretary of State in 11 successful election-related lawsuits in 2020; and serving as lead counsel for two citizen initiatives, Prop 207 (adult-use marijuana) and Prop 208 (Invest in Education), in the 2020 General Election. She was named the Arizona honoree among USA Today’s “Women of the Year” in March, after becoming prominent for her work fighting lawsuits over Biden’s election victory in Arizona.
RECENT EMPLOYERS OF UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA LAW GRADUATES
U.S. COURT OF APPEALS - 10th CIRCUIT
KIRKLAND & ELLIS
SHEARMAN & STERLING
ARIZONA SUPREME COURT
U.S. NAVY JAG
NAVAJO COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
MARICOPA COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER
LUBIN & ENOCH
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
HOBBS, STRAUS, DEAN & WALKER
U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA
QUARLES & BRADY
U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
THE WHITE HOUSE
FLORENCE IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEE RIGHTS PROJECT
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION
SPOTLIGHT ON: PUBLIC INTEREST CAREERS
Our weekly Career Corner series often features public interest guest speakers, workshops and panels.
Our annual Sonoran Desert Public Interest/Public Sector Career Fair is devoted to government agencies, nonprofits and other public interest groups.
The Federal Work Study program, a federal financial aid program, funds student employment at nonprofit, federal or state employers.
The Justice Advocates Coalition provides living stipends to students working in unpaid summer positions with nonprofit law organizations.
The CareerCAT job directory posts nearly 200 public interest positions monthly.