• Stanford Law School
  • 09/02-05/04 and 09/06-05/07

Juris Doctorate

Awards & Activities:

  • Public Interest Fellow, Allen E. Broussard Scholar, recipient of a MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) Law School Scholarship, merit scholarship from the California State Bar Association
  • Co-Founder of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Co-chair of the Stanford Latina/o Law Students Association, Co-Chair National Lawyer’s Guild, Co-Founder National Latina/o Law Student Association, won award for best team editor on the Stanford International Law Journal
  • Arizona State University
  • 09/97-05/02

B.A., Religious Studies, Summa Cum Laude

Awards & Activities:

  • Manuel L. Ortega Young Leaders, Dondrell Swanson Advocate for Social Justice
  • Honors College Study Abroad in England, Ireland, and Scotland and in Latin America (Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Chile)


  • Law Office of Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • 08/12-current


  • Oversees and litigate cases for law firm that strives to be best law firm in Arizona for the Spanish speaking community; served on Board of Directors for Los Abogados, Federal Litigation Liason for the Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Argued and attained remand from 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Attained Not Guilty Verdicts in Municipal, State, and Federal Trials, successfully filed Stay of Deportations, Administrative Closure or Complete Dismissal of Multiple Immigration Cases
  • Federal Public Defender’s Office
  • Tucson, AZ
  • 11/10-08/12

Assistant Federal Public Defender

  • Counsel for indigent defendant’s charged with federal crimes, mainly immigration or drug related charges.
  • Wrote and argued motion to suppress that was granted, represent clients at trial (bench and jury), wrote opening brief to 9th Circuit that partially resulted in U.S. Attorneys Office policy change in charging less juveniles with federal crimes.
  • Cochise County Public Defender’s Office
  • Bisbee, AZ
  • 12/09- 10/10

Deputy Public Defender

  • Represent mainly Spanish speaking clients charged with felonies; successfully wrote and argued motion to dismiss that resulted in vacating guilty verdict after jury trial, attained a not guilty verdict after a jury trial, litigated motions to suppress
  • Law Office of Farrokh Parsi
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • 02/09- 12/09

Law Clerk/Associate Attorney

  • Represented individuals in removal proceedings and in attaining immigrant status. Attained U Visa for survivor of domestic violence, attained permanent resident status at client’s Individual Hearing before Immigration Judge, represented clients in bond proceedings in Florence and Eloy, wrote successful appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Douglas, AZ & El Paso, TX
  • 05/04-08/06

Ira Glasser Racial Justice Fellow

  • Testified and lobbied in the Arizona and Texas State Legislatures, El Paso City Council, El Paso County Board of Supervisors
  • Instrumental in developing major civil rights lawsuit against vigilantes
  • Created and coordinated legal observer project that monitored vigilante activity on U.S.-Mexico Border. Project was replicated in four different states and in a total of over 500 volunteers went through two hour training on non-violence and abuse documentation

Publications and Videos

  • Crossing the Line: Vigilantes, Deaths, and Stories of Hope from the U.S.-Mexico Border, HISI Press, 2013
  • “Still Afraid of Our Brown Faces: Educated Latinos, Narrative, and Critical Race Theory-Recordando a Derrick Bell,” Powerplay-A Journal of Educational Justice, Volume 4, Issue 1 (2012)
  • “Thinking and Acting Beyond Borders: An Evaluation of Diverse Strategies to Challenge Vigilante Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Student Note, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Vol. 3, Issue 2, August 2007
  • Principal author, “Creating the Minutemen,” Published by the American Civil Liberties Union, August 2006
  • Op-ed, “Inhumane U.S. Policy Takes Life of Beloved Brother,” Tucson Citizen, July 20, 2004
  • Filmed, Co-Wrote, and Co-Produced Award Winning Documentary, Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border


  • “The Watcher: Ray Ybarra Monitors Anti-immigration Militants in Arizona for the ACLU,” Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, Summer 2005
  • “Ray Ybarra: Taking on the Minutemen,” by Michael Scherer, The Stanford Lawyer, Issue 73
  • Featured in Documentary that appeared at 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Crossing Arizona
  • “Ray Ybarra: Film maker, Fellow, Activist,” by David Logan, Scarlet and Black, Vol. 122, Number 14, February 3, 2006


  • “Border Violence and Anti-Immigrant Politics,” University of California-Berkeley Latino Research Center
  • “What Law Students Can Do Improve the Immigration System and Resist Anti-immigrant Reform,” National Latina/o Law Student Association Conference, University of Madison-Wisconsin
  • “Against the Law: Direct Action, Civil Disobedience, and Social Change,” Shaking the Foundations Conference, Stanford Law School
  • “On the Move: Perspectives on the New Immigrations,” Grinnell University
  • “Justice on the Border: Minutemen, Militarization and Deaths on the Migrant Trail,” Midwest Social Forum, Milwaukee, WI, University of California at Davis Law School, Northern Arizona University, Pima Community College, Cochise College, University of Texas at El Paso, Iowa State University, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Boston College
  • “Immigration Policy and Racism: Notes from the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, New Hampshire
  • “Racism and Deaths on the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Harvard University
  • “Organizing for Social Change,” Local to Global Justice Conference, Arizona State University
  • “Multimedia Strategies to Confront Police Abuses,” Above the Law, Police Brutality and Human Rights, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • “Usando Video Para Documentar Abusos en La Frontera Mexico-EEUU,” Universidad Autonomos de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
  • “Human Rights on the Border,” Earlham College
  • “Public Interest Lawyering and Challenging Vigilantes on the Border,” University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • “Humanitarian Crisis at the Border,” Immigrants’ Rights and Critical Perspective on Immigration Reform, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Symposium
  • “On the Border,” Baylor University Law School
  • “Immigration and the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Out Loud Lecture Series, Telluride, Colorado