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Prior to entering law school, Mr. Zárate served in the U.S. Navy from 2000 to 2004. After serving honorably, he enrolled in Mesa Community College before transferring to Arizona State University and earning a Bachelors of Science in Economics and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy.

Mr. Zárate earned his Juris Doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in May 2013. While in law school, he served as judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Joseph B. Heilman, Maricopa Superior Court (Ret.). He also participated in the Public Defender Clinic with the Maricopa Office of the Public Defender, as well as the Indian Legal Clinic with the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He has been working as an immigration attorney since being accepted to the Washington Bar in December 2013.

As an immigrant himself, Mr. Zárate understands the complexities of the immigration system first-hand. He first came to the United States when he was a young child and has lived in Arizona for the majority of his life. He understands the struggles faced by those who are trying to better their lives and has a passion for helping people.

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (J.D., 2013)
Honors: Indian Law Certificate; Dean’s Award Recipient; William H. Pedrick
Scholar; Highest Pro Bono Distinction; ASU Excellence in Diversity Award.

Activities: Law Journal for Social Justice; Migrant Outreach; Juvenile Legal Assistance
Program; HNBA Street Law; Chicano/Latino Law Students Association; Street
Law; Native American Law Students Association

W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (B.S. Economics, 2009)
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University (B.A. Philosophy, 2009)