Victory in the Arizona Supreme Court! Such an honor to stand in front of Arizona’s highest court and argue for Mr. Nuñez-Diaz, his family, and the entire immigrant community in Arizona. The State argued that undocumented immigrants are not entitled to the protections of the United States Constitution and the AZ Supreme Court “granted review to consider whether deportable immigrants can show prejudice if their lawyers’ deficient performances lead them to plead guilty and suffer attendant immigration consequences – a recurring issue of statewide importance.”
Happy to report they ruled in our favor. Yes, our community does have the right to effective assistance of counsel and we will walk into any courtroom, any day of the week, to defend that right. A victory of this magnitude, of course,took our entire team and then some. Amazing brief writing by Juliana Manzanarez and much respect to every single one of our team members who worked on the case and held down the fort so we could put the time necessary into preparing for argument. (Angeles Maldonado, Carina Guillén, Janet Rocha, Aarón A López Anchondo, Lizeth Escalante, Mari Cruz, Lucy Sproule, Ana Guzman, Lerman Montoya). And a special shout out to Jazmin Alagha who filed original Rule 32 in Superior Court! Also thanks to amicus attorneys Keith and David who provided tremendous support.