Aside from Immigration Law, Ms. Ordóñez gained valuable experience in criminal law through her externship with the Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph B. Heilman, where she provided extensive legal research and writing for a second degree murder case and various civil matters.
Since practicing, Ms. Ordóñez has represented clients in both State and Federal courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Ordóñez also participated in the Arizona State University, Post-Relief Conviction Clinic and the Arizona Justice Project where she worked on various DNA cases to exonerate wrongfully convicted defendants.
Prior to Ms. Ordóñez legal career she was the Assistant Director for Strategic Policy for the Arizona Department of Homeland Security.
In this capacity, she was the primary advisor to the deputy director in matters pertaining to national policy, lead the 2006 and 2007 State Homeland Security Federal Grant Applications receiving 20 million dollars and 51 million dollars respectively.
Ensured compliance with both state and federal laws, and served as the state agency liaison by building, managing, and reporting the yearly Homeland Security budget for 25 state agencies.
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