Araceli Rodriguez is an attorney at Walsma & Rodriguez, P.C. in Yuma, Arizona. She has been practicing law in the Yuma area for four years. Araceli was born and raised in Somerton, Arizona. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University in 2007. After graduating from Stanford, she returned to Yuma to work for a Member of Congress. At the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, she focused her studies on water law and, as a result, was awarded a Certificate in Environmental Law, Science, and Policy with a water law emphasis. During law school, Araceli interned for the Consumer Litigation Unit of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office; the firm of Fennemore Craig, P.C.; and the Hon. Susan R. Bolton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
Araceli spent first semester of her third year of law school in Washington, D.C., as a visiting student at The George Washington University Law School and as an intern at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. After graduating, she moved back home to Somerton and began in private practice at a local law office.
In addition to her practice. Araceli is active in the legal community. She is a 2020 graduate of the State Bar of Arizona’s Bar Leadership Institute. Araceli was appointed to the State Bar of Arizona’s Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, where she is currently serving a three-year term. She is a founding member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association – Western Arizona Chapter, where she served as the group’s first Secretary. Araceli currently serves on the Board of Directors of Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association, where she is the Civil Rights Committee Co-Chair. Moreover, Araceli was recently selected by Best Lawyers for their inaugural One to Watch award. Araceli is also an active member of her community.
She currently serves as President of Campesinos Sin Fronteras, where, in 2018, she helped launch KYMZ 99.9 FM Radio Sin Fronteras, the Yuma area’s first and only Spanish language community radio station. Her practice at Pamela Walsma, P.C. focuses on probate and trust administration and litigation, estate planning, and general representation of business clients. Her practice areas include civil litigation, guardianships and conservatorships, civil appeals, and contract drafting and negotiation. Araceli is licensed to represent clients before the following courts, tribunals, and/or agencies: all state, superior, justice, municipal courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. Additionally, she is fluent in Spanish.