Patricia Aguirre

Patricia Aguirre was born and raised in the largely immigrant neighborhood of Westlake/MacArthur Park in Central Los Angeles. Patti attended Los Angeles City College, and then transferred to UCLA, where she earned a B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and a minor in Public Policy and Urban Planning.  As an undergraduate, Patti worked for the Feminist Majority Foundation and as an assistant to civil rights attorneys, Samuel Paz and Sonia Mercado, inspiring her to pursue a career in law.  As a law student at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Patti was the President of the Chicana/o Latino Law Student Association. Upon graduation, Patti began her law career as a Public Defender in the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office where she represented indigent defendants facing criminal charges. Many of Patti’s clients in Maricopa County were facing criminal charges related to their immigration status based on local laws targeting immigrant populations. After six years serving as a Public Defender, Patti transitioned to a position with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community where she represented community members on a variety of civil law matters.  Patti later became a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) representing children in dependency cases. Patti brings to her legal work a deep passion for social issues affecting disenfranchised communities. In addition to her profound lifelong commitment to social justice and commitment to serving those in need, Patti is a dedicated mother, raising her two beautiful children with her husband Robert, who motivate her daily to do everything she can to make the world a kinder and more just place.