Candyce B. Pardee

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Candyce B. Pardee

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Candyce “Candy” Pardee, a native Arizonan and a former teacher, has practiced in the area of education law since 1983. Ms. Pardee formerly served as the Chief Deputy of the Gila County Attorney’s Office and as a Deputy County Attorney with the Cochise County Attorney’s Office. She developed a unique knowledge of the legal problems facing rural school districts after representing all of the Gila and Cochise County districts during the course of her employment with those counties. As a former prosecutor, Ms. Pardee also handled matters as diverse as failure to attend/failure to send truancy matters to child victimization through physical and sexual abuse.

Ms. Pardee provides daily advice and assistance to the firm’s education law clients throughout the state on matters as varied as student disciplinary hearings, personnel issues, contract reviews, student records requests, governing board liability and open meeting issues. She represents and defends educational institutions in administrative and court proceedings. Ms. Pardee has defended school districts in election law challenges, including successfully defending a challenge to an override election before the Arizona Supreme Court.

Ms. Pardee has authored numerous opinions on education law which have been adopted by the Arizona Attorney General. She has lectured extensively to teachers and administrative personnel on various aspects of education law and has been a regular presenter at the Arizona School Boards Association annual Legal Perspectives Conference.

Ms. Pardee has twice received the Law Related Education award from the Arizona State Bar Association. She served as Regional Director for the Student Mock Trial program while in Gila County and as an attorney coach in the Mock Trial program for two years at Buena High School in Sierra Vista and for one year at San Luis High School in San Luis, Arizona.

Ms. Pardee is based in the Firm’s southern Arizona branch office located in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

Practice Areas

  • Education Law


  • J.D., University of Arizona, 1981
  • B.A., University of Arizona, 1976 (with Honors)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona Courts
  • United States District Court

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Arizona Council of School Attorneys
  • Arizona School Boards Association
  • National School Boards Association
  • State Bar of Arizona

Community Involvement

  • Order of the Eastern Star
  • Rotary District 5500 Secretary (2016-2017; 2017-2018; 2018-2019)
  • Sierra Vista Rotary Club

Honors & Awards

  • Global Directory of Who’s Who Honoring Executives and Professionals, 2016
  • Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award (along with David Pardee), 2000-2001
  • Arizona State Bar Law Related Education Award, 1991 and 1995
  • Gila County Prosecutor of the Year, 1986-1987 and 1990-1991
  • Odyssey Chapter American Business Women’s Association’s Woman of the Year, 1990
  • Grand Lecturer for the Grand Chapter of Arizona, Order of Eastern Star, 1996-1997
  • Grand Representative of Maine in Arizona, Order of Eastern Star, 2001 to 2003
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International, 1996, 2014, 2016
  • 1998 Fire Tender Award, Camp Fire Boys and Girls


  • “Ten Tips for Contracting for a Successful School Resource Officer,” National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, March-April Inquiry & Analysis, April, 2013.
  • “Time to Mentor,” Arizona Attorney, March 2012.
  • “Liability in Professional Sports:  An Alternative to Violence,” Vol. 22, Arizona Law Review, 919 (1980).
  • “A New Dimension in Arizona Community Property Law,” Vol. 22, Arizona Law Review, 131 (1980).
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