Cathleen M. Dooley

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Cathleen M. Dooley

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Cathleen M. Dooley practices in the Education Law Section, where she represents and provides legal advice to school districts and charter schools on a broad range of matters, including special education (such as 504 complaints, special education due process hearings, and IEP issues), personnel matters (such as EEOC complaints and employee disciplinary proceedings), contracts, open meeting law, and student discipline.

Ms. Dooley joined Udall Shumway in February, 2014.  She previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Office of the Arizona Attorney General. Prior to joining Udall Shumway PLC, her primary practice area was employment discrimination litigation.

Cathleen has presented on personnel and special education issues at numerous conferences, including the AZ CEC/CASE Principals Institute, the Arizona Charter School Association Legal Week Program, and the Arizona School Board Association Annual Law Conference.

Practice Areas

  • Education Law


  • J.D., James E. Rogers College of Law at University of Arizona, 2003, cum laude
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2001
  • M.A., University of Nevada, 1995
  • B.A., University of Nevada, 1993 (Major: History)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona State Courts
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Associations & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Board Member (2009 – present)
  • Direct Center for Independence, Board Member (2015)
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