Zig Popko

Instructional Professional

Zig Popko is the founding director of the College’s Post-Conviction Clinic and teaches a sentencing seminar and workshop.

Before joining the faculty in 2001, Professor Popko was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Phoenix, and also served as the Visiting Assistant Federal Public Defender to the General Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Prior to entering public practice, Professor Popko was an associate at Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon, where he practiced predominately criminal defense. During and after law school, Professor Popko worked for the Tucson law firm of Hirsh, Sherick & Murphy before beginning a judicial clerkship with Arizona Supreme Court Vice-Chief Justice Stanley G. Feldman in the 1988-1989 term.

He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, and a member of the federal District of Arizona’s CJA Panel Selection Committee. He also sits as a pro tem judge in the Tempe Municipal Court.

Selected Works

Throwing the Book at Sentencing Appeals: Reasonableness and the Booker Decision, 38 Ariz. St. L.J. 483 (2006).

Through the Looking Glass: Reflecting on Prior Crimes of Violence, 17 Fed. Sent. R. 180 (2005).



Assistant: Estela Obregon

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., University of Arizona (1984)

J.D., University of Arizona (1987)