|Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Post-Conviction Clinic
Popko is the founding director of the College’s Post-Conviction Clinic and
teaches a sentencing seminar and workshop.
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
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.
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: Mary Turnbull
B.A., University of Arizona (1984)
J.D., University of Arizona (1987)