Shelli Soto currently serves Arizona State University as the Assistant Vice Provost charged with Graduate Enrollment Management and as Chief of Staff and Associate Dean of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Students at Arizona State University—Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
She earned a BA in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.She began her work in higher education administration with the admissions office at UT Law, where she served as Assistant Dean for Admissions during the period in which the school was faced with Hopwood.
Her interest in pipeline issues led her to the directorship of the Center for Law and Border Studies, a research center at the University of Texas at El Paso that is best known for its groundbreaking Law School Preparation Institute.After several years focusing on pipeline issues at the center, Soto returned to law school admissions and moved to Phoenix.
At ASU’s law school, she has served on the Dean Search Committee and several university-wide committees.In the last three years, she has taken on additional responsibilities for student life before more recently being charged with serving as Chief of Staff.
In her work with graduate enrollment, she works with the vast array of graduate programs on ASU’s four campuses to coordinate central services for those programs and to build more efficient and effective recruitment and enrollment strategies.
Soto has served as a member of LSAC’s Finance and Legal Affairs Committee and has served three terms on LSAC’s Diversity Committee. She has contributed as a member of the PLUS Subcommittee and the HACU-HBCU Subcommittee, as well as serving twice as a member of the LSAC Newcomers Planning Work Group.
Soto co-authored "Affirmative Action Revived: What Is the Future for Law Schools?” for the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy (fall 2004) and served on the board of advisors for that journal.
She has received a number of honors. Among the most noteworthy, in 2001 the Senate of the State of Texas passed Senate Resolution No. 231 to recognize the contributions that she made while working at the University of Texas School of Law. In 2009, the State Bar of Arizona’s Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law honored her for outstanding achievement advancing equal opportunity in the profession.