Philip Rody is a dual-degree student pursuing a J.D. from the James E. Rogers College of Law and an M.A. in Latin American Studies. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University in 2017, and expects to graduate from both programs at the University of Arizona in May 2021.
Philip is interested in immigration defense and employment law. He was a legal intern for the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in the summer of 2019, where he gained experience in all aspects of asylum litigation. He is also a member of the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law and is focusing his Note research on how the systematic denial of counsel under the Migrant Protection Protocols ("Remain in Mexico" policy) further threatens due process for asylum seekers. Philip is a board member of the Immigration Law Students Association (ILSA) and was actively involved in planning "Innovating Immigration Law and Policy: Visions for a Just Future," an all-day conference held at UA Law in November 2019. Additionally, he is participating in the Workers' Rights Clinic, which provides free legal services to low-wage workers in Tucson and runs the only free employment law hotline in the state of Arizona. These experiences have made Philip passionate about pro bono work, and he hopes to work in the public interest sector upon graduation.
Although he is often consumed in his legal studies, Philip has appreciated the opportunities he's been given as a student in two programs. During the 2017-18 academic year, he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Center for Latin American Studies, working with undergraduate students in LAS 150 and LAS 230. Additionally, he was named the Graduate Student Chair of the 13th annual Tinker Symposium for Graduate Student Field Research in Latin America. He has also been a board member for the Latin American Studies Student Organization (LASSO) for the past two years and is a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) grant recipient. Philip hopes to continue his research on the Migrant Protection Protocols through fieldwork for his Latin American Studies thesis project.