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About me

I am a former teacher and have practiced in the area of education law since 1983.  A native Arizonan, I have a unique knowledge of the legal problems facing rural school districts after representing all of the Gila and Cochise County districts during the course of that time. I have formerly served as the Chief Deputy of the Gila County Attorney’s Office and as a Deputy County Attorney with the Cochise County Attorney’s Office.


Education Law

I provide daily advice and assistance to school districts throughout the state on matters as varied as student disciplinary hearings, personnel issues, contract reviews, student records requests, governing board liability and open meeting issues.  I represent and defend educational institutions in administrative and court proceedings. I have defended school districts in election law challenges, including successfully defending a challenge to an override election before the Arizona Supreme Court.


I have authored numerous opinions on education law which have been adopted by the Arizona Attorney General. I have lectured extensively to teachers and administrative personnel on various aspects of education law and have been a regular presenter at the Arizona School Boards Association annual Legal Perspectives Conference.


I have twice received the Law Related Education award from the Arizona State Bar Association.  I was the Regional Director for the Student Mock Trial Program while in Gila County and now serve as an attorney coach working with students at the Sierra Vista Unified School District.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Education: 50%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    Candy is an extraordinary attorney -- conscientious, tough, and devoted to her clients. I happily refer clients to her, knowing that they are in the best of hands.


    Thomas Denker Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Heather Rae Pierson

    I have known Candyce Pardee for several years and strongly endorse her as an attorney. She is extremely professional and dedicated. Her expansive knowledge in the area of education law make her a superior attorney.


    Heather Pierson Education Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Udall Shumway PLC

4250 West 16th Street
Yuma, AZ, 85634

Udall Shumway PLC

1138 North Alma School Road
Suite 101
Mesa, AZ, 85201



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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top 10 Law Firm (24 attys or fewer)Arizona Business Magazine: Ranking Arizona - The Best of Arizona Business2012
Top 10 Law Firm (24 attys or fewer)Arizona Business Magazine: Ranking Arizona - The Best of Arizona Business2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top 10 Law Firm (24 attys or fewer)Arizona Business Magazine: Ranking Arizona - The Best of Arizona Business2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Top 10 Law Firm (24 attys or fewer)Arizona Business Magazine: Ranking Arizona - The Best of Arizona Business2009
Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce Community Service AwardGlobe-Miami Chamber of Commerce2000
Arizona State Bar Law Related Education AwardState Bar of Arizona1995
Arizona State Bar Law Related Education AwardState Bar of Arizona1991
Woman of the YearOdyssey Chapter American Business Women's Association1990
Gila County Prosecutor of the YearGila County Attorney's Office1990
Gila County Prosecutor of the YearGila County Attorney's Office1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateUdall Shumway PLC2009 - Present
Civil Deputy County AttorneyCochise County Attorney's Office2003 - 2009
Deputy County AttorneyCochise County Attorney's Office2001 - 2003
Deputy County AttorneyGila County Attorney's Office1983 - 2000
PartnerBurger, McReynolds & Beumler1982 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Arizona CLE CommitteeMember2007 - 2008
Arizona Council of School AttorneysMemberN/A
Arizona School Boards AssociationMemberN/A
Cochise County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National School Boards AssociationMemberN/A
Sierra Vista Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Sierra Vista Rotary ClubMemberN/A
Sierra Vista United Methodist ChurchTrusteeN/A
Order of AmaranthMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
BlogSay What? Fair Labor Standards Act Reality Checks2015
Arizona AttorneyTime to Mentor2012
Arizona Law ReviewLiability in Professional Sports: An Alternative to Violence1980
Arizona Law ReviewA New Dimension in Arizona Community Property Law1980
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of ArizonaEnglish EducationBA - Bachelor of Arts (with distinction)1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sizzlin' Summer Law ConferenceReport What? Revisiting Duty to Report2015
Elfrida Elementary School DistrictOpen Meeting Laws2012
Rio Rico Summer Law Conference, 2011Education Statutes, Case Law and Arizona Attorney General Opinion Update2011
Rio Rico Summer Law ConferenceInvestigation of and Discipline of Certificated and Classified Staff2011
Joint School Board Work Session & TrainingHeading in the Right Direction2011
Before various districtsDuty to Report and the New Bullying Statutes 20112011
ASBA Fall Law Conference 2011"Contract Considerations for School Boards: Impairment of Contracts, Gift of Public Funds and Binding Future Boards"2011
2009 ASBA Law ConferenceReligion and Schools: The Latest Cases and Controversies2009
Patagonia Union and Patagonia High School DistrictsUse and Misuse of TechnologyN/A
Before various districtsSexual Harassment and DiscriminationN/A