Lawyer Detail

Leila Barraza

Assistant Professor

University of Arizona,
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

P.O. Box 245210 
Tucson, AZ 85724


Areas of Expertise

  • Emergency Legal Preparedness & Response
  • Maternal & Child Health

Available For

  • Referrals
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Technical Assistance



Publications and Research


Leila Barraza, J.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Community, Environment, & Policy in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. Previously, Leila served as Deputy Director of the Network for Public Health Law – Western Region Office and a Fellow and Adjunct Professor in the Public Health Law and Policy Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. She has been published in several scholarly journals, including the Duke Forum for Law & Social Change, Jurimetrics Journal, and Journal for Law, Medicine, and Ethics. Barraza has also provided numerous presentations at national and local conferences on a variety of critical public health law issues. She received her J.D., with a Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology, from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and her M.P.H. from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She also received a B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California. She worked for the Center for Rural Health (formerly Rural Health Office) at the Zuckerman College of Public Health, providing assistance to rural and tribal hospitals and clinics, prior to attending law school. Following law school, Leila served as a Law Clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One.


  • A Proposed Ban on the Sale to and Possession of Caloric Sweetened Beverages by Minors in Public – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Law and Science Advisory Group.  October 23, 2014. 
  • Denialism and Public Health – ASLME Health Law Professors Conference. June 7, 2013.



  • Hodge, J.G., Barraza, L., Weidenaar, K., Corbett, A., Muldoon, A., Measer, G. & Agrawal, A. (Forthcoming 2015).Efficacy in Emergency Legal Preparedness Underlying the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Texas A & M Law Review.