Christina Cabanillas
United States Attorney, Tucson

CHRISTINA M. CABANILLAS is the Appellate Chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. Ms. Cabanillas is a frequent local and national instructor on a variety of legal topics, particularly criminal issues. She is an Adjunct Writing Professor at the University of Arizona College of Law, teaching appellate advocacy and legal writing. She is a two-time recipient of the national Director’s Award from the Department of Justice, receiving the first in 2000 from Attorney General Janet Reno for excellence as a legal instructor, and the second in 2002 for trial and appellate efforts contributing to the decision in United States v. Arvizu, 534 U.S. 266 (2002). In 2003, Ms. Cabanillas was nominated for the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Handling of Appeals and her third national Director’s Award. She has prosecuted federal drug, immigration, international and other cases, and is a former deputy county attorney. She is part-author of another Arizona State Bar publication, the ARIZONA DUI DESKBOOK, and also authored part of the manual IMMIGRATION LAW, published by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Education. Ms. Cabanillas received her J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law and her B.A. from Arizona State University. Ms. Cabanillas spent the majority of her childhood abroad, living in South America, Africa, Europe and Mexico, and is proficient in Spanish and French.