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Simon Stanley is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. Simon holds a B.S. in Environmental Science (summa cum laude) from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While at the University of Arizona, he earned a Graduate Certificate in Water Policy from the University of Arizona’s School of Geography and Development. Before Law School, he was the Senior Control Systems Engineer at Astec Inc. There, among other duties, he designed and developed database applications for asphalt plants, wrote object-oriented code (Delphi), SQL queries, and designed SQL based analytical reports. In Law School, Simon interned at the State of Arizona Office of the Attorney General, Natural Resources Section, where he developed legal arguments for navigability for title brief and closing arguments in Arizona Navigable Streams Adjudication Commission (ANSAC) hearings. In addition, he was an Associate Editor on the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. Prior to joining NatLaw, Simon was a Law Clerk at the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Court of Appeals in Tucson, Arizona. He is passionate about the environment, sustainable economic development, poverty reduction, and has published papers on sustainable agriculture and water policy. Simon is fluent in English and Setswana.


University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law,
Tucson, AZ
Juris Doctor, May 2017,
Journal: Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (2L, 3L Associate Editor)
Honors & Awards: Sol Resnick Water Resources Fellowship (2016-2017 academic year);
Dean’s List (4 semesters); CALI Excellence for the Future Awards (highest grade in class):
Regulation; Administrative Law Research; Legal Process, Analysis & Writing; Evidence;
Colorado River in American History
Certificates: Environmental Law, Science and Policy; Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy

University of Arizona School of Geography and Development, Tucson, AZ
Graduate Certificate in Water Policy, May 2017, 

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, May 2014, summa cum laude
Concentration: Geographic and Cartographic Sciences; Minor: Geography
Honors & Awards: Dean’s List 2010 – 2014

Texas State Technical Institute, Waco, TX
Associate of Applied Science in Instrumentation Technology, August 1980,
Honors & Awards: President Honor Roll 1980, Vice President Honor Roll 1979

Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Court of Appeals,
Tucson, AZ
Law Clerk, Legal Research Assistant (August 2016 – 2018: part-time; May 2016 – July 2016:
full-time) Honorable James Hopkins, Chief Justice
Conduct legal research; draft court orders, MOUs, and contracts; issue purchase orders and
payment requisitions; monitor expenditures for budget compliance; update Court website.

State of Arizona, Office of the Attorney General, Natural Resources Section, Phoenix, AZ
Legal Intern (Summer 2015)
Developed legal arguments for navigability for title brief and closing arguments in Arizona
Navigable Streams Adjudication Commission (ANSAC) hearings. Observed oral arguments at
ANSAC and Arizona General Stream Adjudication hearings. Met with Arizona State Land
Department, Arizona State Parks, and Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources.


Astec Inc.,
subsidiary of Astec Industries Inc., Chattanooga, TN
Senior Control Systems Engineer (November 1990 – June 2014)
Led small team of software engineers. Lead Engineer for Truck Management system. Designed
and developed database applications for asphalt plants. Wrote object-oriented code (Delphi), SQL
queries; designed SQL based analytical reports (Crystal Reports). Developed cloud-based
dashboard of actionable key performance indicators (KPIs) to optimize operational efficiency by
strategically aggregating real-time inventory, production, and sales data from multiple facilities
(iDashboards platform). Met with customers to determine desired software features and negotiate
project deliverables and schedules. Negotiated licensing agreements with software vendors.
Provided in-house and on-site support for Sales & Marketing, and Service departments: conducted
customer presentations, hardware and software troubleshooting, personnel training; drafted product
operations manuals and marketing literature. Served on product development teams to optimize
quality and profitability by identifying alternative vendors, designs, and production methods.

A&R Technology, subsidiary of Astec Industries Inc., New Berlin, WI
Vice President, Product Support Manager (May 1989 – October 1990)
Managed ten-person service department for asphalt plant process control and point of sale systems.
Worked closely with engineers to meet customer needs and government and industry standards.
Created department budget, monitored department revenues and expenditures.

Ameacon, Inc., subsidiary of Astec Industries Inc., Austin, TX
Service Manager (August 1987 – April 1989)
Coordinated hardware and software testing, phone support, in-house repairs, field service, operator
and technician training; drafted test procedures, product literature, and training material.
Instrumentation Technician (March 1985 – July 1987)
Assisted hardware and software engineers – built, tested, and refined prototype electronic circuits
and control systems. Assisted customers remotely and on-site: installed, calibrated, and repaired
asphalt plant process control systems, tuned PID loops, trained operators and technicians.

Daniel Industries, Systems Engineering Division, Houston, TX
Measurement Systems Technician (September 1980 – August 1982)
Travelled to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Gulf of Mexico to commission oil and gas metering
systems; calibrated flow meters and gas chromatographs; trained operators and technicians.

Robert Glennon & Simon Stanley, Technology is Cropping Up in Our Lettuce Fields, High
Country News, (2017).

Simon Stanley, Who Owns the Land Beneath the Verde River?, 6 Ariz. J. Envtl. L. & Pol’y 1072,
1072 (2015)