Shoshana B. Tancer was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1957, the State Bar of Arizona in 1976, and the United States District Court, District of Arizona, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in 1988. Ms. Tancer is a native of New York, New York. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in 1954 and her J.D. in 1956 from the University of Michigan Law School. Concentrating in Latin American Politics and Economic Development, Ms. Tancer was awarded her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1970.
She is currently a Professor Emeritus at Thunderbird School of Global Management, where she had served as Director of the NAFTA Center. Ms. Tancer has taught Comparative Constitutional Law and Practice at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in the Dominican Republic. As a professor at Thunderbird, she developed courses on NAFTA, Latin America, Global Resources, Negotiation, Telecommunications, and Doing Business in the United States, Mexico and Canada. She has testified before the United States International Trade Commission on issues concerning NAFTA.
Ms. Tancer worked as translator for the firm of Allende & Brea, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she concentrated on issues of international business and contract law. Since coming to Arizona, Ms. Tancer has practiced law with her husband as the Tancer Law Office, PLC, focusing on international transactions and immigration. She has been Of Counsel to the Phoenix law firms of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite, P.A. and O'Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Westover, Killingsworth & Beshears, P.A.
Ms. Tancer has an extensive history of active participation in the community. She is a founding member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, Charter 100, Arizona Women in International Trade, Arizonans for Jobs and Energy, the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, and the Phoenix Commission on the Status of Women, of which she became Chair. Ms. Tancer is also a founding member of the Arizona International Lawyers Group. Ms. Tancer was the first female Vice President of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the first woman elected to the Board of Directors of FINOVA, where she chaired the Audit Committee. She served as Vice President of the United Way and has been a member of Arizona Business Leadership, the Board of Visitors of Stanford University Libraries, the Board of Visitors of the University of Arizona Law School, and the National Advisory Board of the Eller School of Business Administration at the University of Arizona.
Ms. Tancer held numerous positions on the Board of Mountain Bell Telephone Company (the precursor to Qwest Communications) and the Mountain Bell Foundation, including Vice Chair of the Audit Committee, Member of the Executive Committee, and Chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee. She also served on the Board of Directors of three MeraCorp subsidiaries. She currently is a Board member of the Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix Country Day School, and President of the Arizona Opera League-Phoenix.
Ms. Tancer's publications include Economic Nationalism in Latin America, as well as numerous articles addressing NAFTA, strategic management, international business transactions, immigration, and tobacco regulation in the United States and Canada.
She has been active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where she has been an officer of the Arizona chapter, and has served as a mentor for business immigration issues to the Association's national membership.
In addition to her practice and community involvement, Ms. Tancer's interests revolve around her family, traveling, golf, the opera and theater. Ms. Tancer has long been an "AV" rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell and Pre-eminent Lawyers in America. She was included in a 1999 publication of Arizona State University, "Arizona's Pioneering Women in Law."
• Columbia University, Ph.D., 1970
• University of Michigan, J.D., 1956
• Barnard College, B.A., 1954
• American Immigration Lawyers Association
• Arizona Opera League
• Arizona Women in International Trade (AWIT)
• Arizona Theatre Company
• The Canada Arizona Business Council
• Maricopa County Bar Association
• Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations
• Phoenix Country Day School Board of Trustees
• State Bar of Arizona (Section on Immigration)