Honorable Hector Cocio Estrada attended Mission View Elementary, Wakefield Junior High School and graduated from Pueblo High School in 1967. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science at Northern Arizona University in 1971. While at Northern Arizona University, he was a member of the Blue Key Men’s Academic Honorary. In 1975, Hector completed his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University Of Arizona College Of Law. While at the University of Arizona College of Law, he was a member of Board of Governors (Student Judicial Board), College of Law Student Bar President and recipient of the Juliani Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to Law School.
Throughout his 37 year law career he was known as a very able trial attorney and was uniquely well-rounded in the representation of legal cases he undertook. Hector went on to have an impressive career in the law from a prosecutor in the Tucson-City Attorney’s Office, to a Pima County Public Defender and 21 years in private practice. He practiced criminal defense, criminal prosecution, civil law and presided as a Judge. Judge Estrada’s judicial experience included Pima County Superior Court Pro Tem-Juvenile Court; and, in 2005, he was appointed to the federal court system as a United States Magistrate Judge. As a lawyer and on the bench he was known for his relentless efforts to provide justice to the underserved.
He accomplished this with dignity and respect for all those he represented. He volunteered with the City of South Tucson’s award winning Weed and Seed Program, TUSD mentoring program “Exito en Progreso” and Lawyers for Literacy program at Manzo Elementary School.