Huefner has had a long and distinguished career as an expert in special-education law. She worked as a full-time faculty member in the U’s Department of Special Education from 1990 to 2007 and was a part-time clinical faculty member from 1978 to 1989. Prior to joining the U faculty, she worked with organizations including the Salt Lake County Welfare Department, the Joint Center for Urban Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, and the Ford Foundation. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award from the Salt Lake chapter of the American Association of University Women. In 2013, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the U’s College of Education.