FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2010
Contact: Tim Eigo, Arizona Attorney Editor
Phone: (602) 340-7310, Mobile: (602) 908-6991
Email: tim.eigo@staff.azbar.org

Arizona's Constitutional Delegate the Focus of an Arizona Attorney Feature Story

PHOENIX -  The December issue of Arizona Attorney magazine provides a unique view into the creation of Arizona's Constitution 100 years ago this month.

A feature article tells the tale of Jacob Weinberger, a lawyer and later judge who was a delegate to the 1910 constitutional convention. The young Hungarian immigrant eventually left his mark on Colorado, Arizona and California.

Michael Daly Hawkins, Senior United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote "Blazing Briefcases: The Amazing Life of Jacob Weinberger."

The story traces Weinberger's historical journey, culminating in his role in helping to frame the State of Arizona Constitution.

In 1886, at the age of 8, Weinberger came to the United States. His family headed west and settled in Colorado. That is where the young Jacob set his sights on becoming an attorney. Without first attending college, he earned his law degree and passed the bar in the summer of 1904.

Weinberger sought greater opportunities and found them in Arizona. With only $30 in his pocket, the 23-year-old landed in Arizona's copper mining town of Globe and began to practice law and quickly gained recognition for his legal skills.

On Sept. 12, 1910, after five years of practicing law, Weinberger became one of five delegates from Gila County who would help frame Arizona's constitution.

"Jacob Weinberger personified independent thinking and a progressive spirit," said Tim Eigo, Arizona Attorney Editor. "No wonder, then, that those are qualities for which the Arizona Constitution has long been recognized."

Weinberger later moved to San Diego, Calif. There, he was appointed a superior court judge and later nominated by President Harry Truman as a United States District Judge in 1946. He died in 1974 --the longest-living of all the original delegates.

Arizona Attorney magazine is published 11 times per year by the State Bar of Arizona. It provides articles on substantive legal issues, professional trends and feature profiles.

The full article is available at www.azbar.org/azattorney/.


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