FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2011
Contact: Rick DeBruhl, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (602) 340-7335, Mobile: (602) 513-6385
Email: rick.debruhl@staff.azbar.org

Bar Leadership Institute Selects 2011 Participants

PHOENIX - The State Bar of Arizona's Diversity Department has selected 17 attorneys from across the state to participate in the 2011-2012 Bar Leadership Institute (BLI).

For the fifth year in a row, the BLI will provide its participants with a nine-month leadership program that will foster their professional growth and enhance their leadership skills.

2011-12 Partipants:

  • Alane Breland of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community Tribe
  • Edward Maldonado of the Law office of Edward Maldonado
  • Fernanda Sayavedra of Perkins Coie
  • Francesca Montenegro of Righi Hernandez
  • Guadalupe Gutierrez of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Prosecutor's Office
  • Hesam Alagha of the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office
  • Javier Grajeda of Taylor and Associates
  • Javier Leija of the Intel Corporation
  • Jennifer Valadez of the Law Office of Jennifer Valadez
  • John Lopez of Jennings Stouss & Salmon
  • Kathleen Weber of Folks & O'Connor
  • Kina Harding of The Harding Firm
  • Laura Robertson of Greenberg Traurig
  • Magdalena Jorquez of the Arizona House of Representatives
  • Martin Quezada of the Law Firm of Martin J. Quezada
  • May Lu of Tiffany & Bosco
  • Robert Fischer of the Pima County Attorney's Office

The Bar Leadership Institute provides participants with a rigorous education and training program that includes leadership, ethics, and career development along with up to two years of CLE credit.  It also includes sessions that prepare them for interaction and relationship building with members of the legal, judicial, and executive government sectors as well as diverse organizations and communities.

This year, more than 40 accomplished attorneys applied for the BLI, which made the selection process a difficult task for the selection committee.  The 17 participants were selected based on their legal and non-legal community contributions as well as their statements of interest and qualifications. All participants must be active Bar members in good standing. The participants represent a diverse range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious communities, among others.

Upon completion, the BLI participants must commit to a full year of active involvement with the State Bar and/or the community.

For more information on the Bar Leadership Institute, contact Rosie Figueroa at 602-340-7393.


About the State Bar
The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar includes approximately 16,000 active attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Since 1933 the Bar and its members have been committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Arizona are heard in our justice system.

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