FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2013
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Phone: 602.340.7337
Email: alberto.rodriguez@staff.azbar.org

State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors Election Results Announced

PHOENIX – May 30, 2013 – The State Bar of Arizona today announced the election of three new members, and the reelection of three incumbent members, to its Board of Governors.

State Bar of Arizona members elected six Board of Governors members who will serve three-year terms in their respective districts that include: District 3 – Gila, Graham, Greenlee counties; District 4 – Cochise County; District 5 – Pima, Santa Cruz counties; and District 7 – La Paz, Yuma counties. Elections were held in four of eight Board districts.

District 3
Bryan B. Chambers of the Gila County Attorney’s Office in Globe returns as a reelected Board member. He was first elected to the Board of Governors in 2004 and is currently its second vice president. Chambers is also past president of the Gila County Bar Association.

District 4
Patrick K. Greene of Patrick K. Greene Attorney at Law in Tombstone is a newly elected Board member.  He is the first attorney to open a law practice in Tombstone in 71 years.  Fields of practice include social security, disability, and small business. Greene was appointed City Prosecutor for Huachuca City Magistrate Court in 2012.

District 5
James B. Penny of the Law Office of James B. Penny, L.L.C. in Tucson is a newly elected Board member.  He is a Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation and is a past president of the Pima County Bar Association. Penny is the current Treasurer and a Trustee of the Client Protection Fund Trust of the State Bar of Arizona.

Dee-Dee Samet of Dee-Dee Samet, P.C. in Tucson is a returning Board member. She is a past president of the State Bar of Arizona and Federal Bar Association – Tucson Chapter, as well as the Pima County Bar Association.  Samet is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.

Jeffrey Willis of Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P. in Tucson is a newly elected Board member. He served on the Board of Governors from 2002 to 2007 and is a past president of the Pima County Bar Association.  He also served as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and chair of the ABA Legal Services Training Committee. 

District 7
Jim D. Smith of the Law Offices of Jim D. Smith, P.C. in Yuma is a reelected Board member. He is a Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law who has also served as past president of the State Bar of Arizona.

A seventh seat on the Board was filled by Alyse Meislik of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Meislik was elected as president of the Young Lawyers Division, a post that automatically garners a seat on the Board of Governors during the one-year tenure.

The Board of Governors is expected to certify the election results at its June 18 meeting.

About the Board of Governors
The State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors oversees the policy making and operation of the organization. The Board is comprised of 30 people: four non-attorney, public members appointed by the Board; three at-large members appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court; 19 attorney members elected by fellow Bar members in their district; and four ex-officio members (immediate past president and the deans of Arizona's three law schools). The Board meets a minimum of nine times each year.


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 17,000 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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