FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2013
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Phone: 602.340.7337
Email: alberto.rodriguez@staff.azbar.org

State Bar’s Leadership Institute Selects 2013-14 Participants

PHOENIX – Sept. 3, 2013 – Sixteen attorneys from across the state have been selected to participate in the State Bar of Arizona's 2013-14 Bar Leadership Institute (BLI).

For the seventh 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.

2013-14 Participants:

  • Jason Barraza, Veridus, LLC
  • Brandon Brown, Pima County Attorney's Office
  • Patrick Camunez, Solo Practitioner
  • Thomas Chiang, Maricopa Public Defender
  • Charity A Collins, Goodyear City Prosecutor's Office
  • Joni Lawrence, Thermo Fluids, Inc.
  • Francesca Montenegro, Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP
  • Nora Nuñez, Federal Public Defender
  • Javier Puig, Schiffman Law Office, PC
  • Andrew Reilly, Office of the Attorney General
  • Denise Ryan , Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  • Brenda Sandoval , Federal Public Defender
  • Laura Schiesl , Farhang & Medcoff
  • Natalya Ter-Grigoryan, Tiffany & Bosco PA
  • Michael Valenzuela , Office of the Attorney General
  • Janina Walters, Pinal County Attorney’s Office

Bar Leadership sessions cover topics ranging from leadership, ethics, and career development to conversations with judges, government attorneys, in-house counsel and executives.  Participants can receive up to two years of CLE credit.

The 16 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 Elena Nethers 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 17,300 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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