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Ten Attorneys Elected to Serve on State Bar Board

PHOENIX – May 23, 2017 – Members of the State Bar of Arizona have elected ten attorneys to serve as their representatives on the Bar’s Board of Governors. The Board is the governing body of the State Bar, a nonprofit association that exists to serve and protect the public with respect to the provision of legal services and access to justice.

Thirty people serve on the Board of Governors, including four public members who are not attorneys. Board members are elected by district on a staggered schedule.

Below is a list of the newly elected Board members and returning incumbents. Their election will be confirmed by the certification of the results at the State Bar’s annual convention, June 14-16, 2017.

Elected Board Members

District 6 (Maricopa County)
Benjamin P. Taylor, Taylor & Gomez LLP
Sam Saks, Smith Paknejad PLC
Jessica S. Sanchez, Tempe Union High School District
Jennifer R. Rebholz, Choate & Seletos
Pouria Paknejad, Smith Paknejad PLC
David Wm. Engelman, Engelman Berger PC
Tyler J. Carrell, Gallagher & Kennedy PA
Sara A. Siesco, Ely, Bettini, Ulman, Rosenblatt & Ozer
Robert J. McWhirter, The Law Offices of Robert J. McWhirter

District 8 (Pinal County)
Denis M. Fitzgibbons, Fitzgibbons Law Offices PLC

President, Young Lawyers Division

Daniel J. Mazza, Mazza Law Center PLC, Scottsdale
The president of the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division is not elected, but automatically serves as a voting Board member during his/her one-year term as YLD President.

Public Member

Jason E. Cobb of Compass Fiduciary Group LLC in Phoenix was selected by the Board to fill one public member opening on the Board.


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 24,500 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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