CLE Department - Volunteer of the Month
The success of State Bar of Arizona CLE programming depends entirely on our volunteer seminar chairs and faculty. The AZCLE® Volunteer of the Month program is an opportunity for State Bar's CLE Department to recognize the hard work and dedication of our generous volunteers.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH - May 2019
Alison Ferrante, City of Mesa
Alison Ferrante is an Assistant Mesa City Prosecutor. She is also current chair of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona and is also a member of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Florida. In addition to her regular prosecutorial duties, she has been instrumental in strengthening the animal cruelty investigations and prosecutions for the City of Mesa. She has assisted with training law enforcement officers in animal cruelty investigations and in facilitating the collaboration between Mesa Animal Control and the Mesa Police Department. She worked with the Mesa City Attorney’s Office to secure a contract with the Arizona Humane Society to ensure that the necessary emergency veterinary services, forensic veterinary services and housing of animals that are victims of cruelty are available to animal control and the police. She also worked to develop cruelty seizure and welfare seizure forms. Prior to her time in Mesa, Alison served as an Assistant Gilbert Town Prosecutor where she was instrumental in the development and ongoing handling of animal cruelty prosecutions by the Town. She assisted the Gilbert Police Department in securing a contract with the Arizona Humane Society for the provision of necessary services, as well as assisted with the modification of police policy as it relates to animal cruelty investigations. She also assisted the Town Attorney with the drafting of the animal cruelty ordinance and civil seizure ordinance for the Gilbert Town Code, as well as with the negotiation and drafting of an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Town of Gilbert and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. She also is accredited as an instructor for the Mesa and Phoenix Police Academies in the area of animal cruelty investigations and prosecutions. She has also presented to various agencies on the importance of investigating animal cruelty cases and on the link between animal cruelty and domestic violence and other criminal behavior. She has presented for the Judicial Conference, the State Bar of Arizona, the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council, the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Domestic Violence Council, PACC 911 Animal Cruelty Symposium, Arizona State University College of Law, University of Arizona College of Law, the Arizona Crime Prevention Association, the Gilbert Citizens’ Academy, the Gilbert Police Department Post Academy, and the Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence and the Courts. She is a Member of the State Bar of Arizona and Florida and is the founder and co-chair of the Arizona Professionals’ Animal Cruelty Task Force. She is also a member of the Arizona Forfeiture Association, member of the Child Abduction Response Team, and member of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Domestic Violence Council Leadership Affinity Group. She is also the recipient of the 2018 National Humane Law Enforcement Award awarded by the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Humane Society of the United States and will graduate from the Bar Leadership Institute in May of 2019.
PAST VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH:
January 2019 - Kami Hoskins, Gordon & Rees
February 2019 - J. Scott Rhodes, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon
March 2019 - Amanda Salvione, Greenspoon Marder LLP
April 2019 - Anthony W. Austin, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
January 2018 - Jennifer Kupiszewski, Kile & Kupiszewski LLC
February 2018 - Jennifer G. Gadow, Fromm Smith and Gadow, P.C.
March 2018 - Matthew H. Green, Law Offices of Matthew H. Green
April 2018 - William G. Klain, Lang & Klain, P.C.
May 2018 - Doreen Nanibaa McPaul, Pascua Yaqui Tribe
June 2018 - Andrew Jacobs, Snell & Wilmer
August/September 2018 - Sandra Bensley, Waterfall Economidis
October 2018 - Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman, Fleming & Curti LLC
November/December 2018 - Annette T. Burns, Law Offices of Annette T. Burns