sba_logo_color State Bar of ArizonaAn announcement from the State Bar of Arizona:

Members of the State Bar of Arizona have elected 10 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.

This press release is also posted online here.

You can read more about the candidates, via their own statements, which we ran in the May issue of Arizona Attorney Magazine.

Mccormick_Stillman_Railroad_Park YLD 1

The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park was the site of the first annual YLD picnic.

You’ve got to love it when a plan comes together.

That must have been what the State Bar of Arizona Young Lawyers Division thought this past Sunday, when a large group of attorneys—and their families—gathered for a picnic and networking.

The venue was the McCormick–Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale, and all reports are that the kids (and those who are kids at heart) had a great time. For those for whom the evocative blast of a railroad horn is not a draw, here’s what else was available: food, games, bouncy houses, cotton candy, chair massages.

Yes, I said chair massages (which probably felt great after time inside the bouncy houses).

chair massage: A Bar event was never quite so soothing.The event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a few corporate sponsors:

There are some more photos of the event (courtesy of my colleague Lisa Bormaster) at the Arizona Attorney Facebook page.

Picnic attendees chat with representatives from sponsor John Driscoll & Company.

Picnic attendees chat with representatives from sponsor John Driscoll & Company.

Was it only last month that I wrote about a networking event? The September gathering was sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona Mentor Committee (and others). Now, I share another upcoming event.

This Thursday’s event belongs to the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, and it will occur at the Bonfire Grill and Bar in Scottsdale.

Much to my chagrin, I will be unable to attend, for as I write this, I’m currently flying toward Nashville for a conference (hmmm, how do you Foursquare a Southwest flight?).

In any case, here is the information. If past events are any indicator, this one will be a great time.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 20, 2011

October Networking Event at the Bonfire Grill and Bar 

Who: The State Bar of Arizona’s Young Lawyer Division, Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section, and Mentor Committee; Committee on Minorities & Women in the Law; and ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

What: Networking and free appetizers

When: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 5:30-8:30 pm

Where: Bonfire Grill and Bar, 7210 East 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Sponsor: Front Office Staff Camelback