The 2014 Board of Directors
|Tom Giallanza, President - is Deputy Receiver for the Maricopa County Superior Court Receivership of Landmarc Capital and Investment Company. Tom was formerly Assistant Superintendent for the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions. Prior to moving to Arizona, he served as general counsel for a national real estate developer and later as manager of a national business unit for a major title insurance company. Tom earned his B.S. and J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago and is admitted to the Illinois bar. He is a member of the St. Thomas More Society of Phoenix.|
|Hon. Helen Purcell, President-Elect was recently elected to her sixth term as Maricopa County Recorder. She is responsible for recording and maintaining for permanent public record 5,000 to 8,000 documents per day and maintaining voter registration rolls for over 1,700,000 registered voters. She is responsible for administering the Elections Department which conducts all national, state and countywide elections and provides support for cities, towns, school districts, special districts and other jurisdictions. Ms. Purcell is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties (NACo), Kids Voting-Arizona and a board member of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, serving as its Secretary. At NACo she chairs the Member Programs and Services Committee. She serves as a member of the Advisory Board to the U.S.Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) and the Technical Guidlines Development Committee which recommends guidelines for future Election systems in the United States. Ms. Purcell was appointed by Governor Napalitano to the Electronic Recording Commission, serving as chair with members from the Recorders' Association, the Arizona Bar Association and the Ttitle Insurance Community. Her office has received numerous awards including the National Kids Voting Excellence Award, "Best Practice" award from the National Association of Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks and after nomination by Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computer Corp. the departments' Vote by Mail Technology became part of the 2000 Computerworld Smithsonian collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The office has processed over 1,000,000 every year since 1999, reaching over one and one/half million in 2004.
|Matthew Fischer, Vice President - is a partner at Snell & Wilmer law firm, and has been an active member in the legal community. He has served on various Snell & Wilmer committees including being a Junior Associate Mentor and Chair of the Hiring Committee. He volunteered for the Maricopa Volunteer Lawyers Program, University of Arizona College of Law, Arthritis Foundation and the Norte Dame Club of Phoenix. Before Snell & Wilmer, Mr. Fischer worked at the US DOJ Bankruptcy Division and at the Phoenix Municipal Court. The VLP recognized him as Guardianship Attorney of the year and his own firm also honored him as a Top Pro Bono Attorney. |
Matt belongs to numerous professional organizations including ABA's Section of Litigation, SBA's Trial Practice Section, the Maricopa Bar's Litigation Section, the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel and the Securities industry and Financial Markets Association.
| Kim Demarchi, Secretary is a partner in Lewis Roca Rothgerber's Litigation Group, where she represents public, private, and non-profit clients in civil appeals and in the litigation of complex matters. A substantial part of her practice involves issues of public law, including representing state, local, and tribal governments in administrative and court proceedings and advising a wide range of clients on compliance with campaign finance, election, and lobbying laws.|
Prior to joining the Foundation Board, Kim was a member of the Board of Directors of Community Legal Services, served on the State Bar of Arizona's Access to Justice Task Force, and coached the Mock Trial team at Central High School.Â Kim is also active in other Bar organizations; she currently serves as Vice Chair of the State Bar of Arizona's Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, and has served as President of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association (2012) and Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Appellate Practice Section (2010-11). She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Research Committee of the Arizona Town Hall, a graduate of the inaugural class of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, and a soprano in the Phoenix Community Chorus. She also regularly teaches and writes on topics including appellate practice, lawyer ethics, and election law.
Prior to joining Lewis Roca Rothgerber, Kim was a law clerk to the Honorable Ruth V. McGregor of the Arizona Supreme Court and the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A native of Tucson, Kim is a graduate of the Arizona State University Honors College and the Yale Law School.
Todd F. Lang, Past President - is an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, a state agency that administers the Citizens Clean Elections Act (ACT). Mr. Lang has direct experience with state campaign finance and election laws and programs as well as federal campaign finance laws and the U.S. Constitution. Previously, Todd served as Chief Counsel for the Consumer Litigation Unit at the Office of the Arizona Attorney General. Prior to that, he spent 2003-2004 as a Visiting Clinical Professor at the Arizona State University School of Law.
Mr. Lang's previous experience includes three years as an election law attorney serving as the counsel for the Arizona Clean Elections Commission. In that position, Todd successfully argued before the Arizona Supreme Court in defense of the Clean Elections Act. Mr. Lang spent the first seven years of this legal career as a legal services attorney and litigated against slumlords and on behalf of victims of consumer fraud.
Todd currently serves on the Board of Directors of Community Legal Services. He also has taught several CLE programs on consumer finance fraud, landlord/tenant law, and election law. Additionally, he is past chair of the State Bar Legal Services Committee and Co-President of the Lorna Lockwood Inn of Court, and a past Co-Chair of the State Bar Convention Committee and past-Chair of the State Bar Public Lawyers Committee. He was named by the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) as the "Tenant Rights Advocate of the Year" in 2005. He was also named by the State Bar Foundation for Legal Services and Education as one of the "Top Pro-Bono lawyers of the Year" in 2005 and 2006. Todd graduated from the Cornell University College of Law in 1993.
|Hon. Lawrence Winthrop, Treasurer received his B.A. from Whittier College and his JD from California Western School of Law. He practiced law with Snell & Wilmer from 1977 to 1993, when he then started Doyle and Winthrop (1993-2002). He is currently a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. He was appointed to the position in 2002. He has been on the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, a member of the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations, served as President of the Arizona Bar Foundation, Chaired the Maricopa County Medical-Legal Committee, and been part of the Volunteer Lawyers Program.|
Matt Binford is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona. He represents the State in criminal cases before the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Arizona Supreme Court. He also represents the State in federal habeas proceedings in United States District Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Matt received his law degree from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where he graduated with Highest Pro Bono Distinction. At the law school, he was the Truman R. Young Prosecutorial Fellow and a staff writer for the Arizona State Law Journal. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, and has a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Prior to his appointment as an Assistant Attorney General, Matt worked at the City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, and the United States Attorney's Office. Before he began his legal career, Matt taught with the Teach For America program in South Central Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Matt is a member of Arizona's Criminal Jury Instructions Committee and the American Bar Association's Homeland Security Committee. He also serves on the Executive Council of the State Bar's Appellate Practice Section and is a member of the Arizona Wills for Heroes Foundation Steering Committee.
Damon Boyd is a partner at Snell & Wilmer where his practice is concentrated in intellectual property and technology related law. Since 2001, Damon has counseled the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education on a wide variety of legal issues, including intellectual property issues, social media issues, and general legal questions relating to technology. Over the years, Damon has counseled the Foundation with respect to numerous intellectual property issues as they arise, and has provided a variety of training seminars to the Foundation and its members relating to intellectual property and social media. Most recently, Damon has provided counsel on intellectual property issues relating to an oral history portion of the Arizona Supreme Court's Centennial website project. Damon has also served as an adjunct professor at the Phoenix School of Law.
In addition to his service to the Foundation, Damon is and has been involved in the community, including working with the Arizona Celtic Bar Association, the Sudanese for Sudanese Foundation, and counseling numerous non-profit organizations with respect to their intellectual property needs.
|Andrew Ching began serving the City as City Manager in April 2013, following his appointment as Interim City Manager in January 2013. He served as the City Attorney from August 2006 to January 2013. Mr. Ching started his career in the Tempe City Attorney's Office as a volunteer in 1992, became a law clerk in 1993, and served as a contract attorney from 1995 to 1996. He left briefly from 1996 to 1998 to work in the Mesa City Prosecutor's Office, where he was named Prosecutor of the Year in 1997.
Returning to the City, Mr. Ching worked as Assistant City Attorney from 1998 to 2005, and was named Senior Assistant City Attorney in 2004. He left the City in 2005 to work as an associate at Phoenix firm Moyes Storey in the areas of civil litigation, land use litigation, zoning law and local government law.
Mr. Ching was born in Tucson and raised in Tempe, and has been a Tempe resident for over 30 years. He received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona in 1991, and earned a law degree from Arizona State University in 1994.
Peter Davis is the Managing Director of Simon Consulting, LLC. His areas of expertise include understanding and interpreting financial data, fraud detection and deterrence, and determination of business and personal damages.
His projects include receiverships over Ponzi schemes, receiverships over real estate, turnarounds of operating entities, alter ego analyses, fraud investigations, lost profit calculations, lost earnings calculations, asset searches and related matters. Mr. Davis has provided expert testimony in federal, bankruptcy and state courts. He has taught on the subject of forensic accounting and receiverships at Arizona State University and has provided training on fraud and forensic accounting to numerous organizations.
He is conversant in German and has consulted for companies in the United States, Germany and Japan.
Mr. Davis is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Turnaround Management Association, and the Association of Insolvency and Reorganization Advisors.
|Rodney Glassman is the City of Tucson Ward 2 Council Member and is a graduate of The University of Arizona five times over. He earned his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics, his Masters of Business Administration as well as his Masters of Public Administration from the Eller College of Management. In 2005 Rodney completed his PhD in Arid Land Resource Science from The University of Arizona. He has published award-winning research both nationally and internationally in the area of agricultural education and hands-on learning. Just weeks after his election to the Tucson City Council in 2007, Rodney graduated with his J.D. from the James E. Rogers College of Law at The University of Arizona. Rodney joined the Arizona Bar in the summer of 2008.
Professionally, Rodney currently works as a financial advisor at Wachovia Securities, which is owned by Wells Fargo Bank. He has experience in small business and also holds an Arizona Real Estate license. He has consulted in the area of community development, relationship building, and charitable giving for companies in Tucson, and previously served on the Advisory Board for the Bank of Tucson. Rodney served from 2002-2006 as a legislative aide for Congressman RaÃºl Grijalva, focusing on business and agriculture in the Washington, D.C. and Tucson congressional offices.
|Patrick Greene currently sits on the State Bar Board of Governors. He is the first attorney to open a law practice in Tombstone in 71 years! He moved to Tombstone in 2003 after practicing for several years in Ohio, where he initially graduated from Capital University Law School. His private practice is in social Security Disability and Small Business. He is the Vice President of the Sierra Vista Bar Association. He was appointed Cochise County Board of Adjustment in 2011 and City Prosecutor for Huachuca City Magistrate Court in 2012.
|Faith C. Klepper practices civil litigation at Calderón Law Offices in Phoenix. Prior to joining Calderón Law Offices, she served as a deputy county attorney with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office from 2001-2004 and a deputy public defender with the Maricopa County Public Defender from 1998-2001. Faith currently serves as Editorial Chair of the Arizona Attorney magazine and previously served on the board of directors for DNA-People's Legal Services and the Maricopa County Bar Association. She earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her law degree from Arizona State University.|
Hon. Joseph Kreamer is judge at the Superior Court. He was previously a trial attorney at the law firm of Hopkins & Kreamer in Phoenix, where he practiced mainly in the areas of personal injury and commercial litigation. Joe also worked with the firm of Snell & Wilmer. Joe has been involved in access to justice issues in Arizona for many years, having chaired the State Bar Legal Services Committee, the Maricopa County Bar Foundation Board of Directors, President of the Board for the Foundation, John P. Frank for Justice awardee, Top 50 Pro Bono Attorney and Volunteer of the Year.|
|Richard T. Platt is the Chief Criminal Deputy County Attorney for the Pinal County Attorney's Office. He has been with the County Attorney's Office since 1996. From 1984 to 1996, he was in private practice in the firm of Platt & Jenson, P.C. in Coolidge, Ariz. His practice focused on criminal law, domestic relations, real property and probate matters. In 1987, he was the President of the Pinal County Bar Association. He has served on the State Bar Board of Governors for the last 10 years (Secretary-Treasurer 2010-2011; 2nd VP 2011-2012), representing rural Arizona and public lawyers.|
|Dee Dee Samet currently sits on the State Bar Board of Governors, where she was a past president. Ms. Samet has also been a past president of the Federal Bar - Tucson Chapter, Pima County Bar, and Casa de Los Ninos Board. She is a past co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the Worker's Compensation Section. Since 1985, Ms. Samet has been a Judge Pro Tempore. In addition to the Board of Governors and Foundation, she is also a member of the Invisible Theatre Board, Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy board, and Casa de Los Ninos board. She has been honored with the Alice Truman Award, Fred Kay Award, and the Soroptimist Award for Advancing the Status of Women.
|Domingos Santos formed Santos Law Office, P.L.L.C. in November 2010 to provide individuals and businesses with quality and cost-effective legal representation in state and local tax matters. Prior to forming Santos Law Office, P.L.L.C., Domingos was a member of Snell & Wilmer's Commercial Litigation Practice Group, where he focused his practice on commercial litigation and state and local tax matters. While at Snell & Wilmer, Domingos advised small and large businesses facing transaction privilege tax audits from local taxing jurisdictions and represented small and large businesses, banking institutions, and exempt organizations appealing real property tax valuation and classification determinations to county assessors, county and state boards of equalization, and the Arizona Tax Court.|
Prior to joining Snell & Wilmer, Domingos was a Deputy County Attorney with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, where he acted as lead counsel in hundreds of contested property tax appeals involving master planned communities and subdivision projects, and agricultural, commercial, and residential real property.
|Clarice Spicker is an attorney with the law firm Jones, Skelton, & Hochuli. She formerly served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Patricia A. Orozco at the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. She graduated from University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2011 and was admitted to the Bar in 2012. While at the U of A she was a writer for the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law and a panelist for the Disappearing Parents (a report on Immigration Enforcement and Child Welfare). She was the recipient of the International Trade and Business Law Certificate and of the Dean's Academic Excellence Scholarship. Ms. Spicker has also served as President and Chairperson of Imaginations, where she managed the business and legal aspects of the company as well as oversaw the volunteer trips to Thailand, Peru and Indonesia. She spent two months volunteering at and AIDS hospice in Lopburi, Thailand.
|Geoffrey Sturr is an attorney with Osborn Maledon. He represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. His cases currently involve defending claims against lawyers and law firms, disputes involving businesses and real estate, and defending claims brought under the False Claims Act. He also conducts internal corporate investigations. He has represented clients in administrative and bar disciplinary proceedings and advises lawyers and law firms on professional responsibility issues. Mr. Sturr received his B.A. from Haverford College and his J.D. from UCLA. He was admitted into the California Bar in 1990 and Arizona in 1991. He has been admitted to U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Court , District of Arizona, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and both the Arizona and California Supreme Courts. Geoffrey has served on the State Bar's Legal Services Committee, served as an Adjunct Professor at ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, and is a member of the American Bar Association, Center for Professional Responsibility. He was named "Southwest Super Lawyer" by Law and Policy Magazine and is a past recipient of the Bar Foundation's Top 50 Pro Bono attorneys.|
|Jennifer Holsman Tetreault serves as Corporate Counsel for Rural/Metro Corporation. She is responsible for all company legal work in the West Zone, including Arizona, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, South Dakota and Nebraska. In this capacity, she handles contract drafting and negotiation, litigation, employment and labor issues, and mergers and acquisitions for the company. She also serves as the Corporate Liaison and is responsible for all litigation and government relations work for the company on a national basis.
Prior to joining Rural/Metro Corporation, Jenny served as the Executive Director of Operations and Chief Legal Officer for the Arizona State University Alumni Association from 2007-2012. From 2003-2011, she worked as a litigation defense attorney (2003-2007), and Of Counsel (2007-2011) at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C.Â From 2011-2013, Jenny served as Of Counsel at Struck, Wieneke and Love, P.L.C., practicing in the area of civil rights, constitutional defense, and governmental liability. She is admitted in the state courts for Arizona and the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Courts for Arizona and the District of Columbia, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mrs. Holsman Tetreault is a graduate of Arizona State University (magna cum laude and Barrett Honors College). She earned both her masters and law degrees from Syracuse University, where she was named the Outstanding Law School Graduate upon her graduation.
Mrs. Holsman Tetreault is very active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for Valley Leadership, the Children's Action Alliance, Downtown YMCA, Women's Leadership Council/United Way, and the Tempe Community Council. Jenny is also active with the Sandra Day O'Connor Inn of Court, Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Maricopa County Bar Association. In recognition for her work in the community, Jenny was named one of the Top 25 â€œASU Barrett Honors College Graduates to Watchâ€� in 2013 and was a recipient of the Phoenix Business Journal's Forty Under 40 in 2009. She also graduated from Valley Leadership in 2010 and was a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fellow in 2011.
She has served as a faculty member at the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law since 2010 and teaches U.S. Law and Legal Analysis.
Janice Wezelman has worked with the Tucson law firm Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feidman and McAnalty since she was admitted to the Bar in 1974. She has been of counsel for the firm since 2000. She has been admitted to the United States District Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Her community involvement includes the Arizona Research Park Association Board of Directors, the University of Arizona James R. Rogers College of Law Board of Visitors, and coaching the University High School mock trial teams.|
Ms. Wezelman received her B.A. at Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Arizona. She has received the Arizona Bar Foundation's Mark Santana Law Related Education Attorney award, the Arizona Alumni Association's Sidney S. Woods Alumni Service Award, the Southern Arizona Women Lawyers Association's Alice Truman award along with several other prestigious awards and recognition.
Kevin S. Ruegg, Ph.D., Ex officio has over twenty years with working with nonprofit organizations serving those most marginalized in our society. Currently she serves as the CEO/Executive Director for the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, Inc. In addition to her administration of nonprofit agencies, she has lent her expertise to mentoring numerous small nonprofit organizations to build their capacity; increase volunteer involvement; and create quality assurance processes. She has been recognized for building collaborative efforts and has presented at National Conferences regarding both statewide cadres and University & Community partnership programs which she assisted in developing. Kevin has a doctoral degree in Applied Management and Decision Sciences. Her Masters is in Human Resource Development and she holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Theology.
John F. Phelps, Ex officio - CEO/Executive Director, State Bar of Arizona
•Chief of Staff of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, D.C.
•Chief Operating Officer of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross in Phoenix, Arizona.
•Deputy Director of the Arizona Office of Homeland Security in the Office of the Governor of Arizona.
•Retired from active duty after nearly 25 years as a Colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in 2003.
Areas of expertise include government ethics and policy, administrative and constitutional law, homeland security, and executive leadership.
John graduated magna cum laude from St. John's University in Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Government. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law, and Master of Laws degrees from the Judge Advocate General's School and the University of Virginia School of Law. John has been a member of the Arizona Bar since 1986.