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Bench & Bar Winter Program (Pima County)

Total Credits: 2 CLE, 2 Criminal Law Specialization, 2 Estate & Trust Law Specialization, 2 Family Law Specialization, 2 Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation Specialization

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Civil Litigation |  Criminal Litigation |  Family Law |  Juvenile Law |  Probate & Estate Planning
Kellie L Johnson |  Casey F McGinley |  Jeffrey T Bergin |  Peter Akmajian |  Laura V Mac Ban |  James E Marner |  Laura E Udall |  Hon. Randi Leigh Burnett |  Michael J Butler |  Comm. John J Assini |  Lisa S Bibbens |  Danielle J K Constant |   9 more....
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The Trial Practice Section
DoubleTree by Hilton Tucson - Reid Park - Tucson, AZ



At this year’s Bench and Bar Winter Program, you'll have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions tailored to your practice area.  A hosted reception takes place after the seminar.

Update from Pima County Superior Court

Honorable Jeffrey Bergin, Presiding Judge, Arizona Superior Court in Pima County
Breakout Sessions

Honorable Kellie Johnson, Presiding Judge, Civil Bench
Honorable Cindy Kuhn, Civil Bench
Honorable Greg Sakall, Civil Bench
Peter Akmajian, Schmidt Sethi & Akmajian
Laura Mac Ban, MacBan Law Offices


  • Changes that are coming to the Criminal Bench

Honorable James Marner, Presiding Judge, Criminal Bench
Honorable Casey McGinley, Civil Bench
Tracy Miller, Pima County Attorney's Office
Laura Udall, Laura E. Udall PLLC

Family/Juvenile (combined session)

  • Family and Juvenile Administrative Updates
  • Juvenile Law Protocols
    • The Ins and Outs of Consolidation of Family Law Cases and Dependency Cases   
    • Private Severance with simultaneous Family Law Proceedings and Rule 5.1
  • Obtaining DCS Records, DCS Worker’s Testimony, and Juvenile Court files for your Family Law Case
  • Rule 2 issues and proposed changes
  • Family Law Updates

Honorable Randi Burnett, Presiding Judge, Family Bench
Honorable Michael Butler, Presiding Judge, Pima County Juvenile Court
Honorable John J Assini, Family Bench
Honorable Lisa Bibbens, Pima County Juvenile Court
Honorable Danielle Constant, Family Bench
Laura Belleau, Karp & Weiss PC
Kymberley Moffett, Law Offices of Kymberley W Moffett PLLC


  • New Probate statutes:
    • Changes to ARS 14-1102, 14-1306, 14-5111, 14-5309, 14-5405, and 14-5407 re: jury trials
    • Changes to 14-5316 re: guardian’s power over visitation with ward
    • Changes to 14-5111 re: duties of appointed counsel
    • ARS 14-5721 re: Supported Decision-Making Agreements
    • ARS 14-1110 re: Probate Advisory Panel
  • Arizona Code of Judicial Administration Part 3, Chapter 3, Section 3-302 re: Forms
  • Arizona Supreme Court Time Standards
  • Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Order re: In-person vs. virtual hearings
  • Protocols for Conducting a Jury Trial in Probate
  • Updating Forms
  • Statistical trends
  • Transitioning to a new Probate Presiding Judge
  • General discussion between the bench and bar as to is working or not working.

Honorable Kenneth Lee, Presiding Judge, Probate Bench
Honorable Danelle Liwski, Associate Presiding Judge, Pima County Superior Court
Robert Fleming, Fleming & Curti PLC
Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman, Fleming & Curti PLC

Ted Schmidt, Schmidt Sethi & Akmajian



Kellie L Johnson Related Seminars and Products


Pima County Superior Court

Honorable Kellie Johnson is the Civil Presiding Judge at the Pima County Superior Court. Governor Ducey appointed her to bench June of 2017. She graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona School of Law in 1996 and joined the Pima County Attorney's Office as a trial prosecutor in 1997. During her career as a prosecutor, she tried over 150 jury trials, and received awards at both the State and national level for her trial advocacy. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Arizona State Bar's Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award. She is currently the Dean of the Judicial College of Arizona. Judge Johnson also serves on numerous Arizona Supreme Court committees including the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, the Capital Case Oversight Committee, and the Commission on Victims in the Courts.

Casey F McGinley Related Seminars and Products

was appointed to the Superior Court by Gov. Doug Ducey in June 2018. He has served on the juvenile, civil, and criminal benches, and will serve as Presiding Judge for the criminal bench beginning on June 3, 2024. Prior to his appointment, Judge McGinley served as a full time Judge Pro Tempore on the Superior Court’s criminal bench, having been appointed to that position by the Hon. Sarah. R Simmons in Feb. 2013. Judge McGinley graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a minor in economics. In his senior year, he served as a Legislative Intern for The Hon. Jane D. Hull, Governor of Arizona. He attended law school at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and in his second year, Judge McGinley served as a legal intern for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. After earning his J.D. in 2003, Judge McGinley clerked for The Hon. Christopher C. Browning of the Pima County Superior Court before joining the Pima County Attorney’s Office in July 2004. Between 2004 and February of 2013, he prosecuted various forms of criminal charges, including vehicular and violent offenses, and cold case homicides. In his free time, Judge McGinley enjoys spending time with his family and visiting Pinetop.

Jeffrey T Bergin Related Seminars and Products


Superior Court in Pima County

Honorable Jeffrey Bergin is an Arizona native who earned both his undergraduate degree and his law degree (with distinction) from the University of Arizona. In September 2011, Judge Bergin was appointed to serve as a trial judge on Arizona's Superior Court in Pima County. This followed a twenty-year career in civil litigation. Since that time, he has served on the civil bench (presiding judge), family bench (presiding judge) and the criminal bench. He also served as the Associate Presiding Judge for the Court from 2019 through July 2021. Most recently, Arizona's Supreme Court appointed Judge Bergin as the Presiding Judge for Pima County. Judge Bergin began his term as the Presiding Judge on July 1, 2021.

Peter Akmajian Related Seminars and Products


Schmidt Sethi & Akmajian PC

Peter Akmajian is a 1984 graduate (with distinction) from the University of Arizona College of Law. He clerked for the Honorable Frank X. Gordon from 1984-85. He has been in private practice since 1985 with O’Connor Cavanagh in Phoenix and Tucson, the Udall Law Firm and now with Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian, where he represents patients and their families in medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. Peter is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of ABOTA.

Laura V Mac Ban Related Seminars and Products

Managing Partner/Shareholder

MacBan Law Offices

Laura V. Mac Ban is a founding and managing partner of Mac Ban Law Offices. She is rated AV “Pre-eminent” © by her peers and the judiciary, and has over 35 years of extensive experience in all facets of litigating medical malpractice, professional liability, personal injury, elder abuse, wrongful death and complex tort litigation cases, including serving as lead counsel in jury trials, arbitrations, hospital administrative due process hearings and mediations. Mac Ban Law Offices is rated Best Law Firms-Arizona as published in US News & World Report, and was selected as one of the “10 Best Law Firms” for client satisfaction in the practice area of Personal Injury Law in Arizona. Laura has been selected Arizona’s Finest Lawyers; America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators; America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators; America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Litigators; America’s Top 100 Medical Malpractice Litigators; Lawyers of Distinction, Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers Hall of Fame; and Top 25 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers in the State of Arizona, among numerous other honors. She is licensed in both Arizona and Colorado. For further information, please see

James E Marner Related Seminars and Products

Honorable James Marner was appointed to the Pima County Superior Court bench in 2012 by Governor Brewer. He is currently the Presiding Judge of Criminal Bench. Judge Marner also served as the Presiding Judge of the Family Bench for 2 years. Before that he served on the Civil Bench where, among other things, he was the Presiding Arbitration Judge and the Elections Judge. Judge Marner taught Pretrial Civil Litigation as an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona law school. Before taking the bench, he was a trial attorney at the King County Prosecutor's Office in Seattle and then spent 15 years as a civil trial attorney in Pima County.

Laura E Udall Related Seminars and Products

Laura E. Udall PLLC

Laura Udall is a criminal defense attorney in private practice in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. She attended the University of California at Berkeley for her undergraduate degree and received her law degree from the University of Utah. Following law school she clerked for the Honorable Alfredo Marquez for District Court in Arizona. She then went to work at the Pima County Public Defender for 4 years. In 1992 she and Dan Cooper opened their firm, Cooper and Udall PC, and practiced together until 2021 when she opened her solo firm Laura E. Udall PLLC. Laura has tried over 110 cases to jury verdict. She is qualified as learned counsel for capital work in both Federal and State jurisdictions. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona teaching trial advocacy since 2010. Laura was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2017.

Hon. Randi Leigh Burnett Related Seminars and Products

Pima County Superior Court

Honorable Randi Burnett has served as a commissioner of the Superior Court in Pima County since April 2021 and is currently assigned to the family law bench. Prior to joining the bench, Randi was a partner at Waterfall, Economidis, Caldwell, Hanshaw & Villamana, P.C. for several years and then spent her last two years of practice at The McCarthy Law Firm. Her family law practice included a broad range of family law matters including divorce, legal separation, same-sex issues, multi-state jurisdictional issues, high conflict custody issues, grandparent visitation, minor child guardianships, child support, spousal maintenance, paternity, and appellate matters. Randi has presented at multiple legal seminars on numerous topics, including complex financial issues, ethical issues, high conflict custody concerns, and the unique concerns involving autistic children in custody matters. Outside of work, Randi enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.

Michael J Butler Related Seminars and Products

Pima County Superior Court

Honorable Michael J. Butler was appointed to the Pima County Superior Court in May 2013, and he has been assigned to the juvenile, criminal and civil benches. During his time on the criminal bench, Judge Butler spent three years as Pima County’s mental health judge, and he presided over all competency matters and the county’s Mental Health Court. Judge Butler now serves as Presiding Judge of the Pima County Juvenile Court. Before his appointment, Judge Butler practiced as a commercial litigator in Tucson for twenty years. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arizona, and prior to his legal career he worked as a certified emergency paramedic.

Comm. John J Assini Related Seminars and Products


Honorable John J. Assini (Jack) practiced law beginning in 1994 and was in private practice, handling family law matters until he was appointed to the bench as a Commissioner for the Pima County Superior Court in March of 2015. He is currently doing a family law trial rotation. He received his BA from the University of Arizona in Elementary Education, taught 1st grade for four years, could not find a rich wife, so he returned to University of Arizona for his J.D. degree. Jack is the Past Chair of the Executive Council of Family Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, a current board member for AZ- AFCC (Arizona- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) and currently continues to be a member at large with the Executive Council of Family Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona. Jack was frequently appointed as a Parenting Coordinator for high conflict family law matters, and as an attorney or best interest attorney for children. Jack also practiced in the area of collaborative law and was a member of the Southern Arizona Collaborative Law Group. As a Judge Pro Tem, Jack participated in hundreds of successful settlement conferences and mediations and continues to bring that style and technique to the bench.

Lisa S Bibbens Related Seminars and Products

Pima County Juvenile Court

Honorable Lisa Bibbens is a court commissioner for the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County, serving on the family law bench commencing in July 2014, and currently serving on the juvenile court bench. She graduated in 1990 from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international business management, summa cum laude, and received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1993. Prior to serving as a court commissioner, she was a partner in Liberty & Bibbens, P.C., practicing exclusively in the area of family law following her admission to the State Bar in 1993. The State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization certified her as a family law specialist from 2005 through 2014. She was nominated to and recognized as one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers. She received the Arizona Bar Foundation “Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys of Arizona” award in 2001, 2011, and 2013, and the Volunteer Lawyers Program Pro Bono Attorney of the Month Award in 2000 and 2011. She is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education presentations; a member of the 2017 Judicial Conference Planning Committee; a member of both the Dependency Alternative Program and the Juvenile Court Family Law Protocol Committee; a member of the LGBTQ court-involved youth committee; and participates on various court committees and workgroups addressing family law, juvenile law, and self-represented litigant issues. She enjoys spending time with her family, trail running, farmers markets, photography, travel, and cooking.

Danielle J K Constant Related Seminars and Products

Superior Court Judge

Pima County Superior Court

Judge Danielle J.K. Constant received her undergraduate degree in History with a minor in English from Dordt University in Iowa in 1999. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2002. She practiced law in Tucson, Arizona, beginning in 2002. She started her career at the Pima County Attorney’s Office as a criminal prosecutor for vehicular, violent, property, narcotics, and misdemeanor crimes. In 2014, she changed to private practice at two different Arizona firms. She practiced primarily in civil defense including government defense, eminent domain, personal injury, medical malpractice, employment, and appellate practice. She has been a member of organizations including the Pima County Bar Association, the Tucson Defense Bar, the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, and the Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association. She was formerly the co-chair of the Arizona Condemnation Summit for eminent domain practitioners.

Judge Constant was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to the Pima County Bench in October of 2022, Division 12, and is currently serving on the Family Bench.

She is married and has four (sometimes) wonderful children (ages 6 to 12) and a very lazy dog.

Kymberley A Moffett Related Seminars and Products

Kymberley Moffett earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona in 1992 and her J.D. from California Western School of Law in 1995. She has been a member of the Arizona State Bar since 1996. Ms. Moffett was with the Apache County Attorney’s office from 1996-1999 handling child abuse and sex offense cases. Ms. Moffett began as a solo practitioner in Tucson in August 1999. From 1999 to the present day, Ms. Moffett has practiced in both Pima County Superior Court and Pima County Juvenile Court representing children, parents, grandparents, kinship, and foster parents in family law, dependency, termination and adoption actions. She has also acted as a Court Appointed Advisor and Best Interests Attorney in the domestic arena. Ms. Moffett is currently a Partner at Aguilar Moffett P.L.L.C. and continues to practice in both the family law and juvenile arenas.

Hon. Kenneth Lee Related Seminars and Products


Pima County Superior Court

Honorable Kenneth Lee was appointed to the Pima County Superior Court in 1997. He has held assignments on the Civil, Criminal, Family and Probate benches. He has served four terms as Associate Presiding Judge, two terms as Civil Presiding Judge and once as Probate Presiding Judge. In addition to his judicial assignments he has served on the Arizona Supreme Court Committees of the Superior Courts and of the Data Standards and Performance Review. He has been a member of the State Bar Committees for Civil Jury Instructions and Civil Practice and Procedure. Judge Lee has presented at numerous conferences, seminars and educational programs on topics, including new judge orientation, judicial writing, professionalism, and civil case management. He was born in Coolidge, Arizona. He attended the University of Arizona, where he received his degree in Business Administration (Accounting) in 1978 and his Juris Doctorate in 1981. He practiced in Tucson for sixteen years in the area of civil litigation. He was secretary of the Arizona Judges Association for two years.

Danelle B Liwski Related Seminars and Products


Pima County Superior Court

Honorable Danelle Liwski was appointed to Division 6 of the Pima County Superior Court bench on April 8, 2011. She served on the family law bench from 2011 to 2014 when she joined the criminal bench. Beginning July of 2015 through 2017 she also presided over all Pima County criminal competency, criminal mental health court, guilty except insane and sexually violent predator cases. She also served as Presiding Criminal Judge in Pima County. She currently serves as the Associate Presiding Judge in Pima County. Prior to the serving on the Pima County Superior Court bench Judge Liwski served as a hearing officer presiding over juvenile matters, including juvenile drug court. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Pima County Attorney. Ms. Liwski received her Bachelor's Degree in business from New Mexico State in 1987 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona in 1990. She has been active in the bench and bar with the highlight being the Arizona High School Mock Trial Program.

Robert B Fleming Related Seminars and Products

Robert Fleming is a Fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He has been certified as a Specialist in Estate and Trust Law by the State Bar of Arizona‘s Board of Legal Specialization, and he is also a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Robert has a long history of involvement in local, state and national organizations. He is most proud of his instrumental involvement in the Special Needs Alliance, the premier national organization for lawyers dealing with special needs trusts and planning.

Robert has two adult children, two young grandchildren and a wife of over fifty years. He is devoted to all of them. He is also very fond of Rosalind Franklin (his office companion corgi), and his homebound cat Muninn. He just likes people, their pets and their stories.

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Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman Related Seminars and Products


Fleming & Curti PLC

Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman is a principal and licensed fiduciary at Fleming & Curti, PLC. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Elizabeth enjoys estate planning and helping families navigate trust and probate administrations. She is passionate about the fiduciary work that she performs as a trustee, personal representative, guardian, and conservator. Elizabeth works with CPAs, financial professionals, case managers, and medical providers to tailor solutions to complex family challenges. Elizabeth is often called upon to serve as a neutral party so that families can avoid protracted legal conflict. Elizabeth relies on the expertise of her team at Fleming & Curti, and as the Firm approaches its third decade, she is proud of the culture of care and consideration that the Firm embodies. Finding workable solutions to sensitive and complex family challenges is something that Elizabeth and the Fleming & Curti team do well.

A third generation Tucsonan, Elizabeth attended Green Fields Country Day School and earned her law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. Before starting her legal career, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College. Elizabeth was first exposed to the practice of law during her years of work as a legal assistant in the capital markets group of Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP. Elizabeth volunteers her time to a diverse array of community and professional organizations. She is currently serving on the board of TMC Hospital and is the acting chair of the Finance Committee for the Primavera Foundation. She also serves as a board member of the Special Needs Alliance and the Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona. Elizabeth received the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “40 Under 40 Award” at the age of 32.

Outside of work, Elizabeth treasures her time with husband (and law school classmate) Doug and their goldendoodle, Duncan. She enjoys gardening, spicy food, cold drinks, and paddle boarding along the shores of Lake Tahoe.

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Ted A Schmidt Related Seminars and Products

Schmidt Sethi & Akmajian

Ted Schmidt is Vice President of the Arizona State Bar, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers as well as an Associate of the American Board of Trial Lawyers.

Daniel Gregory Sakall Related Seminars and Products


Pima County Superior Court

Honorable Greg Sakall was appointed to the Pima County Superior Court in 2017. He is currently assigned to the Civil Bench. After law school, Judge Sakall clerked for U.S. District Judges William D. Browning and Cindy K. Jorgenson. From 2004 to 2017, he was in private practice. He has also been an adjunct associate professor and is a guest lecturer at the James E. Rogers College of Law.
Education: Hillsdale College (B.A., summa cum laude, double major in Spanish & History); University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude).

Cynthia T Kuhn Related Seminars and Products

Superior Court Judge

Pima County Superior Court

Honorable Cynthia T. Kuhn was appointed to the Pima County Superior Court in 2016. Judge Kuhn began her judicial career, first on the civil bench in 2016, rotated in 2018 to a hybrid civil-probate assignment, and then presided over family law cases from 2020 - 2022. Judge Kuhn now serves on the civil bench.

Before her judicial appointment, Judge Kuhn maintained a civil litigation practice, including environmental, commercial, employment, and personal injury matters. Judge Kuhn also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the liability management section, defending state agencies and their employees in civil litigation.

Before starting her legal career, Judge Kuhn taught elementary school for more than three years. Judge Kuhn graduated from the University of Arizona—now the James E. Rogers College of Law—magna cum laude in 1986, where she was a member of the Arizona Law Review.

Judge Kuhn served on the “Committee on Mental Health and the Justice System” and “State Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee.” Judge Kuhn currently co-chairs the new judge orientation program for all Arizona general jurisdiction judicial officers.

Judge Kuhn absolutely enjoys every day serving the community as a judicial officer and, despite her prior experience in civil litigation, she finds she learns something new every day through her Superior Court civil caseload.



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