Total Credits: 4.25 CLE, 4.25 Ethics
This course explores professionalism principles and analyzes a series of professionalism hypotheticals pertinent to a lawyer's relationship with clients, judges, and other attorneys. The bulk of the seminar is presented in interactive breakout groups. New admittees to the State Bar of Arizona must complete this course within one year of being admitted to the Bar. Space is limited for each session.
In a profession that was designed to be adversarial in nature, it's only natural that conflicts with our colleagues, the judiciary and our clients may arise. How we resolve these conflicts reflects upon the profession as a whole. This course is designed to help restore civility and elevate the standards by which we treat all those with whom we come in contact.
The mandatory course, for all newly admitted Arizona members, satisfies the requirement under Rule 34(n), Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.
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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.
Steve Bossé is a partner with Bossé Rollman P.C. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law. He is a certified tax specialist, certified by the Arizona State Bar Legal Specialization Committee. His practice is concentrated in the creation of, and tax planning for, entities (including fringe benefits).
Jon Eliason is currently the Homicide Bureau Chief for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. In this capacity, he supervises nearly all homicide cases in Maricopa County. Previously, Jon was a Division Chief, supervising all child crimes, sex crimes, and domestic violence cases, and led the County’s efforts to test all un-tested rape kits and saw that each case was investigated.
Jon is a career prosecutor, successfully conducting numerous jury trials. In his previous role as the Mesa City Prosecutor, he implemented many successful protocols for the prosecution of domestic violence and DUI cases. He believes that the most important thing a prosecutor can do is seek to be ethical in all aspects of prosecution and to work to improve the quality of life for the community.
Jon has received numerous awards and commendations for his work, and has been recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, and numerous cities throughout Arizona for his work and dedication as a prosecutor. He sits on the Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women, the Arizona Forensic Academy, and is a board member of the Arizona Foundation for Women. He is a frequent lecturer at schools, police departments, and legal conferences, and has taught for the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council, the National District Attorney’s Association, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
Jon received a BS from Brigham Young University and his JD from Temple Law School.
Alfred “Ray” English attended Wentworth Military Junior College and was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate, receiving a commission in the U.S. Army Reserve. Ray received his Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University and Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. Ray has over 30 years of leadership training and legal experience. He has a longstanding commitment to improving Diversity Equity and Inclusion in the legal profession. He currently serves on the Arizona Judicial Council's Commission on Diversity, Equality and Justice in the Judiciary, and speaks nationwide, conducting training on issues such as implicit bias, anti-racism, and inclusion.
Mariam Ferguson is a founding partner of Ferguson Hill Filous, PLLC, where she defends individuals charged with both high-level felonies and misdemeanors. Since graduating in the top third of her class from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2013, Mariam has devoted her entire legal career to the practice of criminal law. She started as a prosecutor for the Pima County Attorney's Office, where she prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor cases in the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court and Green Valley Justice Court. She then transitioned to criminal defense by joining the Pima County Public Defender's Office in 2017. As an Assistant Public Defender, she defended hundreds of indigent persons accused of serious felonies. She is committed to protecting the rights of the accused and advocating for her clients. Mariam is also a member of the the Tucson City Court Magistrate Merit Selection Commission, and an executive board member of the Pima County Bar Association.
Honorable M. June Harris is a Hearing Officer for the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County, appointed January 2022. She primarily presides over protective orders. She had served the Pima County Superior Court as a Judge Pro Tempore since 2020. She is a Member-at-Large on the State Bar's Indian Law Section Executive Committee. Prior to her appointment, she served as Special Counsel for the Tohono O'odham Judicial Branch for 15 years. There, she advised and represented the Branch on a variety of administrative and legal matters ranging from employment issues to judicial ethics and points in between. She initiated and published Tohono O'odham case law and rules of court. Judge Harris has published articles in the Arizona Attorney regarding tribal practice, and presented on access to justice in rural Arizona, as well as professional responsibility. She graduated from Smith College with an A.B. in English and holds her J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law.
John Kelly is a partner with the law firm of Coppersmith Brockelman PLC in Phoenix. He has substantial experience representing profit and not-for-profit companies in a wide variety of legal and business matters, including commercial, employment, real estate and construction, health care, tort and insurance-related litigation. As a trial lawyer, John has tried over 100 cases to conclusion, including jury and bench trials, arbitration matters and administrative law proceedings. He currently serves as a Judge Pro Tem with the Maricopa County Superior Court and has been retained to serve as a private mediator on numerous occasions. He is a member of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution and is a trained Neutral (Mediations/Arbitrations) and Peer Review Officer with the American Health Lawyers Association. He has conducted numerous internal and external training sessions and Company seminars on issues such as loss prevention techniques, sexual harassment avoidance, professional conduct in the workplace, litigation preparation, workers’ compensation, business contract review and best employment practices.
Prior to joining Coppersmith Brockelman, John was the General Counsel of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. In that capacity, John supervised the Human Resources, Benefits, Corporate Management and Parish Administration offices of the Diocese, advised the Bishop on numerous non-profit and corporate governance issues, and advised the Catholic Schools Superintendent on school personnel decisions, education-related policies and procedures, and student disciplinary processes. Prior to joining the Diocese of Phoenix, John was the Vice President and General Counsel and a member of the Executive Board of Directors of Leslie’s Poolmart, Inc., a nationwide retailer of swimming pool supplies. John directed all litigation for the Company and its 900+ stores, and also supervised the Legal, Real Estate, Construction and Facilities Management, Loss Prevention, Risk Management, Safety, Regulatory Affairs and Workers’ Compensation departments. Prior to joining Leslie’s, John was in private practice in Phoenix for 12 years, most recently as a partner in the law firm of Leonard, Collins & Kelly, where his practice concentrated on business, contract and employment litigation.
John holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Arizona State University, and is admitted to practice in Arizona and California, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Arizona and the Southern, Northern, and Central Districts of California. He has been awarded the distinguished “AV Preeminent” peer review rating, Martindale-Hubbell (both judicial and peer endorsed), “Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, and is a 2021, 2022 and 2023 “Super Lawyer” in Civil Litigation: Defense and a recipient of The Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation. He was appointed to the Professionalism/Ethics Committee of the State of Arizona Trial Practice section and conducts annual seminars for the State Bar of Arizona on Professionalism.
Kevin Kinghorn has been a practicing attorney in Tucson and southern Arizona since 1993. Kevin is the founder of Kinghorn Law, LLC and is a Certified Estate and Trust Specialist, certified by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization.
After earning an associate’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University—Hawaii and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Kevin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona College of Law. Kevin is admitted to practice law in Arizona and Colorado and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Tax Court.
Kevin finds fulfillment in empowering families to achieve peace through coaching investors and educating them on a method of investing based on Nobel Prize winning academic principles.
Kevin has been married to his wife, Sandi, for over 30 years and has a son and a daughter—both in college. In his spare time, Kevin likes to spend time with his family and enjoys hiking, camping, astronomy, and wood working. An Eagle Scout himself, Kevin sits on the board of the local council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Jessica Kokal is a partner with Broening Oberg Woods & Wilson. Jessica moved to the Valley from the Detroit metropolitan area to attend Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University as a National Merit scholar recruit. She remained at Arizona State University to attend law school at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law while also working full-time at a small Phoenix firm. After joining the firm of Broening, Oberg, Woods & Wilson as an associate in 2016, Jessica was invited to become a partner in 2018.
During her career, Jessica has defended over 30 arbitrations both in what are now known as Tier 1 cases in the state of Arizona and in the AAA forum, taken and defended hundreds of depositions, and defended multiple trials, before both juries and the presiding disciplinary judge and disciplinary hearing panel, to verdict. She currently focuses her practice in the areas of general liability defense, insurance bad faith with a focus in workers’ compensation bad faith, and professional malpractice and lawyer disciplinary proceedings.
In addition to maintaining her practice, Jessica oversees the firm’s mentorship program and chairs the firm’s marketing and recruitment committees. Between 2017 and 2019, she also directed the Phoenix Ladder Down program, designed to help women lawyers extend the “ladder down” to other women lawyers. She is also the firm’s diversity and hiring partner.
Teresa Lancaster started her life in Fargo, North Dakota where she graduated high school before moving to Arizona for college (and warmer weather). After graduating from the university of Arizona in 2005 and from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 2008, Teresa became member of the Arizona State Bar. She started her career at Bogutz & Gordon, P.C. in 2008 and became a Shareholder in 2015. She has focused her career in the area of Probate and Trust, becoming a certified specialist by the Arizona State Bar in 2015. Teresa is a member of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel, serves on the Arizona Fiduciary Board through the Arizona Supreme Court, was the past president of the Arizona chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and made the Best Lawyers list for 2022 and 2023. In her free time, she enjoys her family, including her husband and two daughters.
Laura A. Lo Bianco is a partner with Lewis Roca in Phoenix. Laura brings over 25 years of experience to her role in the firm’s Business Transactions group. With a focus on corporate law and transactional matters, she advises clients in the areas of business counseling; the formation of organizations; mergers and acquisitions; real estate transactions; and compliance with the law and best practices. Laura also counsels various tax-exempt entities, such as private foundations, public charities, schools, support organizations, and other entities that are tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code. She also guides clients through mergers and acquisitions; the purchase, sale and lease of real property; and with the negotiation of contracts. Laura received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and earned her B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University. She has been recognized by her peers as a leader in her field, being named in The Best Lawyers in America - Corporate and Non-Profit/Charities Law from 2013 to 2023 and in Southwest Super Lawyers - Business/Corporate, Nonprofit Organizations from 2016 to 2022 and on the Top 25 Arizona Women Lawyers List in 2019 and 2020. Among other activities, Laura currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Desert Botanical Garden.
Joel Nomkin has decades of experience in appellate practice and commercial litigation with Perkins Coie. He has served on the Firm’s Management Committee and chaired its Appeals, Issues, and Strategy practice group. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice, both as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division and on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division. In addition to his active appellate practice, Joel also litigates cases at the trial level on a spectrum of business and public law issues, and advises clients on risk management strategies.
James Rappaport is a Deputy County Attorney at the Pima County Attorney's Office, where he supervises the Tax and Land Use Litigation Units. His primary practice is eminent domain and inverse condemnation litigation. His past practice areas include insurance defense, appellate litigation, and § 1983 defense for the Tucson Police Department and Pima County Sheriff's Department. He has also prosecuted DUIs both in Pima County Justice Court and Tucson City Court on behalf of the Pima County Attorney's Office.
He has tried cases to state and federal juries, and he has litigated in the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. James was also an instructor for the Sheriff's Department Corrections Academy, where he taught courses in constitutional law and civil rights liability.
He received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in historical musicology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2014.
James is the President-Elect of the Pima County Bar Association. He chairs the PCBA Rules Committee and the Tucson City Magistrate Merit Selection Commission. He has been published twice in DePaul University's Issues in Aviation Law & Policy on the subjects of Federal Aviation Act preemption and aviation tort litigation.
David Rosenbaum is with Osborn Maledon. Mr. Rosenbaum’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He has represented public companies and their officers and directors in numerous securities fraud class actions, represented Fortune 50 companies in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, including securities and intellectual property litigation, class action claims, as well as other large
David has served as President of the Federal Bar Association Phoenix Chapter and as Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He currently serves on the Arizona State Bar Board of Governors and the Board of Directors at the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education. He has been recognized in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA and has been named multiple times as Lawyer of the Year for Phoenix in Best Lawyers® and as a Top 100 Lawyer in Arizona by AZ Business Magazine.
David chaired the Arizona Supreme Court Business Court Advisory Committee, which led to the creation of Maricopa County’s Commercial Court. He co-chaired the Arizona Supreme Court Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, which led to the full restyling of Arizona’s Rules in 2015.
Devin Sreecharana. Devin’s practice includes all aspects of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He is a Shareholder in his firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, serves as his firm’s Ethics Counsel, and assists with his Firm’s attorney recruitment efforts. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star (Business Litigation) for nine consecutive years, as well as an American Bar Foundation Fellow. Devin has and continues to hold Board and executive positions in a number of community and legal service organizations and enjoys serving as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court.
Mikel Steinfeld supervises the Appeals Unit at the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office. A career-long public defender, Mikel's handled cases spanning from misdemeanor DUIs in local justice courts to capital cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. And he has a host of strong opinions on everything from legal writing and professionalism to romance novels and Dungeons and Dragons.
Anna Unterberger was a Deputy Public Defender with the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office for 31 years. After 7 years in the Trial Division and 10 years in the Appeals Division, she spent 14 years in the Capital Trial Unit. Her practice in that unit focused on written advocacy and tenacious negotiations. She does not have any clients on death row. Prior to joining the Public Defender's Office, she was an attorney in private practice, working primarily in the area of commercial litigation, and an Assistant Attorney General with the Arizona Attorney General's Office in the Antitrust Division. She served as Judicial Law Clerk for the Hon. James Duke Cameron at the Arizona Supreme Court during the 1983-84 judicial term, and as a Congressional Intern in 1979 for then House Minority Leader John J. Rhodes, Jr. Anna received a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from Rice University in 1980, and a J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1983, where she was a member of The Arizona Law Review. She is a former member of the State Bar of Arizona's Revised Criminal Jury Instructions Committee and the Bar's Committee on Professional Conduct ("Ethics Committee"). She was also on the Editorial Board for the Bar's Revised Ethics Handbook, as well as being a contributing author. She was one of 18 Arizonans who received the Bar's Gideon Award, in recognition of her contributions to indigent criminal defense. She was also the recipient of the Jack Williams Appellate Achievement Award from the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and she has argued (and even won) cases in the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Arizona Supreme Court.
Honorable Lisa A. VandenBerg has dedicated her legal career to serving Maricopa County. For the past 18+ years she has served as both Commissioner and Judge on the Arizona State Superior Court of Maricopa County. She currently serves as the Associate Presiding of the Probate/ Mental Health Department, in the Downtown Court Complex.
Through her previous assignments she has served in the Criminal Department for a combined to-tal of over 12 years, along with service in the Family, Juvenile, Probate/ Mental Health, and Lower Court Appeal Departments. Her service has included numerous CLE, CoJET, and Brown Bag presentations for the Bench and Practitioners throughout the State of Arizona.
David Wood is a licensed attorney with twenty years’ practice litigating in state and federal courts, administrative hearings, and regulatory proceedings. David has successfully litigated more than a dozen jury trials, more than one hundred appeals, and cases tried to arbitrators and administrative law judges. David routinely represents people in uncovering wrongdoing against them, from simple contract violations to online schemes. David loves teaching the Professionalism course for several reasons, one of which is that he believes that Professionalism is a duty that serves to protect the emotional wellbeing of clients, the Bar, jurists, and yourself.