AACJ's Organization

AACJ’s Board of Governors is responsible for the policy decisions that determine the current and future direction of the organization. Board members also serve as liaison to members in their communities and assist in recruiting new members. The Board meets on the second Wednesday of every month by teleconference. Members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The business of AACJ is carried on the Executive Committee, the Executive Director, the permanent committees, various ad hoc committees that may be established from time-to-time and member volunteers. The Executive Committee is composed of five officers (voting members) and the chairs of the permanent committees (non-voting members).

AACJ Executive Director
Ashley Sinclair-Chambers
2022 AACJ Officers
Criminal Defense Attorney Armando Nava
President
Armando Nava
The Nava Law Firm
Criminal Defense Attorney Rhonda Neff
President Elect
Rhonda Neff
Law Offices of Rhonda Neff
Criminal Defense Attorney Steven Scharboneau
Treasurer
Steven Scharboneau
Stone Rose Law
Public Defender Thomas Knauer
Secretary
Thomas Knauer
Pima County
Criminal Defense Attorney Louis Fidel
Past President
Louis Fidel
Piccarreta Davis Keenan Fidel PC

AACJ 2022 Board of Governors

Sean Kautenburger
Coconino
Glen Hammond
Yavapai
Thomas Knauer
Pima County Public Defender
Kathy Brody
Mitchell | Stein | Carey | Chapman, PC
Molly Karlin
Federal Public Defender’s Office
Virginia Crews
Law Offices of Shawn B. Hemp
Michelle Behan
Behan Ramsell P.L.L.C.
Sarah Mayhew
City of Tucson
Grant Wille
Ralls & Wille, P.C.
David Marviglia
Pinal County Public Defender
Jared Keenan
American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona
Steven Scharboneau
Stone Rose Law
Charity Clark
Charity Clark Law, PLLC
Kevin Heade
AACJ
Joshua Hamilton
Hernandez & Hamilton PC
Ron Wood
Wood Law Office
Lina Garcia
Maricopa County Public Defender
Xochitl Orozco
Cochise County Legal Advocate
Charlotte Merrill
Federal Public Defender
Lawrence Koplow
Koplow Law Firm
Bill Fox
Yuma County Legal Defender
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