Thursday, May 17, 2007

Opportunity for the Native Legal Community

Below is an upcoming opportunity that I would like your help in disseminating to the native legal community. As we have discussed in our prior bar formation meetings, once the Native Bar Association is formed, that would be the ideal forum to share this type of information with the native legal community.

As you may be aware, the State Bar Board of Governors approved the creation of a Bar Leadership Institute (BLI), designed as an annual educational seminar for attorneys from diverse groups. It will foster professional growth and enhance leadership skills. The Task Force proposed that up to 15 attorneys attend the institute each year, with selection through an application process. The Bar Leadership Institute will be selecting its first class during the summer of 2007. The BLI Committee is currently selecting its Advisory Board and should have that completed very soon. After the Advisory Board is in place, the Board will review and approve the selection process and associated forms. Once the Board approves the process, the BLI marketing information and application forms will be distributed and applications will be accepted.

This initiative is on a fast track and we do not want interested members of the native legal community to miss out on this opportunity. As applications become available, I will send to you electronically. See the attached link for more information:

For additional information, please contact Mari Valenzuela, chair of the BLI Committee at, Herb Zinn or Sal Rivera, DTF co-chairs, and

If I can be of any help, don't hesitate to call me. Thanks.
Linda J. Benally Attorney Pinnacle West Capital Corporation Law Department 400 N. 5th Street - MS 8695 Phoenix, AZ 85004

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