Hon. Alison S. Bachus, Director

Currently, I sit on the Board of Directors in an elected member capacity. I have been a Vice President for the Ninth Circuit since 2012, and I have worked hard to foster better communication between chapters and National and to marshal resources to keep programming vital and our membership engaged.

Prior to my election as a CVP, I served as Phoenix Chapter president from 2010-11. The Chapter earned the highest chapter activity award level under my presidency, bringing in new programming and starting legislative advocacy efforts to provide increased value to our members. I have served on the Phoenix Chapter Board since 2007.

Nationally, I co-chaired national Leadership Training in 2016, and have spoken/presented at the program every year since 2011. I have served on many national committees, including Government Relations, Membership, Nominations and Elections, and Chapter Activity Awards, as well as national task forces. I drafted the national sample Membership Plan, which is used as a model for chapters across the country for membership best practices. At the Section level, I have been a member of the Federal Litigation Section and served on its Board. I was a speaker at FBA’s national Women in the Law Conference in Washington, DC in 2015.

Prior to my appointment to the Arizona state bench in late 2015, I served an Assistant U.S. Attorney for many years, and as in-house counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Arizona. I was fortunate to receive various awards during my career as a federal litigator, including Cooperative Law Enforcement and Victims’ Rights awards. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, I had the honor to serve as a law clerk for then-Chief U.S. District Judge Stephen M. McNamee.

I currently serve on boards for an Arizona organization serving children in foster care and the Law College Association of the University of Arizona’s Rogers College of Law. I am a faculty member of the Arizona’s Bar Leadership Institute, working on bench/bar relations between the federal and state bars, and I am a member of the National Association of Women Judges and Arizona Women Lawyers Association. Prior to joining the bench, I served as Lawyer-Representative for the Ninth Circuit and on Arizona State Bar’s Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law. Outside of legal organizations, I am co-leader for my daughter’s Girl Scout troop.