Hon. Alison S. Bachus, Director

Hon. Alison S. Bachus is entering her third year as a board member for the FBA. Last year, she served on the Budget and Finance Committee, the Community Service and Outreach Committee, and the Special Committee on Women in the Law. In her first year of board service, she chaired the Nominations and Elections Task Force, which examined the association’s elections procedures. From 2012 to 2017, she served as Vice President for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Bachus was Chair of the CVPs for FY2017. Prior to her election as a CVP, she served as president of the Phoenix Chapter, where she has been a member of the board since 2007. She is also proud to be a Fellow of the FBA Foundation.

From 2011 to 2016, she presented at every FBA national leadership training program and co-chaired the program in 2016. Judge Bachus has served on many national committees, including government relations, membership, nominations and elections, and chapter activity awards, as well as various task forces. Judge Bachus 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, she has been a member of the Federal Litigation Section and has served on its board. She was a speaker at the FBA’s national Women in the Law Conference in Washington, D.C., in 2015.

Prior to her appointment to the Arizona state bench in late 2015, Judge Bachus served as an assistant U.S. attorney for many years and as in-house counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Arizona. She received various awards during her career as a federal litigator, including Cooperative Law Enforcement and Victims’ Rights awards. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she served as a law clerk for then-Chief U.S. District Judge Stephen M. McNamee.

Judge Bachus currently serves on the 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. She is a faculty member of Arizona’s Bar Leadership Institute, working on bench/bar relations between the federal and state bars, and she is a member of the National Association of Women Judges and Arizona Women Lawyers Association. Prior to joining the bench, she served as a lawyer-representative for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and on the Arizona State Bar’s Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law. Outside of legal organizations, Judge Bachus volunteers with the Girl Scouts in Arizona.