Hon. Alison S. Bachus, Director

I am entering my second year as a Board member for FBA. In my first year of Board service, I chaired President Bollin’s Nominations and Elections Task Force, which examined the association’s elections procedures. From 2012 to 2017, I served as a Vice President for the Ninth Circuit. I was Chair of the Circuit Vice Presidents for the 2016-17 FBA year. Prior to my election as a CVP, I served as President of the Phoenix Chapter. I have been a member of the Phoenix Chapter board since 2007. I am proud to be a Fellow of the FBA Foundation.

From 2011 to 2016, I presented at every FBA National Leadership Training program, and I co-chaired the program in 2016. I have served on many national committees, including government relations, membership, nominations and elections, and chapter activity awards, as well as various 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 have 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 as 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 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. I am a faculty member of 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 a lawyer-representative for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and on Arizona State Bar’s Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law. Outside of legal organizations, I volunteer with the Girl Scouts in Arizona.