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Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ)

About the AACJ

Overview

  • Founded: 1986
  • Focus: Criminal Defense
  • OrgType: Nonprofit
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Website: www.aacj.org
  • President: Jared Keenan
  • Executive Director: Max Bessler
  • Members: 500

Mission and History

The Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) was formed in 1986. The AACJ started with just 40 criminal defense lawyers coming together to address the neglect criminal defendants and criminal defense lawyers received through the agency of the Arizona courts and legislature at the time. 

Today the organization has grown to nearly 500 members composed of both private criminal defense attorneys and public defenders practicing law throughout the Grand Canyon State. The AACJ tackles matters like ensuring the rights of the accused in courts and legislature, promoting the criminal defense practice, and bringing public awareness to citizens' rights, the criminal justice system, and the role of the defense lawyer. 

AACJ seeks to improve the practice of Arizona criminal defense lawyers, and also serves as an advocate for positive criminal justice reform. AACJ is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyres (NACDL). 


Details

People

Board of Governors

Jared G Keenan
Jared G Keenan
President
Phoenix, AZ
Louis S Fidel
President Elect
Tucson, AZ
Sarah Louise Mayhew
Secretary
Tucson, AZ

Past Presidents

Mikel Steinfeld
Mikel Steinfeld
2019
Phoenix, AZ
Craig J Rosenstein
2018
Scottsdale, AZ
Amy Kalman
Amy Kalman
2017
Phoenix, AZ

AACJ Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Jerald J Schreck
The Schreck Law Firm
Phoenix, AZ
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Craig J Rosenstein
Rosenstein Law Group
Scottsdale, AZ
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Jonathan Joseph Goebel
Rosenstein Law Group
Scottsdale, AZ
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David Michael Cantor
DM Cantor
Phoenix, AZ
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Timothy Hintze
Rosenstein Law Group
Phoenix, AZ
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Omer Ramiro Gurion
Gurion Legal
Phoenix, AZ
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John J. Flynn Lifetime Achievement Award

This is AACJ's highest award.  It is given to the criminal defense professional whose achievements and dedication to the protection of constitutional rights and the pursuit of justice deserve special recognition.  The award will be presented to a criminal defense professional who has earned over the years, through his or her accomplishments and integrity, a special recognition among his or her peers.

Michael J Bloom
2019
Tucson, AZ
James J Belanger
2018
Tempe, AZ
Rich Robertson
Rich Robertson
2017
Tempe, AZ

Contact the AACJ

Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ)
P.O. Box 41213
Phoenix, AZ 85080-1213
www.aacj.org
Office: (480) 812-1700
Fax: (480) 812-1736

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Benefits of Membership

The benefits of joining the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) including:

  • a listing on the AACJ website designed with a "Find a Lawyer" membership directory;
  • discounts off the registration fees on CLE seminars;
  • access to a members-only motion and brief bank;
  • a free subscription to "The Defender" magazine which features news about the organization and articles on criminal justice issues;
  • access to a members-only forums on a variety of specialty topics where members can ask questions or share information;
  • protection form the AACJ Strike Force;
  • support from the Amicus Curiae Committee;
  • discounts from third party vendors including professional liability and malpractice insurance; and
  • networking opportunities with some of the best criminal defense lawyers in Arizona;

 


AACJ Committees

Members of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice are encouraged to participate by serving on one of several committees and subcommittees including:

  • Finance Committee
  • Seminars Committee
  • Public Relations and Community Outreach Committee
  • Rules Subcommittee
  • Indigent and Capital Representation Committee
  • Membership and Member Services Committee
  • Strike Force Subcommittee
  • Planning Committee
  • Political Committee
  • Legislative Subcommittee
  • Amicus Subcommittee
  • Publications Committee

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Arizona

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Arizona which includes both AACJ members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the AACJ and other professional associations. This includes recognition for AACJ Past Presidents and AACJ members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile with information about their involvement with the AACJ.

Use this directory to find an Arizona criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county or city from the list below.


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