Jones, Skelton & Hochuli welcomes 6 summer associates

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli welcomed Stephanie Baldwin, Michael Brown, Julieta Carrillo, Thomas Grimes, Jennifer Martin and Seraphim Sparrow to its 2020 Summer Associate Program. During their virtual summer clerkship at JSH, they will work with attorneys in each of the firm’s practice areas, handle research and writing projects, learn about the day-to-day practice of law in the private sector, and observe hearings, depositions, mediations and arbitrations.

Stephanie Baldwin is a Dean’s Scholar at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Currently, she is Editor-in-Chief of the Arizona Law Journal of Emerging Technologies and is a member of the Barry Davis National Trial Team. She was a top five school finisher in the Jenckes Closing Argument Competition and is a member and serves as a school liaison for the Arizona Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division Executive Board. She is also active in various law school organizations, including the American Bar Association, Student Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Women’s Law Association and Arizona Women Lawyers Association. Stephanie learned valuable trial experience conducting bench trials as a 38d certified student for the City of Tucson. She was selected as a Diversity Writing Extern Scholar at a labor and employment litigation law firm. Before law school, Stephanie earned her Master of Education in Counseling, with Distinction, from Northern Arizona University, a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from George Mason University, and her Bachelor of Science in Communications and Business from Arizona State University. With a past career in human resources management, Stephanie has earned certification as both a Professional in Human Resources Management (PHR) and  a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Michael Brown is earning his J.D. at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where he’s ranked in the top 15 percent of his class. He earned the Sandra Day O’Connor Merit Scholarship and was a Willard H. Pedrick Scholar for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. He is an Articles Editor for the Arizona State Law Journal and an Advocate on the ASU Law Trial Team. His focus on becoming a proficient legal writer led to his selection to the Arizona State Law Journal. Michael auditioned for and was selected to the Arizona State University Mock Trial Team. He spent time working on case themes, opening and closing arguments and direct and cross examinations. These skills were reinforced during his summer internship at Maricopa County Superior Court. He further developed these skills with his Federal District Court externship. Michael earned his B.A. in Political Science at the State University of New York at Albany. Michael has a wide variety of interests including basketball in the ASU Law Sunday Basketball League. He’s currently focused on training to run a 5k and 10k marathons before his graduation from law school in 2021.

Julieta Carrillo is also a law student at ASU, where she is a member of the Chicano Latino Law Students Association, Women Law Students Association, the Trial Advocacy Group, and Criminal Law Association. She was recently elected Editor-in-Chief of the Law Journal for Social Justice. She also volunteers with the Immigration Initiative and Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, a program designed to mobilize talented second- and third-year law students to teach courses on constitutional law and juvenile justice in public high schools. Julieta was also selected as the Spring 2020 Diversity Writing Extern Scholar, which afforded her the opportunity to gain practical law firm experience as a legal extern at JSH. With stellar grades and commitment to the Latino community, Julieta was awarded Los Abogados’ Cordova Scholarship, named in honor of Arizona’s first Latino Federal Judge, the Hon. Valdemar A. Cordova. She gained further experience as a legal intern with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, where she attended court proceedings and witness interviews. Before law school, Julieta earned her B.A. in Political Science at the University of New Mexico, graduating summa cum laude.

Thomas Grimes is pursuing dual degrees at ASU; a J.D. at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and an M.B.A at the W.P. Carey School of Business. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Jurimetrics, The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, is the V.P. of Finance for the Student Bar Association, and participated in the Jenckes Moot Court Competition. In addition to his summer clerkship at JSH, Thomas worked as a legal intern at PING Golf, focusing primarily in the areas of intellectual property and patent law. Thomas earned his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations at University of California – Los Angeles, and his Paralegal Certificate at the University of San Diego. Before law school, Thomas worked as a litigation paralegal at two San Diego law firms, where he focused in the areas of insurance defense, small business defense and employment law. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked for four years at a worldwide energy company and was accepted into their drilling rig manager fast-track program.

Jennifer Martin is pursuing her law degree at ASU, and is the recipient of the Sheila Carmody Academic Scholarship. Jennifer has received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in her Appellate Advocacy, Federal Indian Law, and Law Science and Technology classes. In addition, she was awarded Best Oral Advocate in Appellate Advocacy. Jennifer currently serves as Senior Article Editor of the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal at ASU. Jennifer gained legal experience while working as a Law Clerk at a consumer protection litigation firm, and as a Legal Extern at the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate for the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. Since 2016, she has worked as a freelance professional dancer and choreographer, performing at national festivals and competitions. Jennifer earned simultaneous undergraduate degrees from the University of Arizona, graduating summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance, B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in Pre-Law. She earned a Phi Beta Kappa Lifetime Membership, was selected as the Outstanding Senior for the School of Dance, and received the Medici Scholarship at UofA. 

Seraphim Sparrow has a strong interest in legal advocacy, and earned the top score for oral arguments in his Legal Advocacy course at ASU. He has participated in two Moot Court competitions, including the Client Counseling Competition and Jenckes Closing Argument Competition. Seraphim serves as an Executive Editor of Jurimetrics, The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, and is a student volunteer at the Homeless Legal Assistance Project. Seraphim gained legal research and writing skills with two summer internships at firms focusing on complex insurance defense, construction defect, corporate law, and elder abuse cases. He also externed with the Honorable Judge Kenton Jones on the Arizona Court of Appeals where he wrote a memorandum decision. He earned his B.A. in Political Science, with honors, from the University of California, Davis. While there, Seraphim was on the Dean’s List and played Division I Men’s Rugby and served on the UC Davis Campus Judicial Board. Seraphim is proficient in conversational Spanish. 

Greater Phoenix Chamber announces new board members

The Greater Phoenix Chamber announced new leaders of its board of directors that will lead the organization in its mission to promote regional prosperity and serve as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities in fiscal year 2020. 

John Wolfe, Senior Vice President, Southwest Region for Cox Communications will serve as the 2020-2021 board chair, succeeding Mike Hummel, General Manager & Chief Executive Officer of Salt River Project. Christina Noble, Chief Growth Officer of Sonora Quest Laboratories, will serve as chair-elect. 

The 2020-2021 board of directors will focus on the recovery of the Greater Phoenix business community following the COVID-19 pandemic. The board provides insights and guidance to the Chamber’s work in public policy, economic development, growing the regional talent pool, and supporting local businesses in myriad ways. 

“The Greater Phoenix Chamber has a long history of responding to the needs of business to strengthen our economy through public policy, and economic and workforce development,” said chairman-elect John Wolfe of Cox Communications. “The Chamber’s work over the past several years – most recently under Mike Hummel’s strong leadership—has positioned it to lead responsibly and effectively as we respond to our current economic challenges. I look forward to working with the board and the Chamber’s outstanding staff as we continue to serve our members and the community.”

The Chamber also welcomes the following business leaders to its board of directors:    

• Edwin Garcia, Vice President and Director of Sales, Univision Arizona

• Kate Hickman, Senior Vice President, Alliance Bank of Arizona

• Kevin James, VP/General Manager, Arizona Family

• Danielle Marinello, Senior Vice President, Marsh USA, Inc.

• Carol May, Chief Executive Officer, United American Industries Inc. (dba Wisdom Natural Brands)

• Chet Samuelson, Senior Vice President, Commercial Bank Leader, Phoenix Middle Market Banking, Wells Fargo

• James (Jim) Tomes, President & CEO, Telgian Holdings, Inc.

• Carla Vargas Jasa, President & CEO, Valley of the Sun United Way

• Michelle Walker, Vice President of Finance & Administration, SSC Underground 

“The leadership of our board of directors has never been more important, as we lead the Arizona business community through the pandemic, and focus on rebuilding our economy,” said Todd Sanders, President & CEO of the Chamber. “We are fortunate to have such strong, strategic business leaders serve on our board. By convening so many dynamic and diverse leaders, we will be able to make an impact in our community.” 

The newly appointed board leaders and members officially assume their duties on July 1, 2020.

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