February 2017

Join us at noon, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 for a CLE presentation on Avoiding Trust Account Trouble, presented by Tracy Ward.

Please RSVP your attendance and lunch choice by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday, February 17, 2017.

Tracy Ward joined the NB|AZ team as a Business Development Officer. Tracy helps to design and implement educational programs and resources for the legal clients of NB|AZ. Tracy worked at the State Bar of Arizona for 12 years as a practice management advisor. She traveled throughout Arizona advising attorneys and their staff regarding efficient management procedures, manual and automated practice management systems, and proper maintenance of the IOLTA/trust account. She also developed, coordinated and presented educational programs for attorneys and their staff. Tracy managed the Trust Account Hotline. Before joining the State Bar, Tracy worked in a small general practice law firm as well as with a legal recruiter in Arizona. Her presentation will provide an overview of the discipline process and will qualify for 1.0 CLE Credit.

Lunch Choices

Your lunch choices are Meatballs with Marinara Sauce or Grilled Vegetables with Marinara Sauce (both served with pasta).
Bar Dues
2017 dues remain $135 per member. Luncheons are free unless your dues payment has not been received by Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Payments may be made at the luncheons, online, or by mailing your check to P.O. Box 11679, Prescott, AZ 86304.
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2016 YCBA Jack L. Ogg Community Service Award Winner: Selmer Lutey

The Yavapai County Bar Association honors Selmer Lutey with the 2016 YCBA Jack Ogg Award for his outstanding community service contributions within Yavapai County. Mr. Lutey also received the 2016 Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Arizona Community Foundation. Mr. Lutey presently serves as a member of the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation, and he has also supported the Salvation Army (Prescott Corps), Yavapai Humane Society, Boys to Men, and the Boys and Girls Club. Mr. Lutey has also served as a past member of the Arizona Community Foundation Professional Advisory Board, Past President of the Prescott Rotary Club, Past Chair of the Old Capitol District Boy Scouts of America, and Past Board Member of the Salvation Army.

Mr. Lutey received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1965 and a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1967 from the University of Utah. He received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971 and was admitted to the Arizona Bar and the United States Tax Court the same year, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2001. Mr. Lutey’s outside interests include fly-fishing and shooting sports, and he has traveled to many destinations including Africa and South America in pursuit of those interests.

Congratulations, 2016 YCBA Jack Ogg Community Service Award Winner: Selmer Lutey!
YCBA President: Grace Guisewite

The Yavapai County Bar Association has elected Grace Guisewite as President for the 2017 term. Grace graduated from the Boston University School of Law in 2009. She began her career at Dechert LLP, as an associate in the White Collar & Securities group. In 2012, she decided to change career paths and joined the Yavapai County Public Defender’s Office, where she currently handles a felony caseload.

YCBA Vice-President: Bryan Shaw

Bryan Shaw has been elected Vice-President of the Yavapai County Bar Association for the 2017 term. Bryan received his Juris Doctorate from the Phoenix School of Law, Cum Laude, and his Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University.

Mr. Shaw's areas of practice include Family law, adoption, business litigation, personal injury, estate planning and probate. Mr. Shaw has extensive practice history with family law and child custody disputes. One of his primary focal points is assisting parents through the process of divorce or post divorce custody disputes.

Mr. Shaw has a work history with small business management, and marketing. Mr. Shaw will assist startup companies form, plan, and build for the future. His work experience, business education, and legal education give him a distinct advantage in assisting new and existing business owners.

YCBA Secretary: Stephen Polk

The Yavapai County Bar Association has elected Stephen Polk as Treasurer for the 2017 term.

Stephen received his Juris Doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in mathematical economics from the Colorado College. While at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Stephen externed for the Honorable Patricia A. Orozco, Arizona Court of Appeals Division 1, and for the Honorable C. Steven McMurry, Presiding Justice of the Peace of the Maricopa County Justice Courts.

Mr. Polk is an attorney in private practice at the Prescott Law Group. His areas of practice include child custody disputes, divorces, and dependencies. Additionally, the Prescott Law Group practices in the areas of estate planning, guardianships, landlord-tenant law, civil litigation, and personal injury.

Mr. Polk comes from a family of attorneys, including mother Sheila Polk (Yavapai County Attorney), father Tom (private practice), brother John (tax attorney), and brother Matthew (Deputy Maricopa County Attorney). His sister-in-law, Bethany, is presently pursuing a Juris Doctorate at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
2016 YCBA Harold J. Wolfinger Award Winner: the Honorable Patricia A. Trebesch

For her exemplary ethics and professionalism, the members of the Yavapai County Bar Association awarded the Honorable Patricia A. Trebesch, Yavapai County Superior Court Judge, Division 4, the 2016 Harold J. Wolfinger Professionalism Award. Judge Trebesch received the Jack L. Ogg Award for community service from the Yavapai County Bar Association in 2007.

An attorney since 1987, Judge Trebesch was appointed as a Yavapai County Superior Court Judge in 2011 and was elected in 2014 to Division 4. She attended the University of Arizona, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in 3 years, with Honors. Thereafter, she attended the College of Law at the University of Arizona.

Judge Trebesch began her storied legal career as a trial attorney at the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office. She then served for 2 years as the attorney for the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee. In 1991, she joined the Arizona Attorney General's Office where she served as an assistant attorney general for 20 years in the area of child welfare, becoming Section Chief for the Protective Services Section and managing the largest section of the Attorney General's Office. She currently presides over a calendar of civil and family cases with professionalism and judicial dignity.

As Kathy McCormick tells it, "For those of us who have been close to Pat (Judge Trebesch) for many years, we have been pretty envious of her hair. It's long, it's thick, it shiny, and it is always perfectly in place. We lovingly joke with her about it. So, our walking group was running its first half marathon and when Pat crossed the finish line, many of us were anxious to see her hair in disarray... not so, every strand was in place. If I remember correctly, I'm pretty sure she wasn't even sweating. We couldn't believe it. We will never let her forget it. And that my friend is just plain old unadulterated jealousy."

Congratulations, 2016 YCBA Harold J. Wolfinger Award Winner Judge Patricia A. Trebesch!
YCBA Treasurer: Jonathan Conant

Jonathan Conant is returning as Treasurer of the Yavapai County Bar Association for the 2017 term. Jonathan received his Baccelaurate in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University, and his Law Degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He became licensed to practice Law in Ohio, Florida and Arizona, ulitmately limiting his practice jurisdiction to the High Desert of Ariziona.

He has mediated cases for over 19 years, and is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. He is the immediate past-chair of the ADR Section of the State Bar of Arizona. Mr. Conant previously operated a Mediation Center under contract with the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida in which he designed a program and oversaw the mediation of Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediations in the five hardest hit counties of Florida. Upon the cessation of that program, Jonathan assisted in the implementation of the State of Oregon’s Foreclosure Mediation Program. His current mediation practice is directed to the mediation of high-conflict disputes.

His current legal practice is limited to Adoptions, Guardianships and matters involving the Parent-Child relationship including termination, custody and third-party rights. He frequently travels the region which includes all High Desert counties of Arizona to assist parties in these matters.

In his private life, Jonathan is married to Alison Conant, EdD. A musician, he plays bass and sings in a local classic rock band.
YCBA Past President: Eric English

The Yavapai County Bar Association thanks Eric English for his service as YCBA President during the 2016 term. Eric was raised in Salt Lake City, Dallas and Tempe/Phoenix. Eric attended Arizona State University where he received his Law and Bachelor Degree. Eric is an effective litigator and an experienced trial attorney. Eric’s experience is not limited to the court room. Eric has several successful business clients that he advises on a regular basis. Eric prides himself on developing lasting relationships of trust with his clients.

Eric is the father of four children and has been married to his wife Katie for over fifteen years. Eric and his family have called Prescott home since 2008. Eric and his family love their community and serve in it regularly. Eric’s greatest joys are his family, the outdoors and Sun Devil Football.
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