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Teams from the Phoenix School of Law took second and fourth places in the American Bar Association’s regional “Representation in Mediation” competition held at Phoenix Law.
There were 10 teams competing, two each from Phoenix Law, Arizona State University (ASU), the University of Utah, Pepperdine and Cal Western. Third-year Phoenix Law students Lori Landau and Bo Nerlin came in second, and Gina Zarling and Greg Uren, the other Phoenix Law team, came in fourth.
In a split decision, the team from ASU placed first and also third.
n Anne Chapman, an experienced litigator who was a central member of the trial team for Zacarias Moussaoui, will join Phoenix law firm Osborn Maledon, P.A.
Chapman spent the last five years in the Federal Defenders Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. She has extensive experience appearing in federal court and has defended cases involving a broad range of issues, including the Classified Information Procedures Act, criminal copyright and trademark allegations and international money-laundering conspiracies.
Chapman earned her juris doctorate, cum laude, from Duke University School of Law.
n Scott B. Cohen has been hired as a partner with Phoenix-based law firm Engelman Berger. He brings more than 15 years of experience in resolving commercial disputes, reorganizing troubled companies and enforcing debtor and creditor rights.
Cohen is a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, Arizona State Bar Association, California Bar Association, Arizona Bankers Association, Turnaround Management Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
n Cheifetz Iannitelli Marcolini, P.C. (CIM), a Phoenix-based law firm, has hired the following three attorneys to help expand the firm’s capabilities in the areas of white collar criminal defense, government investigations and real estate transactions.
Jim Belanger has joined in the position of counsel. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Partner at Lewis and Roca LLP, where he served as chair of the Criminal Defense, Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance Group.
Jamie Eisenfeld has joined as a senior associate, practicing primarily in the areas of real estate and business transactions. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as associate general counsel for a Scottsdale-based real estate holding company involved in nearly every aspect of shopping center development and management.
Scott Bennett has joined as an associate. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate in the criminal defense and tort groups of Lewis and Roca LLP. In that capacity, he worked on government and internal investigations, and assisted in the defense of clients facing white collar and other criminal charges.
Awards
n Rep. David Schapira of Tempe, a Democrat, has been awarded the American Cancer Society’s annual Arizona Legislator of the Year honor for his “leadership, dedication and commitment to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through legislative initiatives.”
Schapira, a cancer survivor, was chosen for his legislative efforts to eliminate cancer threats in the state of Arizona. He has proposed legislation in his first two years of office to ensure access to critical care for all Arizona residents.
Education
n Debra Friedman, dean of Arizona State’s College of Public Programs, has been approved by the Board of Regents as Arizona State University vice president. The appointment follows a school-centric model that gives ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus the same organizational structure as ASU’s other three campuses. The vice president and dean on each campus report directly to the university provost.
Friedman joined ASU in 2005 when she was named dean of the College of Public Programs. She led the relocation of the college to downtown, refined its vision and strategic plan and has secured new funds during her tenure as dean. Friedman served as associate dean of undergraduate education and associate provost for academic planning at the University of Washington before coming to ASU.
n Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation at Arizona State University, has been appointed to the Department of Health and Human Services U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. She joins Lucy Marion, Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing dean and professor, as the only other nurse on the 11-member task force. Every other member of the task force is a physician.
The task force conducts rigorous, impartial assessments of scientific evidence applied to a broad range of clinical preventive services, including screening, counseling and preventive medications. Its recommendations are considered the “gold standard” for clinical preventive services.
Coalitions
n Darah Mann has been named assistant manager for marketing and communications for WESTMARC. She replaces Angela Sonoqui, who has chosen a new career path.
Some of Mann’s responsibilities include finalization and maintenance of WESTMARC’s new Web site and development and management of WESTMARC’s forthcoming e-newsletter. She will also serve as manager of the Western Maricopa Enterprise Zone, which WESTMARC administers under contract with Maricopa County.
Mann grew up in Gila Bend and her family has deep roots in the West Valley.

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