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Awards
Ruthe Blalock Jones, Delaware/Shawnee/Peoria, a longtime artist and educator, has been chosen as the recipient of the 5th Annual Spirit of the Heard Award.
Jones, a director and associate professor of art at Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla., was chosen for her lifelong dedication to promoting American Indian Art and educating other young artists.
Jones’ work specializes in imagery of women, dance clothing and the Peyote ritual, as well as semi-abstract renderings. She notes that the one overarching message of all of her work is “We Are Still Here.”
The ceremony will be held Oct. 3 at 9 a.m. in the Steele Auditorium at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. During the ceremony, Jones will be presented with a Pendleton blanket, a plaque and be honored in a special photo exhibit.
The Capital Group Companies, the home of American Funds and one of the world’s largest financial management firms, earned the top spot on Computerworld magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work in Information Technology list.
Nearly 500 associates work at its north Scottsdale office, including 40 who work in the newly opened information technology facility. The local IT team works on applications to support the organization’s investment management and mutual fund business, in roles that include architecture, business analysis, quality assurance and production support.
Government
Rep. Chad Campbell of Phoenix and Rep. Steve Farley of Tucson have been selected to participate in the Council of State Governments WEST’s Western Legislative Academy, a training institute aimed at helping lawmakers “build excellence and effectiveness” in their first four years of service.
Admission to the Western Legislative Academy is highly competitive and is based on commitment to public service, desire to improve personal legislative effectiveness and interest in improving the legislative process. Thirty-nine state legislators were chosen as members of the Class of 2008, which will convene Nov. 17-20 in Colorado Springs, Colo., for three and a half days of intensive training.
Education
Ian Lee, a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been named a 2008 Fulbright Scholar.
Lee, 24, of Lander, Wyo., received his bachelor’s degree in journalism in December, along with certificates in Islamic Studies and Arabic. He will spend a year at American University in Cairo, Egypt, studying the reporting differences between newspapers written in English and those written in Arabic. He also will monitor Arab satellite networks for the Adham Center for Electronic Journalism and do some freelance stories for American media outlets.
After his Fulbright year, Lee said he plans to continue pursuing journalism abroad. “I want to go to conflict zones and report from there,” he said. “My mom is a little nervous.”
Emily Falkner, also a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has also been named a 2008 Fulbright Scholar.
Falkner, 28, of Tempe, received her master of mass communication degree from the Cronkite School in May. Her award will take her to the Slovak Republic for nine months, where she will be a teaching assistant at the University of Constantine the Philosopher. She will help students with their English composition skills and possibly assist with an American studies course.
She also plans to write a blog about what the country is like from the perspective of an American living there.
The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is the largest U.S. international exchange program, sending U.S. students, teachers, professional and scholars to study, teach, lecture and conduct research in more than 155 countries.
Legal
Brian J. Burt, an attorney with Snell & Wilmer, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central, Northern & Western Arizona.
Burt, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, advises entrepreneurs and their companies in all stages of development, from formation to liquidity. Having previously founded, capitalized and run his own company, Burt brings a “real world” perspective to the board, which helps consumers locate businesses with a reputation for ethical conduct and fair business practices.
The following 22 Lewis and Roca, LLP attorneys have been named to the Southwest Super Lawyers 2008 list:
Peter D. Baird, Business Litigation
Keith Beauchamp, Business Litigation
José A. Cárdenas, Business Litigation
Rob Charles, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights
Carla Consoli, Environmental
Dale A. Danneman, Business Litigation
Susan M. Freeman, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights
Sean D. Garrison, Intellectual Property
Richard A. Halloran, Business Litigation
John N. Iurino, Business Litigation
Dennis E. Jontz, Business/Corporate
Hope E. Leibsohn, Estate Planning & Probate
Joseph E. McGarry, Construction Litigation
Robert H. McKirgan, Business Litigation
George L. Paul, Business Litigation
Robert F. Roos, Construction Litigation
Andrew D. Schorr, Real Estate
Lewis D. Schorr, Real Estate
S.L. Schorr, Real Estate
Gerald K. Smith, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights
D. Randall Stokes, Real Estate
Kenneth Van Winkle, Jr. Real Estate
The following four Lewis and Roca, LLP attorneys have been awarded the Robert J. Hooker Award from the Arizona Public Defender Association. The award recognizes the commitment of time, effort, expertise and resources to a partnership with the Mohave County Public Defender’s Office in the provision of high quality representation to an indigent client.
Randall S. Papetti is a partner with the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group. He is an experienced trial lawyer, having successfully tried cases ranging from first-degree murder to complex lease disputes. His practice focuses on complex real estate and business litigation.
Adele G. Ponce is an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group. Prior to joining Lewis and Roca, she was a legal intern at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where she worked in Chamber I.
Jon Weiss is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group. He also leads the firm’s Professional Liability and Discipline Practice Group. He has taken dozens of cases to trial and has substantial experience in defending legal malpractice claims and representing clients in lawsuits involving the Uniform Commercial Code, commercial lease and contract disputes, claims of director and officer liability and a variety of other commercial litigation matters.
Pamela Ramsey is a paralegal in the firm’s Securities Litigation, Commercial Disputes and Class Action Defense practice groups.
Foundations
Barry Albrecht has been named the new executive director and CEO of the Central Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation.  Albrecht was recruited by the CAREDF executive board to replace Paul Ringer, who announced last month that he will be leaving the organization to start a new business.
Ringer has been with CAREDF since 2006 and has been involved in strengthening regional collaboration and growing the organization with regional projects such as National Gypsum, Wi-Vod and Skycast.
Albrecht has more than 18 years of working in the economic development industry.  He was previously CEO of the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation where he was directly involved in
the recruitment, relocation and expansion of numerous high-tech/manufacturing companies.

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