James Ahlers Elected to Chair Arizona Bar International Law Section

Molera Alvarez General Counsel James Ahlers was elected Chair of the Executive Council of the International Law Section of the Arizona State Bar in June, after serving three years on the Council. The International Law Section seeks to further the development of the fields of private and public international law, to study the impact of foreign and U.S. laws on international law practice, and to educate members of the State Bar and the public on developments in international law. “I am honored to serve with a distinguished group of international attorneys,” James said. “I look forward to advancing the mission of the International Law Section at a time when awareness of the global dimensions of legal practice is as important as ever.”

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Arizona Land Commissioner Lisa Atkins Receives Legacy Award

Lisa Atkins and Tara Jackson (Arizona Town Hall President)

At the Arizona Town Hall annual meeting, Arizona State Land Commissioner, Lisa Atkins, was presented the 2017 Shirley Agnos Arizona Town Hall Legacy Award.

Native Arizonan Lisa Atkins has a long history of service to the State of Arizona, with more than 40 years of experience in the federal and state legislative and policy arenas. Ms. Atkins served for more than 23 years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bob Stump (R-AZ), 18 months as the Executive Director of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona and 11 years as the Vice President for Public Policy for Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL). Lisa currently represents Maricopa County as President of the Board of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD), an elected position, which is responsible for operating, maintaining and managing the Central Arizona Project. She also serves as an Advisory Member of the statewide Governor’s Military Affairs Commission.

The Shirley Agnos Legacy Award was established by the Arizona Town Hall to highlight individuals who have a record of superlative civic engagement. The Arizona Town Hall is a non-profit organization that brings diverse people together to solve critical and often divisive policy issues. Molera Alvarez Vice President Claude Mattox serves on the Arizona Town Hall Board.

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2017 Arizona Legislative Session Adjourns Sine Die

The Arizona Legislature wrapped up the 2017 Legislative Session on May 10th, bringing the session duration to 122 days. Of the 1,079 bills originally posted, 353 were passed. The Governor signed 342 into law and vetoed 11. The FY18 budget passed by the Legislature estimates state spending at about $9.8 billion, and includes (among other things) funding for the Highway User Revenue Fund, university infrastructure financing for R&D; and results-based funding for K-12 schools. Additionally, Molera Alvarez was involved in many of the major policy issues the Legislature considered, including GPLET reform, K-12 education, ADA reform, worker’s compensation, and university infrastructure financing. Molera Alvarez enjoyed another successful session on the front lines at the Capitol, protecting and promoting our clients.

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Launch of the North America Now Forum Series

From left to right: Chris Wilson, Michael Lindsay, Lisa Urias and Agustin Barrios

The City of Phoenix, Arizona Mexico-Commission, Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Department of Transportation and the Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance in collaboration with the Phoenix Business Journal launched the North America Now Forum Series with its inaugural event titled “What’s Next”. The very successful initial forum featured leading experts on the topic of trilateral trade.

Juan Ciscomani, Director of Governor Ducey’s Southern Arizona Office

Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute; Agustin Barrios, former Mexican Congressman and current President of the Mexico Image Foundation and Michael Lindsay, Global Director Infrastructure, Planning and Advisory Services for Hatch formed the trilateral interactive panel moderated by Lisa Urias, Managing Partner, CoNecs North America. Additional events in the series will be held focusing on trade in the Americas as much is happening, and any impact is critical to Arizona. 


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AzLTA on Capitol Hill

On May 18, 2017, the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association led a delegation of board members and hotel operators to Washington, DC to meet with Arizona Congressional members to advocate on behalf of the lodging and tourism industry by communicating the need to ensure a level and legal operating environment for Arizona’s hotels and resorts, travel and tourism groups, professional sports, CVBs, and local businesses that support the industry. Members of AzLTA’s delegation met with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and with U.S. Representatives Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally, and Andy Biggs.

Pictured are AzTLA Board Members Ken McKenzie, Bruce Lange, Doug Heaton, Robb McCreary, Debbie Johnson, Director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, Kim Sabow, President of AzLTA, David Drennon, VP of AzLTA, Stephanie Pressler with Experience Scottsdale, and Molera Alvarez Managing Partner Ruben Alvarez.

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Valley Partnership Honors Senator Worsley and Representative Leach with the 2017 Legislators of the Year Award

Photo courtesy of Valley Partnership

Last week, Valley Partnership honored State Senator Bob Worsley and Representative Vince Leach with the 2017 Legislators of the Year Award because of their commitment to responsible development. Senator Worsley has been a leader at the legislature on long-term planning for our state’s transportation and infrastructure needs. This session, his leadership was critical in securing additional resources for the Highway User Revenue Fund, ensuring our city and county partners will have resources for road projects and improvements. Representative Leach played a critical role in reforming our Government Property Lease Excise Tax program. Although the initial version of his bill was problematic for the development community, he worked closely with Valley Partnership and numerous stakeholders to reach a compromise that added much-needed transparency while maintaining the integrity of the program. The Molera Alvarez team thanks Senator Worsley and Representative Leach for their leadership at the Capitol and we congratulate them on this prestigious recognition.

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Romero Appointed to Teach for America Associate Board of Directors

Lorna Romero, Vice President of Communications and Advocacy, was recently appointed to the Teach for America Associate Board of Directors. In this capacity, Lorna will join a cadre of young professionals helping to advocate for Teach for America’s mission of addressing the education achievement gap and raise funds for the organization. ” I am excited to join such an impressive group of young professionals in assisting Teach for America’s mission in Arizona,” said Romero. “I have been a strong supporter of Teach for America and I look forward to increasing the organization’s awareness within the community.”

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Hermosillo Trade Office Opens, Attracts Investment in Phoenix

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilman Michael Nowakowski led a delegation of Phoenix public and private sector leaders on a successful mission to the City of Hermosillo, Sonora, March 28 to 30, 2017, to officially open the City’s Northern Mexico Trade and Investment Office. Hermosillo Mayor Manuel Ignacio Acosta (“Maloro”), U.S. Consul General Karen Ogle, and Sonora business and government leaders joined the Phoenix delegation in celebrating the establishment of the City’s second trade office in Mexico. The Hermosillo office is already generating new trade and investment; it was announced during the opening that Hermosillo-based Etiquetas e Impresiones de Mexico, a custom printing and packaging company, is establishing operations in Phoenix.

Mayor Stanton & Councilman Nowakowski with representatives from Etiquetas a Impresiones de Mexico

The delegation advanced a strong economic agenda that included the signing of an MOU among the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Glenn Hamer), the Arizona Technology Council (Steve Zylstra), the Black Chamber of Arizona (Robin Reed), and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (Todd Sanders), with their counterparts at the leading business organizations of Sonora. The delegates visited multiple businesses using U.S. inputs to manufacture products in Hermosillo, gaining a stronger awareness of the importance of NAFTA and the connectedness of our supply chains. Mayor Stanton also opened the prestigious COPARMEX Business Summit with a panel on the importance of trade and the U.S.-Mexico relationship. City of Phoenix Economic Development Director Christine Mackay led the panel discussion with Glenn Hamer, Todd Sanders, and Steve Zylstra. Additionally, Phoenix-based non-profit 1Misson, joined by Mayor Stanton and Mayor Acosta, placed the first stone at an affordable housing project in the community of Miguel Aleman.

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Molera Alvarez Hosts Fundraiser for Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

From left to right: Jaime Molera, Kim Sabow, Attorney General Brnovich, Eileen Sigmund, Cheryl Lombard and Ruben Alvarez

Ruben Alvarez and Jaime Molera, along with their host committee, held a fundraiser to support the re-election campaign of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “General Brnovich is a proven leader for Arizona and he is showing how good policies can and should be emphasized over politics in such an important office as Attorney General,” remarked Jaime Molera.

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Molera Alvarez Presents to Arizona/Sonora Joint Legislative Committee

Molera Alvarez Partner Jaime A. Molera presented to a Joint Legislative Committee from the respective Arizona and Sonora, Mexico legislatures, on behalf of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association. Mr. Molera gave the committee information on the economic effects of tourism between Arizona and Mexico, as well as practical recommendations on how to expand our tourism impact. “It was an honor to present before such an august group of leaders,” Molera said. “I also was very pleased to reiterate the importance of free trade and the need to support efforts like the Neighbors For Good initiative (see led by USA Today Network and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.”

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