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Joy Bertrand
Charter Member
Criminal Defense Law

1826 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA

 

Joy, a Chicago native, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (cum laude) from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Joy attended law school at Indiana University-Bloomington and the University of Arizona. She received her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1996. Joy is admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions: Wisconsin, Arizona, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Western District of Wisconsin, the District of Arizona, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Her criminal practice has handled all manner of cases, from disorderly conduct and littering to white collar fraud and homicide. Her civil practice involves federal trial matters coast-to-coast. Her current practice interests include federal trial consulting, electronic discovery under the Federal Rules of Evidence, complex criminal litigation, and civil rights litigation. Consistent with Joy\'s commitment to social justice for all, Joy currently serves on the Arizona State Bar Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee. She also serves on the Arizona State Bar Criminal Defense and Procedure Committee.

Kari Jill Granville
Charter Member
Criminal Defense Law

7650 S McClintock Dr, Ste 103-426, Tempe, AZ 85284

 

KJ received her juris doctorate from Arizona State University in May of 2004 with a Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology: Intellectual Property, the Dean's Award of Recognition, and the Highest Pro Bono Distinction.After graduation, Kari worked as a member of the ASU College of Law's administrative staff, building from her previous local knowledge and institutional memory to develop stronger relationships between the law students and the community and tackling the practical execution of coordinating two new LL.M. and one new M.L.S. degree programs. In her spare time, KJ competed at the elite level in the sport of archery. She has been a member of the USA Archery Team and has represented the US at two World Championship events. Since 2008, Kari has been named twice as USA Archery's "Shenk Award" winner (highest combined score from US Indoor, Field, and Target Nationals). Kari also coaches the revived ASU archery team, is the former Chairman of the College Archery Program of USA Archery, and has been a member of the Arizona State Archery Association Board of Directors.

Josephine Hallam
Distinguished Lawyer
Criminal Defense Law

5343 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA

 

Ms. Hallam has been on the front line of the criminal justice system throughout her career. She began working for the Public Defender’s office while still a law student in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After graduating law school, Ms. Hallam moved to Arizona and first joined the Maricopa County Public Defender’s office in 1997. After two years as a trial attorney at the Public Defender’s office, Ms. Hallam left to raise a family; however, she remained active in the legal community by volunteering as a supervising attorney at the Arizona Justice Project where she worked with teams of law students on Post-Conviction Relief Petitions for prisoners who were innocent or wrongfully convicted. Upon returning to the full-time practice of law, Ms. Hallam rejoined the Maricopa Public Defender’s office as a Trial Attorney, where she first and second-chaired felony trials, ranging from drug sales to murders. Routinely managing a felony caseload representing more than 35 indigent defendants in active litigation, with charges that included domestic violence, sex crimes, child abuse, dangerous crimes, aggravated assaults, drug sales and trafficking. She has extensive experience handling trials, evidentiary hearings, plea negotiations, jury selection, and oral arguments; conducting discovery analysis, legal research, investigation, and witness interviews; and writing motions and other legal pleadings. Ms. Hallam was named Team Leader of her trial group, where she mentored and second-chaired new lawyers in court. While at the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Hallam taught new attorney training classes and taught Continuing Legal Education classes at the Statewide Arizona Public Defender Association (APDA) Conference (2013,2014,2015,2016 and 2017).

Edwin Molina III
Distinguished Lawyer
Criminal Defense Law

7301 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020, USA

 

Mr. Molina has been practicing law since 2012. He developed his skills working as a Public Defender in Yuma County, Pinal County, and Maricopa County. Throughout the years he has handled nearly every kind of criminal case and has successfully defended matters ranging from class three misdemeanors all the way up to Death Penalty Eligible murder cases. Additionally, Mr. Molina has practiced law in the State of Texas. Mr. Molina has found success in whatever city, county, or state that he has practiced in – this is not coincidental. Mr. Molina’s success is the result of his hard work, steady preparation, and the attention to detail that he pays on every case he handles. With Mr. Molina you are guaranteed effective and aggressive representation. His dedication to achieving the best resolution for your case is second to none.

Craig Orent
Distinguished Lawyer
Criminal Defense Law

11811 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028, USA

 

Craig Orent is an experienced, aggressive, passionate trial attorney who has been trying criminal cases for 28 years. He takes on any case where the government has accused someone of wrongdoing; and he approaches each case with the same passion and dedication regardless of the charge, the complexity, or how formidable the governments case. Craig represents accused persons in State, City, and Federal courts. He applies his expertise, skill, and experience to effectively represent his clients and to achieve the very best possible outcome. Though no attorney can or should guarantee results, Craig guarantees that he will fiercely defend and advocate his clients best interests and constitutional rights.