Los Abogados, made partner at her law firm
in 2014, became the general counsel for
three school districts, and just last year
served as the Los Abogados President.
Jessica believes the BLI has had a positive impact on leadership diversity, and that
it serves as a critical step in the right direction—though we continue to have a long
way to go.
Andrew Reilly, 2014
Andrew signed up for the BLI soon after
getting out of law school with the goal of
becoming more involved with the State Bar.
“I think it was an email from the Bar that
caught my eye, and it sounded interesting.”
Since his participation, he has tried to spread
the word by encouraging friends to apply,
but he also recognizes that the time commitment can make it difficult for some to take
Andrew currently sits on the State Bar’s
mittee. “Without the
BLI I would not have
had that opportunity
or even the desire. It
was certainly a benefit
for me to see the in-
ner workings of the
committees. It was an
program for us as at-
torneys, and a great
opportunity to learn
what the Bar hopes to achieve and get back
from its members.”
He particularly enjoyed the BLI retreat
and the judicial panel. Because Andrew works
at the Attorney General’s Office, and Court
of Appeals Judge Randall Howe previously
worked at the same office, it was a natural fit
for the BLI to match them for a mentorship.
BLI introduced him to the importance of
active participation in the State Bar and the
many ways in which the Bar serves its mem-
Currently, Andrew puts his leadership
skills to use as the Vice Chair of the Board of
Directors for Ability 360, a nonprofit organization that advocates for people with disabilities and helps them to achieve self-suffi-ciency and community integration. He also
coaches one of their youth wheelchair basketball teams and travels across the country
to participate in tournaments with his team.
While Andrew thinks the lack of diversity
Maggie Osborn, 2015
in the legal profession is a
concern, he feels the Bar,
through BLI and other
programs, is actively pro-
moting a more inclusive
environment in all facets.
“We consider it in the
tee,” he says. “It is com-
forting and important to
know that the Bar is tak-
ing great pains” and has ongoing efforts to
address the issue.
Although Maggie was further along in her
legal career than most of her classmates, she
still felt the BLI still had something to offer.
“I was in a private firm, and when you
are in a private firm, you tend to meet other
people who are also in private firms. I
thought it would be a good place to meet
other people who were active with the State
Bar and get to meet people from all different walks of life.”
Maggie especially appreciated that the
BLI took her out of her normal work routine and allowed her to focus on the issues
and discussion topics. She carpooled from
Tucson to Phoenix with three other attorneys in the program, and they remain close.
During the travel time to and from each
session they continued to share ideas and
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