Laura has a unique perspective on Southern Arizona’s criminal justice system. She was elected as the Pima County Attorney in 2020. As the third woman to hold the Office, second defense attorney, and first victims’ rights attorney, she has assembled a diverse senior leadership team and plans to revolutionize operations.
Reform, transparency, and accountability are Laura’s core objectives. She endeavors to reform cash bail, end all use of capital punishment, divert cases of substance use disorder and mental illness to treatment, and protect people with vulnerable immigration statuses. She is fortifying units in Conviction & Sentencing Integrity and Fraud & Consumer Protection to safeguard against unethical and exploitative behaviors. She is building the first adult restorative justice program in the state.
Laura was raised in Tucson and earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arizona, and is proud to serve the community she calls home.
The Chief Civil Deputy advises the Board of Supervisors and other county leaders, in addition to managing diverse units that enforce land use and environmental regulations, help to protect election integrity, defend the County against lawsuits, handle major transactions, pursue the forfeiture of crime proceeds, and secure treatment for people who are dangerous to themselves or others. Sam is a father, husband, and community leader in Southern Arizona, serving on several community boards and organizations, including the Dunbar Coalition at the Dunbar Pavilion. Sam graduated from Tucson High School in 1996, Pima Community College in 2000, the University of Arizona in 2004, and the Washington College of Law at American University in 2007. He is a member of the Arizona and California Bars, the Arizona Black Bar Association, and Junior Achievement of Arizona.
Jack advises Leadership on a range of issues, with an emphasis on the work of the Conviction & Sentencing Integrity Unit (CSIU). Jack is a founder of what is now the Ohio Innocence Project, served as a Special Assistant Attorney General working on “white-collar” crime and elder abuse, and—alongside County Attorney Conover and others—started the Program in Criminal Law and Policy at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He works on CSIU and other matters with students at the UC Davis College of Law, where he is Edward L. Barrett Jr. Chair and Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law.