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Saturday, August 17, 2002

Network Member Law Firm Snell & Wilmer's Patricia Lee Refo to be Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation
PHOENIX (August 16, 2002) –- Snell & Wilmer announced that Phoenix partner Patricia Lee Refo became chair-elect of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation at the Section’s Passing of the Gavel and International Human Rights Award luncheon in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Refo will serve as chair-elect through the ABA annual meeting in San Francisco in August 2003, when her one-year term as Chair commences.

Refo focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on litigation for financial institutions, professional malpractice defense, class actions, trade secret litigation and commercial and business torts. She has been actively involved with the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association for more than 15 years. She is also a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Membership and a former member of the ABA House of Delegates.

Recently, Refo was appointed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist to serve on the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence for the United States Judicial Conference. She is a member of the Faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and has taught trial advocacy programs across the United States, in Argentina and in Hong Kong. Refo earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and received her B.A. from the University of Michigan.

The ABA Section of Litigation, the largest Section of the ABA, is comprised of more than 65,000 trial lawyers, judges and others involved in all aspects of litigation and the dispute resolution process. The Section in dedicated to promoting justice both domestically and internationally and to enhancing public understanding of and respect for the legal profession.

The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

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