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Meet the Officer Board

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President - Annamarie L. Valdivia

Annamarie L. Valdivia has served as the President of AMBA since August 2017. She is a criminal defense attorney licensed to practice in Arizona's state and federal courts, the Pascua Yaqui Nation, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is currently serving as the Senior Staff attorney for the Office of the Public Defender at the Pascua Yaqui Nation. Annamarie has been an active member of AMBA since 2011 and has previously served on the Board as a Vice-President (2016-2017) and prior to that was active in organizing social events for AMBA. Annamarie has also served on Board of Directors for Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona, Committee on Minorities, and Women in the Law. She is also a graduate of the State Bar of Arizona's Bar Leadership Institute.

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Vice President - Saul Huerta

Saul Huerta has been in private practice for the past five years. He represents clients in all types of federal criminal matters, including illegal reentry cases, drug cases, firearm cases, identity theft cases, alien smuggling cases, as well as assault and other violent offenses. He also represents clients in state courts and before the immigration service and the immigration courts.


Prior to private practice, Saul Huerta was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the District of Arizona for nearly fourteen years. Prior to joining the Office of the Federal Public Defender, he worked as a Staff Attorney for the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (the “Project”) in Florence, Arizona. All work done at the Project was pro bono representation of individuals facing removal by the immigration service and/or the immigration court. Prior to working for the Project, Saul Huerta clerked for the Honorable Justice Moeller of the Supreme Court of Arizona.


Saul Huerta has lectured at seminars throughout the United States on issues involving immigration and nationality law and how such issues relate to criminal matters. He graduated with honors from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, majoring in Philosophy, Spanish, and a joint major in History/Political Science. He earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Treasurer – Leticia Marquez

Leticia Marquez, is a supervisor attorney of the Federal Public Defender's Office and has recently become head of the Tucson office. She has been with the office since 1999 and since 2007 has supervised the Capital Habeas Unit (Tucson and Phoenix) while maintaining a capital caseload. She provides training locally and nationally on capital issues. Although she now specializes in capital habeas corpus, Leticia has experience in capital cases at all levels of appeal.


Ms. Marquez has specialized on mental health issues, including intellectual disability cases and competency to assist matters. She argued Ryan v. Gonzales, a case dealing with competency to assist counsel, in the United States Supreme Court in October 2012. She was only the sixteenth Latina to argue before the Court.


Ms. Marquez has served as president of AMBA and is currently the organization's treasurer. She is a 1995 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law and served on the Indigent Defense Task Force of the State Bar and Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct (Ethics) of the State Bar.


Over the years Ms. Marquez's work has been recognized through various awards, including the second ever PCBA Robert J. Hooker Criminal Justice Award and the prestigious AJC Learned Hand Community Service Award.

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Secretary – Cassidi Hammock

Cassidi Hammock is a native Arizonan. She went to the University of Arizona, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. She graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2016. After law school, she returned to Tucson, Arizona and became an active member of AMBA. In 2017, she became Secretary of AMBA. She worked as an Intern for the Federal Public Defender's Office from August 1, 2016, until May 25, 2017. Currently, she is a Term Law Clerk for the Honorable James A. Soto. She hopes to continue her career in Arizona in aid of the public good.

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Communications Director – Greta Vietor

Greta Maria Vietor is a native Iowan who has lived in Tucson, Arizona since 2002. She attended the University of Iowa, where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1997 and a J.D. in 2000. After her second year of law school, she interned at the Midwest Center for Justice in Chicago, Illinois doing research on death penalty appeals. After law school, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Donald E. O'Brien in the Northern District of Iowa from 2000 to 2002. In 2002, she became an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Tucson, Arizona where she continues to work representing indigent people. She has been an active member of AMBA since 2017 and she currently serves as AMBA's Communications Director.

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Member at Large – Matthew L. Scarber

Matthew L. Scarber is a Tucson native. He is currently a private practice probate/estate planning attorney with Rubin & Bernstein PLLC. He attended the University of Arizona and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 with a Major in Political Science and Minor in Africana Studies. In 2017 he graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law to earn his JD.


Matthew has been recognized for his commitment to both public service and diversity. In Kansas he was recognized for his service with the Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award, presented to the graduating law student that has shown a significant commitment to the community they serve. He was also recognized as a finalist for The University of Kansas's 2017 Diversity Leadership Award. He is a relatively new member of AMBA and its board but eager to serve.

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