Originally Published: July 1, 2009 8:15 p.m.
Ray Hanna, a Prescott personal injury and criminal law lawyer, is the new president of the State Bar of Arizona.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth McGregor administered the oath of office to Hanna on Friday during the 76th State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix.
The state bar is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court, said Rachael Myer, communications coordinator for the state bar.
Hanna will oversee the bar's board of governors and focus on carrying out the bar's initiatives on diversity, consumer information and education, Myer said.
The state bar includes about 16,000 active attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public.
"I'm very excited to have this opportunity to advance the legal profession and improve legal services to Arizonans," Hanna said in a press release. "Lawyers, like so many people in Arizona right now, are facing economic pressures. The state bar will work hard to help struggling attorneys."
Hanna grew up near Nogales, Arizona, and served in the Navy aboard the USS Forrestal and the USS Coronado.
He graduated from the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island, and completed the Naval War College International Law program.
He decided to settle in Prescott after taking a long bike ride through the area with his twin brother in 1992.