Josephine "Sophie" Bidwill
Attorney at Law, Founder & Principal of The Bidwill Law Firm, PLLC
Josephine “Sophie” Bidwill was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended high school at Xavier College Preparatory. She graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelors degree in Psychology with Honors in Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She received her law degree from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Upon graduation from law school, she was awarded the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for her work in trial advocacy. During law school, Josephine performed over 700 hours of pro bono service in the area of indigent criminal defense at the Yuma Legal Defender, the Maricopa Office of the Legal Defender, and the Maricopa County Public Defender. She received multiple awards, honors, and even a fellowship for her pro bono work.
Since graduating from law school, Josephine has worked in both the private and public sectors as a criminal defense attorney. Drawing upon her experiences, she has opened her own criminal defense firm. She is a passionate advocate with a keen understanding of the law and the knowledge and experience needed to make the law work in her clients’ favor.
In addition to representing her clients in court, Josephine is a member of the Amicus Committee of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice and co-authors amicus curiae briefs and comments on important criminal justice issues. She also serves as a part-time attorney with the Maricopa Office of the Legal Defender and is a member of the Xavier College Preparatory Alumnae Board of Directions.
Membership, Admissions, Committees, & Affiliations:
State Bar of Arizona
United States District Court, District of Arizona
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Amicus Committee
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Civil Liberties Union
Deputy Legal Defender for the Maricopa Office of the Legal Defender
Former Maricopa County Deputy Public Defender
Xavier College Preparatory, Alumnae Board of Directors
Awards & distinctions
International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award, 2014
CALI Award, Public Defender Clinic, 2013
Highest Pro Bono Honors, 2014
Pro Bono Achievement Award, 2012
Public Interest Fellowship, 2012
appellate Briefs & Publications
AACJ Amicus Curiae brief in State v. Anthony Bernard Primous
AACJ Comment to 2016 Proposed Amendment to Arizona Rule of Criminal Procedure 16
For the Defense Newsletter: "Lost in Translation: The Problem With Involuntary "Consent" from Spanish-Speaking Defendants"
Contribution to AACJ Amicus Curiae brief submitted in State ex rel. Montgomery v. Chavez ex rel. Cty. of Maricopa
Contribution to AACJ Amicus Curiae brief submitted in State v. Salazar-Mercado