DOUG CHIN | CWAG Chair | 2016–2017
The son of Chinese immigrants, Doug Chin graduated from Stanford University and received his law degree from the University of Hawaii. Chin joined the Honolulu prosecutor’s office in 1996, where he tried approximately fifty jury cases to verdict. Chin’s most notable cases resulting in convictions as charged included a brutal rape-murder committed by the victim’s neighbor and a serial rapist of Honolulu prostitutes. He was recognized with a “Top Gun” award for winning the most trials in a calendar year out of 100 Honolulu prosecutors. In 2006, Chin was appointed first deputy prosecutor and later its acting city prosecutor in 2010.
From 2010 to 2013, under Honolulu mayor Peter B. Carlisle, Chin served as managing director for the city and county of Honolulu, serving a population of over 950,000 residents on the island of Oahu. Chin was directly responsible for 23 municipal government and public safety agencies and approximately 10,000 employees with an annual operating budget of $2 billion. In 2011, Chin oversaw city operations when Honolulu became the first U.S. city to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit since 1992, an event attended by the leaders from 22 economies, including the United States, China, Russia and Japan. Chin also negotiated tough matters ranging from public employee contracts to energy sustainability initiatives.
From 2013 to 2015, Chin was a law partner and eventual managing partner at Carlsmith Ball, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the state of Hawaii. His areas of practice included renewable energy and clean technology projects, land use and development projects and commercial litigation.
Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige appointed Chin to become the state’s Attorney General in January 2015. He was unanimously confirmed by the state senate on March 15, 2015.
Outside of work, Chin has served on the board of the local YMCA and American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). He was awarded Honolulu AYSO’s “Volunteer of the Year” Award for two consecutive years. Chin has also been a board member for the American Judicature Society since 2007, during which he has served on several task forces related to courts systems and justice.
MARK BRNOVICH | CWAG Vice Chair | 2016–2017
Pronounced, “Burn-O-Vich”, Mark is the son of an immigrant mother who legally emigrated from the former Yugoslavia in the 1950s to escape the horrors of communism.
The family moved to Arizona in the 1960s from Detroit, Michigan and Mark grew up in Phoenix and attended public schools from first grade through high school. Mark went on to graduate from Arizona State University (BS, political science, cum laude). Like many Arizonans, he was drawn to San Diego, where he graduated from law school (University of San Diego 1991) but returned to his roots in Arizona after graduation.
Mark met his wife Susan while they both worked as prosecutors for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Mark worked in the Gang/Repeat Offender Unit and prosecuted many difficult and high profile cases from 1992 to 1998. Always interested in new challenges, he went on to work at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (1998-2003) and represented the Arizona Department of Gaming, where he developed an expertise in gambling law.
Mark previously served as the Director of the Goldwater Institute’s Center for Constitutional Government, and authored numerous studies, articles, and briefs advocating for free markets and individual liberty. He also briefly served as a Senior Director for the Corrections Corporation of America before returning to his roots as a prosecutor and public servant. Mark has served as an Assistant United States Attorney where he prosecuted public integrity crimes, as well as, crimes occurring in Indian Country.
He left the U.S. Attorney’s Office to serve the people of Arizona as the Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, a law enforcement agency that investigates illegal gambling activity and coordinates efforts with tribal regulators to ensure the integrity of tribal gaming. During his four-year tenure, the Department seized hundreds of illegal gambling devices for the first time in the agency’s history, led investigations, and assisted in the prosecution of illegal gambling operations. The Department also streamlined the vendor certification process and proactively worked with tribal gaming operations to reduce the number of compact violations during every year of his tenure. Mark and Susan have two children, who attend charter schools in Phoenix. They have two dogs and enjoy hiking, dinner with friends and family, as well as, various sporting activities. Mark is also a huge Grateful Dead fan.
Mark was sworn into office as Arizona Attorney General on January 5, 2015.
CYNTHIA COFFMAN | CWAG 2nd Vice Chair | 2016–2017
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman serves as the state’s 38th attorney general. Since she took office in January 2015, Attorney General Coffman has focused on community outreach, consumer protection, and protecting public safety and Colorado’s sovereignty.
Attorney General Coffman began her tenure at the Colorado Department of Law in March 2005 when she was appointed chief deputy attorney general. Coffman served in this role for 10 years, acting as chief of staff and chief operating officer for the largest law firm in Colorado. While performing as chief deputy, Colorado Law Week recognized Coffman’s accomplishments by naming her as the Best Public Sector Lawyer in September 2012.
In 1997, Coffman’s first job in Denver was working for the Colorado General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Council. She staffed the Senate Judiciary Committee and assisted with a study of the state’s adult parole system. After a brief time in private practice, Coffman joined the senior management team at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There she served first as the agency’s director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs and later as its deputy executive director. She gained extensive experience with environmental issues related to air and water quality, hazardous waste regulation, and with public health issues including disease control and epidemiology, nursing home and hospital regulation, and state interface with local public health systems. Attorney General Coffman moved to the State Capitol in 2004, where she had the honor of serving as chief counsel to Colorado Governor Bill Owens.
Coffman’s legal career began more than 25 years ago in the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. As a courtroom attorney, she defended the state’s juvenile justice system and public health department. Later working as attorney for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, she acted as the primary liaison with the victims and their families following the 1996 domestic terror attack in Centennial Olympic Park.
A native Missourian, General Coffman graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983. She worked in development for children’s hospitals and pediatric research for several years before completing law school at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta in 1991.
ELLEN ROSENBLUM | CWAG Immediate Past Chair | 2016–2017
A former federal prosecutor and state trial and appellate judge, Ellen Rosenblum was elected to a four-year term as Oregon’s 16th Attorney General in November, 2012. She is the first woman to serve as Oregon Attorney General.
Ellen’s priorities as Attorney General include advocating for and protecting Oregon’s most vulnerable, including especially its families and children, its seniors, Oregonians whose first language is not English, and students who have incurred significant education-related debt. She is committed to assisting district attorneys and local law enforcement in prosecuting complex crimes and has made internet and other crimes against children her highest priority.
Ellen has been active in local and national organizations of lawyers, judges and attorneys general. She currently serves on the Executive Committees of the National Association of Attorneys General and the Conference of Western Attorneys General. She has served as Secretary of the American Bar Association and currently co-chairs the ABA’s Section of State & Local Government Law’s committee devoted exclusively to state attorney general issues.