Robert Briney

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Briney, Robert
passed away on June 18, 2013 as a result of a cardiac arrest due to a malignant heart rhythm. Bob was born in Staten Island, New York on October 5, 1944 to Lucinda and Alonzo Briney. He grew up in Oakfield, New York , attended Alfred University, and holds a degree from Arizona University Law School. Upon graduation, he served in the Army as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corp for four years. Bob founded and served as the director of the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender from 1995 until his retirement in 2009. Under his leadership, the office grew in size from a few lawyers to several dozen. Bob served the indigent defense community by instilling a sense of pride in his lawyers and staff, by hiring people who would recognize the value of working hard for those who could not afford counsel, and by rejecting the notion that people charged with crime should be defined by their worst acts. Those fortunate to have worked under Bob understood that the highest quality of legal representation was his vision for an office affectionately known as OLD. Bob was a professor of law at Arizona State University, a judge, a tennis champion and President of the Biltmore Greens III-IV Homeowners Association. Among his many interests were his dogs, local sports and his studies of the American Civil War. Of all his accomplishments, he valued most his role as friend, mentor and confidante. His charitable donations were varied and numerous including local charities, churches, schools and non-profits serving the indigent, as well as the Civil War Trust and Save the Manatees. Bob is survived by his brother Allan Briney, his aunt, Janet Foord, cousins Ellen Behrhorst, Karl Foord, Lynn Foord and David Foord, his niece Carol Briney Nasby and nephew Michael Briney. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to: Civil War Trust, 1140 Professional Court, Hagerstown, MD 21740 http://www.civilwar.org/ 301-655-1400

Published in The Arizona Republic from June 20 to June 27, 2013
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