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William H. Knight

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Civil Rights

Professional Liability

Asset Forfeiture

HONORS AND AWARDS

American Bar Association: Young Lawyer Leadership Program

American Bar Association/American Law Institute Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement and Leadership

Arizona State University’s Ed Pastor Outstanding Latino Graduate, 2013

“Movin’ Up” (Featured Graduate), Latino Perspectives, July 2013

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Bar Association Section of Litigation: Co-chair and Founding Member, Judicial Internship Opportunity Alumni Committee; Editor, "Ask the Section"

American Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division

State Bar of Arizona

Arizona Trial Lawyers Association

Hispanic National Bar Association

Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association

COURT ADMISSIONS

Arizona, 2013

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2013

PUBLICATIONS

“Can Victims’ Rights Go Wrong? Prosecuting Digital Child Pornography Crimes in Arizona,” 45 ARIZ. ST. L.J. 891 (2013)

Hyde-ing From the Truth: Does the Hyde Amendment Provide an Adequate Remedy for Known Prosecutorial Misconduct?” 4 L.J. Soc. Just. 13 (2013)

Paul Charlton, Quintin Cushner and William Knight, “Testing the Death Penalty” 4 L.J. Soc. Just. 1 (2013)

EDUCATION

J.D., summa cum laude, Arizona State University, 2013: Order of the Coif; Arizona State Law Journal, Research Editor and Social Committee Chair

B.S., Criminal Justice, Georgia State University, 2008: Hope Scholarship for Academic Excellence

BIRTHPLACE

Popayan, Colombia

 
Will Knight: A litigatioin focus ranging from complex commercial cases to abuses of civil rights

After a distinguished law school career highlighted by extensive pro bono legal services, Will Knight joined Aiken Schenk in 2013 with professional goals that include development of an asset forfeiture defense practice.

Will Knight represents clients in a wide range of litigation scenarios, from complex commercial disputes to abuses of personal and civil rights. He also practices in the area of asset forfeiture, protecting the property of people and businesses in Arizona from wrongful governmental seizure. To date, Will has provided hundreds hours of pro bono legal services to clients of little or no means.

His dedication to the community and the legal profession earned him the American Bar Association/American Law Institute Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement and Leadership. In 2013 he was appointed to serve as co-chair for the ABA’s Judicial Internship Opportunity (JIOP) Alumni Committee. While a JIOP participant, Will was a law student intern for the Hon. Jon W. Thompson of the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Will graduated summa cum laude from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and is a member of the Order of the Coif. In addition, he was honored by Congressman Ed Pastor as the Outstanding Latino Graduate among all of ASU’s graduating classes in 2013. While in law school, Will served as the Truman Young Prosecutorial Fellow in 2012-2013, representing the State of Arizona in numerous hearings, trials and appeals. He served as the Research Editor for the Arizona State Law Journal, and during his law school career he was published multiple times in scholarly law journals.

His other accomplishments while in law school include:

  • Prof. Michael and Hon. Rebecca White Berch Scholar

  • Pedrick Scholar, Fall 2010–Spring 2013

  • Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition, Quarter-Finalist, 2012

  • Jenckes Closing Argument Competition, Finalist, 2011

  • Client Counseling Competition, Finalist, 2010

  • Highest Pro Bono Distinction (provided 421 hours of pro bono services)

  • Honorable Valdemar Cordova Scholarship for Community Service

  • Coach, HNBA Uvaldo Herrerra National Moot Court Competition, Chicano-Latino Law Students Association, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 2011-Present

  • Legal Advocacy & Writing: Teaching Assistant, Professor Chad Noreuil, 2013

  • Civil Procedure I: Teaching Assistant, Professor George Schatzki

  • Dean Paul Schiff Berman’s Office: Research Assistant

  • ASU Law Faculty Appointments Committee: Student Representative

Will is a native of Colombia and an active member of the Hispanic community. He is a past chair of the Chicano/Latino Law Students Association; under his leadership, C/LLSA set new fundraising records for scholarships provided to Latino law students.