Sandra S. (“Sandy”) Froman is an attorney in Tucson, Arizona whose practice includes business, contract and employment litigation, as well as mediation and arbitration. She is recognized in the national publication Best Lawyers in America and was voted “Best Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law – Management” in Tucson, Arizona. Froman received her undergraduate degree in economics with honors from Stanford University and her juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
A member of the National Rifle Association Board of Directors since 1992, Froman served for seven years as a vice president and two years as NRA President after which she was unanimously elected to the NRA Executive Council for life. Froman is only the second woman elected president since the NRA was founded in 1871. She has represented the NRA internationally at the United Nations, the International Trade Fair for Hunting and Sporting Arms (IWA), the World Forum on the Future of the Shooting Sports (WFFSA), and the Swiss Federal Shooting Festival.
A longtime member of the Federalist Society, an organization of conservative and libertarian attorneys who value individual rights and the rule of law, Froman speaks to college and law school students about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, so that future lawyers and judges understand that the state exists to preserve freedom. Almost 25 years ago, Froman produced America’s first ground-breaking law school Second Amendment Symposium at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law at which law professors and historians on both sides of the issue presented scholarly papers on the history and meaning of the right to keep and bear arms. Five years later, she co-founded the National Firearms Law Seminar, which trains attorneys on legal and policy issues relating to the Second Amendment, firearms, hunting and conservation.
Froman is Chairman of the Board of the Joe Foss Institute (www.joefoss.com), an educational non-profit foundation established by WWII flying ace, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and former NRA President General Joe Foss and his wife Didi to inspire the youth of America to patriotic public service. The Institute’s legacy program “Veterans Inspiring Patriotism” brings veterans into classrooms around the country to teach freedom, patriotism, integrity, service and character, and an appreciation of America’s founding documents. Every classroom visited receives an American flag and display copies of the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution. The Institute’s latest project is the Civics Education Initiative. The Initiative’s goal is to pass legislation in all 50 states requiring that in order to graduate high school, our students take and pass a test on 100 basic facts of U.S. history and civics taken from the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test, the test all immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship must pass. In the first six months of operation, the Initiative has passed civics legislation in seven states.
Froman has been active in state and national politics for decades. She has been instrumental in passage of Arizona’s significant pro-gun laws, including Right to Carry and Firearms Preemption. Froman is a recipient of the Sybil Ludington Freedom Award for legislative and legal contributions that have impacted the preservation of the shooting sports. She recently was honored with the NRA Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor awarded by the NRA Office of the Executive Vice President to a member of the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum who has demonstrated a lifetime of exemplary service in support of the Second Amendment.
Froman is an NRA Benefactor Life Member, a member of the Ring of Freedom, a member of the Heritage Society and on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Forum. Froman served for 15 years first as a trustee and then as president of The NRA Foundation, NRA’s charitable affiliate. She is also a former trustee of the NRA’s Civil Rights Defense Fund, which supports precedent-setting legal cases involving the Second Amendment. She is a life member of Safari Club International and numerous state firearms associations. Upon the untimely death of her husband, Bruce Nelson, a career law enforcement officer, she sponsored the National Firearms Museum’s permanent law enforcement exhibit entitled Long Arm of the Law.
A native of San Francisco, Froman grew up in a “gun-free” home, received her undergraduate degree in economics with honors from Stanford University and her juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School. She has been a partner at prominent law firms in California and Arizona, and taught law school full time for two years at Santa Clara University Law School. She serves on advisory boards of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson, Arizona and the George Mason University Law School in Fairfax, Virginia.
An NRA-certified instructor, Froman promotes firearms education, safety and marksmanship training, especially for women and youth, and she played a key role in developing NRA’s Refuse to Be a Victim Program. An avid hunter, she piloted the hunting component of NRA’s Women on Target program and has hunted numerous species in ten states and on three continents.
As Vice President of the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation, Froman believes the work of the Foundation is vital to keeping alive the proud American heritage of hunting and has a particular interest in continuing to grow the number of women involved in the shooting sports.
Mzuri Wildlife Foundation Director Sandy Froman talks about her passion for the perpetuation the shooting sports and the importance of educating the next generation and training more women in the shooting sports.