Mixing It Up

A few of the many receptions last night highlighted an important aspect of the State Bar: It really is not one large thing, but a composite of many facets and diverse parts, each playing a role.

One of the receptions was the Minority Judges Reception. It’s been a great stop for a number of years, and this year was no different.

Attorney Yvette Gray organized the ‘do, and Judge Roxanne Song Ong, Presiding Judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court, gave a brief presentation. Her message was giving back, and she urged those listening to “reach back and pull up that guy coming behind you.”

Judge Song Ong also introduced Judge Lynda Howell, now retired from the Phoenix Municipal bench, after a 25-year stint. She said, “I love the law. I miss it but I am excited about the next chapter of my life.”

In attendance were four of the five Justices of the Arizona Supreme Court, as well as judges from many other benches.

Here is a slideshow of photos from the Minority Judges Reception.

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Two doors down, we then stopped into the In-House Counsel Reception. This is the “new kid on the block,” with its inaugural debut this week. The In-House Counsel Committee has only been around about a year, and former Bar President Ed Novak and State Bar General Counsel John Furlong thought that a Convention reception would be an appropriate welcoming gesture.

They were right. It was well attended, and the conversation was great.

Here are some photos from that reception.