Monday, July 12th, 2010

For a good portion of the next two weeks, my family and I will be ditching Arizona’s blistering heat in favor of New York’s blistering heat and debilitating humidity. Planning? Oh yeah!

But while away, why let the blog lay idle? Instead, I will recommend some of our coverage of legal stories over the past 10 years. We think it’s stood up pretty well (and if we don’t say so ourselves, who will?).

So without further ado, let’s get started. Today, some of our features from 2001:

The week I started at the magazine, I was told we didn’t have a cover story for the January 2001 issue. So I decided to write about the young and inexperienced lawyers who took on a young girl’s case, which eventually became a cause célèbre. Read “Character, Courage and Little Caution.”

In February 2001, we covered the jury-reform efforts of Maricopa County Superior Court, long recognized as a national leader in the area. And that is largely due to former Judge B. Michael Dann. Read about him and others in “O Pioneer.”

One of our first law-topic roundtables ran in April 2001. That was focused on lawyer advertising and marketing.

In May, we ran a constellation of stories on women in the law. Click here to see who we covered.

Our July/August issue covered burnout (and I love the cover we shot).

In September, we shot some of the more interesting law offices in Arizona.

Here is a roundtable discussion we did with solo practitioners, in our November issue.

We ended the year with a feature story “Lawyer Salaries & Hiring Trends.” Some stories never go out of style.

In late June, we covered an event in Central Phoenix organized to highlight the immigration bind that Arizona is in. The story was about a coalition of people who sought to spell out “SOS Congress” with their bodies.

The idea is that we are now burdened with SB1070 because Congress has failed to move toward any kind of serious comprehensive immigration reform. By forming the words—and photographing it from high up a nearby building—the visual would convey that Arizona is filled with people who are not filled with hate, but who want to see progress on this compelling issue.

But when you compare the original photo (below) with the ultimate one created (above), you have to smile. Organizers could spot right away that the white painted parking lot lines were undermining the clarity of their message.

Organizers were very upfront to say that the final image was Photo-shopped (hats off for that transparency). But we might conclude: It may be unfair to say those opposed to SB1070 are all for open borders. But it appears they don’t like lines.