Wednesday, June 19th, 2013


Twitter on wallKeep up with what’s happening at the State Bar Annual Convention by following http://twitter.com/azatty!  Get short, timely messages (including photos, speaker presentations and more) from Arizona Attorney Magazine’s staff. If you, your firm or employer are active on Twitter, just insert the hashtag #azbarcon into all of your Convention tweets to allow them to be read and searched by fellow attendees and the entire legal community.

Can’t attend Convention but want to know what’s going on? You also should follow http://twitter.com/azatty

The Twitter links will take you to updates in our Convention Daily—news items and photos that will appear on the magazine blog, Facebook and Tumblr pages, and in our News Center:

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Twitter at Convention flier 2013

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State Bar of Arizona logoWhat follows is a great summary of this week’s State Bar of Arizona Convention, as written by my colleague Alberto Rodriguez:

The State Bar of Arizona today kicks off its 2013 Annual Convention at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. More than 1,700 attorneys from across the state will convene and participate in the 80th annual convention on June 19-21.

This year, the convention will offer more than 45 seminars, nationally recognized speakers, unique social and networking opportunities, along with a silent auction benefitting the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education.

The State Bar of Arizona’s ongoing commitment to technology has lead to several cutting-edge advances. Among them, the popular mobile app that provides convenient access to seminar schedules and speakers, social events and locations, as well as a sitemap to help attendees navigate through the convention with ease. 

Convention Highlights:

  • Hon. Alan C. Page, Minnesota’s first African American Supreme Court Justice and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, will deliver an inspiring keynote address at the State Bar Luncheon on Friday, June 21 from noon to 2 p.m.
  • A distinguished panel including Hon. Ruth V. McGregor, Retired Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court; Hon. Mary Murguia of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Hon. Scott Bales, Vice Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court; and Debra Erenburg, Director of State Affairs for the Justice at Stake Campaign will explore the history of judicial independence and current trends developing on the national stage and Arizona. They will prompt discussions regarding attacks threatening the independent administration of justice on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon.
  • Whitney Cunningham of Flagstaff will be introduced as incoming president of the State Bar of Arizona.

Last year, I explained all of the materials I had to schlep around to cover the State Bar Convention. You can read about that here. And here’s a shot of what I schlepped.

Tools 2 w legend

Covering last year’s State Bar Convention (no legend needed; I’ll let you guess what these are).

I don’t want to sound lazy, but I plan to mount a more stripped-down operation this year. Here is a photo of what I’m carrying at the Biltmore this week (followed by a legend):

Packing for Convention 2013 w legend

Covering this year’s State Bar Convention: stripped-down

A. Droid Smartphone (the workhorse)
B. Notepad
C. Camera (smaller and updated from last year, for when I really need a slightly better shot than the cellphone can provide)
D. Heavily annotated Convention brochure
E. Cables/cords
F. Pen
G. Pencil (for when the pen inevitably dies)
H. Business cards
I. Mints and Advil

Let’s hope that all does the trick.

Please stop by the Arizona Attorney table just outside the Exhibitor Hall. If I’m not there and you have a question or idea; I’m probably only 5 minutes away. Call me at 602-908-6991.