Amidst the bustle of an annual conference, it’s always a pleasure to find a quiet but impressive respite.
That is the dual role played annually by the breakfast of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, this year held on Friday, June 21.
The breakfast is a scholarship fundraiser, but it’s also an opportunity to honor a recipient for the Sarah Herring Sorin Award, AWLA’s top recognition.
This year’s honoree was Dee-Dee Samet, Tucson lawyer and member of the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors.
Dee-Dee was introduced by friend and attorney Jean Gage, who pointed out that the recipient was “president of almost every board she’s a part of.”
Gage praised Samet and offered the large audience a “double-dose of Dee-Dee.” She reminded listeners that Samet is “a tenacious fighter for the underdog” as well as a tireless fundraiser.
“She is the only person I know who can be in two places at the same time.”
Audience members smiled when Gage said, “If the measure of wealth is friends, Dee-Dee is fabulously wealthy.”
Samet has always been willing to offer a hand or advice, Gage said. She encourages women to apply for the Board of Governors, get on the bench or to change their career path to another legal practice area. And in so doing, she conveys to mentees a confidence Samet herself possesses: “Dee-Dee does not stay at the back of any line.”
When Samet rose to accept her award, she promised to “keep it short and sweet, like me.”
That she did, as she encouraged all lawyers to help others: “That’s how you make your life worthwhile.”
The persistent advocate reminded the audience to be persistent but enjoy life.
“As opponents, we fight hard, then look for some shoes, and then drink some wine.”
Finally, Dee-Dee remained indefatigable, encouraging her colleagues to participate in the Convention’s silent auction.
“Don’t forget to contribute,” she exclaimed that morning, and always.Follow @azatty