October 2015

AZ State Fair 2015 2

Enjoy the heights of the Arizona State Fair. But come to earth for some eats.

What’s the first thing people ask me when I mention the Arizona State Fair?

Well, a lot of things, but the most common refrain is the food. That delicious, awful-for-you, glorious food.

The people who bring us the annual event must get the same reaction, for they have taken to sharing out their list of the newest and unique food items on the year’s menu.

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Fireball Donut

It’s Change of Venue Friday, so I pass on some of those items to you. Here’s hoping you partake at least a bit of the “sweet, salty, spicy and savory.”

Before we get to the food, let me remind you that the 131-year-old Fair runs this year from today, October 16 to November 8. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday and is located at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix. All the important detail can be found here.

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Yes, I said “Spaghetti Ice Cream.”

Now, let’s eat!

As the Fair’s media folks remind us, “All the familiar favorites are back including giant turkey legs, deep fried candy bars, corn dogs, cotton candy, caramel apples, Indian frybread and funnel cake, as well as an assortment of items chocolate coated, bacon covered, spice smothered, and/or deep fried. This year’s newest items combine favorite flavors with exciting new twists to serve up a feast of fantastic Fair food finds,” including:

  • Deep-Fried Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecake on a Stick with Bubble Gum Frosting—Decadent, crispy cheesecake treat topped with light blue frosting and red, white and blue gumballs (Sweet Cheeks)
  • Deep Fried Twix (Sweet Cheeks)
  • Deep Fried Woodfired Pastrami Pizza (Cardinali’s Pizza)
  • Award winning Spaghetti Ice Cream (Cardinali’s Pizza)
  • World’s Hottest Ice Cream (Cardinali’s Pizza)
  • World’s Most Sour Ice Cream (Cardinali’s Pizza)
  • Specialty Poutine—French, Mexican, Greek, Shepherd’s pie Fhat Dawgs and La Poutinerie)
  • Specialty Dawgs—Japanese dog, Mexican dog, Chicago dog (Fhat Dawgs)
  • Brownie Caramel Funnel Cake—Tastes like a sweet crunchy brownie with caramel on top (J & L Concessions)
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You’d be nuts not to go.

  • Raspberry Frybread topped with powdered sugar (J & L Concessions)
  • Fireball Donut—Giant raised donut topped with warm caramel glaze infused with cinnamon Fireball Whisky, banana slices and whipped cream. (Brander Enterprises)
  • Coconut Samoa Donut—Giant raised donut topped with warm toasted coconut caramel glaze with chocolate drizzle. (Brander Enterprises)
  • Chocolate Covered Chicharrónes (Bacon A-Fair)
  • Chicken Fried Bacon (Bacon A-Fair)
  • Southwest BLT Indian Fry Bread—Indian Fry Bread served with hickory-smoked bacon, lettuce, fire-roasted salsa and homemade chipotle mayo topping (B & J Concessions)
  • Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly—Premium pork belly rubbed with sage and rosemary and wrapped with 2 feet of thick-cut honey smoked bacon on-a-stick. (Biggys 1 & 2)
  • Frosted Flake Fried Chicken (Get Pickled O Petes)
  • The Koolicle—A Kool-Aid infused pickle (Get Pickled O Petes)
  • Deep Fried Nachos—Nacho cheese inside of piping hot orbs of crispy nacho goodness bursting with nacho flavors. Can be topped with guacamole, sour cream, jalapeños and cheese. (Tater Twister)
  • The Tajin Candy Apple (Sweeties and Sweet Dreams)
  • Deep Fried Nutella (Fried A-Fair & Fried A Fair 2)
  • Affogato Ice Cream Sundae—Sundae with a double shot of fresh brewed espresso in a test tube placed upside down into the ice-cream. As you eat the ice cream, the espresso slowly drains out into the Sundae. (Fried A Fair 2)

EMTs will be standing by. Have a wonderful—and delicious—weekend.

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Food trucks at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market.

Food trucks at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market.

Food-truck law? Who knew?

That was the guiding theme of my morning yesterday, as I sat in a CLE on the topic. I recommended it to you before, and I was happy to listen as attendees got legal, business and marketing advice on the topic of food trucks. Among the audience members were lawyers (who may have their own truck-ish aspirations) and high school students who are aiming for four-wheeled businesses.

The information provided was terrific … but let me get to the delicious part. For after the morning CLE, attendees could gather outside, where the marvelous Short Leash Hot Dogs and Rollover Doughnuts had rolled up to provide lunch.

In case you haven’t been paying attention: This is how life is supposed to be.

Photos of the noshing and learning below. (Click to biggify.)

The experience of some immigrants in the Southwest is described in new research.

The experience of some immigrants in the Southwest is described in new research.

Last month, I had the pleasure to attend an event commemorating the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project. (In an upcoming issue of Arizona Attorney Magazine, we hope to cover their 25th anniversary year.) It’s always great to catch up with the staff and lawyers who work hard to ensure fair processes and aim for optimal outcomes for their clients.

Dr. Emily Bashah

Dr. Emily Bashah

While at the gathering hosted by Lewis Roca Rothgerber, I met a researcher who has been studying the “lived experiences of undocumented immigrants.” Dr. Emily Bashah, with her colleagues, has spoken with many of those who have sought a better life through migration.

I learned that she not only does research on important public issues, but she is adept at synopsizing them into readable blog posts.

Today, I invite you to read one of her posts, written by Emily and colleagues Lois M. Baca and Karen L. Suyemoto. It’s titled “Crossing the Line,” and it allows the migrants to describe their own sometimes harrowing experiences.

As the researchers note:

“Although not all undocumented immigrants who cross the Southwest border face coercion, exploitation, or other violations of human rights that constitute human and sex trafficking, the risks are prevalent.”

Among the compelling stories, the blog post also shared the Power and Control Wheel, which is stunning in its stark recitation of the variety of abuses that immigrant women and children may face.

Source: National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. (2012). Immigrant power and control wheel

Immigrant power and control wheel. Source: National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. (2012).

Dr. Bashah tells me that she also plans to publish another blog that more specifically speaks to the deported Latinas’ lived experiences. I’ll share that when I see it.


Ariz. Chief Justice Scott Bales

Ariz. Chief Justice Scott Bales

Great news this morning from the Arizona Supreme Court:

United States Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., has appointed Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales as a member of the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States. This 14-member committee is comprised of U.S. circuit judges, district judges, a bankruptcy judge, a magistrate judge, and four state supreme court chief justices, all of whom are appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States.

The Committee considers issues related to the structure and jurisdiction of the federal courts and the allocation of jurisdiction between state and federal courts, and it makes recommendations to the Judicial Conference, the policy-making body for the federal judiciary. The Committee also serves as a conduit for communications on matters of mutual concern between the federal judiciary and state courts.”

Chief Justice John Roberts

Chief Justice John Roberts

“Class actions and mass torts, immigration reform, diversity jurisdiction, and habeas corpus procedures are a few of the cross-jurisdictional issues the Committee has considered,” said Chief Justice Bales. “I look forward to contributing to vigorous discussions about state and federal issues that arise in our courts. It is an honor to be appointed by our nation’s Chief Justice.”

Chief Justice Bales was appointed for a three-year term beginning October 1, 2015, through October 1, 2018.

More information about the Judicial Conference of the United States is here.

Consumer assistance SBA 10-08-15

For this Monday morning, here is some heartening news from my colleague Alberto Rodriguez:

The State Bar of Arizona was one of many organizations who participated in ABC15’s “On the Road with Let Joe Know,” a consumer assistance event held on Thursday, October 8, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Tempe Marketplace. The Bar recruited volunteer lawyers who answered participants’ questions regarding consumer issues.

Topics covered included family law, employment law, construction law, and products liability.

There were five volunteer attorneys:

  • Denise Blommel, Denise M. Blommel PLLC
  • Dave Degnan, Degnan Law
  • Robert L. Greer, Baird Williams & Greer LLP
  • Maya Milovic, Law Office of Maya Milovic PLC
  • Javier Sobampo, The Sobampo Law Firm PLLC

The volunteer attorneys provided 52 one-on-one consultations during the two-and-a-half-hour phone bank.

Sample consumer questions:

  • Do I qualify for worker’s comp? How do I file for it?
  • What can I do for nonpayment of wages earned?
  • How do I enforce child support?
  • Do I qualify for spousal maintenance?
  • What do I do when a contractor abandons a job?
  • What can I do when a contractor provides defective workmanship?
  • My vehicle’s warranty isn’t being honored; what can I do?
  • Dealer won’t repair my vehicle although it is covered through an extended warranty; what can I do?

Joe Ducey, consumer reporter for ABC15, reported that more than 300 consumers were seen by more than 35 providers.

We thank ABC15 for including the State Bar of Arizona in this invaluable consumer event.

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