May 31, 2016
The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass will be the site for the 2016 State Bar of Arizona Convention.
By now, you’ve received your State Bar Convention brochure. No? It’s also available online here. And all of the Convention detail you could ever want is available here.
I’ll be on-site at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass for the entire event, from Wednesday through Friday, June 15-17. If you can make it, look for me strolling among seminars and special events. But if you can’t attend, tell me which events or seminars you’d like me to cover—live and in-person. Tell me what you’re interested in, and I’ll try to cover it in my Convention Daily updates. Follow all of the updates and links to stories through Twitter. And follow the action via the Convention hashtag: #azbarcon
For detail on getting a smoking deal on a hotel room during the convention, go here.
And if you want to cover an event yourself as a bylined author or guest blogger, contact me at email@example.com. Or if your skill is shooting photos, contact me too; we may be able to share them with Arizona’s legal community.
In the coming days, I’ll share some previews of the seminars that will be presented at Convention. Maybe that will spur your interest even more.
Among the positive developments in this year’s Convention is the evolution of the use of seminar tracks. Those focus areas may help you decide where to focus your time and attention. Here is a list of all the tracks.
May 25, 2016
Think creative life, think Iggy Pop.
Before we exit May, I share with you my editor’s letter from that issue of Arizona Attorney Magazine. It referred to the incredible lawyer–artists who populate the issue’s pages, comprising our annual Creative Arts Competition (See the whole issue here). What do you think of this year’s amazing artists? And what role do artistic interests play in your own life? Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Chicago back in the late ‘80s, I had a friend who attended an Iggy Pop concert. Through strategy and sharp elbows, she managed to reach the front ranks of the pulsating crowd and stand—OK, quake with joy—right next to the stage. During the show, she reports, Iggy knelt down and licked her palm. Because Iggy.
She claimed she would never again wash that hand. In the office, she would hold out the sacred appendage, aimed skyward for all to see, the invisible stigmata transporting her to new heights.
What makes someone set aside good sense and hygiene for its colorful opposite, I wondered? What neurons does Iggy Pop make pop in people’s brains?
I was reminded of that graphic story of palm-love as we prepared this issue—and as I read a magazine (of course) published by American Airlines. “American Way” is beautiful (even if it has a vaguely unsettling title). But its beauty is more than skin-deep, for within the current issue is a Q&A with two rock stars, one of whom is the craggy, talented, and ever-punkish Iggy.
He was spreading the word about a musical collaboration with Josh Homme, founder of Queens of the Stone Age. And as impressive as Iggy Pop may be, I was struck by one of Homme’s insights:
“I’ve always loved infiltration. To me, that’s what punk rock has always been about: going where you don’t belong without anyone noticing until it’s too late. … It’s a pleasure to wander in this historic place, set up shop and say, ‘The elegant scumbags are in town.’ It feels good sometimes to be the most rogue person there.”
Infiltration. That may be what Pop’s got popping.
When Homme spoke of a “historic place,” he did not mean Arizona Attorney Magazine, though he could have. Like Detroit’s Fox Theatre, where the two musicians played, AzAt has great bones, sharp looks, and a storied past. But infiltration is not our usual fare.
Except in May. In May we open the doors—main stage and balcony—to creative talents who showcase their art and—more important—the rogue portions of their brains. They rattle the chandeliers and kick over some furniture. Occasionally, a guitar is smashed.
I hope you share my pleasure at the thrill of artists in full concert. Congratulations and thanks to all those who submitted and all those who prevailed in our annual competition. They truly are all winners—brave infiltrators who are conversant with the rogue.
Come on in, find a spot. Reach toward the stage, for the house lights are dimming …
Rock on, Iggy.
iggy Pop, “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” 1979.
May 24, 2016
Posted by azatty under Change of Venue
, Law Practice
, Legal events
| Tags: Captain Carroll Cooley
, Ernesto Miranda
, Hon. Barry Silverman
, Hon. Bridget Bade
, Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association
, Miranda v. Arizona
, Miranda warning
, Phoenix Police Department
, police interrogation
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Ernesto Miranda, and the case named for him, remain a subject of scrutiny.
A luncheon seminar this Thursday, May 26, offers to tell “The Inside Story of Miranda v. Arizona.” Of course, the only way to discover how much you know (and don’t know) about the landmark case is to attend the event hosted by Los Abogados.
- Hon. Barry G. Silverman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
- Hon. Bridget S. Bade, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
- Capt. Carroll Cooley (ret.), Phoenix Police Department (Ernesto Miranda’s arresting officer)
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. District Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, 401 W. Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85003
- $20 Members
- $25 Non-Members $10 Students
Register and pay in advance online here. And see the flyer below for more detail.
May 23, 2016
Posted by azatty under Change of Venue
, Law Practice
, Legal events
| Tags: Camby Hotel
, Clark Hill
, David French
, DLA Piper
, Gammage & Burnham
, law practice
, Modern Law
, Ogletree Deakins
, Squire Patton Boggs
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The Camby Hotel in Phoenix will be the site of what looks to be a valuable lawyer roundtable on Thursday, May 26.
We routinely consider the modern challenges that face attorneys and their law practices. But those challenges vary considerably depending on your practice type, firm size, and client base.
That is part of the strategy behind a roundtable discussion this Thursday evening, May 26. Attorney David French, who is also a broad thinker about the legal economy and legal future, will moderate a group of lawyers from diverse practices.
Gathering starting at 5:00 pm at the Camby Hotel in Phoenix, participants range from those in global law firms, to regional (southwest) law firms, to primarily Arizona operations, and even those who have crafted profitable practices as small firms.
RSVP to 602-753-6027 or email@example.com.
Those speaking will be:
Here is a flyer with all the information:
I’ll be there on Thursday evening, and I hope to see you too.
May 20, 2016
Legal deposition regrets? I’ve got a few.
You know what’s funny? Civil litigation.
Of course, litigation is rarely a barrel of monkeys. But on this Change of Venue Friday, take a moment to marvel at the wonders of a deposition. Part of the “Verbatim” series that I’ve mentioned before, the video is a production of the New York Times. Yes, it casts actors, and yes, it’s a movie set. But the script? Taken verbatim from depositions in civil litigation.
In a New York Times video drawn from a real deposition transcript, a poultry farmer gets his beak out of joint.
As the editors describe the project:
“The series, presented by Op-Docs, transforms verbatim (word for word) legal transcripts into dramatic, and often comedic, performances. Here you will find re-creations of actual events from the halls of law and government. You, our readers, can help us find material for future episodes. Have you come across court trials, depositions or government hearings that you think are surprising, bizarre or baffling—and lend themselves to performance? We especially seek original, publicly available transcripts, along with details about the source. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Verbatim” in the subject line.”
The video I share today depicts a 2001 case that sounds in trespass and tort. There, a Mississippi man sued a lumber company for damaging his chicken pasture. He sought $300,000.
Sounds normal enough? It kind of goes south at 01:23, when he asserts that he knows where Osama bin Laden was in the world. And it gets worse.
Let’s just say the deponent went a little free-range himself. Enjoy the video.
Have a wonderful—and poultry-free—weekend.
Faced with a bird-crazed deponent, the attorney rethinks his life choices. (Been there?)
May 19, 2016
Typically, law schools stay planted in a spot for, I don’t know, an eternity. So it’s definitely news that the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is moving to downtown Phoenix this year.
But that means they are leaving behind their home since the school was founded in 1968. And that means a party.
Tomorrow, Friday, May 20, the school invites “alumni, friends, supporters, faculty, staff, and current students to come together for a day of festivities to celebrate the past and prepare for the move to the Arizona Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix. We will also honor Professor David Kader as he retires after 36 years on the ASU Law faculty and 41 years as a law professor.”
The “toast and roast” to the old building will be preceded by actual educational offerings (where lunch will be served to those attending those offerings). I’ve included the agenda and offerings below.
More detail about the festivities is here.
Because space is limited, be sure to register for the free event (though voluntary donations support law student scholarships).
Finally, though time is short, the school would still love to hear your memories and anecdotes; maybe they can become part of Friday’s event.
Do you have a story to share?
“If you would like to share in advance your story, memories, photos or videos for the Toast & Roast portion of the event, please click here to upload them. We can accept files up to 2MB. Contact Julia Moore at (480) 965-3112 if your files are larger than 2MB. If you have questions, contact Keith Chandler at (480) 965-6405.”
When: Friday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided)
Where: Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU, Willard H. Pedrick Great Hall, Room 113
ASU Law School’s Armstrong Hall
Schedule of Events
10 a.m. Check-In & Registration Opens
11 a.m. Welcome | CLE with “Founding Faculty” | Lunch
- Michael Berch, Emeritus Professor of Law, “The Two Functions of Judicial Decisions: Stare Decisis and Res Judicata Discussion: Analysis of Rush v. Maple Heights”
- The Honorable William C. Canby Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, “On Teaching Constitutional Law: Then (1968-1980) and Now”
- Alan Matheson, Emeritus Dean, “Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Justices: Running the Gauntlet”
- Jonathan Rose, Emeritus Professor of Law, “History of Contract Law”
2:30 p.m. Toast & Roast to Armstrong Hall
3:30 p.m. Event Reception & Retirement Celebration for David Kader, Emeritus Professor of Law
May 18, 2016
Think Millennials are a challenge? Here comes Generation Z.
As we scan the business and law practice landscape, there is one segment that appears to be the most coveted and baffling. Of course, I’m talking about the Millennial generation, whose qualities and foibles are argued to be incredibly unique. To meet that generation, it is suggested, you need to relearn basic human interactions. And if you hope to engage that generation, entire paradigms must shift.
If you detect a touch of skepticism in my tone, you must possess a Boomer-trained sense of snark. And it’s true that my extensive interactions with Millennials tell me they seek transparency, candor, and generally less B.S. than previous generations may have been led to expect. Well, bully for them, to use an old-school phrase. (And bully for all of us older folks who agree with the Millennials on that.)
A free webinar on May 25 (1:00 pm EDT) will offer some insight into those colleagues who are of the younger generations. As organizers describe:
“One of the biggest challenges faced by business owners today is attracting and retaining great people. Millennials make up an enormous part of today’s workforce, and survey after survey finds that this generation values flexibility as much and sometimes more than compensation.”
Columnist, author, business owner, and technology expert Gene Marks will cover:
- How trends and regulations in minimum wage, paid time off, and overtime will impact your ability to find and motivate millennial employees.
- The newest and innovative cloud based technologies that are helping companies of all sizes recruit, manage, compensate and make them more attractive to the millennial workforce.
- The latest developments in healthcare reform that are most important to millennials and how smart employers are controlling their healthcare costs in 2016 while continuing to be competitive in the job market.
You can get more information and register here.
And in the meantime, I point you to three recent articles on communicating with younger colleagues, whether they be Millennials or in Gen Z. The first covers general best practices in communication.
The second two articles address challenges faced by bar associations and anyone who offers programming to a more demanding and (if you ask me) astute generation of attorneys. Thank you to Omnipress for sharing articles about offering education programs to Millennials in both continuing-education settings and in annual conferences.
This month: Free online learning from Citrix ShareFile
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