Attorneys assist at Abogados a Su Lado phone bank, March 1, 2017.
News from my colleague Alberto Rodriguez:
The State Bar of Arizona and Univision Arizona hosted the first Abogados a Su Lado (attorneys on your side) phone bank of the year on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. This access to justice program was held to help the immigrant community understand the impact of the President’s Executive Orders.
The Bar’s role as a partner and organizer of the phone bank was to help the immigrant community connect with licensed attorneys for sound legal advice. The immigrant community is often victimized by notarios and document preparers during high-profile activity associated with immigration law.
The phone bank on immigration law was held on Wednesday, March 1, from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m.
There were nine volunteer attorneys:
- Marisol Angulo, Hernandez Global
- Emilia Banuelos, Banuelos Law Office
- Vanessa Black, Vanessa Black Law Immigration Law Firm
- Joshua De La Ossa, De La Ossa & Ramos
- Seth B. Draper, Salvatierra Law Group
- Judy Flanagan, Judy C. Flanagan, PC
- Ayensa Millan, CIMA Law Group
- Edwin G. Ramos, De La Ossa & Ramos
- Javier Sobampo, Sobampo Law Firm
Volunteer attorneys answered 381 calls regarding immigrant rights and changes in immigration law during the five-and-a-half-hour phone bank.
We thank the attorneys as well as Univision Arizona for its continued partnership in providing this valuable program for the Spanish-speaking community. We also thank the volunteers from Mi Familia Vota who helped with event logistics.
The worst award is the one that goes ungiven, and with that in mind, you should consider who in your circle may deserve to be honored with an award by the State Bar.
Nominations for the 2017 awards are now being accepted through March 22, 2017 at 5 p.m. That’s tomorrow. Giddyup.
You can read a list of the awards here. That page also includes detail on the day they will be presented, a description of each and a list of previous recipients by year.
New this year is a State Bar of Arizona Award Nomination form, click here. Use that form for each nomination, along with any supporting nominations.
Here are photos of the three attorneys who were honored in 2016 as Members of the Year.
Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm
Brian J. Pollock
Why, yes, I do change my meeting sign every month. Doesn’t everybody?
Why, yes, today is the Ides of March. And I’m hoping no one is standing behind me.
That was one of my thoughts as I selected an image for the sign indicating our monthly meeting of the Arizona Attorney Editorial Board (see above). Many of the members found it funny—others simply raised their eyebrows, as lawyers can do.
But what turned out poorly for Julius Caesar on March 15 ended up yielding one of my briefer—and most favorite—blog posts ever.
That’s because it combined Caesar, regal intrigue, murder most foul, and the blockbuster movie Godfather, which was released on this day in 1972.
You can read that piece from way back in 2013 here. It still makes me chuckle. But then again, I’m easily amused.
Good luck getting through an unlucky day. Here’s to classical history and great films.
Since November 1, the Arizona Attorney Magazine staff have been writing a new newsletter for a new generation of newsletter readers. Sent by email every afternoon, the Daily 5 offers 4 news stories + 1 case of the day.
You can get through that content in about 5 minutes–10 if you’re really enjoying yourself.
I wrote about the Daily 5 in my February editor’s column, which I share again today:
You probably think you’re reading a magazine right now. And of course you’re right. But that’s only part of the picture. Because what you’re truly reading is a concept, an idea with personality, that has formed over decades. Arizona Attorney is a magazine, but it’s also a way of thinking and—dare I say it—a brand.
A brand that grew a little bit this fall.
Over the past 18 months, we decided to take that voice—that brand—into another channel. You may already be familiar with what we do in social media (for example, on Twitter @azatty, yo). But we wondered: How could that approach to the legal world play out in a daily newsletter?
So in November, after laying a year’s worth of groundwork, we launched the Arizona Attorney Daily 5.
5 news headlines a day, snappy writing, great design, all emailed once a day to readers. How hard can that be?
When a Facebook message makes an Editor’s day.
Pretty hard, it turns out. But where the Daily 5 has succeeded, it has done so for a few reasons. Let me offer, well, 5 of them.
Voice matters: Arizona Attorney may be a legal publication, but we’re no law journal. We believe that in the life of every practicing attorney there’s room for humor and a lighter outlook. The Daily 5 is your informative colleague at the 5-minute water-cooler break.
Story choice matters: Yes, we offer substantive summaries of court opinions. But we think you enjoy some articles that require lighter lifting, too. Cue the Kardashians’ legal struggles.
Writing matters: Even if our choices are solid, readers will flee if the writing comes from the 19th century. Our tone and approach show we are not your grandfather’s newsletter.
Knowing your audience matters: We’ve spent decades-plus interacting with Arizona lawyers. Since November, we’ve heard from a large number of readers who appreciate our lighter touch and our lively writing. Is everyone a fan? No, but we do what we can to win them over.
Colleagues matter: Each Daily 5 contains about 500 words, 600 max. But that sparseness masks the input of so many people. From having the newsletter’s title contest-crowdsourced among State Bar staff, to an elegant logo designed by our Art Director, to all the writing and curating done in-house, to the ad sales that make the newsletter smart and profitable, this is a capital-T Team effort. Kudos to everyone involved.
We do enjoy hearing your thoughts about our daily work. Send praise, critiques and suggestions to us at Daily5@azbar.org. And yes, we’ll write back.