Convention


Whitney Cunningahm presides over his last board meeting as President, June 11, 2014, Tucson. Ariz.

Whitney Cunningahm presides over his last board meeting as President, June 11, 2014, Tucson. Ariz.

Here’s an easy way to start your Convention morning: Enjoy some photos from yesterday’s Board of Governors meeting. (More photos are below.)

And don’t forget that you can participate too. Send me brief stories or story suggestions. Or if you have convention photos, we’d be glad to share them with readers.

And don’t forget to tweet from convention. Use the hashtag #azbarcon.

Questions or suggestions? Reach the Editor, Tim Eigo, on-site at the Westin La Paloma, at 602-908-6991.

State Bar of Arizona SBA_Logo_ColorGood news: The State Bar of Arizona has launched an app to help you navigate the annual Convention. Well, it’s more of a mobile-friendly web page than an app, but I won’t quibble. It is totes better than flipping through reams of paper as you wander the Westin La Paloma hallways.

You can read more about it here.

Or, even easier: With your cellphone, just navigate to this page. Here are some screen shots of what I found (there’s a lot more than the few I show).

Click to biggify!

State Bar of Arizona Convention app opening page

State Bar of Arizona Convention app choices page

State Bar of Arizona Convention app social networks

State Bar of Arizona Convention app exhibitor map

And just to show you how helpful the site is, I’ve highlighted on the map exactly where the Arizona Attorney booth is located. We’re on the lower level, booth 30, across from the Cyber Café. So after you check your email, stop by to say hi!

App exhibitor map AZAT location

2014 State Bar of Arizona Convention brochure cover hires_optIn advance of the Bar Convention, I contacted seminar chairs seeking their response to four questions about their upcoming panel. Here are the questions I sent:

  • Who should attend this seminar?
  • What is the one main takeaway a lawyer will gain by attending this seminar?
  • How is this seminar timely? (That is: Why do attorneys need to learn more about this topic right now? What’s going on now in the world or in law practice that makes this topic important?)
  • What is the most common misconception about this issue? In other words, what do lawyers think they know, but don’t?

Today, I share the responses of those whose seminars are calendared for tomorrow, Wednesday, June 11. (Note: Not all seminar chairs responded.) Click on the seminar title to read more detail as published in the Convention brochure.

Wednesday, June 11, 8:45

W-3: Hot Topics in Public Law

Chair: Regina L. Nassen,Deputy Pima County Attorney

The civil law portion

Who should attend this seminar?

Regina_Nassen

Regina Nassen

If you represent government entities, whether you’re privately or publicly employed, you will find this presentation useful. (Public lawyers in offices that do both criminal prosecution and civil government representation will want to attend both sections.)

What is the one main takeaway a lawyer will gain by attending this seminar?

There is a good chance that you will learn something you did not know and probably should, but it may be something different for each person.

How is this seminar timely? (That is: Why do attorneys need to learn more about this topic right now? What’s going on now in the world or in law practice that makes this topic important?)

We will highlight issues of particular interest to government lawyers that have been addressed in recently-issued court opinions or new legislation, or are the subject of developing litigation. For example: fees & taxes (Biggs); first amendment rights for gov’t employees (Lane); gift clause restrictions (PLEA); gov’t immunity and tort liability (Glazer, Guerra, Peralta); eminent domain (Rogers, Garretson); claims statute (Ponce); campaign finance (McCutcheon).

The criminal law portion

Who should attend this seminar?

Criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, and civil government lawyers who represent and advise law enforcement agencies. This seminar is so relevant that even the NSA will eavesdrop.

How is this seminar timely? (That is: Why do attorneys need to learn more about this topic right now? What’s going on now in the world or in law practice that makes this topic important?)

When it comes to the 4th and 5th amendments, are the lines now blurred or bright?  How are courts confronting new technologies?  Topics include Katz and dogs, cellphones and cellblocks, border searches and computer seizures, and the latest decisions from the US Supreme Court.  We will talk about new search and questioning tests, effective police tactics and ineffective representation, recording of confessions, restitution to victims, and probable cause determinations.

Wednesday, June 11, 2:00

W-8, Administrative Law: 2014 Statutory and Case Law Update

Chair: Timothy J. Sabo, Roshka DeWulf & Patten, PLC

Faculty: Camila Alarcon, Withey Morris, PLC; Gregory Y. Harris, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

Who should attend the seminar?

Anyone interested in new developments in administrative law, particularly lawyers who appear on behalf of clients in connection with administrative law matters.

What is one main take away a lawyer will gain by attending this seminar?

Administrative law is dynamic. Legislative changes and judicial decisions that apply or construe the Administrative Procedures Act and the judicial review laws have important implications for practitioners.

How is this seminar timely?

Timothy_Sabo

Timothy Sabo

This seminar will identify and discuss legislation just enacted after the 2014 legislative session and cases decided in the past year.

What is the most common misconception about this issue?

A common misconception is that a single set of laws and rules applies to all agency matters. Municipal agencies, certain personnel matters, and many school boards are not governed by the APA. This seminar will cover recent legislation and case law that highlights this point.

Wednesday, June 11, 2:00

W-9, Appeals of Administrative Decisions

Chair: Timothy J. Sabo, Roshka DeWulf & Patten, PLC

Faculty: Hon. Samuel A. Thumma, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One; Hon. Michael O. Miller, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two; Susan M. Freeman, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

Who should attend this seminar?

Anyone who practices before state, county or local agencies, boards, or commissions.  Unless you win every case and no appeal is taken, eventually you may be faced with an appeal, and anyone with an administrative appeal will benefit from this fast-paced discussion.

What is the one main takeaway a lawyer will gain by attending this seminar?

You will hear directly from two Court of Appeals judges and an experienced appellate practitioner speaking candidly about practical and legal issues for appeals of agency decisions.

How is this seminar timely? (That is: Why do attorneys need to learn more about this topic right now? What’s going on now in the world or in law practice that makes this topic important?)

Electric competition? Problems at BOMEX? Will people with solar panels have to pay more for access to the “grid”?  Some of Arizona’s biggest news stories in the last year have been administrative law issues.  Learn the do’s and don’ts of anticipating and litigating appeals in administrative law cases.

What is the most common misconception about this issue? In other words, what do lawyers think they know, but don’t?

Thinking that you can fix everything when you get to court.  You need to “build the record” before the agency, and learn when and how to “exhaust your remedies” at the agency level.

State Bar of Arizona Officers, 2014-15: (L to R): Alex Vakula, Bryan Chambers, Richard Platt, Lisa Loo, Geoffrey Trachtenberg

State Bar of Arizona Officers, 2014-15: (L to R): Alex Vakula, Bryan Chambers, Richard Platt, Lisa Loo, Geoffrey Trachtenberg

At its regular annual meeting at the State Bar Convention this afternoon, the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors confirmed its slate of officers for the coming year. The new roster includes the newest officer, Secretary/Treasurer Geoffrey Trachtenberg, elected today:

  • President: Richard T. Platt
  • President-Elect: Bryan B. Chambers
  • First Vice President: Lisa Loo
  • Second Vice President: Alex Vakula
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Geoffrey Trachtenberg

Following board bylaws, the new slate of officers assume their positions at the close of the annual meeting.

Follow more news via this Convention Daily and on Twitter, hashtag #azbarcon

The new Board of the State Bar of Arizona, June 10, 2014, Westin La Paloma, Tucson

The new Board of the State Bar of Arizona, June 10, 2014, Westin La Paloma, Tucson

Westin 3 Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson

This is annual Convention week at the State Bar of Arizona. As always, a large selection of educational seminars (and fun activities) are packed into the three-day event held in Tucson at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.

More detail about the Convention is here.

Later today, and in the next few days, I’ll share what seminar chairs have told me are the most valuable parts of their educational offerings.

Over the years, Arizona Attorney Magazine staff have covered the heck out of the annual event, and this year will be the same.

As in the past, we will not print a once-a-day hard-copy “Convention Daily.” Instead, we will cover Convention news closer to real time, via the editor’s blog. We will use multiple channels to communicate what’s going on. But the surest way to be sure you see everything is to follow us on Twitter. My name in Twitter is @azatty. You can view all the evolving content here (or at http://twitter.com/azatty, to be specific). I will be tagging everything with the hashtag #azbarcon – so be sure to search for that.

Want to participate? Send me brief stories or story suggestions. Or if you have convention photos, we’d be glad to share them with readers.

And don’t forget to tweet from convention. Use the hashtag #azbarcon.

Questions or suggestions? Reach the Editor, Tim Eigo, on-site at the Westin La Paloma, at 602-908-6991.

And always feel free to stroll up and say hello. I’ll be hiking all over the Westin to cover the goings-on. Or you may catch me at the Arizona Attorney table in the Exhibitor area. If you miss me there, leave your card or a note.

Good advice on World Environment Day: Raise your voice, not the sea level (I see what they did there!).

Good advice on World Environment Day: Raise your voice, not the sea level (I see what they did there!).

NOTE: This post was updated at 5:45 pm on June 5, 2014, to reflect the fact that the cell phone donation drive will no longer be held at the State Bar Convention. Instead, it has been postponed to later this year.

On World Environment Day (yes, today!), I’m happy to share something green from the upcoming State Bar of Arizona Convention.

Let’s start with the big news: The Task Force on Sustainability is holding a cell phone recycling drive later this year. Details are being finalized as we speak, but it appears that depending on the condition of the phone, they can be donated to local charities or, if not useable, then responsibly recycled. (Last I heard, the Task Force members were aiming to donate the usable phones to domestic violence shelters).

The State Bar of Arizona Convention green reminder

The State Bar of Arizona Convention green reminder

Will there be a great raffle with a great prize possibility to urge you to donate? … Perhaps, but no news as of press time. But you weren’t considering donating simply because an iPad might be a possibility, were you? Of course not!

If such a wonderful device were to be provided as a raffle prize, I know it would come from the generous folks at Jennings Strouss & Salmon, where Task Force member Shanna Orlich is an associate. (No pressure, Shanna!)

More big news: I have been told and have it on good account that there will be a model green law office set up at Convention. Come on in and view it. It’s like IKEA with pleading paper! Among other ideas the diorama may suggest to you is a visual demonstration of the amount of paper your law office may go through in a single year. (Get ready to feel reamed.)

Finally, because the Bar Convention is a place of active (not just passive) learning, be sure to attend the three (three!) seminars that touch on green topics:

Attorney Jennifer Mott: Helping to green the bar.

Attorney Jennifer Mott: Helping to green the bar.

Congratulations to the entire Task Force for impressive work. And a special kudo to Task Force Chair Jennifer Mott, whose passion and drive for this topic are global in scope. (Don’t you just love her delightfully unstuffy law firm headshot?—outside in the sunshine even there!)

Read the entire Convention brochure here.

In recent years, the Bar has made its own efforts at making the learning environment itself more sustainable. Click here to read a few Convention sustainability FAQs.

Green initiatives at SBA 2014 Convention

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The Westin La Paloma Resort, site of the State Bar of Arizona Convention, June 11-13, 2014.

The Westin La Paloma Resort, site of the State Bar of Arizona Convention, June 11-13, 2014.

By now, you’ve received your State Bar Convention brochure. No? It’s also available online here.

I’ll be on-site in Tucson for the entire event, from Tuesday through Friday, June 10-13. 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

State Bar of Arizona SBA_Logo_ColorAnd if you want to cover an event yourself as a bylined author or guest blogger, contact me at arizona.attorney@azbar.org. 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 week, I’ll share some previews of the seminars that will be presented at Convention. Maybe that will spur your interest even more.

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