No, it's not Trump Tower, but close. Welcome to Orlando, site of the 2015 meeting of the NABE Communications Section.

No, it’s not Trump Tower, but close. Welcome to Orlando, site of the 2015 meeting of the NABE Communications Section.

In early October, a few of us from Arizona Attorney Magazine had the opportunity to present at a national conference. Today, I’m happy to share great recaps of those two presentations.

Karen Holub, our Art Director, and I spoke at the annual conference of the National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section. It was held in Orlando, which is a (head) trip of its own.

My plenary presentation was on the topic of “the art of presenting.” It was a blast, and I was privileged to share the podium with the talented and long-suffering Catherine Sanders Reach of the Chicago Bar Association. She provided invaluable content to the banquet room of communicators. And I provided … well, why don’t you read the terrific coverage we got from the talented and generous writer Marilyn Cavicchia.

Attendees gather to hear us talk about the art of presenting.

Attendees gather to hear us talk about the art of presenting.

True professional Catherine Sanders Reach exudes patience while Communications Section Chair Russell Rawlings and I trade picture-taking.

True professional Catherine Sanders Reach exudes patience while Communications Section Chair Russell Rawlings and I trade picture-taking.

The day before, Karen presented with terrific colleagues from San Francisco and Nashville on design for the non-designer. Her presentation was funny and valuable, and she simply crushed it. Here’s how Marilyn described that session.

And here is a photo of Karen presenting.

Karen Holub explains design for a roomful of non-designers. She spoke slowly.

Karen Holub explains design for a roomful of non-designers. She spoke slowly.

Her slides were eye-opening (which is what you want in slides). Among my favorites was this one, which chastised all of us in legal publications for our often too-easy use of images like gavels (and scales of justice, omigod the scales) to illustrate complex concepts. Try harder, she suggested, and you’ll be surprised what can happen.

Enough with the gavels in legal journalism, ok?

Enough with the gavels in legal journalism, ok?

Finally, at the Friday closing luncheon, those of us in the State Bar of Arizona were recognized for professional achievement. My terrific colleague Alberto Rodriguez accepted an award for the Bar’s “Finish the Ballot” campaign. And I got an award for leadership.

Alberto Rodriguez and I with awards from the National Association of Bar Executives, Orlando, Fla., Oct. 2, 2015.

Alberto Rodriguez and I with awards from the National Association of Bar Executives, Orlando, Fla., Oct. 2, 2015.

You can read more about the honors here.

Alberto Rodriguez, State Bar of Arizona, right, and fellow honorees at the National Association Of Bar Executives Communications Section workshop, Oct. 2, 2015.

Alberto Rodriguez, State Bar of Arizona, right, and fellow honorees at the National Association Of Bar Executives Communications Section workshop, Oct. 2, 2015.

Over time, I’ve learned that presenting and participating in professional service yield great benefits, and that the considerable time we put in garners much in return. I hope you agree.

Congratulations to my great fellow-workers on your achievements and willingness to lead.

I’m pleased to report that, once again, Arizona lawyers will be recognized among those winning the prestigious 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award.

The lawyer-honorees are Valentine Castillo, of the Arizona Army National Guard, and Christina Ortecho, of Friendly House, Inc.

More information is available at the 40 Under 40 Facebook page.

(I’m surprised to see that I haven’t written about these great awards since 2010. My past story is here.)

The sixth-annual awards luncheon, co-sponsored by Univision Radio–Phoenix and Valle del Sol, will be held today at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The keynote speaker is also a lawyer and judge—Hon. Mary Murguía of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Besides delivering the keynote, Judge Murguía will also receive the 2012 Líder Award.

Hon. Mary Murguía

As the 40 Under 40 organizers describe it, “The Líder Award was created to honor and recognize an individual who continues to lay the foundation for future generations of Latino leaders. It is with their dedication to community, stellar professionalism, and unparallel commitment to fostering positive change, that they are nominated and selected by 40 Hispanic Leader Under 40 Awards review committee.”

For more information on the event or the awards, contact my colleague Alberto Rodriguez at (602) 518-8704.

My State Bar of Arizona colleague Alberto Rodriguez provided the following in regard to Tuesday evening’s Lawyers On Call program:

The following is a recap from the February 7 Lawyers On Call public-service program.

Date: February 7, 2012

Topic: Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Issues

Volunteers: Eight Attorneys (Brian Blum, Diane Drain, Doug Edmunds, Tracy Essig, Macie Hawkes, Kristin Mathers, Leonard Sominsky, and Madeleine Wanslee)

Summary:

Volunteer attorneys answered an impressive 158 calls on bankruptcy and foreclosure issues.

Most-frequently-asked questions were:

  • How do I modify my current loan?
  • How do I avoid foreclosure? What are my options? Can I simply walk-away?
  • Is a short sale a good alternative to a foreclosure?
  • What are tenant rights after a foreclosure?
  • What is the process of a bankruptcy? Should I pursue it?
  • How do I deal with debt collectors?
  • What types of bankruptcy are there? How do I know which is right for me?

Three of the eight attorneys were first-time volunteers. They were satisfied with the quality of the questions overall and were excited to have participated in the Lawyers On Call public service program. Calls were consistent from 5 to 7 p.m., which led to another successful phone bank.

Interesting call of the evening: Macie Hawkes received one call from an individual residing in Massachusetts. He mentioned that he had been researching free legal advice and stumbled upon the State Bar’s Lawyers On Call public service program. He set his calendar—taking time zone into consideration—and patiently waited a few weeks for his chance to speak with one of our volunteer attorneys.

Lawyers On Call has helped 158 Arizonans in 2012 and more than 1,526 Arizonans in 2011. The program has helped more than 14,010 people in the eight years that 12 News KPNX -TV has broadcast the program.

The next Lawyers On Call will be held on May 8, 2012, and will address divorce and child support issues.

For more on Lawyers On Call, click here.