Judge Alex Kozinski

On February 21, Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski visited Arizona at the invitation of two law groups.

Juan Rocha, an Assistant Federal Public Defender on behalf of Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, invited the Chief. (Recently Juan was published in Arizona Attorney Magazine on the topic of immigration and Operation Streamline. I wrote about it here. You can read Juan’s article here.)

Another organizing sponsor was the Arizona Minority Bar Association.

We’ll have a news story about the event in the April issue of Arizona Attorney Magazine.

More photos are available at the magazine’s Facebook page.

On this Change of Venue Friday, I am still attending the State Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference (which I wrote about yesterday). So I’ll take the opportunity to tell you about another great event, this one hosted by the Arizona Minority Bar Association.

More than 50 people attended the AMBA’s lawyer–law student mixer held on November 4 at the Hotel Congress in Tucson. It is an annual event, much appreciated by both groups of people.

I was told about the event by Suzanne Diaz, a Fennemore Craig attorney and a graduate of the State Bar’s Bar Leadership Institute. She was kind enough to invite me and, when I was unable to attend, to send me news and photos.

Suzanne says that lawyers and students all enjoyed meeting and talking to each other, and that the students said they received great advice from the lawyers and judges.

Among the judges sharing their Thursday evening were Supreme Court Associate Justice John Pelander and Judge Philip Espinosa of the Court of Appeals’ Division 2. (If we missed any judges, Suzanne and I both apologize.)

Suzanne even passed on a review of the evening by a student attendee:

“I thought it was absolutely fabulous! The students had a great time!” ~Ashley Gomez, JD Candidate, 2012

You’ve heard the great news. Now get ready for the call to action. It’s in two parts.

First, traipse over to the AMBA’s Facebook page and, if you’re so inclined, click “Like.” I did, because it’s great to see a dynamic group of lawyers who enjoy and are energized by their duty to mentor and advance a new generation of lawyers. Bravo.

Second, do you have an event that we should cover? Is it coming up in the future, or has it just happened? In either case, contact me—we want to help spread the word about your news regarding Arizona’s legal community.

Here are a few photos (more are at that Facebook page). Have a great weekend.

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