Feb. 2013: How good lawyers don't write like lawyers.

Feb. 2013: How good lawyers don’t write like lawyers.

Yesterday I renewed a holiday tradition of noting great previous work that has appeared recently in Arizona Attorney Magazine.

Today I continue with what I think was some stellar work from 2013.

In February, the inimitable Bob McWhirter gave us another of his illustrated histories, this one titled “Writing Maketh an Exact Man: How Good Lawyers Don’t Write Like Lawyers.

Thanks to the vision of attorney and Editorial Board member Connie Mableson, our March issue contained our diverse coverage of online law issues.

March 2013: Online Law

March 2013: Online Law

Then, in July/August, we had the opportunity to recognize a significant anniversary of the Arizona Bar Foundation—and in the process commission a cake that was beautiful and tasty (and that baffled our Accounting Department).

July/August 2013: A tasty anniversary

July/August 2013: A tasty anniversary

Finally, a Colorado attorney named Steve Kelson contacted me a few years ago about surveying Arizona lawyers about the violence that increasingly faces those in the legal profession. When all was said and done, we had a compelling article to publish in the November issue, which you can read here. And that led to other Bar initiatives and even recognition for the Bar’s engagement on the difficult topic.

Nov. 2013: Violence against the legal profession

Nov. 2013: Violence against the legal profession

That’s enough for today. Tomorrow, I share my picks for work deserving a second glance that we published this year, in 2014.

April 2012 Arizona Attorney: Lawyers Go Green

April 2012 Arizona Attorney: Lawyers Go Green

“Best hits of 2012? Did I hear that right?”

You may be asking yourself that very thing as I kick off this short holiday week with three posts that highlight some of my favorite content from the three past years of Arizona Attorney Magazine.

I had considered hanging a “closed” sign on my blog this week. But then I thought I’d enjoy looking back and spotting some bright spots. And then on this Wednesday—the last day of the year—I’ll round this effort out when I identify some great work from this past year … in case you missed it.

I did something like this back in 2010, and readers told me they enjoyed it (but maybe they were being nice).

In any case, here are my recommendations for 2012 content for your quiet winter evenings:

Turn to our April 2012 coverage of green law offices (for which I am very grateful to attorney Jennifer Mott).

In July/August 2012, we were privileged to run Maureen Kane’s great piece on Justice Michael Ryan. (It is followed by some memories of his then-clerks, which you can read here.)

The July/August 2012 Arizona Attorney included our coverage of Justice Michael Ryan.

The July/August 2012 Arizona Attorney included our coverage of Justice Michael Ryan.

And if you like history:

Sentencing reform showed promise in Arizona in 2012.

Sentencing reform showed promise in Arizona in 2012.

Finally, here is a January 2012 piece I enjoyed reporting and writing myself on the possibilities for sentence reform in Arizona (my work benefited greatly from a Guggenheim Fellowship I won that year that connected me with some very smart sources).

Tomorrow, we turn to 2013.