If a position at the State Bar sounds good to you or someone in your circle, things may be looking up.

If a position at the State Bar sounds good to you or someone in your circle, things may be looking up.

Today, I’m pleased to report that there are some open positions at the State Bar—jobs—and that you and your circle may be interested.

When you get to the web page with the listings, here, you’ll see that they range from jobs for an attorney to those for various other staff positions.

Please read, share, and apply at will.

As you’d guess, each position comes with its own requirements, skills, and experience levels. Among them, I suppose, there’s always a general, free-floating requirement that you get along with others (even for the lawyer position—ha!). HR might disagree with me, but that may be the most important skill of all. But … how best to assess that?

Well, before you consider applying, I urge you to contemplate the following hypothetical, wholly unrelated to my own experience at the State Bar of Arizona. (This is my own entirely un-self-interested way of helping out the HR professionals—you’re welcome!)

Mere drops left in a hot carafe: Whom does this help, I ask you? Whom? empty coffee pot hot burner this is not ok

Mere drops left in a hot carafe: Whom does this help, I ask you? Whom?

For this hypo, refer to the exemplar photo at right.

You walk into the break room for a cup of coffee. The carafe appears to hold a few teaspoons more than a single cup. Do you:

A. Pour the pot down the drain and start a fresh pot, because the remaining coffee is probably awful.

B. Fill your own cup, and then start a fresh pot.

C. Fill your own cup, replace the carafe onto the hot burner with mere drops left, and walk away.

Answer key:

A. You are a stand-up individual, one who should be considered for employment.

B. Though your taste in coffee is suspect, you would be welcome to be hired in a probationary capacity.

C. I can’t even. Please gather up your application and resume and return to the parking lot. We’re done.

Again, this is a mere hypothetical, not one that an applicant would necessarily be subjected to. Just food for thought.

Happy job hunting!

Cup o Karma domestic violence coffee shop 1

Cup o’ Karma, a coffee shop that supports domestic violence survivors.

A lawyer educational event this week lets me mention a coffee shop—that supports domestic-violence survivors. That is important year-round, but it’s especially highlighted in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

State Bar colleague Shannon Henrie alerted me to Thursday’s event titled “Domestic Violence: What All Lawyers Need to Know.” It will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Bar’s CLE Center, and is available online too.

Before I share the detail about the program, I wanted to mention that the seminar includes a speaker representing the survivor perspective. She is MonaLou Callery, the founder of National Advocacy & Training Network. Among its other great work, the Network has a coffee shop that supports domestic violence survivors. It’s called Cup O’Karma, a Workforce Development and Job Training Café; you can read more about it here. Its locations (in Mesa and Chandler) and varying hours are also shown.

And here is NATN’s mission:

“Through grassroots efforts, the National Advocacy & Training Network (NATN) was founded in 2002 by a group of survivors, volunteers, advocates, and professionals working to end violence against women and children. Our mission is to address the health, safety, economic and social justice issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and substance abuse. To achieve our mission we deliver services using a three-pronged approach: 1) Training & Technical Assistance; 2) Public Awareness and 3) Direct Services.”

Cup o Karma domestic violence coffee shop-page0001PROGRAM DETAILS

Domestic Violence: What All Lawyers Need to Know

October 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

This panel consists of practitioners from various practice areas and the discussion will inform practicing attorneys in any area about the law and practical considerations that arise when dealing with a client who has a domestic violence incident in their background or currently pending.

McAuliffe CLE Center, 4201 N. 24th Street, Phoenix

You can register for the program here.

Seminar Chair

  • Blaine D. Gadow, Office of the Arizona Attorney General

Seminar Faculty

  • Commissioner Erin Otis, Maricopa County Superior Court
  • Timothy J. Agan, Office of Legal Advocate
  • Felicia Schumacher, Davis Faas and Blasé
  • Ariel N. Serafin, Deputy County Attorney – Family Violence Bureau, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
  • MonaLou Callery, National Advocacy & Training Network

On Friday, I will be winging my way across the country. And no, I’m pleased to report, my trip has nothing to do with work.

My two daughters and I will be on a Southwest flight (minus sunroof, we hope) to New Orleans. There, we will meet my wife, who flew out the day before.

Kathy is participating in her profession’s annual conference.

But the rest of us chickens? We will be enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of the Big Easy. I commit to overindulge on your behalf.

There is plenty to do in the city. But for this Change of Venue Friday, here is a link to the town’s madcap list of seemingly endless music festivals. While we are there this weekend, bopping alongside the Mississippi, the “French Quarter Festival” will be raging.

Coffee and beignets, anyone?

Have a magnifique weekend.