The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass will be the site for the 2016 State Bar of Arizona Convention.

The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass will be the site for the 2016 State Bar of Arizona Convention.

 Today, I offer another post describing legal seminars at the upcoming State Bar Convention. (All the detail is here. And the complete Convention brochure is here.)

What follows are questions I asked seminar chairs, followed by their responses.

Today, I share the responses of chairs for programs this Friday afternoon, June 17.

Click on the seminar title to read more detail as published in the Convention brochure. (Note: Not all seminar chairs responded.)

Friday, June 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

F-48: Starting Your Own Practice: Practical Tips and Resources

Co-chairs: Roberta Tepper, Kristin Moye

Who should attend this seminar?

Newer lawyers, lawyers in transition to a solo or small firm practice, lawyers who want information about law practice management

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

Practical information that will help them in building their practice and the assistance the Bar can provide after the convention.

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?)

This session is timely because many lawyers entering the profession now are opening solo or small firm practices; it’s always a good time to learn some helpful and practical tips that can make a law practice run more efficiently and effectively by tuning-up your practice management skills.

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

Lawyers, particularly freshly minted ones, forget that running a law practice is also running a business. Lawyers sometimes focus on the substance of their practice and neglect the practical details and this session will remind them and give those just starting out tools and suggestions to help make their new practice a success.

2:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

F-49: Not Another Caselaw Review: Emerging Technology, Legal Issues, nd the Construction Industry

Chair: Matt Meaker

F-49 Matt Meaker

Matt Meaker

Who should attend this seminar?

Attorneys interested in learning about the use of drones and other technology in construction.

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

It’s not enough to know the last twenty years of caselaw to be a good lawyer. Clients will always be growing and changing. Working with them to understand where they are heading helps a good lawyer to anticipate what the legal issues may be now and in the future.

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?)

The use of drones and BIM is becoming more prevalent in the construction industry. Understanding why clients are using this technology and what the legal implications of doing so is critical for those attorneys who want to be ahead of the curve.

F-50: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Chair: Todd Lawson

F-50 Todd Lawson

Todd Lawson

Who should attend?

Criminal practitioners who want to learn what happens after a conviction, once their client gets to immigration court. Immigration practitioners who would like some insight on the decisions made in criminal courts before their clients face immigration proceedings.

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

Criminal practitioners should be able to get some basic information which will help them so that their clients do not run into unexpected troubles in subsequent immigration proceedings.

How is this seminar timely?

The Criminal and Immigration Sections have put on this session before at previous conventions, but this presentation will be updated with new law and current procedures.

What is the most common misconception about this issue?

Criminal and Immigration lawyers think they are not skilled enough in the other’s area to offer meaningful advice across the topics without referring the client out to another practitioner. We hope to give practitioners some basic info to address the easiest topics without the need for a referral.

F-53: PTSD and Forensic Labor Market Analysis

Co-chairs: Stephen Ball, Diana Ezrré Robles

F-53 Diana Ezrré Robles

Diana Ezrré Robles

Who should attend?

Lawyers interested in workers’ compensation issues who either practice in this area or whose practices come into contact with this area should attend our seminar.

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

The main takeaway is that workers’ compensation law is quite unique but has many overlapping issues with other practice areas.

How is this seminar timely?

PTSD is either more frequently diagnosed at present or is just more prevalent now than at other times, regardless, the effects of PTSD are being felt in great numbers and presents challenges to lawyers in many practice areas.

A record-number of legal seminars are on offer at the 2016 State Bar of Arizona Convention.

A record-number of legal seminars are on offer at the 2016 State Bar of Arizona Convention.

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Continuing legal education may never be the same again. After an event yesterday, W.E.B. DuBois, Temple Grandin, Ann Sullivan and every other famous educator may have spun in their graves. Why is that? Well, I participated in a CLE program.

What? You ask. You’ve never been a presenter or panelist on a Bar program? Alas, it’s true. (Well, there was one time I played a bumbling and confused attorney for a Solo Section program at the 2004-or-so Convention. But that was hardly acting, and barely educational.)

But then a few months ago, the Bar launched CLE Snippets, and I still wasn’t sure I’d have a part to play.

cle snippets teaser logo. This teaser signifies a new and innovative way to combine magazine content with online learning.Do you remember my discussing the Snippets? They are 15- to 30-minute CLE videos. There will be one a month, each based on an article in the upcoming month’s Arizona Attorney Magazine. The inaugural video covered a topic from the Eye on Ethics column. So it made sense that columnist Dave Dodge and Bar Ethics Counsel Patricia Sallen illustrated the points in the video Q&A.

Our second Snippet, though, covers significant changes being launched to the complaint process regarding contractors. So the story affects lawyers who represent a whole raft of professionals. It’s good stuff.

Much to my surprise, I got to frame and ask questions of the author, Matt Meaker of Sacks Tierney. The questions covered everything from an explanation of what specifically changed, to asking which lawyers and other professionals will be most affected, and whether this is or could be a good thing (or not) for contractors and consumers.

As this is my inaugural CLE, I decided we should be as un-CLE-like as possible. So here is a selfie of me and Matt before the heated (not) conversation. What followed the photo was a casual but substantial Q&A (Matt provided the substantial portion!).

Matt Meaker and Tim Eigo clearly have no game face, as they prepare for a Q&A on changes to the Arizona contractor-complaint process.

Matt Meaker and Tim Eigo clearly have no game face, as they prepare for a Q&A on changes to the Arizona contractor-complaint process.

While the camera rolled, I also had the great pleasure to reveal—to viewers and to Matt himself—that his article was to be our cover story in the July/August 2014 magazine. So not only were we providing excellent practice pointers—we were breaking news!

Matt Meaker headshot

A better, more professional headshot of Matt Meaker of Sacks Tierney.

Matt and I may have similar non-reverential approaches to legal matters. Serious stuff, yes, but why can’t it be delivered in punchy and enjoyable ways?

Of course, I may never be asked back, so that would spell the end of that little experiment.

I’ll share a link of the preview once I have it. And here’s hoping I’ve got a future in legal education! (In this day and age, we all need a back-up plan.)