Convention news from the State Bar of Arizona:

While you’re at the State Bar Convention, take advantage of our free mini-seminars. You can squeeze them in between the other programs. No RSVP is required.

All seminars are at the Arizona Biltmore, in the McDowell Room – above the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom.

Wednesday, June 24, 1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

logo ricohCurrent Trends in eDiscovery – Speaker: Bryan Stubbs, Senior eDiscovery Consultant

This session will review the current trends in electronic discovery, including what changes in the new year and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will affect law firms and corporations. How BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), social media, and the Cloud are affecting information governance, corporate security, and litigation will also be covered.

Presented by RICOH USA, INC.

Thursday, June 25, 8:15 – 8:30 a.m. 

logo-total-networksHow to Protect Against Cyber Attacks – 7 Things You Need to Know – Speaker: Dave Kinsey

Recent studies indicate that the primary tactics used by cyber-criminals to infiltrate business networks remain highly successful. Are you willing to pay the high cost of an intrusion that could result in hefty fines, damaged reputation, or lost data? Join this seminar for tips on how to identify threats and ways to protect your firm’s most valuable asset.

Presented by Total Networks

Thursday, June 25, 1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

logo Thomson ReutersPRACTICAL LAW – Practical Legal Know-How to give lawyers a better starting point – Speaker: Reza Mansouri, Esq.

Introduction to a wide range of practical resources that go beyond and complement primary law and research by providing the resources and knowledge needed to practice more efficiently. Resources discussed include “What’s Market,” practice notes, standard documents and clauses, checklists, legal updates, state Q&As, brief bank tools, cross-border guidance and more. Presented by Thomson Reuters

Friday, June 26, 8:15 – 8:30 a.m.

logo National Bank of ArizonaLawyers and Trust Accounts – How to Avoid Fraud Speaker: Tracy L. Ward

Lawyers and their trust accounts continue to be the target of fraud. These scams are growing more sophisticated. Learn about the types of fraud targeting lawyers, red flag warnings, and how to avoid these traps.

Presented by National Bank of Arizona

Friday, June 26, 1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

logo LawPayHow to Accept Credit Cards in Your Firm – Speaker: Keith Kauffman

Spend more time practicing law and less time focusing on your accounts receivable! Join LawPay for a presentation at the State Bar of Arizona’s Annual Convention to learn the ins and outs of accepting credit cards in your firm.

Presented by LawPay

Here is my annual slideshow of select swag (OK, promotional items) provided by exhibitors at the Bar Convention.

A caveat: This is not all there is. What is shown here is an extremely subjective, personal selection made by me. I tend not to pick up pens (they’re nice, but meh).

Thanks again to the exhibitors for helping make the Convention more affordable.

Here’s the schtuff.

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So, you’re familiar with bingo, right? That quaint game with the squares, the marker and the chance to win a buck or two?

This year, the Convention exhibitors have put bingo on steroids. (I couldn’t use that exclamation in years past, when the Diamondbacks were an exhibitor.)

Convention attendees are given a card on which the exhibitors’ names are inscribed in a bingo grid. Wander about, stop by the exhibitor booths, ask them to stamp your card. Pretty soon, you’re on your way to the chance to win—more than a couple of bucks.

At my last count, I saw that there were 22 prizes available. And those prizes (again by my count) have a combined value of about $3,100.

Boom! I think I just got real interested in that ol’ game of bingo!

And it bears mentioning: When you get your card stamped, stay and chat with the exhibitors for a few minutes. I urge that for a few reasons: 

  • You weren’t born in a barn, were you? Be polite; your seminar can wait a minute.
  • The products and services they tout are often remarkable and may well be just what your law office is looking for.
  • The payments by exhibitors go a long way toward underwriting the costs of this annual event. So every time you see an exhibitor, remember that their presence helps keep Convention costs reasonable.

So that’s my message. Go. Meet. Get stamped. And good luck!

On offer this year: A fortune-cookie. Hmmm.

The State Bar Convention ended on Saturday, but there are still a few housekeeping matters I need to address. So expect a post or two more about Convention content.

One of the favorite posts from last year’s convention (OK, one of my favorite posts) had to do with swag, those (sometimes) marvelous items you get from exhibitors as you traipse past their hard-working booths.

Spoiler-alert: I don’t think this year’s haul was quite as remarkable as last year’s. Nonetheless, I am honor-bound to provide photos of the 2011 swag. (Special thanks to my daughter Willa Eigo, who schlepped up and down stairs and ventured into multiple conversations in order to bring these items to your view. I really do need to pay her more.)

Without further ado, here are the items (please don’t complain, but I did not have the strength to photograph the surfeit of pens that were on offer. I like pens as much as the next free-seeker, but if it was a simple pen with an exhibitor’s logo, no photo)

Tomorrow, I give you my thoughts on what was one of the best events at convention.

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