Bob McWhirter explained what it means to think like a lawyer in January 2014.

Bob McWhirter explained what it means to think like a lawyer in January 2014.

A concise post today to share some can’t-miss articles from the past year’s Arizona Attorney Magazine. After all, I know you need to begin putting together your New Year’s Eve celebration!

Remember, these suggestions are just a sampling of what I believe to be superior content. Our publication has been very fortunate over the years to be blessed with the work of terrific authors, and 2014 was no exception.

Without further ado: From January 2014, I recommend Bob McWhirter’s “‘Think Like a Lawyer!’ What the Hell Does That Mean?

In March, we ran the timely “The False Claims Act and Qui Tam Complaints” by Barb Dawson and Dan Huitink.

March 2014 Arizona Attorney Magazine

A great anniversary was recognized in our May issue when we published “Four Decades of Litigation in the Public Interest,” written by Tim Hogan (of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest) and Joy Herr-Cardillo.

June 2014 Arizona Attorney Magazine

Then, in June, we ran one of the year’s most talked-about stories, “Working With Millennials in the Law” by Susan Daicoff.

In the same month, we ran Marjorie Cunningham’s revealing article titled “Anna’s Story: Early Arizona and Women’s Property Rights.”

Finally, I leave you with a few terrific November pieces.

November 2014 Arizona Attorney Magazine

Well, I’m off to plan a bash. I hope you’ll agree we shared some phenomenal stories with you in the past year. The blog and I will be back on Monday, January 5. In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful holiday.

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.