Arizona Summit Law professors Jalae Ulicki (left) and Penny Willrich with Arizona Attorney Editor Tim Eigo, Jan. 20, 2015, after taping of an educational video on mediation as a healing art.

Arizona Summit Law professors Jalae Ulicki (left) and Penny Willrich with Arizona Attorney Editor Tim Eigo, Jan. 20, 2015, after taping of an educational video on mediation as a healing art.

Last week, I got to engage in what has become a highlight of my month: a dialogue with some current Arizona Attorney authors.

The point of the very enjoyable exercise is to create a short video. This partnership with the State Bar of Arizona CLE Department is called “CLE Snippets,” and this month’s authors are Professors Penny Willrich and Jalae Ulicki, both of the Arizona Summit Law School.

The way it works is this: I provide the list of articles for the upcoming month’s issue and chat with Jenn Sonier in the CLE Department. After a little collaboration, we agree on what topic may lend itself well to a brief Q&A video. And the next time we meet in the CLE Center, I try to dress nice, the authors arrive, and Jenn tapes us in riveting conversation.

Well, that’s the plan. Authors Willrich and Ulicki certainly held up their end of the bargain, offering great insight as we discussed their article titled “Lessons Learned From Peacemaking: Mediation as a Healing Art.”

(In what’s become a sort-of tradition, I try to snap a selfie with the authors. This month, the terrific Jenn Sonier did the photographic honors, above.)

I’ll share a link when it’s available. But in the meantime, thank you to our talented authors for taking the time to share their thoughts about an important topic.

Hear ye, hear ye!

Doesn’t your mind hear that every time you see the word “proclamation”? OK, maybe it’s just me.

Today, I remind you that October 18, 2012, is National Mediation Day. As in many U.S. states and cities, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has declared this week (October 14-20) “Mediation Week.” The week’s theme: “Mediation in the Mainstream.”

In so doing, he issued a proclamation (there’s that word again). Among other things, it recognizes the increased use of and value in alternative conflict resolution. Here is a copy of the proclamation:

2012 Mediation Week Proclamation 

Meanwhile, the American Bar Association declared the third week of October “ABA Mediation Week” (well branded, sir).

I covered local events last year; you can read about them here. It bears noting that getting a proclamation proclaimed does not occur without great effort. Congratulations to those Arizona attorneys who value mediation enough to seek to spread the word locally, in the state and nationally. Special plaudits go to those members of the State Bar of Arizona Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, especially Sherman Fogel and David Tierney. Congratulations!

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Oct. 6, 2011

On October 6, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon declared Mediation Week, which will occur October 16-22. It was at the request of the State Bar of Arizona Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

At the event, State Bar President Joe Kanefield delivered remarks, as did Mayor Gordon and ADR Section member Donna Williams.

A few photos more photos from the event are below. More are online at the magazine Facebook page.

President Kanefield’s remarks are available here

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, State Bar President Joe Kanefield and members of the ADR Section, Oct. 6, 2011Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and State Bar President Joe Kanefield, Oct. 6, 2011

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and State Bar President Joe Kanefield, Oct. 6, 2011

The October issue of Arizona Attorney Magazine includes a variety of content dedicated to alternatives to trial: mediation, arbitration and even a Guide that contains information about people and companies who can help with your ADR needs.

Here are some links to Community Mediation organizations, which may assist you or your clients:

Coconino County Superior Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program


(928) 779-6805

Sedona Mediation Services


(928) 204-7127

Surprise Community Mediation Program


(623) 222-3242

Solve-It! Community Mediation Service


(480) 732-7296

Community Mediation Program


(520) 323-1708 ext. 504

On October 6, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon declared Mediation Week, which will occur October 16-22. What follows are the remarks of President Joe Kanefield at the proclamation ceremony at Phoenix City Hall:

Phoenix Mayor Declares Mediation Week

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 9 a.m.

Phoenix City Hall – Mayor’s Conference Room

Remarks by Joe Kanefield, President, State Bar of Arizona

Thank you, Mayor Gordon, for your willingness to declare Mediation Week as October 16 through 22, 2011, and for working with the State Bar of Arizona to raise awareness of the importance of mediation and conflict resolution.

As a public official, your support of mediation week and the legal profession is a fine example of your leadership and commitment to help educate members of the communities you serve.

Thank you also to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section of the State Bar of Arizona for promoting the advancement of ADR and the services that are available to citizens, families, businesses and government bodies.

ADR Section members maintain their commitment to advancing the practice and supporting the principles of mediation, arbitration and alternative procedures to resolving legal issues in a civil manner.

Their efforts align with the Bar’s overall mission to enhance the administration of justice

As we gather today to commemorate Mediation Week, I’d like to give a brief overview of ADR.

ADR recognizes that not all cases are suitable for sometimes costly and time consuming trials, and it institutionalizes mediation as one of many appropriate dispute resolution processes.

ADR is a practice that allows members of the legal profession to encourage the use of dialogue, problem solving, and other collaborative practices when attempting to resolve legal issues outside of the courtroom. It promotes civil and peaceful conflict resolution.

October has become a time to promote and celebrate peaceful conflict resolution worldwide. Mediation Week is celebrated on a local, national and international level from October 16 through 22. We join the American Bar Association and celebrate this week to educate the public about mediation and other innovative conflict management processes.

Tim Burr graced the magazine cover of Arizona Attorney a few years ago. That’s when he made waves as he helped to bring admission on motion (rather than by bar exam) to Arizona’s (dry) shores.

This week, I see he’s landed on another forward-thinking beachhead, this time at the ASU Law School. As the school reported, he and Mary Ellen Natale have been hired as faculty to address issues related to the foreclosure crisis.

Tim will be director of the new Foreclosure Mediation Unit, “which will provide impartial mediation services between lenders and residential borrowers facing foreclosure.”

Mary Ellen Natale

Natale directs the new Homeowner Advocacy Unit of the Civil Justice Clinic, “in which student attorneys will represent families who are at risk of foreclosure or victims of mortgage fraud scams and engage in advocacy and community outreach on foreclosure law and related issues.”

Previously, Tim Burr practiced commercial alternative dispute resolution and real estate law with Jennings, Strouss & SalmonFennemore Craig, and Morrison & Hecker. Natale was an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law and has several years of housing law experience with legal services programs in New York and Ohio.

Here is more information on both programs. And more information about Burr and Natale is at the law school’s website. Congratulations—and good luck—to them and the school.

And here’s some more information on our 2008 photos of Tim by the terrific Karen Shell: The inside shot has him leaning over a wall map that I took down and borrowed from our family room—I think it worked pretty well there! And the cover shot—with him holding map puzzle pieces—demanded that we confirm the states he held in his hand actually were reciprocal to Arizona. After all, you and I both know someone would have noticed—and complained—if we got it wrong!

From the State Bar of Arizona (and Arizona Attorney Magazine):


Contact: Tim Eigo, Arizona Attorney Editor,
Phone: (602) 340-7310, Mobile: (602) 908-6991


New ADR & Mediation Guide Featured in Arizona Attorney

PHOENIX – Nov. 8, 2010 – Arbitration, the trial alternative, has seen significant changes in recent years, and Arizona Attorney magazine covers them in its November issue with two articles in a special feature. The magazine also has launched its first-annual ADR & Mediation Guide in the issue.

Providing lawyers with guidance in arbitration this month are two stories. The first article was written by Mark E. Lassiter, a partner at Davis Miles PLLC, who heads the Tempe firm’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department.

In “Arizona’s New Revised Uniform Arbitration Act,” Lassiter highlights the major and unique features of Arizona’s RUAA, the Arizona case law that is now effectively overruled by it, and how it will change the landscape of Arizona arbitration law and practice. The RUAA is considered to be the most sweeping reform of Arizona arbitration law in almost a half century.

The second article, “Security, Predictability, Enforceability,” written by Mark A. Nadeau and Kate E. Frenzinger of DLA Piper, explores international commercial arbitration in Arizona.

In addition, Arizona Attorney magazine’s first-annual ADR & Mediation Guide will assist attorneys and their practice. The guide of professionals working in all aspects of ADR is a valuable resource for those seeking an arbitrator or mediator.

“We are committed to providing practice-ready tools that assist lawyers in their day-to-day work,” said Tim Eigo, Arizona Attorney Editor. “We are confident that these articles and our inaugural special guide will be saved and used by Arizona attorneys.”

Arizona Attorney magazine is published 11 times per year by the State Bar of Arizona. It provides articles on substantive legal issues, professional trends and feature profiles.

All the stories and the inaugural Guide are available here.