Richard Fried

Richard Fried

“How A Plaintiff’s Lawyer Can Improve the Lives of Victims” is the subject of a public lecture tomorrow at the University of Arizona law school. Attorney Richard Fried will deliver the lecture, which is part of the school’s Civil Justice Initiative.

Here is more detail from the school:

“As part of our annual Civil Justice lecture series, University of Arizona Law welcomes Richard Fried for a community presentation on trial practice and plaintiff’s representation. He will be speaking on How A Plaintiff’s Lawyer Can Improve the Lives of Victims. Reception to follow.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, 5-6:30 p.m.

Where: University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 160, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd.

Who may attend: This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP here.

“L. Richard Fried, Jr. is one of the founding members of Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks and has practiced law for over 40 years. Rick has a national reputation in the fields of medical malpractice—having obtained 50 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million—and aviation law. He served as President of the Hawaii Association for Justice (formerly the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii) in 1984 and 2001, and was the recipient of their first trial lawyer of the year award in 1994.”

“He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Hawaii State Supreme Court to serve on the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the State of Hawaii and the Chief Judge of the Hawaii Federal District Court to serve as a delegate to the federal district judges conference.”

“In July 2015, he was named as Chairman of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2012. He has also served on the boards of local organizations such as the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Theatre, and the American Civil Liberties Union.”

“The Civil Justice Initiative aims to help Arizona Law elevate the American civil justice system and become the premier destination for educating trial lawyers. A hallmark of the CJI is the annual Civil Justice lecture series, showcasing leading advocates to the student body and the legal community. Past distinguished lecturers include Tom Girardi and Pat McGroder.”

Wednesday evening saw a great event: a party celebrating two Phoenix School of Law achievements.

As you may have heard, the state’s only for-profit law school has garnered full accreditation from the American Bar Association. And this fall, it also hired new law Dean Shirley L. Mays.

Shirley Mays, Dean of the Phoenix School of Law

At twilight on the fourth-floor patio of the Phoenix Downtown Sheraton, speakers battled with hard-working AC compressors to commemorate both accomplishments. Dean Mays spoke eloquently on the “justice gap,” in which the legal needs of many—including the elderly, veterans and the poor—are left unmet. That, she said, is one of the abiding challenges of law schools today.

Phoenix Law, Mays said, is committed to launching graduates who are “book smart and justice ready.” They seek to foster “a culture of innovation.”

“The world is in a time of mind-boggling transition,” Mays said. “The elections yesterday prove that.”

Don Lively speaking at the Phoenix Law reception. Nov. 3, 2010

Other speakers included Don Lively, the school’s first dean and now the senior vice president for parent company InfiLaw, based in Naples, Fla.; and Phoenix attorney Pat McGroder, who is on the school’s regional board of advisors.

As I left the event, I bumped into Don Lively in the elevator. We recalled how we spoke years ago in an interview when the school was first established. He laughed as he sympathized with me, who had to listen to his far-ranging musings on legal education—and beyond.

Pat McGroder

I also laughed, but I reassured him of one thing: The conversation was entirely enjoyable, mainly because of the passion he brought to it. I admit that talking to Lively takes you on a path that’s a blend of law-school lecture, Nova special on the cosmos, and a wiki on popular-culture references. But for someone who talks to lawyers all the time, Don’s passion was one of the first clues I had that something truly different was in the works at this new legal venture.

And now the ABA has weighed in—apparently they agree.

Congratulations to the school. And we look forward to more of that passion from their newest Dean.

More photos from the event are here.