Irene Diaz, Phoenix Convention Center, July 16, 2015.

Irene Diaz, Phoenix Convention Center, July 16, 2015.

How about a nice easy musical Change of Venue Friday? Agreed?

I managed to attend a few great sessions yesterday at a national conference held in downtown Phoenix. Amidst the #NN15 panel discussions on redistricting and other legal-ish topics, I saw that singer-songwriter Irene Diaz would be there.

You may already be a fan. And you may have seen her featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. But there she was, in person, in the Phoenix Convention Center.

I took a (terrible) Vine of one song as she played and sang. (I also used Periscope to stream another, but getting to see a Periscope is a had-to-be-there affair, so don’t ask).

Much better than my Vine is enjoying a higher-quality video of one of her performances, here, where she sings Tricky Game.

Once you’ve done that, go to her website and buy some darned music, why don’t you.

Have a great and musical weekend.

12 News logoI regularly report on the activities of Lawyers on Call, a State Bar public service program hosted at the ofices of 12 News, the Arizona Republic and At the events, volunteer lawyers answer consumer questions on various topics. On Tuesday, March 31, the event focused on tax laws. In a moment, I’ll share the names of the generous volunteer attorneys. But first, it’s worth noting that this version of Lawyers on Call included a new development: the use of a streaming video app, Periscope, to better address some consumer questions. To add to the functionality, this past month’s event also includes a video recap (see it at the end of this post). I am very impressed by the video’s quality, achieved via free apps. That makes me think I should try my hand at some videos myself! State Bar of Arizona SBA_Logo_ColorThe Lawyers on Call news comes, as always, from my innovative colleague Alberto Rodriguez: Five attorneys volunteered their time and expertise on March 31, 2015, to offer legal advice on tax law. The attorneys were:

The lawyers answered 118 calls, 23 questions via Facbook, and a handful on Periscope, a streaming video app that had 55 participants. Sample consumer questions:

  • How do I report on gaming winnings?
  • How does the Affordable Health Care Act affect my file/return?
  • What are the penalties if I file late or file an extension?
  • How does filing bankruptcy affect my 2015 file/return?

Several callers reported scam activity—receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be an “IRS” representative who request personal information and payments. Facebook continues to be a successful component of Lawyers on Call, as attorney Derek Kaczmarek answered 23 questions posted on the 12 News fan page. In addition, the 12 News social media team launched the use of Periscope, an interactive streaming video app where participants could ask their questions live. Four out of the five attorneys were first-time volunteers. All volunteers were extremely satisfied with the quality of the questions overall and were excited to have participated in the Lawyers on Call public service program. Here is a terrific video recap: