This month in Arizona Attorney Magazine, we have a few stories related to our cover story on lawyers and a greener law practice.

The great content, by lawyer Jennifer Mott, explores not environmental law, but how to make your own law office more sustainable.

Today being Change of Venue Friday, I considered what related content I could share, and then I thought—my day with Leaf.

Well, it was more like a morning, and the Leaf, of course, is the Nissan Leaf.

Last fall, Nissan conducted a national road-show to tout its high-profile Leaf.

The Leaf, in case you haven’t heard, is an all-electric vehicle. I was reminded of that fact last year on Twitter, when I mentioned “Nissan’s newest hybrid.” Within minutes, I had received a hand-slap tweet from a Nissan PR flack (I call them “Leaf blowers”), who reminded me that it was not a hybrid but purely electric. Live and learn.

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In October, my 15-minute Leaf test drive at Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe was preceded by about an hour of show-and-tell. A spokesman explained the drivetrain, the battery cell, the refueling station, even the solar panel on the roof of the car.

"My" loaner Leaf and me

The drive itself? Just OK. It was too brief to develop much of an impression. But I can offer one bit of praise: It performed like most any car I’ve driven, even conventionally powered ones.

One feature of the car that weighs heavily on potential drivers of the Leaf is the worry we all feel about running out of juice before reaching a recharging station. And this spring, the Nissan website provides graphics (like those below) to quell those fears. Does it convince you?

Over time, have you opted for different vehicles to conserve energy? Let me know what you think of your choice.

Some more photos are below.

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