Agenda and Breakouts

Thursday, March 22, 2018 (State Bar of Arizona, CLE Center, Phoenix)

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Perfecting Your Pitch (limited seating available; optional)

(This program may qualify for 1.0 hour MCLE/Ethics)

The purpose of this CLE and workshop is for lawyers looking to refine their pitch for legal work. After a one-hour CLE about business development (the verbal business card, etc.), you will break out into small groups where you will have the opportunity to give a five minute practice pitch about your practice area, your personal brand, and what you bring to the table to a panel of in-house counsel and other business persons. Because this is a practice pitch, the panel will provide a safe environment where you can receive meaningful feedback to help you perfect your business pitch.

Michael Colacchio, Colacchio Consulting

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break

Friday, March 23, 2018 (DoubleTree Hilton in Tempe)

7:45 am - 8:15 am

Registration & Breakfast

8:15 am - 8:30 am


8:30 am - 10:00 am

Plenary Session:

We The People- But does that include all of us? The Constitution, Diversity, Inclusion, and just who are those “People”?

(This program may qualify for 1.5 hours MCLE)

“We the People” are the Constitution’s first words and if you include the Bill of Rights as part of the whole package, the constitution’s last words are the Tenth Amendment’s “the people.”

But who gets to be “the People”? Blacks, Native Americans, women, Catholics, and poor folk didn’t count in 1789. The Civil War and the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments reshuffled the constitutional deck.

This presentation traces American slavery, hypocrisy, Federalism, and the struggle for freedom. It presents how people fought for the right to be “the People.”

This is about the Constitution’s framework for the rule of law and how it will not allow us to go back to a nation that excludes people from being “the People.”

Robert McWhirter, The Law Offices of Robert J. McWhirter

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Breakout Session I

Breakout 1A: The Law and Art of Jury Selection: Voir Dire and How to Effectively Screen Your Jury for Bias

(This program may qualify for 1.5 hours MCLE/Ethics)

It is often said that a trial is won or lost when the jury is selected. People bring to situations their own biases and predispositions. Jurors are no exception – they bring to the courtroom implicit and explicit biases and predispositions which can often affect the outcome of a case. This seminar will offer attendees a comprehensive view of the voir dire process, including practical tips and best practices, and will focus, in particular, on effective tools for screening a jury for biases based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Jessica Hernandez, MayesTelles, PLLC

Honorable Judge Dean Fink, Maricopa County Superior Court
James Belanger, J. Belanger Law PLLC
Larry J. Hammond, Osborn Maledon
Karen Lisko, Perkins Coie
Richard Gabriel, President, Decision Analysis Trial Consultants Maledon

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Breakout 1B: Civility and Professionalism in the Practice of Law

(This program may qualify for 1.5 hours MCLE/Ethics)

In these times when law is both competitive and demanding, learn why and how to restore civility and professionalism to your practice. The core issue is public trust in a regulated profession. That trust is fostered by adopting practices discussed in this Seminar. Leave with strategies and tactics that are useful in the civil and the criminal practice. Attendees will see and address:

  • Recent disciplinary cases and license-suspensions involving unprofessional conduct.
  • Cases that run the gamut of relations by and between attorneys, attorneys and their clients, gender conflicts, public attorneys, and inexperienced attorneys.
  • Where and when civility is woven into Supreme Court Rules and the E.R.’s.
  • Tips and practice pointers to maintain civility, honor, courtesy and respect.

William Ring, Coconino County Attorney's Office

11:45 am - Noon

Exhibit and Networking Break

Noon - 1:00 pm


Keynote Speaker: Sheriff Paul Penzone

Tang Writing Competition Award Presentation: Dr. Pearl Tang

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout Sessions II

Breakout 2A: Combat or Conversation: Effective Oral Advocacy in Arizona Courts

(This program may qualify for 1.5 hours MCLE/Ethics)

Does arguing a motion or an appeal feel like combat with opposing counsel and the judges? Well, it shouldn’t. Oral argument is merely a conversation between counsel and the judges to help the judges make the right ruling. Learn from a group of judges and practitioners how to engage in that conversation to help you effectively present your case.

Honorable Randall Howe, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
Justice John R. Lopez IV, Arizona Supreme Court
Honorable Paul J. McMuride, Arizona Court of Appeals - Division One
Honorable Bridget S. Bade, United States Magistrate Judge
Joseph Maziarz, Chief Counsel, Criminal Appeals, Arizona Attorney
General's Office

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Breakout 2B: What's Age Got to Do With It? How Generational Cultures Impact Our Legal Organizations

(This program may qualify for 1.5 hours MCLE)

The discussion will focus on how our generational social identities impact our working relationships and ideas for fostering better communication.

Kami Hoskins, Gorden & Rees Scully Mansukhani

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Exhibit and Networking Break

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Breakout Sessions III

Breakout 3A: Personal Branding, Promotion and Working with Legal Recruiters

(This program may qualify for 1.5 hours MCLE/Ethics)

Join us for a moderated panel discussion on personal branding, promotion and tips for working with legal recruiting firms. In addition to helping you enhance your personal brand, our panelists will share their insights and perspectives on what to expect when working with a legal recruiting firm, how a legal recruiting firm can put you in your next job and what makes a great candidate.

Greg Gautam, Snell & Wilmer
Lisa Rickets, Arizona Branch Manager, Robert Half Legal
Michelle Conn, Executive Director, Special Counsel
Sonja Cotton, Sonja Cotton & Associates

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Breakout 3B: Western Legal Roundup: A Survey of Recent Court Opinions and Legal News

(This program may qualify for 1.5 hours MCLE)

Learn about new cases from Arizona as well as the 9th Circuit dealing with issues related to the First Amendment, privacy, labor laws, immigration, access to justice and fair credit reporting. This is one-stop shopping to be made aware of recent Court opinions that impact a host of practice areas.

Shawdy Banihashemi, Jennings Haug Cunningham
Jim Csontos, Jennings Haug Cunningham

Electronic Materials:
Electronic materials are delivered by email prior to the program. Participants are encouraged to bring iPads, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

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