State Bar Convention Attracts National Speakers

The State Bar of Arizona Convention seminars are known for their outstanding speakers. This year is no exception. In addition to the highly-talented presenters from our own sections and committees, we’re also proud to welcome some well-known speakers from around the country.


Terrorists, Torts and Trade: Prosecuting and Defending Claims Implicating Foreign Sovereign Immunity
W-1, 8:45 a.m. - noon

Richard D. Heideman – Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC, Washington, D.C.; Counsel to American Victims of Terror; Trial Lawyer of the Year 2016, Public Justice

David Stewart – Georgetown Law, Co-Director, Global Law Scholars; Director, Center on Transnational Business and the Law; Professor, Professor from Practice, Washington, D.C.  

Inside the Silicon Valley Patent and Trademark Office
W-4, 8:45 a.m. - noon

John Cabeca – Director, Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office, San Jose, CA

Efrat Kasnik – Lecturer in Accounting, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford, CA

Mary Juetten – Entrepreneur and founder of Traklight, Bellingham, WA



Mediation in Evolution: Challenges, Opportunities
T-18, 8:45 a.m. - noon

Thomas J. Stipanowich – Law Professor and Academic Director,  Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA

Dealing with the Unusual and Unexpected: Challenging Assets in Estate Planning and Administration
T-19, 8:45 a.m. - noon

Gerry W. Beyer – Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, TX

Transgender Clients and the Issues They Face
T-21, 8:45 a.m. - noon

M. Dru Levasseur – Senior Attorney and Transgeender Rights Project Director, Lambda Legal, New York, NY

History and Significance of Magna Carta
T-22, 10:30 a.m. - noon

Prof. Joshua Tate – Associate Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX

How to Foul up Partnerships & LLC Agreements
T-24, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Terence Floyd Cuff– Of Counsel, Loeb & Loeb LLP,  Los Angeles, CA

Brexit, The Rome Statute, and the Dangerous Ramifications of Unraveling Multinational Treaties and Peace Accords
T-28, 2 - 5:15 p.m.

John Washburn – Convener, American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the Inteernational Criminal Court, a program of the Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Washington, D.C.

Partnership Liability Allocation and Disguised-Sales, The New Partnership Audit Regime, and Other Topical Developments
T-31, 3:45  - 5:15 p.m.

Glenn Dance – Special Counsel, IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Washington, D.C.



Nuts and Bolts of Non-Profits: From Charities to Foundations, From Association to Health Care
F-35, 8:45 a.m. - noon

Travis Jackson – Polsinelli P.C., Los Angeles, CA

In Search of a More Perfect Union: When Rights of Religious Liberty and Anti-Discrimination Collide
F-36, 8:45 a.m. - noon

Eric Baxter – Senior Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Washington, D.C.

Alexander Dushku – Kirton McConkie, Salt Lake City, UT

Jenny Pizer – Senior Counsel and Law and Policy Director, Lambda Legal, Los Angeles, CA

James Sonne – Associate Professor of Law, Stanford Law School and Director of its Religious Liberty Clinic, Stanford, CA 

How the System is Working to Build a Whole Juvenile – Part II
F-44, 2 - 5:15 p.m.

Karen Boyd – Executive Vice President, Corrective Solutions, San Clemente, CA

Sandra Day O’Connor – Arizona Trailblazer
F-45,  2 – 3:30 p.m.

Hon. Brian Hoffstadt – Associate Justice, Second District Court of Appeals, California, Los Angeles, CA

Deborah MerrittProfessor, John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law; Courtesy Professor of Sociology; Courtesy Professor of Public Policy and Management, and Associate Faculty Member in Women's Studies, Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Bankruptcy Developments and Best Practices
F-46, 8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Hon. Randall Dunn (Ret.)US Bankruptcy Court, District of Oregon, Portland, OR

To Build or Not to Build – The No DAPL Protest Saga & Its Application in Arizona
F-49, 8:45 a.m. – noon

Matt Campbell – Native American Rights Fund (NARF), Boulder, CO 

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