Annual Convention Special Events

Special Events

The annual convention offers great opportunities for networking and socializing with colleagues at a variety of parties and events.

Wednesday, June 14

Wednesday Luncheon - Noon to 2 p.m.

Lunch Time Caricature Awards Presented by Award Winning Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons

Meet up with your colleagues at this exhibitor-sponsored luncheon. This awards luncheon is guaranteed to be filled with laughter, entertainment, and a recognition of some of the most outstanding lawyers in Arizona.

Enjoy lunch as you watch the Pulitzer finalist and political cartoonist David Fitzsimmons (‘Fitz’) render engaging and impressive pen-and-ink caricatures of this year’s award recipients. You don’t want to miss your colleagues or this award luncheon’s easel presentation by the man known as the “Fastest draw west of the Potomac.”

Admission Price: $25

Wednesday Happy Hour - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Colleagues, Cocktails and Spanish Guitar

Attorney/musician Domingo DeGrazia and his Spanish Guitar Band will provide a background of Spanish and classical guitar music during this year’s Wednesday night social and networking event. We provide the venue, vibe, snacks and cash bar for connecting with friends and colleagues and meeting new ones. In addition to this well-known Tucson musician, there will be trivia games and prizes. So, bring your brains and business cards to join in the fun!

Event sponsored by the following fine organizations:
Arizona Women Lawyers Association – Gold Sponsor
Arizona Asian American Bar Association – Copper Sponsor
Arizona Minority Bar Association – Copper Sponsor
Native American Bar Association – Copper Sponsor
Young Lawyers Division

Admission Price: Free!

Thursday, June 15

St. Thomas More Society Breakfast - 7:30 a.m.

All St. Thomas More Society Members and Friends are cordially invited to register for and participate in the Society’s annual breakfast.

Admission Price: $35

Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education Luncheon - Noon to 2 p.m.

Join the Foundation in honoring this year’s recipients of the following honors: Walter E. Craig Distinguished Services Award, William E. Morris Pro Bono Services Award, Mark Santana LRE Attorney Award, Foundation for Justice & George Lyons IOLTA Bank Award. Our guest speaker, incoming State Bar of Arizona President, Alex Vakula, is offering opening remarks.

The Foundation thanks you for your continued support to our mission of promoting access to justice for all Arizonans.

Admission Price: $55

State Bar of Arizona Thursday Party - 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Flashback to the Wicked Rad 80s

Dig out your neon shirts and shoulder pads as the State Bar goes retro.

The 2016 Arizona Daily Star Reader’s Choice Band of the Year “The 80’s and Gentlemen” will be playing the most wicked hits from the 80s, live and onstage. From Rock Anthems to Power Ballads, New Wave and pop, the band will let you relive those memories that were the best days of your life!

In addition to rad music and dancing, there will be totally 80s games, photo booth, food, cash bar, and prizes. This is sure to be a Convention highlight.

Admission Price: $10

Friday, June 16

Mary Anne Richey Scholarship Breakfast - 7:30 a.m.

Each year, the Arizona Women Lawyers Association holds the Mary Anne Richey Scholarship Breakfast at the State Bar Convention. The scholarship and breakfast are named in honor of the late Honorable Mary Anne Richey, United States District Judge for the District of Arizona and a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law.

At the breakfast, AWLA presents the Sarah Herring Sorin Award, named in honor of Sarah Herring Sorin (1861–1914), Arizona’s first woman lawyer and the 25th woman to be admitted to practice in the United States. The Sorin Award is given to an AWLA member who has demonstrated support and encouragement for the advancement of women in the legal profession. This year, AWLA confers the award upon the Honorable Patricia Orozco (ret.), of the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Past recipients of the Sorin Award are Helen Perry Grimwood, Doris F. Mindell, Roxana C. Bacon, Grace McIlvain, Hon. Mary M. Schroeder, Barbara A. Atwood, Laura A. Cardinal, Amy Schwartz, Georgia A. Staton, Hon. Janis Ann Sterling (ret.), Hon. Ruth V. McGregor (ret.), Amelia Craig Cramer, Paige A. Martin, Hon. Rebecca White Berch (ret.), Dee-Dee Samet, Hon. Ann Scott Timmer, Hon. Donn Kessler, and Barbara LaWall.

In recent years, the Mary Anne Richey Scholarship has been in the amount of $1,000 for each recipient from each of the following law schools: the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and the Arizona Summit School of Law. Since the scholarship’s 1988 inception, it has boosted students’ morale and reaffirmed their vision of the law as a public service profession. Contributions may be made at the breakfast by credit card or check payable to the Mary Anne Richey Scholarship. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Registration and prepayment are required. Sign-up information is on the registration form.

Admission Price: $40

Senior Lawyers Breakfast - 7:30 a.m.

For senior lawyers 65 years and older.

The breakfast provides an opportunity for you to reconnect with your friends and colleagues. Senior lawyers pay for the breakfast only and are welcome to attend the Friday Convention at no extra cost. Please see registration form. If you have questions or would like more details, please call the convention staff at 602.340.7349.

Admission Price: $35

Friday Luncheon - Noon to 2 p.m.

Publish or Practice?

An interview with New York Times best-selling author Robert Dugoni

Dive into the exciting world of legal thrillers as award-winning author Robert Dugoni entertains us with the journey of twists and turns encountered in creating legal mysteries. Mr. Dugoni will guide us through building legal thrillers based upon his lawyering experience. Leading the interview of Mr. Dugoni will be Poisoned Pen owner, Barbara Peters. Through the conversation, Ms. Peters will explore how the lawyer turned author uses his intimate familiarity with the legal world to develop the storylines in a book series and how that the same writing tips used by authors makes for better legal writing. Every lunch attendee will also receive a copy of Mr. Dugoni’s latest book, The Trapped Girl.

We will also honor State Bar members with our annual awards presentation and recognize those who have practiced law in the state for 50 years.

Admission Price: $55


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