The annual convention offers great opportunities for networking and socializing with colleagues at a variety of parties and events.
Wednesday, June 19
Please join us for an exhibitor-sponsored lunch on Wednesday, at noon. During lunch, you will hear from our featured speakers who serve justice and who inspire us to do the same.
The Honorable Michael P. Pollard
Judge Pollard has served on the Tucson Municipal Court bench since 1994, serving as Associate Presiding Magistrate from 1997 – 2002. During his legal career, which included stints in private practice, the Pima County Public Defender’s Office, the Pima County Attorney’s Office and the Tucson City Prosecutor’s Office, as well as his time on the bench, Judge Pollard has been involved in a variety of committees focused on the public good. Judge Pollard was formerly the Chair of the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence in the Courts, and served on a national conference that formulated a Domestic Violence Bench Card. Judge Pollard served as the co-chair of the Tucson/Pima County Homeless Plan Implementation Task Force and currently runs Homeless Courts.
In 2009, Judge Pollard, a Vietnam War veteran, joined with other Southern Arizona lawyers, former judges and educators to develop the Tucson Veterans Court, over which he presided. Judge Pollard has also been a driving force behind the Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court, a collaborative effort of the Tucson City Court, the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and community agencies. The project provides services to those living outside the Tucson city limits and is intended to prevent veterans living outside of the Tucson Metropolitan Area charged with criminal offenses from falling into a life of crime by engaging them in rehabilitation and supportive services.
In high school, Ann-Marie Alameddin volunteered at a hospital. That’s when she first wanted to work in health care and be part of an organization that provides essential services to the community and to people when they are most vulnerable. Ms. Alameddin serves as in-house counsel and Director of Government Relations with the John C. Lincoln Health Network. Ms. Alameddin participated in the 2009 Bar Leadership Institute and held leadership roles with the Phoenix Medical Legal Partnership for Children and the Sun Health Institutional Review Board. She was honored with the Community Outreach Award in 2009, and in 2010 was recognized as one of the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education.
Ignoring nay-sayers, and believing that everyone should have access to justice, Ms. Alameddin started free legal clinics at St. Vincent De Paul and Mountain Park Health Center. Ms. Alameddin worked with St. Vincent De Paul staff to determine the legal needs of families, created recruitment materials, created templates to make the pro bono work uncomplicated and partnered with law firms, including Jennings Strouss and Gallagher and Kennedy, to provide this pro bono opportunity to attorneys seeking to serve. Hundreds of individuals who would otherwise have no access to legal services had the opportunity to have a top-rated lawyer on their side.
Jeff Jacobson started his legal career as an associate in a large law firm by serving as a prosecutor with the Pima County and United States Attorney’s Offices. Jeff went on to found the Jacobson Law Firm, where his practice includes employment law. Jeff is also Associate General Counsel of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), serving 26,000 members in 65 federal law enforcement agencies across the United States. Jeff was honored as Prosecutor of the Year by FLEOA’s Southern Arizona Chapter and has received other honors for his work as a prosecutor.
Jeff is the co-founder of the Wills for Heroes Foundation, providing support and services to eligible first responders and their families. The Wills for Heroes program began after 9-11 as a way to give back to the first responder community and now has programs in 25 states, and has provided more than 15,000 estate planning documents for first responders. The Wills for Heroes Foundation oversees the nationwide expansion of these programs. Jeff was named 2006 Member of the Year by the State Bar of Arizona for his work with the Wills for Heroes program.
Admission Price: $15
Back for a second year, due to popular demand, is our Mix, Mingle and Munch event. And yes, it’s still a free event open to all attending the Convention!
Wrap up your first day at the Convention at this fun social event. Co-sponsored by the organizations below, it’s a great chance to network, to make new acquaintances, and to unwind. Munchies will be provided – you buy your drink.
Event sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona and the following fine organizations:
Admission Price: Free!
- Arizona Women Lawyers Association – Silver Sponsor
- Scottsdale Bar Association – Silver Sponsor
- Arizona Asian American Bar Association – Copper Sponsor
Thursday, June 20
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
Join the Foundation, your colleagues and Foundation Fellows in honoring the 2012 Walter E. Craig Distinguished Services and the William E. Morris Pro Bono Services Awardees. Incoming State Bar of Arizona President Whitney Cunningham will be the keynote speaker.
The Foundation thanks you for your continued support to our mission of promoting access to justice for all Arizonans.
Admission Price: $55
Get ready, the Biltmore will be rockin’...
Back by popular demand is the battle of the bands!
Returning to the Battle from their victory at the 2011 Convention are Tucson’s roadhouse rockers, Los Big Grandes. Los Big Grandes are Judge Philip Espinosa (keyboards and vocals), Hardy Smith (vocal and guitar), Chris Smith (vocals and lead guitar), Keith Leon (drums), Gene Goldsmith (bass), Peter Akmajian (percussion) and Gary Blank (drums, percussion & vocals). Get ready to ride hard, Amigos!
Looking to unseat the 2011 champs are:
The Gotes, who boast that they can rock until the cops shut them down and then defend themselves against any charges. The Gotes include Pima County Assistant Public Defenders Frank Leto on drums, Richard Kingston on bass, Kevin Burke on guitar, and Staci Vierthaler on keyboards. To keep them within budget, Paul Lovelis from Administration joins them on the trombone. To add to their academic prestige, the Gotes feature U of A Law Professor Susie Salmon on vocals. And if he feels like he can stand spending his evening at a convention filled with lawyers, Electrical Engineer David Price will play saxophone.
And, Guilty as Sin. This band covers rock classics from Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac and others. An offshoot of the popular Valley band Crazy Finger, Guilty as Sin features lawyers Leon Silver (bass) and Dan Orenstein (guitar), along with a handful of the usual suspects: Claire Sinne (Vocals), Thomas Oliver (guitar) and Bryan Hawkesworth (drums).
Vote for your favorite band as they compete for cash prizes and enjoy a fun evening with colleagues.
Emcee: Booker T. Evans
Drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided.
Sponsored by the Phoenix School of Law
Admission Price: Free!
Friday, June 21
The Arizona Women Lawyers Association will host the annual Mary Anne Richey Breakfast on Friday, June 21 at 7:30 a.m. in conjunction with the State Bar of Arizona Annual Conference.
Proceeds and donations from the breakfast funds the Mary Anne Richey Scholarship, named in honor of the late Honorable Mary Anne Richey, United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law.
The Mary Anne Richey Scholarship is awarded to one student from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona and one student from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, based upon demonstrated commitment to public service. Timed to make a difference in the law student’s life, the scholarship is awarded during the second semester of the first year, when some students may be questioning the decision to attend law school. Since the scholarship’s inception in 1988, it has boosted students’ morale and reaffirmed their vision of the law as a public service profession. For the last few years, the scholarship has been in the amount of $1,000 for each recipient. The fund is supported by the AWLA and is administered through the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. 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.
A highlight of the breakfast is the presentation of the Sarah Herring Sorin Award, named in honor of Arizona’s first woman lawyer. The award recipient is an AWLA member who has demonstrated support and encouragement for the advancement of women in the legal profession. Past recipients are Helen Perry Grimwood, Doris Mindell, Roxana C. Bacon, Grace McIlvain, the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, Barbara Atwood, Laura Cardinal, Amy Schwartz, Georgia Staton, the Honorable Janis Ann Sterling (retired), the Honorable Ruth V. McGregor (retired), Amelia Craig Cramer, Paige Martin, and the Honorable Rebecca White Berch. Current members of the AWLA State Board of Directors are not eligible; however, ex officio members of the Board may be nominated to receive the award.
Registration and prepayment are required. Sign-up information is on the registration form.
Admission Price: $35
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
Minnesota’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Justice Alan C. Page, was elected to the court in 1992 and was reelected in 1998 and 2004. Justice Page is widely renowned for his former career as a professional football player. Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988, he is best known for his defensive efforts with the Minnesota Vikings in the 1970s.
His work in support of equal education for all children includes the establishment of the Page Education Foundation, which now awards nearly 550 grants annually to students of color and engages in other efforts to motivate young men and women of color to pursue education beyond high school. The Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships to more than 4,600 students since its inception.
A book about his life, All Rise: The Remarkable Journey of Alan Page, was released in 2010 and includes a foreword by former President Bill Clinton.
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.
Sponsored by Mandel Young PLC
Admission Price: $55