Annual Convention Special Events

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

Wednesday, June 24

Wednesday Luncheon - Noon

“What’s in Your Lunch Box?: Sites and Apps for Today’s Lawyers”

Always on the lookout for a new app? A new and great website? Whether you are looking for something new for your practice or your personal life, you’ll enjoy this quick-paced and fun presentation of apps and sites. Have lunch and get info on what’s new, what’s great, and what’s just downright entertaining in cyberspace.

Jason Scronic, Chief Operations Officer and General Counsel for Ubiquia (cloud-based and mobile software developers)
Roberta Tepper, Lawyer Assistance Programs Director for the State Bar of Arizona

Please join us for an exhibitor-sponsored lunch! Several outstanding lawyers will also be recognized.

Admission Price: $20

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

Are you ready to meet old friends and colleagues and do some networking?

Join us for this relaxing and fun way to decompress after a day of seminars. Bring plenty of business cards and be ready to give your best elevator speech... it’s Ready, Set, Mingle time at the State Bar Convention. The annual networking event is always popular and a great time. The snacks will be ready and there will be a cash bar. And new this year – we are adding live entertainment! While you are mingling, you’ll be enjoying the eclectic repertoire of Urban Electra,, an all-female electric string quartet that blends rock, pop, modern and classical music. Their unique sound will delight and entertain.

Event sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona and the following fine organizations:

Arizona Women Lawyers Association – Maricopa Chapter – Gold Sponsor
Arizona Asian American Bar Association – Copper Sponsor

Admission Price: Free!

Thursday, June 25

Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education Luncheon - Noon

Join the Foundation in honoring this year’s Walter E. Craig Distinguished Services, William E. Morris Pro Bono Services, Mark Santana LRE Attorney, Foundation for Justice & George Lyons IOLTA Bank awardees. Incoming State Bar of Arizona President Bryan Chambers will speak. Sheldon Krantz, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and author of The Legal Profession: What is Wrong and How to Fix It, will be the keynote speaker. Krantz is a former partner at DLS Piper where he founded New Perimeter, its award-winning international pro bono nonprofit affiliate.

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

Admission Price: $55

Thursday SBA Party - Ready...Set...Yee-Haw! - 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Get your best cowboy boots and your Western gear ready.

It’s going to be a country music fest. There’ll be music by Marble Heart Band, Arizona’s premiere country variety band, and line dancing (with lessons) to keep your feet moving.

Marble Heart Band was founded in 2007. Vocalist and guitarist Clint Williams is a veteran of the music industry and has played from Nashville to Arizona. The rest of the band, Gary Thompson (vocals/guitar), Mark Wilson (drums) and Ray Riendeau (bass, who has played for 3 Doors Down, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson) are sure to keep the audience entertained.

It’s Arizona, it’s summer – get your “Western” on and we’ll see you on the dance floor.

Admission Price: $10

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

Friday, June 26

AZ Women Lawyers Mary Anne Richey Breakfast - 7:30 a.m.

This year, the Arizona Women Lawyers Association will present the Sarah Herring Sorin Award, named in honor of Arizona’s first woman lawyer, to the Honorable Donn Kessler, Arizona Court of Appeals Judge, for his demonstrated support and encouragement for the advancement of women in the legal profession. Donn’s friends and colleagues are invited to join AWLA members in celebrating Donn’s achievements.

Past recipients of the Sarah Herring Sorin Award 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, the Honorable Rebecca White Berch, Dee Dee Samet, and the Honorable Ann Scott Timmer.

Additionally, this year’s recipients of the Mary Anne Richey Scholarships, which are awarded to first-year law students based upon their demonstrated commitment to public service, will be introduced. AWLA will award three scholarships to students from each of 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 Law School.

The scholarship is 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. For the last few years, each recipient has received $1,000. Since the scholarship’s inception in 1988, 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 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 SBA Luncheon - Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Featuring the Bar & Grill Singers

The Bar & Grill Singers, all of whom are practicing attorneys in Austin, Texas, have entertained lawyers and non lawyers since their 1991 debut in a one-performance musical revue. Now appearing year-round across the nation (16 states and counting), the Singers spoof themselves and the profession with clever lyrics set to a variety of musical styles. They needle everything and everyone around the law, including clients, billing practices, legal ethics, bored jurors, and even federal judges. The Singers write their own material, and arrange many of the songs themselves.

The members of the group have consistently supported pro bono legal causes, and in conjunction with their full-production “Broadway” style shows in Austin, have helped raise more than $300,000 for volunteer legal services.

The Singers have released three CDs, “Grilling Me Softly,” “Licensed to Grill,” and “A Time to Grill,” which are available for purchase at their performances, and from their website, Their full albums, and individual songs are available online at iTunes,,, and

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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