FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 19, 2010
Contact: Rick DeBruhl, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (602) 340-7335, Mobile: (602) 513-6385
Email: rick.debruhl@staff.azbar.org

State Bar of Arizona Wins National Award

PHOENIX - John F. Phelps, CEO, today announced that the State Bar of Arizona has received a Thomson Reuters Legal Luminary Award for communications excellence from the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE).  During a gathering in Portland, Maine of the NABE Communications Section, the State Bar of Arizona received a Luminary Award for Excellence in Special Publications.

The State Bar of Arizona was among 16 bar associations and their communications professionals to receive a Luminary Award this year.  The Luminary Awards recognize excellence in marketing, public relations, regular publications, special publications, electronic publications, and websites.  Winners include representatives from small, medium, and large bar associations from across the county.

"We are very proud of the Communications Department for earning this award," said Phelps. "Bringing home an award of this caliber is a true testament to our staff's professionalism and is a wonderful recognition of the work this bar association does to serve its members and the public." 

The winning entry was Welcome to Arizona's Legal Community, a guide for new admittees which describes various departments and programs of the State Bar and highlights deadlines for certain professional requirements for lawyers practicing in Arizona. Keeping up with technology and allowing the State Bar to "go green," the publication is a searchable CD that has replaced traditional printed materials.

"The Thomson Reuters Legal Luminary Awards recognize excellence in the field of communications," said Kevin Priestner, communications director for the State Bar of Texas and chair of the Luminary Awards Committee. "The winners represent the best in their field as judged by those who know best - their peers."

The Luminary Awards are made possible through the generous support of Thomson Reuters Legal, which has sponsored the awards program since its inception in 1992.


About the State Bar
The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar includes approximately 16,000 active attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Since 1933 the Bar and its members have been committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Arizona are heard in our justice system.

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