Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow:
Staying Ethical in an Ever-Changing Legal Environment
As a new decade approaches, lawyers face the challenge of understanding how evolving social and cultural norms, along with the rapid advancement of technology, alter the legal landscape and shape their professional responsibilities. During this program, members of the bench and bar will provide their perspectives on how current developments in law, society, and technology impact the ethical obligations of twenty-first century lawyers, and what lawyers can do to embrace the challenge and maintain the high standards of the legal profession. The discussion will cover topics such as the duty to understand how technology affects the delivery of legal services; how developments in artificial intelligence will impact the legal profession; confronting implicit bias, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace; managing a multi-generational legal office; integrating a holistic concept of wellness into the definition of competence; maintaining civility in an era of online discourse; the heightened need for pro bono services to support access to justice; and the State Bar’s role in assisting lawyers in meeting their professional obligations, now and in the future.
This program track may qualify for up to 3.0 hours MCLE/Ethics.
Ann Ching, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Ann Ching is the former Ethics Counsel for the State Bar of Arizona (SBA) and in her time provided confidential ethics advice to lawyers. She presents on topics of ethics and professional responsibility at continuing legal education seminars. Prior to working for SBA, Ann was an Assistant Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. She also served twelve years as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where she achieved the rank of Major. Ann’s career highlights include serving as both a prosecutor and trial defense counsel, providing legal and ethics advice to the faculty and staff of the U.S. Military Academy, and advising commanders on international and operational law at U.S. Army Pacific.
Chief Justice Scott Bales, Supreme Court of Arizona
Scott Bales joined the Arizona Supreme Court in 2005 and became Chief Justice on July 1, 2014. He regularly teaches courses as an adjunct professor at the law schools at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. Justice Bales is also a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and the Vice Chair of the Council of the ABA’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. He previously served as the Chair of the Appellate Judges Conference of the ABA’s Judicial Division.
Justice Ann Timmer, Supreme Court of Arizona
Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2012 by Governor Janice K. Brewer. Prior to her appointment to the Arizona Supreme Court, Justice Timmer was a judge with Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals from 2000 to 2012, serving two years as Vice Chief Judge and three years as Chief Judge. Justice Timmer was recently elected to serve a five-year term as the Arizona Supreme Court’s Vice Chief Justice effective July 1, 2019.
Justice Robert Brutinel, Supreme Court of Arizona
Justice Brutinel was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in November of 2010, and elected as Vice Chief Justice in January 2018. Prior to his appointment, Justice Brutinel served as the Presiding Judge of the Yavapai County Superior Court, where he presided over cases involving civil, criminal, juvenile, mental health, drug court, probate and domestic relations matters.
Judge Jennifer Campbell, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
Jennifer B. Campbell was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, on April 27, 2017, by Governor Douglas Ducey. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2002. Over the course of her legal career she focused on both civil and criminal litigation. In 2011 she was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to serve as a judge on the Yavapai County Superior Court.
Judge Christopher Staring, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two
Christopher Staring was appointed to Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals in October 2015. In 1986, he received his J.D. degree from Tulane University Law School, cum laude and as a member of the Order of the Coif. In 2010, he was appointed to serve as a Superior Court Judge in Pima County where he presided over civil, juvenile, and probate cases. Prior to his superior court appointment, Judge Staring worked in the Tucson and Phoenix offices of Fennemore Craig P.C.
Kami Hoskins, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
Ms. Hoskins is a partner in the Phoenix office of Gordon & Rees. Ms. Hoskins focuses her practice on Labor and Employment, as well as Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights. Ms. Hoskins is also an accomplished diversity and inclusion facilitator.