ABA – 2017 Joint Spring Meeting – Solo and Small Firm General Practice Division

From May 17 to 20, join us in warm and sunny Scottsdale Arizona at the AAA Five Diamond resort, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for the 2017 Joint Spring Meeting presented by the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo); ABA Standing Committee on Group and Prepaid Legal Services; and the Group Legal Services Association (GLSA).

This exciting conference will offer abundant CLE, with high-profile nationally known speakers, opportunities for networking, committee work, distinctive social events and a break from the office in a vacation-like atmosphere. The meeting schedule will leave you ample time to golf, spa, shop, hike or explore Scottsdale. There will be something for everyone, including:

• A Welcome Reception at a replica southern ghost town, Copper Canyon. This western themed event will feature dinner, line dancing, mechanical bull riding and other fun activities.

• Professional Development. Set yourself apart from the competition with three tracks of CLE offering the most current industry developments, profitable strategies, revenue ideas and work life balance.

• Learn about new products and services available to solo and small firm attorneys. Meet industry vendors who sell products and services geared toward solo and small firm attorneys.

• Learn more about how Group Legal Services can enhance your law practice from solo and small firm practitioners and the plan administrators themselves.

• After the daily meetings and CLE conclude, shop in Scottsdale, hike, enjoy the many pools at the Fairmont, golf at the world famous TPC Stadium Course located on the grounds of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess or enjoy the Fairmont’s Well & Being Spa, one of the best spas in Arizona. Few other meetings feature sessions more dedicated to what you do.

Your attendance will open the door to knowledge, techniques, leaders, and other resources not available to you elsewhere and at a fraction of the time and expense. We look forward to seeing you at this all in one conference.


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Corporatization of The Criminal Justice System

Corporatization of The Criminal Justice System conference will include panel presentations and keynote speakers from across the nation and world consisting of scholars, attorneys, and advocates working on the pressing issue of the role of private prisons in mass incarceration and immigration detention. The conference seeks to address a broad range of questions, including how the profit-motive of private prison corporations influences the length and severity of sentences and availability of parole, how private prisons and mass incarceration disproportionately impact communities of color, and how private prisons contribute to social inequality and oppression. This event will examine the corporatization of the criminal justice system writ large, examining prisons, parole, immigration detention, bail, and probation.

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Legal Issues in Design and Construction

April 7, 2017 | Beus Center for Law and Society

Room 650  | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Register Here

ASU Law CLE and the Alliance for Construction Excellence are teaming up to provide a day in law and construction.

We are starting the day with brief welcome remarks from our two event chairs, followed by an hour of ethics on interactions between attorneys and everyone else.

We are running two tracks for the event. Track A are subject matter experts in payment issues (prompt pay, pay when paid etc,), Liquidated damages, construction disputes and tax issues affecting design and construction.

Scott Holcomb will be leading a team from Dickinson Wright for Track B, focusing on insurance and indemnity, contracting, employment and immigration, and an overview of cases and statutes.

Join us for lunch as we try to stump our panel of experts by asking them difficult if not impossible to answer construction law questions.

Lastly, we will end the day with another hour of ethics, focusing on the rules about getting and giving work in construction.


Fun and Profit With Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

Metrics that Matter: Improve your Firm’s Profitability
The 2016 State of Small Law Firms survey  by Thomson Reuters indicated that the majority of small law firms value client satisfaction, firm profitability, and individual matter profit.  Do you measure and track those items? Do you have the right data? Do you know how to make changes to your firm?  While technology is a great addition to the law, without proper metrics and measurement, firms face lower profits or even failure. Learn in a hands-on workshop about how to use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure client satisfaction, cash collections, and individual performance, all to improve your firm’s profitability! Workshop will include a starter KPI worksheet; technology evaluation discussion; and continuous improvement.

Mary Juetten is founder and CEO of Traklight, and has dedicated her more­ than­ 30­ year career to helping businesses achieve and protect their success. In 2015, Mary co­founded Evolve Law, an organization for change and technology adoption in the law. She was named to the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center 2016 Women in Legal Tech list and the Fastcase 50 Class of 2016. She serves on the Group Legal Services Association Board. Follow her on Twitter @maryjuetten and find her new book on “Small Law Firm KPIs” here.


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Immigration and Public Schools – What Schools and Families Need to Know

Friday March 17 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | BCLS room 650 |Register Here.

The state bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the mandatory continuing legal education requirement.  This activity may qualify for up to 2.00 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the state bar of Arizona, including 0.00 hour(s) of professional responsibility.  

Recent events have created a lot of questions and misconceptions about immigration and public schools. Parents and school officials should understand what documentation is and is not required to register a student for school; what is and is not the role of the school when law enforcement or immigration officials come to the school.  Families should also understand their rights when being questioned by immigration officials at school.

Sun Devil Giving Day is March 17th, therefore this CLE is Give What You Want Pricing for EVERYONE! contact Chris Marohn for details.




Thomas Mauet: Trial Evidence 2017 | March 3, 2017

Artistry & Advocacy in the Courtroom | Register Here

The country’s preeminent evidence expert, author and award-winning Professor Thomas A. Mauet of the U of A Law School, will present another specialized Trial Evidence seminar for Arizona lawyers.  This program is designed to bring clarity and practical application to the most recent evidentiary law developments at both the Federal and State levels.

Examine evidence from the most important point of view the judge’s. Upgrade your working knowledge and understanding of evidence, with the most popular and published expert,  in this fast-changing field.

In this dynamic, practice-based program, Tom Mauet uses his vast experiences as a trial lawyer, law professor and judge to help you organize evidence in the way it should be – from the judge’s perspective.

Mauet frames his presentation by using the three R’s:

Is it relevant? | Is it reliable? | Is it right?

He focuses on potential problem areas – raising and making persuasive objections – and highlights his points with memorable flowcharts and examples.

This highly-acclaimed, comprehensive, entertaining program is enhanced by a continuous visual presentation and a detailed evidence manual.  You will find useful checklists for immediate implementation into your practice.

  • Master the seven methods of impeachment;
  • Define the original documents rule and utilize character traits to your benefit;
  • Revisit the law of evidence in a way that will help you win the evidentiary wars before, during and after trial.

The program includes an analysis of FRE502 and its impact on:

  • Subject matter waiver
  • Inadvertent waivers made during the discovery process, and

The effect of federal court orders on other federal and state court proceedings.

Program Highlights

  • First steps-what to do as soon as an evidence problem arises.
  • The three R’s approach to evidence.
  • Making objections that persuade the judge.
  • Establishing proper foundations for witnesses and exhibits.
  • Nine steps of expert testimony admissibility.
  • Understanding the hearsay/non-hearsay dichotomy.
  • Seven impeachment methods and rehabilitation.

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The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements of specialists.  This activity may qualify for up to 6.00 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.00 hour of professional responsibility and including 6.0 hours of advanced level training in the area of Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law.

About the Speaker:

Thomas A. Mauet

is this generation’s most influential writer in the field of litigation.  He has contributed over three dozen editions of the five best-selling books to the legacy of litigation training in the United States and abroad. He is the Milton O. Riepe Professor of Law and Director of Trial Advocacy at the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson, AZ.

Mauet’s extensive teaching and writing background is thoughtfully balanced by years of courtroom experience as an Illinois State’s Attorney, as a United States’ Attorney, and in private practice. His expertise in the art of advocacy is internationally recognized.

Mauet has served on the faculties of George Washington University National Law Center, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, and numerous regional and national faculties for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Mauet has taught and demonstrated trial techniques throughout North America, New Zealand, and Australia.

Program Agenda

8 am – Registration

8: 45 am – Is it Relevant?
General relevance | Special relevance | Character traits | Other acts | Habit | Policy exclusions | Privileges exclusions

Break @ 10:15 a.m.
Is it Reliable?
Hearsay and non-hearsay | Hearsay exceptions

12 pm –  Lunch on Your Own

1:15 pm
Exceptions- statements | Exceptions- spontaneous statements | Exceptions-records

Is it Right?
Witness competency | Direct examination | Experts-9 steps |Cross-examination |Impeachment-7 methods | Rehabilitation | Exhibits – seven groups | Original documents rule

Break @ 2:45 p.m.

4:30 pm – Adjourn

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The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements of specialists.  This activity may qualify for up to 6.00 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.00 hour of professional responsibility and including 6.0 hours of advanced level training in the area of Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law.

FREE BONUSES    All seminar registrants will receive THREE (3) BONUS handouts with their registrations!

1. Tom Mauet’s ‘Hidden Gems’ in Evidence Law (13 of them!)

2. Tom Mauet’s Compare & Contrast Federal Rules of Evidence v. Arizona Rules of Evidence viewed under Mauet’s ‘3 R’s’

      ~ Is it Relevant? 3 BIG differences …
      ~ Is it Reliable?  2 BIG Differences …

      ~ Is it Right?       3 BIG Differences …

3. LAMINATED ‘FOUNDATIONS & OBJECTIONS’ REFERENCE GUIDE prepared exclusively by Professor Mauet for CLE West

The reality of practicing law in 2017 is that few lawyers get to court regularly or frequently.  Courtroom anxiety is reduced when you have concise reminders of the essentials of trial evidence from the practitioner – and the judge’s – perspective.

Literature and the Law | March 2 & 3, 2017

Travis Marker, the founder and director of the Scrivener’s Quill: A Center for Lawyers and Literature has brought together a team of legal experts and scholars to present on literature’s application to the practice of law. His team will show how the great literary works of our time can be used to explain our laws and policies. From To Kill a Mocking Bird to Beowulf. This CLE will weave some of the greatest writings of our time into how we practice law today.

Travis Marker is joined by Hon. Barbara Sattler, Robert E. Bjork, Bryce Dixon, Kenny Hegland, and Stephen L. Saltonstall.

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The state bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the mandatory continuing legal education requirement.  This activity may qualify for up to 12.00 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the state bar of Arizona, including 4.00 hour(s) of professional responsibility.



Honorable Barbara Sattler retired in 2008 after 12 years as a judge and 17 years as a criminal defense lawyer including a stint at the Public Defender’s Office.  She taught Trial Practice at James E. Rogers School of Law as an adjunct professor. Barbara began her judicial career at Tucson City Court and in 2001 was appointed to Pima County Superior Court. Besides being on the criminal and juvenile bench, she was Presiding Judge over Pima County Drug Court. After retirement Barbara served on the committee which developed Arizona’s first veteran’s court, Tucson Regional City/County Veteran’s Court, and is a consultant to the James E. Rodgers Veteran’s clinic. Barbara has written two novels about the criminal justice system, a third is expected to be available by the end of the year. She also has a blog, SOME THINGS CONSIDERED which is currently running a profile of an ex-client called The UnMaking of a Murderer. (barbarasattler.com)  Barbara graduated with a JD from James E. Rogers School of Law in 1981.

Robert E. Bjork is Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University, where he has taught since 1983 and where he has been Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) since 1994. He earned his B.A. from Pomona College in 1971, his M.A. from UCLA in 1974 and his Ph.D. in 1979, also from UCLA. He was named Foundation Professor of English in 2009. His primary research areas are Old English poetry, modern Swedish literature, and biomedical writing; he has published 17 books and 25 peer-reviewed articles. His and R. D. Fulk’s and John D. Niles’s Klaeber’s Beowulf (the 4th edition of Frederick Klaeber’s Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg) was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2008. He is General Editor of the 4-volume The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, published in June, 2010, and he is currently working on facing-page translations of the poems of Cynewulf and of Old English sapiential and lyric poems for Harvard University Press as well as on a history of Scandinavian scholarship on Anglo-Saxon literature.

Bryce Dixon has substantial trial and appellate court experience. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy College.  Bryce Dixon is a board member of the St. George Art Museum. He also teaches English composition at Dixie State University, and his law firm is a contributor to Dixie Care and Share.  At University of Utah, Mr. Dixon obtained both his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor.  He was the William H. Leary Scholar and a member of Phi Kappa Phi.  Mr Dixon is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Italian.

Kenney Hegland, James E. Rogers Professor Emeritus of Law, is known for clarity, humor, and occasional insight. He has taught at Arizona with stints at Harvard and UCLA and is on the State Bar Board of Governors. His books include Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law, Trial and Practice Skills in a Nutshell, A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Lawyer,and A Short and Happy Guide to Elder Law. Barbara Sattler, his wife, insisted that he write a novel. His degrees from Stanford, Boalt, and Harvard prove you can fool some universities, some of the time, and that’s good enough for tenure.

Stephen L. Saltonstall has practiced law since 1976. He grew up in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and moved permanently to Vermont in 1980.  He graduated from Harvard College where he majored in U. S. History & Literature; he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.  Steve has received awards for his legal work from the American Civil Liberties Union, Sierra Club, Green Mountain Forest Watch, and the Bennington County Bar Association. He is a past President of the Vermont Bar Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, Vermont Chapter.

Travis Marker, the founder and director of the Scrivener’s Quill: A Center for Lawyers and Literature, graduated from Weber State University with a double major in English and History.  Reading books helped him survive law school.  He received his law degree and certificate in dispute resolution from Willamette University College of law.  Mr. Marker traveled to Australia where he received a Master of Laws in dispute resolution from Bond University.

Mr. Marker is the most active scholar presenting CLE on literature’s application to the practice of law.  He has presented to hundreds of attorneys throughout the United States on the subject.



March 2nd and 3rd


8:50 – 9:50 am

To Kill a Mockingbird and the Myth of Southern White Chivalry

Stephen Saltonstall

Atticus Finch, the hero of To Kill a Mockingbird, is superficially a role model for the legal profession, and the noble soul played by Gregory Peck in Robert Mulligan’s film adaptation is how many lawyers would like to see themselves. But there is a darker side to the novel. Viewed in historical and sectional context, To Kill a Mockingbird is the culmination of a distinct and self-serving literary and political tradition: the Myth of Southern White Chivalry, a drawing-room version of white supremacy.

9:55 – 10:50 am

What Lawyers can learn from Beowulf

Robert Bjork

The presentation will include an introduction to the content and textual history of the poem and to the major problems scholars face in interpreting it. Bjork will read selections out loud in the original Old English and talk about how law, custom, and social protocol seem to be functioning in the poem. No knowledge of the poem or Old English is required.

11:00 – 12:00 pm.

Invisible Man and Native Son: Prejudice is Not Seeing 

Bryce Dixon

Invisible Man and Native Son dramatically show two faces of prejudice.  First, when we find something undesirable, we do not look at it.  Minorities, homeless and old people thus become invisible.  But even when a despised people are noticed, it is to use them as mere objects for gain or gratification.  In their rage at their abuse and invisibility, the despised are seen again but only as objects of disruption.    Lawyers should look to see the invisible people, see the wrongs they suffer and bring their stories to light. Because the despised are invisible, many people run over them and never realize that a human has been hurt.  Lawyers can help bring to light the harm.

Lunch Break

12:50 – 1:50 pm

Almost Thou Persuadest Me: Elements of Effective Advocacy

Travis Marker

“Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian,” are the words of King Agrippa to the Apostle Paul in the Book of Acts in the New Testament.  The words are powerful because they speak to the effectiveness of the message in conveying Paul’s point.  This is one of many persuasive dialogs in history and literature.  The art of delivering the argument or message effectively is the trade and ambition of attorneys.  There are speeches which are eloquently delivered yet still fall short of the point.  This presentation will look at notable discourses and opening statements to discuss the elements of what made them effective or ineffective in conveying their ultimate message.

1:55 – 2:55 pm

Professionalism, Flannery O’Connor and “The Man who was Thursday.” 

Bryce Dixon

K. Chesterton and Flannery O’Connor provide a wonderful canon of literature in which to explore themes and ideas. In “The Man Who was Thursday” Chesterton explores a pessimistic view of the anarchist movement. A dark Gothic humanity finds itself into nearly every story by O’Connor.  In connection with professionalism these works speak to the roots of incivility and why the lack of professionalism is found in the legal profession and throughout life.  Mr. Dixon will lead a discussion on the works of these authors to address ways to improve professionalism in the law.

3:00 – 4:00 pm

12 Angry Men: Ethics, Evidence, and the Elimination of Bias  

Travis Marker

This program will review the Twelve Angry Men, by Reginald Rose.  In reviewing this play, the attendees will consider topics relating to how bias and prejudice effect the administration of justice.  The program will review various aspects of prejudice which appear in the play including among others: race, age, family concepts, and social economic status.


8:50 – 9:50 am

Law School Chronicles: The Role of Legal Education in the Practice of Law

Kenny Hegland

The Preamble to the Model Rules indicates in part, “As a member of a learned profession, a lawyer should cultivate knowledge of the law beyond its use for clients, employ that knowledge in reform of the law and work to strengthen legal education.” Professor Hegland will use this as the premise of his discussion in connection with his novel, Law School Chronicles, which explores the evolution of legal learning and it’s application to the practice of law.  He will explore with the attorneys the connection between their educations in law school and their continuing legal education by way of improvement of the law, ethics, practices strategies, and legal norms.

9:55 – 10:50 am

Anne Levy’s Last Case: Competence and the Administration of Justice

Retired Judge Barbara Sattler

In this program Judge Sattler will explore ethical rules relating to competence and the administration of justice from the backdrop of her novel, Anne Levy’s Last Case.  In this work a public defender works through various dilemmas impacting her ability to practice law and effectively advocate for her client.  Judge Sattler will explore in discussion the pressures on lawyers that affect their ability to practice competently under systemic, societal, familial, and inherent pressures in law and litigation.

11:00 – 12:00 pm.

A Jury of Her Peers, Ethics and Evidence

Travis Marker

This program will address with the attendees in group discussion social justice in terms of criminal defense, media trials, and sanctions by communities and peers.  The attorneys will discuss Rule 2.1 and legal advocacy in terms of legal advocacy and attorney-client relations.

The short story A Jury of Her Peers will provide a backdrop to the discussion.

Lunch Break

12:50 – 1:50 pm

Billy Budd, The Bounty, Ethics, and Conflicts of Laws

Travis Marker

In The Bounty Mutiny, Mutiny on the Bounty, Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty, as well as Herman Melville’s classic Billy Budd, laws governing the ship, men, law, and conscious come into conflict.  The attendees will review these three works to explore their relationship to the practice of law and legal ethics especially when there appears to be conflict between the law and legal ethics.

1:55 – 2:55 pm

Korematsu and the Ethics of Fear

Travis Marker

This program will address the case of Korematsu v. United States and the dynamics which enables Japanese citizens in the United States to be relocated  to concentration camps.   Attorneys will look at this discussion in connection with Rule 2.1 and the ethics as an advisor on how to deal with legal, legislative, and judicial decisions based upon fear, particularly in regards to racial or religious fear.

3:00 – 4:00 pm

The Oxbow Incident: Integrity within the Legal System

Travis Marker

In The Oxbow Incident provides a narrative of a fictional town that suffers from the breakdown of trust in the legal system.  Forces in the story attempt to give back to the system and argue for the law, but the “Mob” mentality for vengeance overruns the more prudent minds leading to the hangings of three innocent players. Mr. Marker will review this story and other material in a discussion with the attendees about the legal system, the administration of justice, and the vulnerabilities in the system which can lead to mob rule and vigilante justice.

Works to be cited: The Ox-bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark; and The Man Who Shot the Liberty Valance by Dorothy M. Johnson.

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The state bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the mandatory continuing legal education requirement.  This activity may qualify for up to 12.00 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the state bar of Arizona, including 4.00 hour(s) of professional responsibility.

Firm Feud: The Great Ethics Battle | February 24, 2017

Join some of the top ethics lawyers in Arizona as they explain, with wit and wisdom, recent amendments to the Ethical Rules (that all lawyers should know).

Presenters Lynda Shely, Keith Swisher, Don Wilson, Denise M. Quinterri, and Patricia Sallen will explain various different ethical considerations and updates over the past few years. This panel will also focus on ethical issues of managing and running a law office.

In the afternoon, the run really begins with an entertaining audience-involved game of “Firm Feud” to test your ethical knowledge (yes, there will be prizes) about ethical billing, what the rules permit for law firm marketing, common reasons for bar complaints (and claims), and what could cause your disqualification in litigation. This will be a great time and learning experience for all those who attend.

The state bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the mandatory continuing legal education requirement.  This activity may qualify for up to 6.00 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the state bar of Arizona, including 6.00 hour(s) of professional responsibility.

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Denise M. Quinterri

Denise M. Quinterri’s practice focuses on ethics and professional responsibility. She represents lawyers in State Bar proceedings and applicants in the Character and Fitness process, consults on ethics issues, provides opinion letters, and assists in fee disputes. Prior to her private practice ethics work, Ms. Quinterri served as Bar Counsel for the State Bar of Arizona.  She is highly experienced in lawyer discipline, having personally handled over 500 bar complaints.  She understands various aspects of the practice, having worked at a large law firm, a small to mid-size law firm, as a solo attorney, and for a non-profit, quasi-governmental organization.

Ms. Quinterri is licensed to practice law in Arizona and Texas.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (“APRL”). She has served as President of the Horace Rumpole Inn of Court, on the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) Advisory Committee, on various APRL committees, and on the fee arbitration committee in Texas.  She has been recognized as the VLP “New Attorney of the Year” and by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education as one of the “Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys of Arizona.”  In 2006, she was a recipient of the Foundation’s Mark Santana Award for Exceptional Contributions in Law-Related Education.  In 2010, she received a Commendation for Outstanding Service to the Cause of Criminal Justice from the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (“AACJ”).  She is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell.  For more information, see: www.azethicslaw.com


Patricia Sallen: 

Patricia has taught so many continuing-legal-education seminars that she vcould make a fortune selling extra ethics CLE credits to lawyers. (That’s a joke, people. It would be unethical to do that.)

Paricia spent almost 15 years with the State Bar of Arizona. Her last title was Director of Special Services & Ethics/Deputy General Counsel. She spent the last decade of her time with the State Bar as its ethics counsel, which means that, among other duties, she advised lawyers on resolving ethical dilemmas and served as counsel to the State Bar Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct.

She served as expert consultant for the Arizona Supreme Court’s most recent ethical-rules review effort.

She is a current (and charter) attorney member of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee, which the court created to help it, as the court’s website says, “on issues relating to attorney regulation.” What’s attorney regulation? Discipline, admissions, ethics and the other day-to-day rules lawyers live by.

She is also a current member of the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility CLE and Policy Implementation committees.

Before Patricia became ethics counsel, she worked as a bar counsel in the State Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Office, investigating and, if necessary, prosecuting ethical rule violations.

Patricia wrote the chapter on ethics in the State Bar’s Arizona Attorney’s Fees Manual and was an editor and writer for the new edition of the State Bar’s Arizona Legal Ethics Handbook.

She has taught professional responsibility as an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law as well as lecturing on ethics at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and Arizona Summit Law School.

She understands the real world of law practice. She has worked in big firms and as a sole practitioner, focusing on media and intellectual property law and civil and appellate litigation, and has served as a settlement judge pro tem.


Lynda Shely

Lynda C. Shely, of The Shely Firm, PC, Scottsdale, Arizona, provides ethics advice to over 1300 law firms in Arizona and the District of Columbia on a variety of topics including conflicts of interest, fees and billing, trust account procedures, lawyer transitions, multi-jurisdictional practice, ancillary businesses, and ethics requirements for law firm advertising/marketing.  She also assists lawyers in responding to initial Bar charges, performs law office risk management reviews, and trains law firm staff in ethics requirements.  Lynda serves as an expert witness and frequently presents continuing legal education programs around the country.  Prior to opening her own firm, she was the Director of Lawyer Ethics for the State Bar of Arizona.  Prior to moving to Arizona, Lynda was an intellectual property associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Washington, DC.   Lynda received her BA from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and her JD from Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Lynda was the 2015-2016 President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.  She serves on several State Bar of Arizona Committees, and as a liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.  She is an Arizona Delegate in the ABA House of Delegates.  Lynda has received several awards for her contributions to the legal profession, including the 2007 State Bar of Arizona Member of the Year award, the Scottsdale Bar Association’s 2010 Award of Excellence, and the 2015 AWLA, Maricopa Chapter, Ruth V. McGregor award.  She is a prior chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection and a past member of the ABA’s Professionalism Committee and Center for Professional Responsibility Conference Planning Committee.  Lynda was the 2008-2009 President of the Scottsdale Bar Association.  She has been an adjunct professor at all three Arizona law schools, teaching professional responsibility.


Keith Swisher

Keith Swisher is an ethics expert and consultant at Swisher P.C. and the former associate dean of legal scholarship and faculty development at Arizona Summit Law School (Phoenix School of Law).

Prof. Swisher teaches professional responsibility and torts, serves as ethics counsel and expert witness to lawyers, law firms, and judges, and represents indigent defendants in the Ninth Circuit.  His scholarship is regularly published and cited in the areas of legal and judicial ethics and disqualification, and he founded the first blogs on judicial ethics and lawyer disqualification.

He is a member of the State Bar’s Ethics Committee, Fee Arbitration Committee, and the O’Connor Advisory Committee of the Quality Judges Initiative (IAALS/University of Denver).  He also served on the Editorial Board of ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct.  In 2011, he received the ABA’s Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyer Professionalism Award, and in 2016, he received the AJC’s Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award.

Previously, Prof. Swisher taught as an adjunct professor at ASU Law, practiced at Osborn Maledon, and clerked for the Ninth Circuit (Canby, J.).


LL.M., Harvard Law School
J.D., Arizona State University
B.S., Arizona State University


Donald Wilson, Jr.

Donald Wilson, Jr. is a senior member in the law firm of Broening Oberg Woods & Wilson, P.C., which he joined in 1981.  Mr. Wilson is an experienced litigator, with substantial trial experience. He concentrates his practice on the defense of attorneys in malpractice and disciplinary matters. Mr. Wilson serves as a Judge Pro Tem on the Maricopa County Superior Court bench and is a past president of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.  He is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and is certified in legal malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.  He is a member of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, and a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America.  Mr. Wilson was selected by his peers as a Best Lawyer in legal malpractice in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Mr. Wilson completed his undergraduate education and obtained his law degree at Arizona State University.  In his leisure time, Mr. Wilson enjoys the company of his wife, Mary, and is an avid reader and archery hunter. Mr. Wilson can be reached at dwj@bowwlaw.com.


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The state bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the mandatory continuing legal education requirement.  This activity may qualify for up to 6.00 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the state bar of Arizona, including 6.00 hour(s) of professional responsibility.

Sovereignty and E-Commerce: Innovating and Reshaping the Borders of Indian Country

Sovereignty and E-Commerce: Innovating and Reshaping the Borders of Indian Country will be held on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler, AZ.

Speakers will address the legal issues surrounding the development of E-Commerce in Indian Country including: the changing political landscape, jurisdictional complexities and the necessity of fostering open dialogue with federal and state counterparts, consultation the possible implications to tribal sovereignty, and the ongoing need for tribes to build infrastructures that facilitate economic growth on their reservations while complying with appropriate federal guidelines. I-Gaming, Fantasy Sports, Cyber Liability experts, and tribal entrepreneurs in varied fields will share strategies and practices of diverse business models of current and for future e-commerce/infrastructure enterprises.

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Kenneth L. Salazar

 Ken Salazar, is currently a Partner with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Mr. Salazar provides legal, strategic and policy advice to national and international clients, particularly on matters at the intersection of law, business and public policy. He counsels firm clients by drawing on his deep experience in energy, environmental and natural resources, leads the firm’s efforts on tribal issues. Mr. Salazar served as the 50th United States Secretary of the Interior, in the administration of President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. He previously served as a U.S. Senator, (Colorado), from 2005 to 2009, as well as State Attorney General from 1998 to 2004, and Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources in Colorado.

Profound changes could be imminent. 
Is your tribe informed, involved and protected?