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AZ Chapter Happenings - March 2018

ALA Chapter Happenings

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In this issue:
Upcoming Events
Save the Dates
Proposed 2018/2019 Arizona Chapter Officer Slate
Business Partner Brag

 Upcoming Events

Education Specialty Series Lunch
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Topic: Tips & Tricks in Word and Excel
Presented by: Dave Kinsey & Rick Lemon, Total Networks
Sponsored by: Keyser and Wells Fargo National Bank
Catered by: Conceptually Social
Location: Perkins Coie LLP
2901 North Central Avenue, Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ  85012
RSVP here by 03/14/18

ALA Cyber Chapter Webinar
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Topic: What it Means to be a Financially Successful Firm
Presented by: Randolph "Randy" Becker, Executive Director, Richard Kibbe & Orbe & Henry Macchiaroli, CLM, Controller, Phillips Nizer
RSVP here by 03/19/18

Arizona Chapter Education Lunch
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Topic: The Role of Substance Abuse and
Mental Health in the Legal Profession
Presented by: Ray English, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Sponsored by: Pacific Office Automation
Location: University Club Phoenix
Flowers provided by:  PJs Flowers & Events
39 E. Monte Vista Road
Phoenix, AZ  85004 
RSVP here by 03/23/18

*NOTE: The Chapter Board Meeting will be held directly after the Education Lunch at 1:15 p.m.

Do You Have An exit plan?

Chapter Members are invited to attend this free event. 
Bring an associates or partner with you. CLE Credits:  2.0
Refreshements will be Provided
Tomorrow, Thursday,  March 8, 2018 - 1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location:  National Bank of Arizona Conference Center
6001 N. 24th Street
Phoenix, Arizona  85016
RSVP to Tracy Ward at 602-212-8890 or

If tragedy strikes and you are unable to continue your law practice, who will deal with your clients, their legal matters and your business? What will you leave for your unsuspecting spouse, life partner or business partners to handle? All Arizona lawyers must have some type of "exit" plan to remain in compliance. Even if you aren’t permanently unable to practice, who will handle your clients so that you still have a business when you’re ready to return? And how will you navigate to your exit when you decide to retire? This seminar will explore Rule 41(i) Ariz. R. Sup. Ct., and provide you with a roadmap for creating your own exit plans.

Maria S. Mason, CLM is the Business Director for Greenberg Traurig in Austin, Texas. She has worked in legal management for almost 19 years, with firms from DC to Maine to Hawaii. She holds a volunteer regional leadership position with the Association of Legal Administrators, networking with colleagues all over the country. Through her professional and volunteer experience she has developed a passion for helping attorneys with both succession and contingency planning.

Patricia A. Sallen is an ethics consultant and attorney in private practice. She teaches at local, state and national ethics-related CLE seminars and is an adjunct professor of professional responsibility at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She also writes frequently on ethics topics. She formerly served as Director of Special Services & Ethics/Deputy General Counsel for the State Bar of Arizona.

This complimentary presentation is being offered by National Bank of Arizona and GLJ Benefit Consultants.

3rd annual legal professionals mixer

3rd Annual Legal Professionals Mixer
Thursday,  March 22, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Come join us!  Reconnect with old friend, make new friends, enjoy appetizers and drinks, win prizes, and have fun!
Location: Jones, Skelton & Hochuli
40 North Central Avenue., Suite 2700
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Free parking - 2 & 40 N. Central garage
 (east side of 1st Avenue, south of Adams street)
RSVP here.


Wednesday,  April 4, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Potential and Current Members are welcome to join us at the Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix for an evening of food and drink!

Sponsored by: Total Networks and Special Counsel

Location: Hotel Palomar's Fresco Room & Patio
2 E. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
RSVP here by March 30, 2018

Community Service Event

Members, 2018 Business Partners, and families are welcome to join us for a community service event supporting Feed my Starving Children on Saturday, April 28, 2018CLICK HERE for more information.


Proposed 2018/2019
Arizona Chapter Officer Slate

While the proposed slate of voting officers was to be voted on at the February Chapter Luncheon pursuant to Chapter Bylaws, the Nominating Committee was still working on securing a position. It has been filled and we are now able to submit the slate to the Chapter for a vote to be held during the March 27, 2018 Chapter Luncheon at the University Club. If approved, these positions will take effect on April 1, 2018. We need a 25% quorum to approve the nominations so your presence is requested. If you are unable to attend the Chapter Luncheon, please send your proxy to non-voting Committee Member Jerri Buchtel.  Below is the Nominating Committee’s proposed 2018/2019 Voting Board Members:

Immediate Past President
Sharon Williams
Sonji Le Blanc
Lisa Kelly
Vice President
Tracy Als
Christine Stangl
Jennifer Lovato
Director at Large
Teresie Zmyslinski
Director at Large
Dana Marinaro
Director at Large
Sarah Dunne



Congratulations to Sharon Williams and Katie Bryant for being appointed to the ALA's National Business Partner Relations Project Team. These appointments are effective at Annual Conference in National Harbor. Way to go!


 Business Partner Brag

Our Arizona Chapter of ALA attributes a great deal of our success to our wonderful Business Partners. THANKS for all you do!