Ah, April… it’s officially spring—the season for rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. No shadow for Punxsutawney Phil this year! The days are longer than the nights again, and it’s warming up already here in Phoenix. What’s on the calendar (besides the Jodi Arias trial)?

It’s“April in Paris” for the April 11 NALS of Phoenix Membership Meeting with a French-food-inspired menu, the aroma of fresh flowers, and the speaking duo of law partners Kevin Barrett and Jeffrey Matura. They worked together at predecessor law firms and, while their firm Graif Barrett & Matura, P.C., is relatively new as a distinct entity, they have already achieved the coveted AV rating—the highest peer-review rating awarded to a law firm. They’ll share their take on the “Top Ten Things Your Attorney Wishes You Knew.” RSVP by email at nalsofphoenixrsvp@gmail.com or online at www.nalsofphoenix.org by noon on Friday, April 5.

The NALS of Arizona Spring Education Conference and Annual Meeting is set for April 26-27 at the Desert Diamond Hotel & Casino in Tucson.New York Times best-selling author ATF Agent Jay Dobyns will open the conference Saturday morning with “Leadership and Doing the Right Thing, Even When It’s Not Popular.” Our own NALS of Phoenix Secretary Deborah Johnson of High-Stakes Communication is the closing
keynote speaker, with six hours of substantive law CLE and professional development sessions to choose from in between. Visitwww.nalsofarizona.org for details and registration information.

Save the dates…

NALS Region 8 meets May 9-11 for the farewell Region 8 Conference in San Diego. We’ll give “Thanks for the Memories” as we enjoy the ocean breeze, a murder mystery, and 10.25 hours of CLE in substantive law, professional development, and technology. Details and online registration are available at http://www.nalsregion8.org/region-8-conference.html.

NALS of Phoenix celebrates Law Week May 14 with our traditional Half-Day in Court featuring a visit to the Bankruptcy Court sponsored by Esquire
Deposition Solutions. One of the Court’s newest three judges sworn in during 2013, the Honorable Daniel P. Collins, will offer an overview of how the bankruptcy court operates, followed by an hour with the Clerk of the Court and free time to observe a bankruptcy trial court in session. Attendees will earn three hours of CLE credit toward a NALS Corporate Law Specialty Certificate. Visit www.nalsofphoenix.org for registration details.

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Terry Houston, PP Emerita           Donna Vangury, LDP        Deborah Johnson        Barbara Kuhns, ALS      Brandi Hobbs, ALS
President                                       President-elect                  Secretary                     Treasurer interim          Director of Education

Katrina Shawver                           Taryn Blair                         Kerie Trindle Byrne, PLS, CP                             Berlinda Corpora
Director of Certification                 Director of Membership     Director of Marketing/Public Awareness             Parliamentarian

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