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VOLUME 52, NO. 10
Do you ever hear from new lawyers wondering what
your “best case” was? Or your favorite legal memory?
That may be a hard question, but I’m guessing it doesn’t involve your
biggest financial windfall. Or even the one that got written up in your
law office’s client newsletter.
Instead, it may have
been the case that allowed
you to devise a great solu-
tion out of what had been a
pile of rubble. Perhaps one
that made a transformative
difference for someone.
I’ve thought about that
question a lot as I passed a
beautiful hulking mass of
a building in downtown
Phoenix for more than 10 years. After many trials and tribulations—and
even a blistering fire—the historic First Baptist Church is on its way
back to making a useful community contribution.
To me, there’s no surprise that an attorney has been driving that
Terry Goddard served as Phoenix
Mayor from 1984 to 1990, and as
Arizona Attorney General from 2003
to 2011. But it took more than good
lawyering to see the potential in the 1929
building, which was ravaged by fire in
1984. Gazing in dismay at the empty
shell, Goddard decided to take action.
He founded a nonprofit—called Housing
Opportunities Center—that purchased
the church and saved it from what was
almost certain demolition in 1992.
Today called the Monroe Abbey, the
structure sat, safe but fragile, for 22 years—the amount of time needed to
raise renovation funds. Finally, in 2014 and 2015, work began to better
stabilize the building and make adaptive reuse possible.
Possible future uses may include event spaces, restaurants, and more.
Along that long path, Goddard, now an attorney with Dentons, certainly used legal knowledge and experience, whether in
administrative law, planning and zoning, and historic tax credits.
But like the steel skeleton that now supports the Abbey, his
legal work was girded by a passion for history and its role in
He describes the building’s travails and re-emergence in a
video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-etLhozBPg.
And more about the Abbey is here: http://www.monroestreet
You may have driven past your own community’s chal-
lenges—whether a decrepit building or a more figurative defi-
cit. If you’ve slowed down, rolled up your sleeves, and pitched
in, we’d like to hear about it. If you know of lawyers who have
made long-lasting impacts in their communities, write to me at
Building law practice, community
center, leads an
April 21, 2016.