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VOLUME 51, NO. 9
DAVID H. BENTON
ANN MARIE CHISCHILLY
HON. RANDALL M. HO WE
KARA L. KLIMA
J. SON YE T TA LAWRENCE
HON. WEND Y S. MORTON
EMILY K. POKORA
MARK D. SAMSON
LACEY STOVER GARD
AN THON Y TSON TAKIS
MICHAEL F. VALENZUELA
Call this odd, if you will, but recent State Bar of
Arizona events have made me think of Barbra Streisand.
The singer, songwriter, actress and filmmaker? Which of these talents are illuminated by events with typically non-singing lawyers?
Well, as I strolled among the throngs at a
March YLD mixer at The Duce in Phoenix’s
Warehouse District, a tune started to roll through
“People / People who need people /
Are the luckiest people in the world.”
I’ve now inexorably trapped that song in your
skull, as it is in mine (but I make no apologies for spurring Streisand
mind-tunes). But I’ve done that for an impor-
tant reason. Consider this.
We are routinely told that America is nurturing a generation of non-joiners. We hear that
people these days are too busy to attend gatherings that used to be must-attend events for their
And yet, I also routinely see large numbers of
attorneys of all ages gathered together, and not
merely when a rule demands it. In fact, dare I
say, they appear to be having … fun!
Of course, this thinking has
a magazine component for
me. Because if lawyers want to
gather and nosh and talk and
listen, would they like to see
those moments captured in
Maybe they would. Perhaps
it would be useful and entertaining to find a way to publish
some event photos in the magazine, in print and online.
This throwback idea was
rejuvenated for me most recently at The Duce, where attorney Shayna
Balch offered the suggestion. And as I looked around at the jostling
attorneys, I had to admit she might have a point.
Of course, why should I be surprised? I met Shayna years ago
when I moderated a panel of our oldest and youngest members of
the Bar. She was smart and innovative then, so there you go. An
idea-generator. (You can read our 2008 Q&A here:
But for such a photo-strategy to succeed, we’d need the help
of attorneys. I truly enjoy lawyer mixers (I know; it’s a cry for
help), but I can’t attend all of them. So we’d need to receive
photos from events you attend. Nothing fancy; cellphone shots
could be OK, as long as they are relatively high resolution. And
a nice variety of crowd shots and smaller-group photos is always
appreciated. Plus names of people in close-up shots.
Shall we give it a shot? (See what I did there?) Feel free to send
photos or questions/suggestions to me at arizona.attorney@
azbar.org. Let’s see if we can’t make Babs’ mantra come to life.
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Mixing it Up
Ben Himmelstein and
March 26, 2015.