Program Schedule

Thursday, October 4, 2018

5:00 pm–7:00 pm


5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Opening Reception

7:30 pm

Dine Around (Optional)
Join other AAAL fellows and guests for dinner at excellent restaurants in Scottsdale. Sign up for a dine around.

Friday, October 5, 2018

7:30 am–3:15 pm


7:30 am–9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

7:45 am–8:45 am

New Fellows Orientation

9:00 am–9:05 am

Welcome Remarks

The Hon. Diane B. Bratvold, AAAL President
Minnesota Court of Appeals
St. Paul, Minnesota

9:05 am–10:00 am

Fellows Forum on the Future Focus of the Academy

The Academy officers and board of directors will share their thoughts on AAAL’s five-year strategic plan, which made great strides in New Orleans. We hope to foster a lively discussion and benefit from your ideas on four key topics: the Academy’s ongoing work, membership and leadership development, visibility and reputation, and communication among our fellows.

Members of the Strategic Planning Committee:
Hon. Diane Bratvold, Matthew Lembke, Howard Goodfriend, Kevin Dubose, Susan Freeman, Margaret Grignon, Randall Hodgkinson, Richard Neumeier, Hon. Leah Ward Sears, Beverly Pohl, Warren Harris, Robert Stumpf, and Beth Palys, FASAE, CAE.

10:00 am–10:15 am


10:15 am–11:30 am

Flexibility vs. Finality: Policy and Practicality in Interlocutory Appeals

Professor Bryan Lammon, 2015 recipient of the Howard B. Eisenberg Prize, will share his current research on patterns in appellate courts decisions to grant or deny interlocutory relief. We will then turn to a discussion of specific practices that courts have adopted to assess finality or authorize interlocutory appeals in frequently recurring contexts, including unique practices that have arisen in our host state of Arizona.


The Hon. Stanley G. Feldman (retired)
Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
Tucson, Arizona

The Hon. Scott H. Gan, AAAL Fellow
Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

The Hon. Diane M. Johnsen
Judge, Arizona Courts of Appeals, Division One
Phoenix, Arizona

Bryan Lammon
Associate Professor of Law, The University of Toledo College of Law
Toledo, Ohio

The Hon. Peter B. Swann
Judge, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
Phoenix, Arizona


Kimberly Demarchi, AAAL Fellow
Osborn Maledon P.A.
Phoenix, Arizona

11:30 am–1:00 pm

Lunch—In re Gault
In June 1964, 15-year-old Gerald Gault was sent to a prison for kids after a brief off-the-record session in a Globe, Arizona, judge’s chambers. How did his parents end up finding their intrepid lawyer in Sun City who would then take the case from Globe to Phoenix and then Washington, D.C.? Was this the way juvenile justice was dispensed before the seminal In re Gault decision by Justice Fortas in 1967? What lessons do events in the summer of 1964 tell us about access to justice, fundamental fairness, and who would have made a difference that fateful day, June 15, 1964, when a routine hearing in Gila County, Arizona, set the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that changed juvenile justice in America forevermore.


Lisa Queen
Maricopa County Office of the Public Advocate
Phoenix, Arizona

1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Splitting Circuits: Past Results and Present Prospects

This panel will discuss the issues that arise from splitting a federal circuit. The panel will discuss the experience of the Fifth Circuit in splitting into the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. It will then consider the history of efforts to split the Ninth Circuit and the arguments for and against such a split. It will also seek the input from the fellows on the benefits or detriments of a split.


Paul Charlton
Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona

The Hon. Andrew D. Hurwitz
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Phoenix, Arizona

The Hon. Gerald Bard Tjoflat
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Jacksonville, Florida


Tim Berg, AAAL Fellow
Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Phoenix, Arizona

3:00 pm–3:15 pm

Academy Annual Meeting

3:15 pm


5:30 pm

Induction Ceremony

6:00 pm–7:00 pm


7:00 pm–9:00 pm


Saturday, October 6, 2018

8:00 am–Noon


8:00 am–9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am–10:30 am

#USTOO? How Federal Appellate Courts Are Addressing Harassment Concerns

The panelists will discuss the impact of the Me Too movement within the appellate courts and what actions the courts have been taking or plan to take to address harassment claims.


The Hon. M. Margaret McKeown
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
San Diego, California

Jaime A. Santos
Goodwin Procter LLP
Washington, D.C.


Susan M. Freeman, AAAL Fellow
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Phoenix, Arizona

10:30 am–10:45 am


10:45 am–Noon

The Appealing Online Dialogue: Social Media and Law Practice—Social Media for Appellate Lawyers

The panelists will discuss and demonstrate the use of social media platforms for research; how appellate attorneys can use social media to follow and analyze legal discourse; how to use social media to create and sustain an effective personal brand; and how the legal community uses social media for entertainment.


Tim Eigo
Editor, Arizona Attorney Magazine
Phoenix, Arizona

Kelly Flood
Senior Bar Counsel, State Bar of Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona

Jessica Pucci
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona


Charles Wirken, AAAL Fellow
Gust Rosenfeld, PLC
Phoenix, Arizona