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8:00 am* to 5:15 pm

*Registration and Vendor Fair opens at 7:15 am


245 E. Jackson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Events on Jackson is a unique urban venue located in the Warehouse District of downtown Phoenix.  It has high-tech functionality with historic charm.

To learn more about our venue, click here

Registration Fees:

  • APA Member - $100*
  • Non Member, but member of NALA or a NALA-Affiliated Association, or CP or ACP $120*
  • Non-Member - $200*
  • APA Student Member - $75
  • Student Non-Member - $100 (with current student ID presented at registration desk)

*Prices above are per person and include entrance to full seminar, Vendor Fair, breakfast, refreshment breaks and luncheon, and access to online seminar materials.

2019 Conference Highlights:
  • Excellent speakers and FOUR Breakout Sessions
  • 5.0 hours of CLE credit (legal and ethics educational sessions)
  • Vendor Fair (and prize drawings after lunch!)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Breakfast and refreshment breaks, unlimited all-day drinks
  • Luncheon buffet and time to network and mingle—inside or outside
  • Downloadable/printable speaker handouts
  • Printed conference brochure
  • APA and paralegal-branded merchandise available
  • Don’t worry about parking—we’ve got you covered
  • FREE Wireless Internet
  • MORE door prizes and giveaways at close of conference!



Friday, April 26, 2019


Contact Teresa Romero, CP, teresaromero.apa@gmail.com 



Legal Ethics Through Popular Culture

Maria Fernanda Hubbard, Esq., Associate, Polsinelli

This interactive presentation will take a hard look at the ethical obligations of attorneys and paralegals in today’s technological age.   During the presentation we will discuss common ethical pitfalls and will provide information for how to avoid them by examining the behaviors of attorneys and paralegals that society is exposed to through popular culture as well as examining real life examples.  The presentation will provide attendees with practical information for how the ethical cannons are applied in everyday life.


Morning Session

Litigation Track

Changing Rules, Changing Times: How the New Rules Are Working, and What You Need To Know

Andrew Jacobs, Esq.

Partner, Snell & Wilmer

Andrew will explain how the landscape of procedural rules changed from January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2019, a period of change almost without precedent in Arizona's civil law history, what you need to know to navigate the thicket of changes, and how the changes are working to this point.


APA Non-Members: 

If you join the APA before the conference, you can save $$ on the conference fee, attend one CLE webinar FREE during your membership term ($25 value), and enjoy the additional benefits of being a member of the APA?  Now's the time to see if you qualify for membership and join!

 For more information visit our Membership page, or contact Teresa George, CP, Membership Chair, membership@azparalegal.org

Business Track

Intellectual Property: A Quick Primer on Patents and Trademarks and the Role of the Paralegal

Ari M. Bai, Esq.

Partner, Polsinelli

Timothy D. Fontes, Esq.

Associate, Polsinelli

This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of patent and trademark practice.  Ari and Tim will emphasize on the role of the paralegal in a busy IP practice, including the paralegal’s work with the United States Patent & Trademark Office, reviewing and maintaining a docket, conducting searches, trademark filings and domain name and designs.  They will share what works for them and their paralegal staff to make their practice run smooth and how building a strong attorney/paralegal partnership in an IP practice is one of the keys to success.  They will walk through examples of inquiries or requests for assistance generally asked of an IP paralegal and will provide examples of long-term projects and short term projects/tasks that the paralegal is expected to encounter.  They will further provide  specific examples dealing with “change”; i.e., examples of experiences to expect in view of recent USPTO changes and developments in IP generally.


Session One

Litigation Track

Business Track

Finding, Vetting, and Retaining Technical Experts in Arizona

Mark Songer, FDE

Robson Forensic

James Swinyard

Robson Forensic

Finding the right expert can be cumbersome and time consuming but when equipped with the right tools you can save time, money, and make a better, more informed decision.  Our discussion will include:  (1) Discerningly Selecting Technical Experts, (2) Finding the Expert you Need, (3) Vetting Potential Experts, and (4) Tips for Retaining & Working with Experts.

How Technology Is Changing Business and What Paralegals Need to Know About It

Laura Rogal, Esq.

Partner, Jaburg Wilk

Business tools are constantly evolving. As paralegals, you need to be aware of not only what tools are now available to a business, but how the business might use them. There are two layers to this knowledge base. First, in a litigation sense, understanding what technology exists and its purpose allows for more targeted discovery and access to information. Second, from a transactional and general business sense, you can use these tools to your advantage to become more efficient in the same manner as any other business. We will talk generally on what these technologies are, and how they can be used both for an investigative purpose and for general tasks.

Session Two

Litigation Track

Business Track

Jury Selection the Paralegal Way: Optimizing Your Contribution to the Voir Dire Process in Changing Times

Karen O. Lisko, Ph.D.

Senior Litigation Consultant, Perkins Coie LLP

Given how “harried and varied” the jury selection phase can be from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the role you play can make all the difference in helping your trial team focus on strikes.  Dr. Karen Lisko will take us through the process she uses to prepare for jury selection especially in light of shrinking oral voir dire time in many courts, the ways she collaborates with paralegals during the process, and some jury selection techniques you can take back to lead counsel.

Start to Finish – The Role of Paralegal in a Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transaction

Lindsay A. Jewell, Esq.

Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Sean M. Berens, Esq.

Associate, Perkins Coie LLP

We’ll walk through chronologically the typical life cycle of real estate transaction and provide some training as to the tasks and responsibilities a paralegal is typically asked to handle over the course of a deal.

Arizona Paralegal Association’s Paperless Seminar

The APA has gone green!  All speaker handouts will be available prior to the Seminar (a link will be  emailed to all registrants).  Download the materials to your device or print, and we’ll see you at the Seminar!

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Policy:  Registration fee will be refunded up to Friday, April 19, 2019.  Thereafter, the registration fee, less a $50 enrollment charge, will be refunded upon written cancellation received no later than Wednesday, April 24th.  No refunds after April 26th.  Thank you.


Last day to register:  Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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