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Marcia Clark is a bestselling author and criminal lawyer who began her career in law as a criminal defense attorney and went on to become a prosecutor in the L.A. District Attorney's Office in 1981. She spent 10 years in the Special Trials Unit, where she handled a number of high-profile cases, including the prosecution of stalker/murderer Robert Bardo, whose conviction for the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer resulted in legislation that offered victims better protection from stalkers as well as increased punishment for the offenders. She was lead prosecutor for the O.J. Simpson murder trial.  


In May 1997, Clark’s book on the Simpson case, Without a Doubt, was published and became a #1 bestseller on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. In February 2016, Clark re-released the book with a new foreword.


Clark's new crime fiction series centering on criminal defense attorney Samantha Brinkman debuted in May 2016 with the publication of Blood Defense, an Amazon #1 bestseller. NBC has made a “put pilot commitment” to a series based on Blood Defense, which will be co-written by Clark. The second book in the new series, Moral Defense, will be published in November 2016. Clark is also the author of four bestselling legal thrillers featuring prosecutor Rachel Knight: The Competition, Killer Ambition, Guilt by Degrees, and Guilt by Association. TNT optioned those books for a one-hour drama series and shot the pilot with Julia Stiles playing Rachel Knight, but it never aired.  


Clark has appeared on Dateline NBC, NBC Nightly News, Ellen, Today, The View, The Early Show, Good Morning America, and Entertainment Tonight, among others, and she has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and People as well as on,,, and many other U.S. and international media outlets. She lectures across the country on a variety of topics, including how celebrity and media attention continue to impact criminal cases, gender bias in the media and the workplace, and the ways in which gender biases are changing among millennials. 

Sarah Paulson won a 2016 Emmy for portraying Ms. Clark in The People vs. O.J. Simpson (see links below).  Ms. Clark will have her two latest novels in the new Samantha Brinkman series, Blood Defense and Moral Defense, for sale and signing at the Convention.  She is also the author of the Rachel Knight series (books 1-4) and Without a Doubt, about the O.J. Simpson trial, the "Trial of the Century."
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Spreading the Love:  Serving Your Community on a Non-Profit Board


Learn how to serve your community by serving on a non-profit board.  Non-profit boards love having attorneys as members.  But how you can help?  What is expected of you?  How can you join the board you are interested in?  Hear from two experts in the non-profit world.


Speakers: Christina Rossetti

                   Maura Grogan




For Love AND Money:  Financial Fitness for Lawyers


Attorneys often overlook their finances.  But retirement and kids’ college education loom in the distance.  Learn how to save, plan, and make your money work for you. 


Speaker:    Cheri Keene, National Bank of Arizona, Wealth Advisor



SESSION 2 (Ethics):


Love Yourself: Maintaining Boundaries, Managing Stress, and other Tips for Being a Happy, Healthy Lawyer


Every day, attorneys have to manage work, family, ethics, community involvement, and a million other things.  Learn how to say no effectively to bosses and extra activities.  Acquire practical tips for establishing and maintaining boundaries with clients and staff.  Leave with concrete tips to become a happy, healthy lawyer!


SpeakerSusie Hallowell, Licensed Psychotherapist




Keeping the Love Alive:  How to Avoid a Bar Complaint


No one wants the dreaded phone call from the Bar.  Two attorneys from the State Bar will explain the discipline process from the first phone call to instituting formal disciplinary procedures.  Learn important tips and tricks to avoid having a client or other party contact the Bar.  And be prepared to ask all the questions you’ve been wondering about the discipline process.


Speakers: Blair Moses, ACAP Bar Counsel, State Bar of Arizona

                  Stacy Shuman, LRO Bar Counsel, State Bar of Arizona





Loving Yourself


Dr. Bobbi Lancaster is a transgender medical doctor.  She will inspire and challenge while describing her journey to finding and loving herself.


Speaker:   Dr. Bobbi Lancaster, MD




Show Your Legal Writing Some Love (with help from Hamilton:  An American Musical)


Work on your legal writing while having some fun!   Learn how to make your legal writing effective and efficient.  An accomplished and respected lawyer and writing professor will provide tips and tricks to improve your legal writing, all while providing fun through the beloved Hamilton.


Speaker:   Susie Salmon, University of Arizona College of Law





Share the Love (and a JOB!)


Ever thought about a non-traditional way of managing your career?  Prepare to be inspired by these trailblazing women.  They job-shared over many years and several different positions and successfully navigated their arrangement both ethically and professionally.


Speakers: Hon. Danelle Liwski, Judge, Pima County Superior Court

Hon. Kathleen Quigley, Presiding Judge, Pima County Superior Court, Juvenile




For the Love of the Clients:  Finding Them, Getting Them, Keeping Them, AND Being Recognized for It


Walk with a law firm associate on her path toward partnership and join her efforts to build a book of business and be appropriately recognized and compensated for clients she brings to the firm.  Using a role-play format, our associate will pose questions to a partner in her firm (played by various panelists below) from whom she has requested advice regarding building and maintaining a client base.  The associate will ask about identifying and initiating contact with prospective clients, meeting with them, gaining their business, and then maintaining the relationships.  The associate will then inquire about ways to ensure that she receives credit for building the business, from suitable acknowledgment to appropriate compensation.  The audience will also have an opportunity to pose questions to our experienced panelists. 


ModeratorJenae Naumann, Assistant City Attorney, City of Tempe


The “Associaterole played by:  Nicholle Harris, Partner at Gust Rosenfeld PLC


The “Partner" role played by:   


Susan M. Freeman, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP 

Tiffani Lucero, MONTOYA, LUCERO & PASTOR, P.A.

Cynthia L. Shupe, Fennemore Craig PC

Wendy Metcalf Anderson, Law Office of Wendy Anderson PLLC




The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 4.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.0 hour of professional responsibility.



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