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SOAZ Membership Meeting and CLE Webinar
Monday, January 24, 2022, 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
Southern Arizona Luncheon
Registration is required before Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING IS BEING OFFERED FREE TO AWLA MEMBERS AND $10 for NON-MEMBERS.
Cancellations are not accepted.
Recent cases in the news (from Disney heir Bradford Lund to pop star Britney Spears) and the 2020 movie I Care A Lot have made guardianships and conservatorship a highly debated topic in the last year or so. Imposing a guardianship and/or conservatorship on an individual strips away that persons civil rights to make their own decisions. Because the results are so drastic, the decision to proceed with a guardianship or conservatorship should not occur unless and until it is absolutely necessary. As an attorney and an Arizona Licensed Fiduciary who is frequently brought into difficult cases, Ms. Shepherd has served in one role or another on all sides of this debate. She will discuss the guardianship and conservatorship process, specifically addressing when such action is necessary and when least restrictive alternatives can be employed, touching on the stories that have made the headlines along with her own experiences in the field.
Denice Shepherd has been practicing and litigating in the areas of personal injury, general civil litigation, probates, guardianships, conservatorships, and elder law for more than 30 years. In 2010 2011, Ms. Shepherd was one of two attorneys who served on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee to Improve Probate Court Matters.
In 2012, Ms. Shepherd received the 2012 State Bar of Arizona Eleanor ter Horst Probate award for contributions to probate law. In 2011, she received the Arizona Supreme Court Pro Bono Attorney Award. Ms. Shepherd has volunteered for many years through Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s Volunteer Years program. In 2010, she was named the Volunteer Lawyer’s Program’s Volunteer Lawyer of the Year. In 2003, 2010, and 2013, Ms. Shepherd was named among Arizona’s Top 50 Pro Bono Lawyers. In 2006, she received the Volunteer Lawyers Longevity of Service Award.
Ms. Shepherd has served as a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and has served on both NAELA’s state governing board and on the board of Arizona Fiduciaries Association (AFA). She has been named AFA’s member of the year for 2011 and 2012. Ms. Shepherd is a licensed fiduciary and has provided fiduciary services since 1999. She has represented fiduciaries most of her legal career.
Ms. Shepherd has served on the Reid Park Zoological Society Board of Directors since 2005. In 2007 and 2008, Ms. Shepherd was President of the Board and currently holds the position of Development Committee Co Chair.
*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 1.0 hour toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 0.0 hour of professional responsibility.
For more information and to register, press the REGISTER NOW button, above. All AWLA Members are Free and Non-Members are $10.