Jones, Skelton & Hochuli is pleased to be part of the 2019 State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention: The Power of Inclusion, hosted at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass June 26-28.

JSH partners Robert Berk, Charles Callahan, John DiCaro, Lori Voepel and Mark Zukowski will present CLE programming during the Convention.

Watch & Learn: The Art and Science of Oral Argument
Wednesday, June 26 | 8:45 a.m. — Noon
JSH Appellate Department partner Lori Voepel will co-present this morning session, presented by the Appellate Practice Section. Attendees will watch a live argument before the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, bookended by expert advice and analysis. Learn why a good brief makes for a great oral argument; acquire effective strategies to make every minute of argument count; and listen in as judges and seasoned advocates confer after an argument and tell you what they really think.

Living Through Change: How the New Civil Practice Rules Are Working, and How They Will Affect You
Thursday, June 27 | 2:00 p.m. — 5:15 p.m.
Commercial and contract dispute litigator Bob Berk, and professional liability and insurance coverage defense attorney Charlie Callahan, will co-present this session, hosted by the Civil Practice and Procedure Committee. This seminar begins with an update on: (1) Arizona case law construing the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure; (2) changes to those rules; and (3) changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Following are three panel discussions on major changes to the Arizona civil rules, including filings under seal under new Rule 5.4; how the new rules regarding expert witnesses will change your practice; and how the new rules on proportionality and tiering are working.

Focused Deposition Taking: How To Get What You Want Out of a Deposition
Thursday, June 27 | 8:45 a.m. — Noon
JSH partner John DiCaro, General Liability & Auto Defense Trial Group Leader, will co-present this session, hosted by the State Bar Trial Practice Section. Presenters will provide practical strategies to determine what depositions to take, in what order to take them, and what to try to accomplish in each deposition. Attendees will learn how to efficiently establish the background of a lay witness, test the credibility of that witness, conduct an examination regarding opinions of an expert witness, and make permissible objections.

ADR Talks
Thursday, June 27 | 2-5:15 p.m.
Mark Zukowski brings his 20 years of experience as an arbitrator and mediator to this afternoon session presented by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. A diverse and highly respected panel of arbitrators and mediators will address key aspects of alternative dispute resolution, and discuss what they believe lawyers need to know about the process. Attendees will learn how to use the flexibility of the arbitration process to effectively present their case; tips for getting the most out of mediations and settlement conferences; and keys to mediation confidentiality. A panel discussion and a Q&A session will follow.

In addition, JSH is a proud sponsor of the Diversity & Inclusion Programming section, comprising 11 seminars and a plenary session celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. During the Friday Luncheon, JSH attorneys Mel McDonald & Russ Skelton will be honored in recognition of their significant contributions to the law throughout their 50 years of practice.

The Annual Convention is the flagship event of the Bar. Packed with 58 seminars covering 29 areas of practice, the event draws 1,500 attendees annually. The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar regulates approximately 18,500 active attorneys, and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Learn more at