2015 AZELA Convention (February 27, 2015, Casa Grande, AZ)

AzELA Membership / Renewal Form

Event Location
The Property Conference Center, 1251 W. Gila Bend Highway, Casa Grande, AZ

Convention Committee: Roger McKee, chair; Michelle Matheson, Sandy Forbes, Ed Robaina, and Dave Kresin, [Tom Rogers and Jarrett Haskovec, ex officio])


  • 9-9:30 am: Check in, get bound volume of materials, pick up NELA brochures, get coffee, water, juice and pastries
  • 9:30 am: Welcome (Tom Rogers, Pres.) (5 mins.)
  • 9:35 am to 12 Noon: Presentations with one 7 min. break
  • 12 Noon to 1:00 pm: Buffet Lunch
  • 1:00 pm to approx. 3:40 pm: Presentations with one 7 min. break
  • 3:40 pm approx. : Annual Meeting, and then brief Board meeting

Subjects to be presented

NELA Update/Upcoming Events (Michelle Matheson) (est. 5 mins.)

Frank Fanning AZELA Scholarship Fund (Nina Targovnik) (est. 5 mins.)

Really? Forcing Defendants to Narrow the Issues in Dispute in Pleading Practice (Jarrett Haskovec, Kevin Koelbel and Bill Hobson) (est. 35 mins)

Responding to Employers’ Motions for Summary Judgment: (a) Direct v. indirect evidence; (b) SOF issues; and (c) How to prove pretext once an employer offers a legitimate reason of its adverse employment action and the burden of proof has shifted back to the employee (Sandy Forbes & Roger McKee) (est. 35-40 mins).

Plaintiff’s use of FRCP and ARCP Rule 68 (offers of judgment) (Michelle Matheson) (est. 30 mins.)

Recent FLSA Developments (time for breastfeeding, exotic dancers, unpaid interns) Merle Turchick (est. 12-15 minutes)

(Lunch Break)

Practice Tips from a U.S. Magistrate Judge (Hon. Eric J. Markovich, USDC, Tucson): discovery disputes, various motions, scheduling orders (and Q & A) (to be introduced by Sandy Forbes) (est. 25 mins).

Ethics issues for Plaintiff’s employment lawyers, with Q & A (SBA Disciplinary counsel Maret Vessella and David Sandweiss) (est. 40 mins)

AZ Legislative Update: 2015 Bills (Tom Rogers and AZELA Legislative Committee) (est. 20 mins).

Technology Update including new apps., how to use your IT system more effectively (Jeffrey Silence) (est. 35 mins).

Issues and Commentary re: (a) Why I now prefer litigation over arbitration; (b) Secret recording by lawyers; (c) Payment of witness fees; (d) Protective orders; and(e) Public records requests (Kraig Marton) (est. 30 mins).

EEOC Update/Report, and Q & A (Mary Jo Neill) (est. 35 minutes)

[Last Event of Day: AZELA Annual Meeting (Tom Rogers)]

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AzELA is an Arizona-statewide specialty bar association of lawyers