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Presidents' Message

2018 - 2019 President
Adam Lang, Esq.
Snell & Wilmer, LLP

Impact.  It’s a powerful word.  And when it’s you trying to make an impact, some key issues need to be addressed.   Where do I devote my energy?    Will I have enough time?  What will be expected of me?  Will I make a difference?    

As attorneys, these questions are perhaps even more pronounced.  Our days are consumed by challenging assignments, difficult cases, and understandably concerned clients. This is in addition to the demands we all face in our personal lives.  And despite wanting to get involved, we often struggle to find those activities that really mean something to us or that carry the most bang for the proverbial buck.  So, where do we go?  You can certainly make an impact through firm or company activities, nonprofit organizations, governmental associations, trade groups, teaching opportunities, involvement in churches, synagogues, or other places of worship, coaching little league or assisting with mock court, political involvement, and leadership activities, to name just a few. 

Several years ago, a friend and colleague who was getting ready to transition off the AADC board of directors, suggested that I might want to consider getting involved.  I hadn’t thought about it before.  I didn’t realize I could make the impact I wanted to make through bar activities.  But I respected his opinion, and was ready to try something new, so I joined the AADC board.   I quickly realized the AADC was one of those organizations that provided me with the opportunity to make my desired impact.  

And now, I am honored to be the incoming president of this organization. 

So what does the AADC do?  The answer – a lot!  Here are several of my favorite activities: 

Legislative/Lobbying Work
The AADC is active in monitoring bills of interest for our profession, the defense bar, and our clients.  Each week throughout the legislative session, our lobbyist sends us a list of bills in which we believe our members or our clients have an interest.  We then keep our membership informed of the progress of such bills.  Based on our members’ feedback, we often take positions for or against a bill, meet with stakeholders on both sides of the issue(s) and, if necessary, ask our lobbyist to help address the matter.   

Amicus Briefing
We have a very active amicus brief committee.  These members, on their “free” time, prepare and file amicus briefs in appellate courts throughout the year.  The committee is not afraid to get a little dirty.  If it is an issue that is important to the defense bar or our clients, we show up and offer our insights to the court. 

Judicial Selection
We take great pride in our judiciary.  We believe we are incredibly fortunate to have the judges we have at all levels.  Over the last several years, we have seen many openings on the bench.  As a result, we have been actively involved in getting behind our members who seek our support as they navigate through the intricacies of getting through the judicial selection process.  We extensively vet, and then recommend and support, members of the AADC who request our assistance.  Our clients, the legal profession, and our communities are now fortunate to have several former AADC members serving on the bench

Community Service
The AADC also focuses on the community.  It is a top priority.  For more than two decades, we have held the Barry Fish Golf Tournament, in memory of long-time AADC member, Barry Fish, who passed away after his battle with ALS.  Our efforts have helped raise thousands of dollars for the local ALS chapter.  In addition, AADC’s YLD recruits firms and entities all across our community to get involved in service, raising money each year for local charities through its annual softball tournament.

And there are so many other activities – the dozens of hours of CLEs we put on each year across  various industries and sectors, the networking events with judges, with other members, and with the YLD, the pro bono services provided to lawyers who need AADC’s assistance on matters in front of the State Bar, the mock trial we run for high school students, and numerous events with our varied and highly involved sponsors (primarily legal vendors, experts, and consultants) who support us at each and every turn and who are vital to our success. 

I look forward to serving as your president and carrying on AADC’s great tradition of service. But I can’t do it alone.  Whether public or private, solo practitioner, large or small firm, bad faith coverage attorney or a commercial litigator, practicing attorney or retiree, AADC presents  opportunities for you to make an impact.  You just need to find what speaks to you and run with it.  And, if interested, you can start right away.  Our Barry Fish Golf Tournament will be different this year and will be held at Top Golf in Scottsdale on September 27, 2018.  Be on the lookout for registration materials. I hope to see you all there! 

In closing, please don’t ever hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns or suggestions.  An organization’s strength is based largely on the dedication of its members.  I thank you in advance for your support, commitment, and involvement.

Adam Lang

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