Legal Paraprofessional Summit

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Second Annual Legal Paraprofessional Summit 

February 9, 2024

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Access to Justice in Action

Sponsored and hosted by The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Legal Paraprofessional Program



The 2024 LP Summit will continue to connect licensed and prospective LPs with top-notch continuing legal education opportunities and a forum for professional discussions. This year we will look at:

  • Ethical practice and legal community standards
  • Hear from licensed LPs real-life experiences
  • Access to Justice efforts in action around the state
  • Specialized topics such as spousal maintenance, misdemeanor downstream effects, and programmatic updates 

This year’s LP Summit will be hosted live, in-person at the College of Law campus or you may attend virtually. Confirmed speakers include Arizona Supreme Court Vice Chief Justice Ann Timmer, Arizona Court of Appeals Judges Maria Elena Cruz, and Samuel Thumma, as well as representatives from the Arizona State Bar and a panel of licensed Legal Paraprofessionals.

Morning Agenda: Topical sessions relevant to all guests

Hosted lunch for those in-person College of Law (Tucson)

Afternoon agenda: Three breakout session options to choose from (3 rotations) and closing remarks. Attendees are eligible for up to 5 CLE credits, including 3 ethics CLE credits (subject to session attendance).

Early Bird: $50.00 until December 31, 2023
Student Admission: $25.00


Morning Sessions

9-9:15: Introductions and event kick off

Dean Marc Miller

9:15-9:30 Keynote Speaker

Vice Chief Justice Timmer

9:30-10:20 LP Panel

Licensed LPs

10:20-10:30 BREAK


10:30-12:00 Jerry Maguire Moment for the Bar

Hon. Bruce Cohen






Afternoon Session 1 Breakouts



The Ethical Challenges of being an LP

Keith Swisher

The New Frontier of Spousal Maintenance

Hon. Bruce Cohen

Bad Neighbors

Dr. Linus Kafka

1:50-2:00 Session Break  

Afternoon Session 2 Breakouts



Access to Justice i4J

Stacy Rupprecht Jane

State Bar Membership

Roberta Tepper

Misdemeanors & Immigration

Matthew Green and

Katie Ruhl

2:50-3:00 Session Break  

Afternoon Session 3 Breakouts



Access to Justice in Arizona

Hon. Sam Thumma

Jury Trial Trends in Arizona

Sally Digges

The state of LPs–a national question

Kristy Clairmont and
Keith Swisher

3:50-4:00  Session Break


Afternoon Session 4 Closing

4:00-4:45  Arizona LPs

Administrative Office
of the Court--Megan Foster 
and Aaron Nash

4:45-5:00 Closing Remarks

Hon. Maria Elena Cruz