2020 -2021 President
Chris Begeman, Esq.
Righi Fitch Law Group
2020 was a trying year for most people both personally and professionally. The Covid-19 pandemic changed our “normal” lives, the way we conduct business, and the way cases are litigated. Racial and social injustices again brought to light the disparity of treatment of people of color within our country. Difficult and trying times brought self-reflection both personally and professionally.
Over the past year, the AADC was able to reflect and identify areas where the AADC could improve. Historically, the AADC has been a leader within the legal profession for gender equality and the promotion and empowerment of women through its sponsorship and support of the Ladder Down program. This year the AADC is focused on identifying and promoting racial equality within the defense bar and our community. We have formed a Task Force to identify areas and ways the AADC can promote and support racial equality and inclusion. This fall we were fortunate to be able to host a panel of nationally recognized speakers for a roundtable discussion about racial injustices and ways to identify and implement inclusion within our firms and the defense bar in general. The AADC has also started providing information to our members about opportunities to support diverse causes sponsored by Arizona’s diverse bar organizations. Through the efforts and recommendations of the Task Force, we are focused on not only on talking the talk, but more importantly, walking the walk.
We look forward to future in-person AADC meetings and gatherings. In the meantime we are continuing multiple CLE webinars each month and other virtual social activities. We thank you for your continued support of the AADC and wish everyone health, happiness and great success in 2021.