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Undeniable Recap of 2011

It’s been quite an eventful busy year. Thank you to all my family and friends who supported me through this year, even during my moments of pure stressed out insanity. Here are my top five events and experiences of 2011.

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  1. I Passed The Bar! The process of graduating from law school, studying for, taking, and passing the Arizona Bar Exam and the process of applying and being admitted to the State Bar of Arizona took about 7 months of my year. It was exceptionally stressful – easily the hardest thing I’ve done in my professional life. It was a huge relief when I learned that I passed the Bar and Character and Fitness.
  2. Personal Record at the Half Marathon Injuries prevented me from training the way I would have liked for the 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Arizona. Despite being in pain starting at mile 2, I had the same rule for this race as my previous half marathon – no stopping or walking. Around mile 9, I realized that I was close to being on pace for a personal record, so I kicked my speed and finished 3 minutes faster than the previous year.  I was in so much pain by the end of the race, but it was an incredible lesson in determination.
  3. Sponsor A Law Kid I succeeded in getting my blog sponsored for 46 days during the beginning of the year to offset the cost of my last semester of law school. It was a challenge to create quality content every day and to face the backlash from some members of the legal community. I love that I was able to do this. My only regret is not doing it sooner.
  4. I Wish Your Wish One of the most powerful experiences this year was attending Rivane Neuenschwander’s I Wish Your Wish exhibit. It took me down to my core level and connected me with what I want for my life. For over two months, I had a pink ribbon tied around my wrist that said “I Wish To Die With No Regrets.”
  5. Photo by Jamey Peachy

    Big Brain Award Nomination I was shocked and overjoyed when I learned that I was nominated for a New Times Big Brain Award for my work behind the scenes with Improv AZ, the flash mob/prank troupe I co-founded in Phoenix. Ever since I expressed interest in flash mob law, I questioned whether it was a viable area of law. Just being nominated validated my professional aspirations and showed me that there is a need for the work I’m interested in.

 

Celebrity Encounters in 2011:

 

Firsts in 2011:

SALK Day 38 – Social Media AZ

This Friday, February 11th is Social Media AZ 4, the premier business focused event that helps companies learn and understand the latest techniques in digital marketing and social media.  It is the largest interactive marketing event in Arizona, featuring industry experts who will be sharing their experiences on how to do it right and what really works.  Attendees will learn about the latest developments in social media, location-based services, mobile applications and the latest data driven digital marketing techniques.  Fred Von Graf founded Social Media AZ, and is the driving force behind this premier Social Media for Business event.

The event will take place at MADCAP Theaters in Tempe.   Doors open at 8am with a keynote at 9am, and the event will conclude by 4pm.  SMAZ 4 will include the SMAZZIES – the social media awards, with categories for Must Follow, Business That Gets It, Most Social Use of Social Media,  Trailblazer, Up and Coming, Homegrown Can of Awesome, and Innovative Use of Social on Mobile.

SMAZ 4 has an all-star set of presenters including Jay Baer and Pam Slim.  The presenters range from Fortune 200 executives to Social Media authors and SEM architects with years of experience willing to share the challenges and rewards of implementing internal and external social media strategies.

Additionally, every attendee will receive a free copy of “The Now Revolution” by Jay Baer and Amber Naslund.  You can meet the authors and get your book signed!

Tickets for the event are still available.  Use promotional code SMAZ4SALK for 25% off.  A portion of the proceeds from SMAZ will go to support local non-profits.

SMAZ is awesome and has given me 2 free tickets to give away – a $250 value!  Leave a comment telling me why you want to go to SMAZ to be entered into the random drawing.  The drawing will take place at 5pm Arizona time.

You can also follow Social Media AZ on Twitter and Facebook.

Update: Congrats to Kim Hazlewood on winning 2 free tickets to SMAZ!  Have a great time.

Sponsor A Law Kid is my endeavor to pay for my last semester of law school. Today’s sponsor is Fred Von Graf.  For more information about Sponsor A Law Kid or to see what days are still available for sponsorship, visit my Sponsor A Law Kid page.

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