PHOENIX – May 16, 2017 – The State Bar of Arizona has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Community & Educational Outreach Award, sponsored by LexisNexis, for its program “Hidden in Plain Sight: Dementia and Its Impact on Lawyers and Judges.” The National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) will recognize the State Bar at its annual meeting in New York City in August.

The Bar’s now nationally recognized program “Hidden in Plain Sight: Dementia and Its Impact on Lawyers and Judges” was offered in partnership with the Arizona Supreme Court and InReach. Alarming statistics prompted the development of the FREE 75-minute program that discussed ethical duties and responsibilities addressing dementia in the legal profession. A faculty made up of judges, medical practitioners, and ethics experts provided practical information and a national resource guide.

The nationally webcast program was attended in person and remotely by staff and attorneys from 20 courts, private firms, prosecutor and defense agencies, healthcare providers, legal service providers, government agencies, bar associations, and notable employers in at least 26 states.

According to the awards program, recipients were selected based on their degree of innovation and originality in addressing a problem; adaptability of the program by other bar associations; and the importance and duration of benefits derived by audience; among others.

“This collaborative effort helped bring to light the staggering impact Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are having on friends, colleagues, and family members,” said Lisa Deane, Chief Member Services Office of the State Bar. “Technological resources provided by InReach helped us reach more than 1,100 legal professionals across the nation to provide them with valuable information and resources, as well as provide industry-specific statistics,” she added.

About the State Bar
The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar includes approximately 24,500 attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Since 1933 the Bar and its members have been committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Arizona are heard in our justice system.