PHOENIX (April 24, 2023) -- Agreeing to disagree. It’s an age-old phrase that has taken on increased significance as different people, with sometimes divergent opinions, look for better ways to communicate with each other while demonstrating collegiality, respect and understanding of diverse views.  

That will be the focus for the Law Day 2023 event, sponsored by the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County and the Arizona Supreme Court, to be held 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 1 at the Administrative Offices of the Court, 1501 W. Washington Street in Phoenix.  

The presentation will feature opening remarks from the Hon. Joseph Welty, presiding judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, and a panel discussion moderated by the Hon. Suzanne Scheiner Marwil, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge. Panel members include: 

  • Hon. Robert Brutinel, Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court 
  • Paul F. Eckstein, Partner at Perkins Coie LLP 
  • Paul K. Charlton, Partner at Dentons US LLP 
  • Professor Paul Carrese, Director of the ASU School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership 


“Disagreeing is pivotal to what lawyers do, but over time civil disagreement seems to have been forgotten in favor of having the loudest voice or the most fervent belief,” said Judge Marwil. “The purpose of this program is to remind lawyers, the legal community and the public that with civil and quiet disagreement, we can better understand one another and promote democracy.” 

This free event is open to the public, but space is limited. To register, visit Refreshments will be served. 

View more information and download the event readings. 

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