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2024 Spring Plenary Webinar

  • 13 Apr 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom


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The Arizona Court Interpreters Association (ACIA) warmly invites everyone to the 2024 Spring Plenary Webinar on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

The plenary will be language-neutral and via Zoom.  

Our special guests will be:

  • Attorney Ryan Stevens will present Setting Aside Convictions and Marijuana-Related Expungements.
  • Attorney Edina A.T. Strum, JD, State Bar of Arizona Certified, Specialist will present Everything you want to know about divorce with children:  Family Law Q & A.
  • Attorney Lauri J. Owen, M.A., will present on Juvenile Dependency Overview. 
  •  Paul Gatti, The National Center for Interpretation at the University of Arizona, Court Interpreter Training Institute Program. 


Ryan Stevens is a founding member of the Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC in Flagstaff, Arizona. Mr. Stevens began his career as a felony prosecutor at the Coconino County Attorney's Office in 2008. For the last 15 years, he has represented criminal defendants in all state and federal courts in Northern Arizona as well as Maricopa County. He has served as lead counsel in jury trials on over 25 major felony cases (and many more less serious ones) and has achieved "not guilty" verdicts on everything from first-degree murder to misdemeanor DUI.

Edina A. T. Strum is an attorney with the McCarthy Family Law, a law firm that is devoted solely to the practice of family law.  Ms. Strum has been in practice since 2002, and she has been a State Bar of Arizona Certified Specialist in Family Law for the last 10 years.  Ms. Strum is a trained mediator and Collaborative Divorce Attorney. Ms. Strum focuses a significant portion of her practice on issues related to parenting time matters and serves as a Parenting Coordinator, Child’s and Best Interest Attorney/Court Advisor. Ms. Strum has presented at multiple Continuing Education Seminars for the State and Pima County Bar Associations as well as the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. 

Lauri F. Owen currently serves in two Southern Arizona Counties as a very busy trial attorney.

  • On average, Ms. Owen participates in fifty trials and/or other heavily contested matters per year.

  • Ms. Owen has been practicing law for 18 years, including twelve in Arizona and 6.5 in Alaska.

  • Ms. Owen currently specializes in juvenile dependency litigation and often takes appointments from the juvenile courts representing a parent or the children in JD cases.

  • Ms. Owen also accepts some privately-retained cases representing grandparents as well as current and former foster parents, as well as family law and mental health cases.

  • Ms. Owen provides the required training four times a year through the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts to attorneys new to juvenile dependency, and she is also a mentor to new attorneys through the Arizona Bar Association.

  •  Ms. Owen previously served as the Deputy Director of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, the Alaska Governor’s agency assigned to investigate and prosecute civil rights violations across Alaska on behalf of the State of Alaska and the EEOC, particularly including discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accommodation, education, and in government services. Among that role’s many duties, she trained teams of investigators, state legislators and officials, businesses, and the public in anti-discrimination laws, wrote and promulgated state policies and regulations, and she litigated complex discrimination cases in every judicial forum, winning damages and injunctive relief for classes and individual victims of civil rights violations. • During the 14 years before law school, Ms. Owen worked as a Deputy Sheriff in Idaho where she won (and believes she still holds) the top sharpshooter award.

  • Ms. Owen holds a B.A. in Psychology & Sociology, an M.A. in Communication, and a J.D. from UC, Berkeley. She is barred in AK, AZ, the FDAZ, and the Ninth Circuit.

  • Ms. Owen is qualified (but no longer certified) to provide grief counseling, and is an expert in juvenile dependency law, DV/SA, human trafficking, PTSD/C-PTSD, and civil rights, specifically including in all areas of discrimination.

  • Ms. Owen is also a human trafficking survivor and aged out of the foster care system. Ms. Owen has been teaching myriad topics related to her areas of expertise to professionals and community members, especially including first responders, for more than twenty years, and her presentations are always free.


9:00 am – 9:30 am Registration and introduction.

9:30 am – 10:45 am Setting Aside Convictions and Marijuana-Related Expungements.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Everything you want to know about divorce with children:  Family Law Q & A

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Juvenile Dependency Overview.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm U of A’s NCI Summer CITI Program and other training opportunities, Paul Gatto.

  • $25 ACIA Members.
  • $45 Non-members.

The Arizona Court Interpreters Association (ACIA) is a court interpreter continuing education provider accredited by the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), Arizona Court Interpreter Credentialing Program (ACICP). This plenary will grant 5 general CEU hours.

We hope to see you there! 


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