Diane is also committed to teaching, following in the footsteps of her mentors. She taught bankruptcy and legal office management as an adjunct lecturer at all three of Arizona’s law schools. She taught bankruptcy and real estate issues at the Arizona School of Real Estate for 20 years. Diane assisted in the development of the Professionalism course that is required of all Arizona attorneys by the Arizona Supreme Court.
“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
– Jack London
Diane has been a forerunner in the consumer bankruptcy practice of law, and in the use of law office technology.
Diane is the founding co-chair of the Arizona Consumer Bankruptcy Counsel, a mentoring group for consumer bankruptcy attorneys, and has served on the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors for for two decades. Diane spent decades teaching the principles of bankruptcy to realtors and title officers. As a retired law professor she has been involved in hundreds of continuing legal education workshops for her fellow lawyers. She also founded The Legal Resource Group to assist her fellow attorneys in bringing technology to law firms.
Committed to Educating Fellow Attorneys and Serving as a Press Resource
Diane has written for the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona, and many county bar associations, as well as various local newspapers, including the Arizona Business Gazette and Laws.com, on law office administration and technology. She is a source for reporters from Channel 12 and the Arizona Republic, among other local and national news organizations.
Numerous Awards for Volunteering to Help Others – including the 2022 VLP Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year, and 2022 Pro Bono Service Award for Establishing the Self-Help Center, presented by Legal Services Corp.
From Diane, March 2023: “Unexpectedly, I received a wonderful present for my birthday. That was the gift of witnessing my forty years of practice come together in one celebration when I was given the “Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year” award from the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) by bankruptcy judge Daniel P. Collins. Judge Collins made the most wonderful comments about my volunteering history in the bankruptcy community. I am sure my face turned red. Pat Gerrich, the director of VLP, who has been my inspiration for how attorneys should use their skills to help others, was in charge of organizing this event. At the celebration, my devoted husband, Jay McClimon, stood by my side, just as he has for more than 30 years. I would never have been able to volunteer but for Jay’s commitment to manage our office and our home. Also at the ceremony was Krystal Ahart, one of the finest young attorneys I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Krystal is my inspiration to keep moving forward, even in challenging times. Last, but the most important, is James F. Kahn. Jim is Krystal’s partner and mentor. Jim has been my mentor for decades, as he is to countless other bankruptcy attorneys. He has helped keep me out of trouble more than once. Jim’s love for mentoring, and unwavering commitment to our great profession, was my inspiration to accept that first request to volunteer all those years ago. As you can see, my entire village deserves this very special accolade.
My hope for everyone is to find or create a village that supports and protects you.”
Diane has received multiple accolades for her dedication to the practice of law over the last 38+ years, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work to educating Arizona citizens about their bankruptcy rights. Chief Bankruptcy Judge James M. Marlar nominated Diane as a top Pro Bono Super Lawyer – a nationwide organization. She was on the Arizona Bankruptcy Court’s Honor Roll of Pro Bono Volunteers, also the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys award from the Arizona State Bar Foundation, as well as the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievements Award (Marquis Who’s Who) from the Albert Nelson Marquis Foundation, and named a “Top Attorney” by the North Valley Magazine.
Diane was named Member of the Year by the Arizona State Bar, and she has been featured in the Arizona Business Gazette, Arizona Attorney, and other national and local media.
Diane has received numerous awards from her peers and the community.
Foundation for Justice 2023
Diane is or has been a member of the following organizations
Co-Founder of the Arizona Consumer Bankruptcy Counsel, member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Better Business Bureau, various State Bar sections: including the Supreme Court’s Technology Committee, Professionalism Committee, the Bankruptcy Section, the Real Property Section and the Solo and Small Firm Section. Diane is a past President of the Maricopa Chapter of the Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association, a past Chair of the Solo Practitioner’s Section of the Arizona State Bar, a past Chair of the Maricopa County Continuing Legal Education program and the founding Chairperson for the Arizona Trustee’s Association. Diane was appointed by the Supreme Court to the Commission on Judicial Review and the Supreme Court’s Commission on Technology.