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Maria Crimi Speth gives SSWW answers to legal issues of writing and publishing

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Get answers to questions about the legal issues of writing and publishing a book at the next monthly meeting of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers Wednesday, May 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Intellectual property attorney Maria Crimi Speth will speak on the topic “Protect Your Writings.” In her presentation of applicable laws that affect writers and their creative work, attendees will learn what they need to know about the laws relating to writing blogs, articles and books and how to avoid common legal mistakes that can be quite costly.

“Maria Crimi Speth has been a valuable member of Scottsdale Society of Women Writers for about five years,” said Patricia L. Brooks, SSWW founder/president. “She spoke to our group just prior to joining and gave us a wealth of information on intellectual property for writers and authors.” Since that time, SSWW has almost doubled in size and is ready to celebrate nine years of operation. Noting that Speth “has successfully contributed to the legal guidance of many of those members,” Brooks added, “We are looking forward to having her share her knowledge and expertise on the legal aspects of writing and publishing with us again this month.”

A shareholder in the law firm of Jaburg & Wilk, P.C., Speth has been practicing law for 25 years. She currently specializes in the areas of Internet law, intellectual property and commercial litigation, and represents clients throughout the United States. Speth has published numerous articles and court cases and is the author of “Protect Your Writings: A Legal Guide for Authors” and “Apple v. Samsung, The Balance Between Patent Rights and the Free Market.”

Cost to attend the meeting is $25 for members, $28 for guests. R.S.V.P. to