Award-winning Author Ms. Beauchamp Cleans up at Several Book Festival Awards
DUI: The Next Day, authored by Ms. Beauchamp, was announced the winner in the category of “How To” at the 2014 Great Southeast Book Festival and Runner Up at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival, 2013 Southern California Book Festival, 2013 Halloween Book Festival, and the 2014 Great Northwest Book Festival. The Book also received an Honorable Mention at the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival, 2013 New England Book Festival, and the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival.
“Our clients are good people who had a bad day. They are good citizens who want to comply with the process but often feel like they cannot do so due to its complexity,” says Ms. Beauchamp. This scenario inspired Ms. Beauchamp to write “DUI: The Next Day.”
“This is a book I hope you never have to read,” says Ms. Beauchamp during her acceptance speech at the 2014 Great Southeast Book Festival. Although a sincere statement, Ms. Beauchamp adds, “My hope is that anyone can pick up this book and find relief from the burden of having been charged with DUI.”
DUI: The Next Day, is the first of its kind in Arizona that allows non-lawyers to navigate both the court and MVD process after being charged with DUI.
Attorney Beauchamp is Ahwatukee Business Woman of Year 2013
Ms. Beauchamp says she was surprised when she received the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year Award
Like daytime TV’s Susan Lucci, she expected to be nominated but not the recipient.
Comfortable in her role as the person who does a lot of little things, the little things add up, as her three-page list of organizations and volunteer efforts testify.
“Call Mel, she’ll do it,” was the refrain that Beauchamp heard from those who asked for her help.
Helping people has ranged from providing a few dollars to a family in dire circumstances to giving a pep talk to a Girl Scout with no confidence in her cookie-selling capabilities.
Beauchamp, the lead attorney at Oracle Law Group, has been practicing since 1990 after graduation from University of Virginia School of Law. She clerked for Arizona Supreme Court Justices James Moeller and Ruth McGregor, then transitioned into being a contract public defender so that she had time to care for her children.
During her years as a public defender, she sometimes defended prostitutes. Pointing out that a defendant had been betrayed by family and forced into prostitution by drug-offender parents, she sometimes was able to make the jury sympathetic.
Beauchamp contributes time and funds to Ahwatukee community efforts like serving on the Village Planning Committee in 2010, participating in Festival of Lights and helping in school and professional organizations.
Since she started her firm on her kitchen table in 1998, then opened her office in 2004. Beauchamp says she is grateful to be part of the Ahwatukee community, whose friendliness and neighborly behavior she sees as a cross between Mayberry and Pleasantville.
Years later, the mom of the young Girl Scout she encouraged thanked Beauchamp for the impact she’d had on her daughter.
Beauchamp is the author of an award-winning book to set people straight about DUI.
And, she’s a “crazy Suns fan.”
As a divorced mom of two sons, she made sure she was available to help out in her sons’ classrooms in the Art Masterpiece program, as well as Scouts and sports. One son, 24, has a technology career in the San Francisco area, while her younger son, 19, is an Arizona State University sophomore.
Asked if her sons considered being attorneys, Beauchamp laughs, and says they were not pegged as future lawyers, as she was at age 6, by her entrepreneur dad. That set her career path.
Beauchamp says she is happy to volunteer, participate, donate and help others. When it was announced that she’d received the chamber award, people sent cards, brought cookies and stopped in for a hug.
“Where else would kids come by to show me their prom pictures?” Beauchamp said.
Beauchamp named Business Woman of the Year – Honored during chamber’s 4th Annual Palo Verde Award Gala
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce during the Fourth Annual Palo Verde Award Gala on Saturday, Nov. 2.
“I feel honored and grateful to have won this award and be included in this group of women,” Beauchamp said. “We heard some of their accomplishments, but let me tell you it is only a fraction of what these women really do. They are amazing, kind and supportive. Where else can you find a community where you walk in a room and you’re really happy to see everyone. Anytime you need assistance anyone will give it to you. That’s what it’s all about. It’s about community”
Beauchamp was one of 13 nominees for the award this year. It is given to a local woman entrepreneur who shows excellence in business and is active in the community.
Beauchamp is the owner and principal of Oracle Law Group, Arizona’s largest certified woman-owned law firm. She has tried more than 300 trials and lectures and teaches attorneys how to prepare and litigate cases. Beauchamp serves as president of the Lorna Lockwood Inn of Court and as vice chair on the Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee. She also serves on the board of the Festival of Lights, mentors foster children from Hope and Future, and contributes to the Special Olympics Advocacy Resources Program, Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer and Valley Youth Football. She has received several awards over the years including Arizona Companies to watch 2009, the 2009 ASBA Award, and had nominations for the Athena Award and the Palo Verde Award. Beauchamp is also an award-winning author for her book, “DUI: The Next Day.”
“I remember seeing this house a long time ago that was owned by Terri’s Consign and Design and I saw some newspaper article and thought, ‘I want that house,’” she said during the gala. “At the time it was just a dream, but I worked and worked and some friends of mine helped me move into the home. It was a fixer-upper. A friend of mine said, ‘Congratulations you did it yourself.’ I was about to agree with him, but I was wrong. I realized I did it with the support of community and the people I turned to for help and assistance and support, and many of them are here tonight. That’s what it’s about. This award is not about me or anyone in particular. It is about what Ahwatukee provides us as female entrepreneurs who want to succeed. For that I’m grateful.”
Other nominees for the award included: Dena Armstrong, Rodan and Fields Dermatologists; Carolann Bergeson, C2 Tactical Indoor Shooting Range; Dr. Rashmi Bhatnagar, D.M.D., Bella Vista Dental; Andrea Chisolm, Amazing Dental Care; Katherine Christensen, Kate and Co., SOHO63, KCA; Nancy Dudenhoefer, Kyrene School District; Abby Green, Arbonne International; Najia Haddock, Haddock Law Office, LLC, DreamStonz; Nicole McNeil, ELLA Studios; Andi Pettyjohn, Water Treatment Technologies, Inc; Janet Schwab, Elements Therapeutic Massage; and Georgiann Serpe, K-Bella Salon and Spa.
During the event the chamber also awarded two Ahwatukee high school students with a $1,000 scholarship. Jasmine Coro of Desert Vista High School and Anja Asato of Horizon Honors High School were the recipients this year.
The chamber was able to raise more than $7,000 during a live auction at the gala. Those funds will go toward future scholarships and chamber activities.
For more information on the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, visit ahwatukeechamber.com.