Professional Responsibilities

PROFESSIONALISM COURSE
Pursuant to Rule 34, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct., every new attorney is required to take the Professionalism Course within one year of admission. The course offers insight on professional standards, ethical   concerns and client relations. Information about upcoming Professionalism Courses is available by calling 602.340.7328.

To view a schedule of courses and register online, click here.

MEMBERSHIP FEE
The Arizona Supreme Court rules require an annual membership fee  for active, inactive, retired and   judicial members that is payable no later than February 1 of each year. Failure  to comply with this   requirement may result in delinquency fees and possible summary suspension.

Contact: Resource Center, 602.340.7239 or membership@staff.azbar.org


INTEREST  ON LAWYERS' TRUST  ACCOUNTS (IOLTA)
The Arizona  Foundation for Legal Services & Education administers the IOLTA program under a mandate found in Rule 43, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. Funds derived from such accounts support programs to deliver legal services to the poor, educate children about the law, and improve the administration of justice.

To comply with this  rule, each Arizona attorney who receives client funds must establish an interest-bearing client trust account directing that the interest be sent  to the Arizona  Foundation for Legal Services & Education, and register their compliance.

Contact: Tracy Ward, 602.340.7219
Tracy.Ward@staff.azbar.org or Trust Account Hotline 602.340.7305

MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (MCLE)
For  each  educational year (July 1 to June  30), members must submit a signed Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) affidavit to the State Bar no later  than  September 15. The Bar's MCLE Department is responsible for ensuring all members file their MCLE affidavits. The department also carries out random MCLE audits.

Contact Carol Lloyd, 602.340.7328
Carol.Lloyd@staff.azbar.org
MCLE@staff.azbar.org

OTHER IMPORTANT  RULES OF THE ARIZONA SUPREME COURT
Rule  45(B)(4) explains how  your  admission date  affects  your other Rule 45 obligations.

Information about the regulation of the practice of law can be found at Rule 31, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct., or call A/CAP at 602.340.7280.

The  organization of the State Bar is explained in Rule 32, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.

Ethical Rules are found in Rule 42, Ariz. R. Sup.  Ct. and ethics counsel are available to assist with  your ethics question at the Ethics Hotline, 602.340.7284.

SUPREME COURT  RULES  AND RESOURCES AT A GLANCE

Change of Address/Email - Rule 32(c) Resource Center, 602.340.7239
IOLTA - Rule 43 Tracy Ward, 602.340.7219
MCLE - Rule 45(c) MCLE Department, 602.340.7328
Membership - Rule 932(c) Resource Center, 602.340.7239
Professionalism Course - Rule 34 and 45(a)(3) MCLE Department, 602.340.7328
Regulation of Practice of Law - Rule 31 UPL Hotline, 602.340.7292
Rules of Professional Conduct - Rule 42 (bar charges)            A/CAP Hotline, 602.340.7280

Rules of Professional Conduct - Rule 42
(prospective advice to lawyers)
   

Ethics Hotline, 602.340.7284
State Bar Governance - Rule 32 Carrie Sherman, 602.340.7201