Overview of Membership Classifications

Active Members:

Yearly fees required.
Only active members provide legal advice or services to or for another. Legal advice and services includes but not limited to oversight and preparation of legal documents; expressing legal opinions; representation of another in a judicial, quasi-judicial or administrative proceeding; negotiating legal rights or responsibilities for a specific person or entity. Members age 70 before January 1, 2009 and admitted in Arizona before January 1, 2009 are automatically designated as active members and exempted from yearly fee requirement.
Reference: Rules 31 and 32, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.

Inactive Members:

Yearly fees required.
Inactive members cannot practice Arizona law in any aspect whatsoever such as oversight of legal documents; rendering of legal opinions; representation of another; negotiation of legal rights or responsibilities for a specific person or entity. If admitted and active in another jurisdiction, may practice there.
Reference: Rule 32, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.

Judicial Members:

Yearly fees required.
Justices of the Supreme Court, judges of the Court of Appeals and Superior Court, and the US District Court for Arizona, and retired justices and judges who are eligible for temporary judicial assignment and are not engaged in the practice of law. Also, full time commissioners, city or municipal court judges, tribal court judges, judges pro tempore or justices of the peace not engaged in any degree of law practice, and justices or judges of other courts of record outside of Arizona. A judicial member who retires or resigns from the bench and wishes to return to practicing law must take active membership status.
Reference: Rule 32, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.

In-House Counsel Registrants:

Yearly fees required.
Registered only; not admitted to practice in Arizona; practice restricted. Must be employed as in-house counsel for a for-profit or non-profit corporation that does not provide legal services. Requires both the registrant and the corporation to be located in Arizona. IHC may not provide legal services to any other entity or individual in Arizona other than volunteer legal services in civil matters with an approved legal services organization.
Reference: Rule 38, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.

Retired Status:

Yearly fees required.
No practice of law whatsoever, in Arizona or any other jurisdiction of the United States. Exception regarding Arizona practice is that retired members may provide volunteer legal services to approved legal services organization per Rule 38.
Reference: Rule 32, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.

Resigned Status:

Members who elect to resign their membership are no longer members; cannot render any aspect of legal advice in Arizona. No yearly fees. May practice in other jurisdiction(s) in which they are admitted. Contact Membership Records at membership@staff.azbar.org for resignation process and/or subsequent reinstatement to membership status.
Reference: Rule 32, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.




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