FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2014
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Phone: 602-340-7337
Email: alberto.rodriguez@staff.azbar.org

State Bar of Arizona Recruiting Non-Attorney for Character and Fitness Committee

PHOENIX – July 16, 2014 – Maintaining its mission of enhancing the legal profession by promoting the competency, ethics and professionalism of its members, the State Bar of Arizona is recruiting one non-attorney for the Arizona Supreme Court's Committee on Character and Fitness. This Committee is responsible for the investigation and recommendation of applicants for admission to the practice of law in Arizona.

Before applying, individuals should be aware of the significant responsibilities that correspond with this professional volunteer activity. Committee members need the time, skill and patience to review confidential detailed reports of background investigations into financial, criminal, civil, employment, disciplinary and academic matters.  The Committee members review approximately 1,200 applications each year.

The Committee conducts at least one formal hearing monthly in Phoenix.  Members are expected to participate in each formal hearing, and in one or more informal hearings per month held throughout the state on an as-needed basis.  Between file review and hearings/business meetings, members devote an average of about 25 hours per month to Committee responsibilities.

People who live outside Maricopa County would enhance the statewide make-up of the Committee and are encouraged to
apply.  Mileage is paid for any members residing outside Maricopa County, but there is no other compensation for service as a Committee member.  Initial terms are four years.

While the committee is not a small commitment, its work is an important part of ensuring that Arizona attorneys meet the standards required in the legal profession. 

Application forms are due by Wednesday, August 27, 2014, and can be obtained by contacting Carrie Sherman at the State Bar of Arizona at 602-340-7201 or at Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org.  Interactive application forms may also be
downloaded from the Bar's Web site at www.azbar.org.

Interviews of selected candidates will occur in September.


About the State Bar
The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar includes approximately 17,500 active attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Since 1933 the Bar and its members have been committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Arizona are heard in our justice system.

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