Client Protection Fund Board of Trustees

Application Deadline - Wednesday, April 2, 2014


The Client Protection Fund (CPF) is a trust that exists as a separate entity from the State Bar of Arizona.  The Fund’s purpose is to promote public confidence in the administration of justice, and to preserve the integrity of the legal profession by reimbursing people who have sustained losses caused by the dishonest conduct of lawyers admitted and licensed to practice law in Arizona.  Each lawyer licensed to practice law in Arizona contributes $10 per year to the Fund.  The Trustees act as fiduciaries of monies deposited in the fund, invest those funds, and pay claims in appropriate cases.

One appointment will be made by the Board of Governors.  Rosemary H. Rosales (Chandler City Attorney’s Office) is completing her first term of service and is eligible for, and is seeking, reappointment.  The other trustees are: Charles W. Wirken (Gust Rosenfeld, PLC, Phoenix), James B. Penny (Law Office of James B. Penny LLC, Tucson), Robert E. Schmitt (Murphy Schmitt Hathaway & Wilson PLLC, Prescott), and non-lawyer Maria Hoffman, Fountain Hills.

Five years commencing June 2014.

Candidate Criteria/Restrictions
Any active member of the State Bar of Arizona in good standing, who has actively practiced law or served in a judicial capacity in the State of Arizona for 10 years or more, is eligible for appointment as a trustee.  Non-lawyers are eligible to apply.  Trustees serve a maximum of two five-year terms.  No more than two lawyer-trustees may be from the same county.  The trustees meet three to four times a year and review over 100 claims annually. 

An application form must be submitted to the State Bar by Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  For additional information contact Nina Benham at 602.340.7329 or