State Bar Closed for the Holidays: The State Bar of Arizona will close early on Friday, December 11 from 12 to 5 p.m. and will resume regular business hours on Monday, December 14. It will also be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 for Christmas. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, December 28.
File Your State Bar Annual Statement and Dues Online: Your 2016 statement is available now for you to complete, review and submit online at www.azbar.org/fees. A paper statement will not be mailed to you. Payment can be made by credit card or E-check through the Bar's secure website. When you submit your statement and submit dues online, your receipt will include a temporary bar card for use until the permanent one is mailed to you. To avoid delinquency fees, your statement and fees must be postmarked or received in the State Bar office by 5 p.m. MST on February 1, 2016. Online submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. MST on February 1, 2016. More.
House Ad Hoc Study Committee on Mandatory Bar Associations Makes Recommendations: At the conclusion of its fourth hearing, the House Ad Hoc Study Committee on Mandatory Bar Associations made five recommendations. It is suggesting legislation that would call on the Arizona Supreme Court to create rules requiring more transparency with regards to State Bar activities and respecting the first amendment rights of attorneys. You can read the recommendations here.
Important Health Insurance Deadline: Time is running out for you to enroll in a health plan through the State Bar Health Insurance Exchange with coverage starting on January 1. You must enroll by December 15 to get coverage starting at the beginning of 2016. Avoid the healthcare confusion and find a policy that fits your needs by clicking here.
Public Comment Sought on Superior Court Applicants: The public is invited to comment on 18 applicants for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Pima County created by the appointment of Judge Christopher Staring to Division II of the Arizona Court of Appeals. The Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review the applications and take public testimony at a meeting on December 10, 2015 at the Tucson Police Department. More.
Applications Being Accepted Through January 4 for a Vacancy on the Maricopa County Superior Court: Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the resignation of Judge Joseph Sciarrotta, Jr. More.
Help a Vet at the 2016 Arizona StandDown: The State Bar of Arizona will join the Arizona StandDown as one of many service providers that will offer direct services and resources to homeless and at-risk veterans at a three-day event in January. We are seeking volunteer attorneys to provide legal aid in bankruptcy law, family law, landlord/tenant, and probate/trust law to the veterans on Thursday, January 28; Friday, January 29; and Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Bar's civil legal clinic. For more information or to volunteer, contact Alberto Rodriguez via email or at 602.340.7337.
Rise in Youth in Foster Care Means Increased Need for Volunteer Foster Care Review Board Members: State law requires that a volunteer board of everyday citizens review the case of every child who is placed in an out-of-home care. These reviews are done every six months. The rapid increase in the number of children in out-of-home placement � more than 18,000 youth under the age of 18 � has resulted in a critical need for volunteers to serve on Foster Care Review Boards (FCRB). More.
Become Involved in the Merit Selection Process: Apply by Friday, January 8 to serve on the Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments. Applicants must reside in Supervisorial District 4 in Pinal County. For other candidate criteria and an application form click here.
Share Your Opinion on Proposed Revisions to the Criminal Jury Instructions: Members are being asked to share their comments on Proposed Revisions to Criminal Jury Instructions. View the revised instructions here. Comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the February 5 deadline.
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