State Bar Offices Closed for Upcoming Holidays: Happy holidays! The State Bar of Arizona will close its offices in Phoenix and Tucson for Christmas and New Year's Day. While both holidays land on a weekend, the Bar will observe Christmas with an early closure at noon on Friday, December 23 resuming normal business hours on Tuesday, December 26 and will observe New Year's Day with an early closure on Friday, December 30 resuming normal business hours on Tuesday, January 2.
Are You An Attorney Who Has Good News to Share? Have you recently been recognized for contributions you make to the communities you serve? Is your firm raising money or collecting food for charity over the holidays? Are you a leader who is being recognized for advancing the legal profession? If so, we want to hear about it! Email Alberto Rodriguez to be considered for inclusion in a future issue of eLegal under Member News.
File Your State Bar Annual Statement and Dues Online: Your 2017 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, 2017. Online submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. MST on February 1, 2017. More.
Share Your Thoughts on Maricopa County Superior Court Applicants: The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is seeking public input on 13 candidates for two openings on the Maricopa County Superior Court. View the applicants here.
Public Comment Sought on Pima County Superior Court Applicants: The public is invited to comment on eight applicants for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Pima County created by the retirement of Judge Carmine Cornelio. View the applicants and learn of the comment deadlines here.
Applications Being Accepted for Two Vacancies on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals: Applications are being accepted for two vacancies on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals, created by the retirement of Judge Patricia A. Orozco and the appointment of Judge Andrew W. Gould to the Arizona Supreme Court. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for each vacancy to Governor Doug Ducey. More.
Felony Conviction Leads to Interim Suspension of Attorney Michael P. Thieme of Prescott: The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court issued an order placing Michael P. Thieme of Prescott on interim suspension. More.
Criminal Attorney Nathaniel J. Carr of Phoenix Suspended for Dubious Billing Practices: Attorney Nathaniel J. Carr of Phoenix was suspended for four years after violating several Rules of Professional Conduct while representing criminal defendants. Read more about his suspension here.
Alleged Client Fund Misappropriation Leads to Interim Suspension of Attorney Robert L. Earle of Sedona: The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court issued an order placing Robert L. Earle of Sedona on interim suspension. Read more here.
Practice In Yavapai County? eFiling Now Available: The Arizona Supreme Court is pleased to announce that Yavapai County Superior Court is now accepting electronic filings of civil case initiation and civil subsequent documents (CV & CP cases) through the eUniversa efiling application. Learn more here.
People of All Faiths are Invited to Attend the 47th Annual Red Mass: The annual St. Thomas More Society of Phoenix event commemorates the start of the legislative session, and is attended by lawyers, legislators, and government officials. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24 at Saint Mary's Basilica, 231 N. 3rd St. in Phoenix. The ritual begins at 5:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the Diocesan Center, located east of the Basilica. RSVP is not required. The following day the Society will host the Red Mass Breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St. in Phoenix. RSVP by Friday, January 20 for the breakfast. For more information about both events and how to RSVP for the breakfast, visit the Society's website. More.
Share Your Passion for the Legal Profession by Serving on an ABA Committee or Commission: Hilarie Bass, ABA President-Elect will make approximately 700 appointments to ABA Standing Committees, Special Committees, Commissions, and other entities and initiatives. She invites State Bar of Arizona members to visit the online guide, view all available appointments, and apply to those that best fit your interests and qualifications. All Association members are eligible for a Presidential appointment. Learn more about the ABA appointments here.
Get Your Registration Reduced for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in January! Arizona's legal community is coming together for the eighth consecutive year to run in the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K "Rock Corporate," to be held on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. This year, you can also run in the 5K on Saturday, January 14, 2017. For more, click here.
Help Consumers by Writing Law-Related Tips! The State Bar of Arizona seeks attorneys in all practice areas to offer consumer tips via its social media platforms. We'll be sharing tidbits of information to help consumers begin addressing their legal issues associated with family law, landlord/tenant, estate planning, personal injury, immigration, and DUI among others. If you're interested, email Alberto Rodriguez for more information.
Practice Tip - Be Careful How You Use Text Messages to Communicate With Clients: Click here for a tip from Ahern Insurance, a State Bar Member Discount Provider offering professional liability insurance.