Tomorrow is the Last Day to File Your State Bar Annual Statement and Dues Online and On Time: 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.
Dementia and Its Impact on Lawyers and Judges: Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. More than 15 million family and friends are caring for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias. If dementia hasn't already impacted a colleague, friend or family member, it soon will. Will you be prepared? This free 75 minute program on the impact of dementia on lawyers and judges will be broadcast nationwide. For more information click here.
You Still Have Time to Share Your Thoughts on Revisions to Criminal and Civil Jury Instructions: State Bar members are invited to comment on revisions to current criminal and civil jury instructions. The deadline for the criminal jury instructions is January 31, 2017 and February 24, 2017 for the civil jury instructions. Please submit your comments to Ilona.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Asked for Input on Candidates for Arizona Court of Appeals: The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is asking for public comment on five candidates for two openings on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals. The vacancies result from the retirement of Judge Patricia Orozco and the appointment of Judge Andrew Gould to the Arizona Supreme Court. Written comments must be recieved by Thursday, February 16. View the five applicants by clicking here.
Run For Election to the Board of Governors: Two Board Districts will hold elections May 4-19. Active Members are encouraged to run for election to the State Bar of Arizona's Board of Governors. For information on the Districts holding elections and a nomination package - which is due by Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - click here.
Comment on Proposed Revisions to the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure: The Arizona Supreme Court's Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure recently filed a rule petition that includes changes to all 41 criminal rules. You're invited to comment on the rule petition and, if you represent an organization, your organization's comments. Comments can touch on any aspect of the draft, large or small, concerning its style or its substance. Comments can help the Task Force improve its work product. Please post your comments on the Court's Rules Forum. The deadline for the first comment period is March 14, 2017. After the Task Force reviews the initial comments, it will file an amended rule petition. Click here for more.
Attorneys Invited to Apply for Selection to Receive Future Court Appointments: The Superior Court in and for Pinal County has issued a Notice of Court-Appointment Solicitation 2017.1, inviting attorneys to apply for selection to receive future court-appointments in the following types of engagements, as more fully described in Administrative Order 2016-0007: Section 3, Juvenile Delinquency; Section 6, Guardian Ad Litem; and Section 7, General Hourly Engagements. Applications are due by Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5 p.m. Learn more about the process or to apply click here.
Register Today for the Bar's Diversity and Inclusion Conference: Spring Training for Lawyers, a day-and-a-half conference offers CLE programming and networking opportunities for Arizona attorneys. Program topics educate attendees on the latest legal developments affecting diverse clients and offer practical tips and skills to meet the needs of Arizona's diverse legal community. Click here to get registered.
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.
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.
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