Today's the Last Day to Submit Your Petition to 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.
Apply for Vacancy on the Pima County Superior Court by March 3: Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Pima County, created by the retirement of Judge K.C. Stanford. The judicial application has been revised, and includes all new instructions and questions. If you applied for a recent vacancy in Pima County, you will need to reapply to be considered. Click here to learn more about the vacancy and how to apply.
Nationally Recognized Estate Planning Attorney Ron Aucutt Featured in AZCLE Program Next Week: This exciting program will cover contemporary issues in advanced estate planning in Arizona including prospective federal transfer tax legislation, decanting, trust protectors, and asset protection trusts. Ron Aucutt will address tax legislation, while other speakers will discuss modern decanting, trust protectors, and consider asset protection trusts, geared specifically for Arizona practitioners. This high-level program should be enormously helpful to the Arizona estate planning professionals. Click here to register for this program that will be held on March 7, 2017.
Nominate a Colleague for Annual State Bar Awards: Here's your chance to see that deserving colleagues are recognized for their contributions to the legal profession. Nominations for the 2017 State Bar awards are now being accepted through March 22, 2017 at 5 p.m. Visit the Bar's awards page for more information and the nomination form.
There's Still Time to Get Involved in the Merit Selection Process: Apply by Wednesday, March 28 to serve on the Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments. Applicants must reside in Pinal County Supervisorial District 2. The Commission screens judicial applicants and submits nominations to the Governor for his ultimate appointment to fill positions on the Pinal Superior Court bench. For candidate criteria and an application click here.
Client Protection Fund Board Seeks Trustee: Apply by March 29 to serve as a Trustee of the State Bar's Client Protection Fund. 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 $20 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. For more information and an application click here.
Get Engaged in Selecting Scottsdale City Judges: Apply by March 29 to serve on Scottsdale's Judicial Appointments Advisory Board. Applicants must reside in Scottsdale. Volunteer Board members screen and recommend municipal court judicial candidates to Scottsdale's City Council for its selection. For more information and an application click here.
Help Select Surprise City Judges: Apply by March 29 to serve on Surprises Judicial Selection Advisory Commission. Applicants must reside in Maricopa County. Volunteer Commissioners screen and recommend municipal court judicial candidates to Surprise's City Council for its selection. For more information and an application click here.
Diversity and Inclusion Conference Program Highlight - National and Regional Infrastructure Development and its Impacts on Indian Country: Indian tribes, lands and sacred sites are often impacted by transportation, energy and utility projects that largely serve off-reservation communities. Tribal perspectives on projects such as the Dakota Access Pipeline and Arizona's Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) & 202 (South Mountain Freeway) will be presented in the 1.5 hour CLE program. Spring Training for Lawyers is State Bar of Arizona�s most affordable CLE conference and offers a variety of CLE programs and networking opportunities. For more information and to register click here.
Five Nominees for the Arizona Court of Appeals Announced: The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments has recommended five nominees to Governor Doug Ducey for two openings 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. View the nominees here.
Applications Being Accepted for a Vacancy on Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals: Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals, created by the retirement of Judge Joseph W. Howard. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for the vacancy to Governor Doug Ducey. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. More.
State Bar Contributes to Online Military Family Law Guide: For the past few years, members of the Military Legal Assistance Committee (MLAC) have worked on a project that just became live. It is a collaboration with the Texas Bar Association regarding state laws of interest to service members and attorneys. That site is available now for viewing at militaryfamilylawguide.com. A number of attorneys on and off the MLAC committee worked to create and respond to the questions from the Texas Bar Association, including but not limited to Therese Martin, Rebecca L. Owen and Rebecca Elliott.
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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