Attorneys in Pinal County�We Need You! Attorneys in Pinal County Needed to Help with Merit Selection Process: Apply 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 submit nominations to the Governor for his ultimate appointment to fill positions on the Pinal Superior Court bench. Applications accepted until the position is filled. For candidate criteria and an application click here.
Apply for Vacancy on Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals June 1: Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals, created by the retirement of Judge Michael O. Miller. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for the vacancy to the Governor. The application deadline is June 1, 2017. Click here to learn more.
Apply for Vacancy on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals: Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals, created by the retirement of Judge Donn Kessler. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for the vacancy to the Governor. Learn more here.
Judge David M. Haws Appointed to Presiding Judge for Yuma County: The Arizona Supreme Court appointed Judge David M. Haws to the post of Presiding Judge for Yuma County. He succeeded Presiding Judge Maria Elena Cruz, who was selected to serve on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals and began earlier this week. The Presiding Judge has administrative authority over all courts, judicial officers, and court employees in Yuma County. Read more on his appointment here.
State Bar Wins National Award for Program Addressing the Impact of Dementia on the Legal Profession: The State Bar of Arizona has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Community & Educational Outreach Award, sponsored by LexisNexis, for its program "Hidden in Plain Sight: Dementia and Its Impact on Lawyers and Judges." The National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) will recognize the State Bar at its annual meeting in New York City in August. If you're interested in learning more, click here.
Tucson Attorney Thomas C. McDaniel Suspended for Compromising Client's Visitation Rights: Attorney Thomas C. McDaniel, III of Tucson was suspended for two years after filing a deficient petition for parenting time on behalf of his client and failing to respond to the State Bar's investigation. The hearing panel found clear and convincing evidence that McDaniel violated ethical rules after reviewing 15 exhibits that were deemed admitted by default. Click here to read more on the sanction.
Attorney William S. Papazian of Scottsdale Reprimanded for Abandoning Clients: Attorney William S. Papazian of Scottsdale was reprimanded for failing to perform services for his clients. The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court accepted an agreement for discipline by consent between Papazian and the State Bar of Arizona that resulted in a reprimand. Learn more on the reprimand here.
Bar Exam Results are In: The February 2017 Arizona Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) was held February 21 and 22, in Phoenix. There were 422 applicants, of whom 173 met the score requirement for admission in Arizona. The overall pass rate was 41 percent. Click here to see who scored the highest, who tied for second, and those who will join the ranks as legal professionals.
SCAM ALERT: People Representing Themselves as Legal Aid! Have you or someone you know received a call from a person claiming to represent the Legal Aid Society and collecting money on its behalf? If so, you might be the target of a new scam. This information has been reported to many state Attorney General offices and they are keeping a close eye on the issue. Click here to learn how to avoid being scammed by non-existent legal aid organizations.
BLI Ready for New Crop of Leaders After Graduating Tenth Class: The Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) graduated its 10th class on May 5. These lawyers received professional development skills and advice that will help them be more successful in their practices and more effective leaders in the legal profession and greater community. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the next class. The application deadline is June 23, 2017. More information and the online application form are available here.
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.
Practice Tip - Statute of Limitations: Certain claims have shorter limitations periods or notice requirements, based on who the defendant is. To read more, click here for information from State Bar Member Discount provider Ahern Insurance, a professional liability insurance brokerage firm.