Recommend to the Board of Governors the appointment of members to fill openings on state-wide boards, committees and commissions. Achieve a "balance" in all appointments as they relate to each voluntary professional activity, i.e., age, gender, geography, ethnicity, area of practice. Time Commitment: The Committee meets approximately 7 times per year, usually for 2 hours.
The Committee and the Board of Governors consider all aspects of diversity in their recommendations and appointments.
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Professional Volunteer Opportunities (see below)
The State Bar Appointments Committee is currently accepting applications from Active Members to fill the following upcoming vacancies. Application forms are due at the State Bar office by the deadlines noted and can be obtained by contacting Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org or calling 602.340.7201. Click on the link below to download an attorney (or non-attorney public member) application form.
The Standing Appointments Committee and the Board of Governors consider all aspects of diversity in their recommendations and appointments.
Attorney Application Form here.
Non-Attorney Public Member Application Form here.
The Board of Governors will address openings on the following entities during 2022-2023:
• American Bar Association House of Delegates
• Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct
• Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness
• Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations
• City of Peoria Judicial Selection Advisory Board
• City of Scottsdale Judicial Appointments Advisory Board
• Client Protection Fund Board of Trustees
• Community Legal Services Board of Directors
• DNA-People’s Legal Services Inc. Board of Directors
• Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Trustees Council
• State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors – Public Member
The Board of Governors' Special Constitutional Appointments Committee recruits and screens applicants for the following judicial nominating commissions (go to https://www.azbar.org/about-us/board-of-governors/board-committees/special-constitutional-appointments-committee/):
• Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments
• Coconino County Commission on Trial Court Appointments
• Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments
• Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments
• Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments
For more information about these professional volunteer positions, contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org or call 602.340.7201.
ABA House of Delegates - Application Deadline May 20, 2022
Purpose: Delegates represent the State Bar of Arizona at the Annual and Midyear Meetings of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. The State Bar reimburses only that portion of Delegate expenses relating to that portion of the House’s agenda which addresses the regulation of the profession and improving the quality of legal services.
Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. The successful candidates must also be members of, and in good standing with, the ABA throughout their tenure as Delegates. The Delegates regularly appear before the Board of Governors to report on House of Delegates’ activities.
Openings: Two appointments will be made by the Board of Governors.
Term: Two years commencing September 2022.
City of Mesa Judicial Advisory Board - EXTENDED Application Deadline July 27, 2022
Purpose: This seven-member board recommends to the Mesa City Council the best qualified persons to become City magistrates and evaluates the performance of appointed magistrates and advises the City Council about retaining them. The board consists of the Presiding Judge of the Arizona Superior Court for Maricopa County, or designee; one Arizona Appellate Court Judge to be appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court; one active member of the State Bar of Arizona who resides in Mesa; one member of the Maricopa County Bar Association who resides in Mesa; and three Mesa electors who are not City employees, judges in any official capacity, retired judges nor members of the State Bar of Arizona. The board meets as needed.
Criteria/Qualifications: Applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona and reside in the City of Mesa. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. Attorneys who have limited jurisdiction and criminal court experience are encouraged to apply.
Openings: One. The Board of Governors is asked to submit multiple nominations to the Mesa City Council for its consideration and ultimate appointment.
Term: Three years commencing July 2022.
Application deadline: July 27, 2022.
Client Protection Fund Board of Trustees - EXTENDED Application Deadline July 27, 2022
Purpose: The Client Protection Fund is a trust that exists as a separate entity from the State Bar of Arizona. 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.
Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Any Active Member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona, or any Judicial Member in good standing, who has practiced law or served in a judicial capacity in the State of Arizona for at least 10 years shall be eligible for appointment as a Trustee. For this particular opening applicants may not reside in Maricopa County. Pursuant to the Fund’s Declaration of Trust, no more than two Lawyer-Trustees may be from any one county and currently there are two serving from Maricopa County. The Trustees meet several times a year to review claims.
Openings: One appointment will be made by the Board of Governors.
Term: Five years commencing June 2022.
Application deadline: July 27, 2022.