Reinstatement to the State Bar of Arizona:
The following documents should help you through the process:
- Rule 32 Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. regarding resigned membership and reinstatement from resignation.
- Rule 63 Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. regarding reinstatement from disability inactive status,
- Rules 64 and 65 Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. regarding reinstatement from a discipline suspension, summary suspension for non-payment of fees, summary suspension for MCLE, and disbarment.
- Affidavit for Rule 64 application.
- Checklist for Rule 65.
- Release Form - is required and is submitted with your application.
After review of Rules 32, 63, or 64 and 65, you will need to determine which rule you qualify under based on your specific situation.
Additional notes to Rule 64(f)(1)B and Rule 65:
RULE 64(f)(1)B: If you meet all of the requirements of 64(f)(1)B i-iv, you may choose to apply under this rule. This process takes approximately 1-2 months and requires you to pay back dues and fees from the date of suspension. If you qualify for and want to apply under this rule, membership and MCLE will calculate the back dues and fees, and you will be provided the amounts due. These must be paid before reinstatement. There is not a mandated application form or template to apply under Rule 64(f)(1)B. If you do not meet all of the requirements under Rule 64(f)(1)B, then you will apply under Rule 65.
CALCULATION OF BACK DUES AND FEES: It is incumbent upon you to contact the State Bar of Arizona’s Membership Department to inquire what your total back dues and fees are when applying under Rule 64(f)(1)B. Their e-mail is: Membership@staff.azbar.org.
MCLE: For MCLE status, requirements and MCLE fees, contact the MCLE Department, at MCLE@staff.azbar.org. Please include the other jurisdiction you have been actively practicing in during your Suspension.
RULE 64(f)(1)B Affidavit: Please complete the Rule 64 affidavit for submission to apply under Rule 64(f)(1)B Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.
All application materials under this rule are sent to State Bar of Arizona, Records Department 4201 N. 24th St., Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Do not send payment for back dues and fees until instructed.
RULE 65: If you determine to apply under Rule 65, in addition to payment of outstanding discipline fees and/or Client Protection Fund (CPF) fees, if any, there is a non-refundable $100.00 application fee and a $1,000.00 investigation fee paid prior to filing the application. Any expenses incurred during the investigation will be deducted from the investigative fee. If the costs exceed $1,000.00, the balance will be due prior to reinstatement. If the costs are less than $1,000.00, any unused amount will be refunded. Also note that if you have been out for longer than five years for suspension, disbarment, or disability inactive status, the additional requirements of Rule 64(c) apply. There is not a mandated form or template to apply under Rule 65. Most applicants apply in pleading form. Reinstatement under this rule takes approximately 6-7 months and requires a hearing in Phoenix.
RULE 65 Checklist: This checklist may assist you in gathering your records. You will note you need three Affidavits. The Affidavit for payment of the application and investigative fees and the Affidavit for any discipline fees owed will be obtained from the Records Department, firstname.lastname@example.org. The CPF Affidavit will be obtained from Karen Oshmann, email@example.com.
All payments are made payable to the State Bar of Arizona, and sent to the State Bar of Arizona, PO Box 53099, Phoenix, Arizona, 85072-3099.
Rule 65 applications are filed with the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 102, Phoenix, AZ 85007; (P) 602.452.3436 (E) firstname.lastname@example.org, and a copy of the application needs to be sent to the State Bar, Lawyer Regulation Department, 4201 N. 24th St., Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85016.
For a complete version of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona regarding the regulation to practice law: Arizona Supreme Court Rules.