UNCATEGORIZED

Committee to examine future of State Bar of Arizona

Oct 19, 2015, 5:38 AM

PHOENIX — A legislative committee is looking into whether the State Bar of Arizona should be mandatory and if it needs dismantling.

An ad hoc committee will meet later this month in the wake of a renewed effort to strip the organization of some of its power, the Arizona Capitol Times reported (http://bit.ly/1R4e3wY).

Rep. Anthony Kern, who is leading the committee, introduced legislation in the last session that would have made membership voluntary.

The bill, which failed in the House with a 29-30 vote, also would have made the Arizona Supreme Court in charge of regulating attorneys statewide. Kern did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Some lawmakers say the mandatory membership is similar to forcing someone to join a labor union.

State Bar CEO John Phelps will speak at the Oct. 19 meeting.

“This misguided effort to ‘reform’ the Bar by tearing it apart will only diminish the Bar’s service to the community and the profession of law in Arizona,” Phelps said.

There are 32 states including Arizona that have mandatory bar associations. The committee will discuss the history and role of required membership, as well as related association and free speech rights.

A Supreme Court Task Force reviewed the association’s role and governance, releasing a report Sept. 1 that says mandatory membership is beneficial to attorneys, the courts and public.

“The court has adopted ethical rules for the protection of the public, and the Bar’s regulatory function assists the court in enforcing those rules,” the report says. “But what is equally important is that the Bar works proactively to assure that its attorney members comply with the rules.”

Criminal defense attorney Alex Lane set up a website urging his colleagues to get involved. He said the Legislature does not have the authority to regulate attorneys.

“My position is if the State Bar is going to be changed, that would have to happen through either a Board of Governors election or a petition through the Arizona Supreme Court,” he said.

Uncategorized

adunlap

Win Opening Day Tickets

Win D-backs Opening Day tickets for this Thursday!  Follow @Anthony987sport

3 months ago

Axon Enterprise headquarters in Scottsdale. (Jim Poulin/Phoenix Business Journal)...

Ron Davis/Phoenix Business Journal

Axon’s north Scottsdale development comes under fire at planning commission meeting

Axon Enterprise Inc.'s mixed-use development plans in north Scottsdale were tabled Jan. 24 in the face of criticism from city commissioners and a standing-room only crowd.

5 months ago

(Pexels Photo)...

Associated Press

States have lost millions of dollars to fight and treat STDs

State and local health departments across the U.S found out in June they’d be losing the final two years of a $1 billion investment to strengthen the ranks of people who track and try to prevent sexually transmitted diseases — especially the rapid increase of syphilis cases.

8 months ago

Associated Press

How one swing-state county is trying to recover from high elections staff turnover

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — The polls had just opened for last year’s midterms in Pennsylvania when the phones began ringing at the election office in Luzerne County. Polling places were running low on paper to print ballots. Volunteers were frustrated, and voters were getting agitated. Emily Cook, the office’s interim deputy director who had been […]

8 months ago

(Pexels Photo)...

Kim Komando

Tips for your internet browser if it’s slowing down to a crawl

The internet browser is one of the most frequently-used applications on your computer. But it can get slowed down from tools and extensions.

8 months ago

City of Tempe/Facebook photo...

Stephen Gugliociello

Tempe to convert cooling center to city resource center

The city will begin repurposing its cooling center at EnVision Center starting Saturday as a site to help residents with a variety of needs.

9 months ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s how to be worry-free when your A/C goes out in the middle of summer

PHOENIX -- As Arizona approaches another hot summer, Phoenix residents are likely to spend more time indoors.

...

Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines can get you smoothly from Phoenix to Frankfurt on new A330-900neo airplane

Adventure Awaits! And there's no better way to experience the vacation of your dreams than traveling with Condor Airlines.

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

Committee to examine future of State Bar of Arizona