Bar Leadership Institute Application Deadline is THIS Friday: Is this your year to lead? We're confident that it is! More information on the BLI and online application form are available here.
Share Your Thoughts on the Proposed New Civil Jury Instructions: State Bar members are invited to comment on proposed new civil jury instructions covering "Nuisance Damages." Please submit your comments to Ilona.Kukan@staff.azbar.org by July 21, 2017. Click here to learn more and get started.
Arizona Supreme Court Seeks Committee Members: Apply by September 6 to serve on the Court's Committee on Character and Fitness or its Committee on Examinations. For candidate criteria, estimated time commitment, length of terms and an application form click here.
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 submits 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.
Seven Applicants Being Considered for Arizona Court of Appeals: The public is asked for comments on seven applicants for an opening on Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals created by the retirement of Judge Michael O. Miller. The applicants include: Sean E. Brearcliffe, David J. Euchner, George O. Krauja, Jacob R. Lines, D. Douglas Metcalf, Regina L. Nassen, amd Jonathan Reich. Click here to view the comment deadlines.
Tucson Attorney Barry W. Rorex Suspended: Attorney Barry W. Rorex of Tucson was suspended for six months and one day after abandoning three clients. Click here to read more on this sanction.
Felony Domestic Violence Leads to Interim Suspension of Attorney Thomas A. Germuska: The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court issued an order placing Thomas A. Germuska on interim suspension. On March 29, 2017, Thomas A. Germuska was convicted by a jury in Maricopa County Superior Court of a Class Four Felony Domestic Violence, and a Class One Misdemeanor Assault, Domestic Violence committed on June 26, 2016. Click here for more.
Hearing Scheduled to Consider Formal Charges Against Pima County Justice of the Peace: Formal charges allege that Judge Paula Aboud violated several rules governing the conduct of judges while attending Limited Jurisdiction New Judges Orientation during the week of January 9-13, 2017. The hearing to consider formal charges of judicial misconduct against Pima County Justice of the Peace Aboud will commence at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017. Learn more about the allegations here.
AG's Office Assumes Navajo County DCSS Cases: Effective July 1, 2017, the Department of Economic Security/Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) will be assuming responsibility for the Title IV-D child support program in Navajo County. The Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Services Section, represents DCSS and will be assuming responsibility for all Title IV-D litigation for Navajo County child support cases. If you need further information, please contact Mitch Padilla, the Unit Chief Counsel for our North Balance of State offices at 928.759.1727 or Debra Tanner, Section Chief Counsel, at 602.542.9973.
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 - Consider Risk Factors When Deciding Whether to Accept a New Matter: The acceptance of some legal matters creates a higher risk of claims than others. To learn more, click here for information from State Bar Member Discount provider Ahern Insurance, a professional liability insurance brokerage firm.