from the board
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
JANUARY MEETING REVIEW
Below are highlights from the Jan. 28, 2011, meeting of
the State Bar Board of Governors. To see the complete
minutes, go to www.myazbar.org/AZBarInfo/
3 Following an Executive Session, the board
voted to approve the report and recommendations of the Executive
Compensation Committee in regard to
the CEO/ED as presented to the board,
over one abstention.
3 Dee-Dee Samet read the Resolution in
Memory of the Victims of the Tragic
Shooting in Tucson, Arizona on January
8, 2011 and in Tribute to Judge John M.
Roll. The board voted to adopt the resolution over one abstention.
3 President’s Report—President Alan
Bayham, Jr., stated that he and General
Counsel John Furlong met with a
Bulgarian judicial delegation regarding
merit selection and independence of the
judiciary. A delegation from Turkey previously had visited with State Bar officials.
3 CEO/Executive Director’s Report—
John Phelps summarized the major initiatives on which staff are working, including completion of annual performance
reviews for all employees and advancement of the strategic plan. Mr. Phelps
further reported that the Law School for
Legislators was a success, providing an
important opportunity to connect with
new legislators. The new discipline system
is fully operational, and the first hearing
3 Strategic Planning
3 MCLE Review—Tom Crowe reported that the MCLE Task Force held its
organizational meeting. A list of issues
to study and a plan for member input
is being formulated.
3 Discipline Guidelines—Richard Platt
reported that the new nine-member
Probable Cause Committee held its
first meeting. The Bar’s Discipline
Oversight Committee will discuss its
role and charge in light of the new
3 Positive Things Lawyers Do—Chief
Communications Officer Rick
DeBruhl reported that a radio campaign had started January 10, to
demystify how the public can contact
a lawyer. There were remarkable
increases in web traffic on
www.azbar.org, resulting in the highest hits in a single day.
3 Strategic Planning Committee—Ted
Campagnolo reported that the committee held a brainstorming session
about merit selection and judicial
3 Diversity—Lisa Loo updated the
board on various meetings she has
had to coordinate diversity-related
programs/services in the legal community. Most recently she was in Pinal
County, and her itinerary will be tak-
ing her to Gila and Cochise counties.
3 Section Management Policies
Review—General Counsel John
Furlong reported that the informa-
tion-gathering process has been com-
pleted. A draft policy relating to the
maintenance and management of
committees and sections has been
completed and will be presented at
the February meeting for information.
3 Support Independence of the
Judiciary—The board voted to delegate authority to the officers (Scope
Committee) to give direction to the
Bar’s lobbyist if a bill regarding merit
selection is dropped before the next
board meeting, with the caveat that
the full board be notified of action
3 Integrated Bar—John Phelps reported that outreach to legislators continues regarding the role of the State Bar
and its mission.
3 Legislative Update—Janna Day reported
that bill filings are down from last year.
One reason may be that the new members are just getting organized. The
deadlines for filing bills in the Senate is
Monday, Jan. 31, with the House deadline the following Monday.
There are two House Resolutions that,
if passed, would go to the general election ballot: HCR 2020, with Rep. Jack
Harper as the sponsor, would revise the
current Trial Court Commission process
and allow the Governor to make appointments. HCR 2026, sponsored by Rep.
Vic Williams, would change the county