chase of a table at the AWLA annual con-
vention and the Minority Bar Associations
banquet honoring Dee-Dee Samet.
CFO Tom Johnson reported that the
SBA and the Arizona Foundation for
Legal Services & Education are continu-
ing to have ongoing communication
regarding the Foundation’s lease.
A new Arizona Center for Law &
Society (ASU) is planned in downtown
Phoenix. The State Bar is being asked to
consider having a presence in the facility.
Mr. Johnson reviewed the year-end
financials in depth.
3 Audit Committee—Chair Frank Barriga
stated that Miller Allen & Co. PC representatives attended the Joint Finance
Committee/Audit Committee meeting
to review the timeline for the upcoming
work on audits of the State Bar and
3 Chief Bar Counsel Report—Roberta
Tepper, Senior Bar Counsel, reported
on behalf of Maret Vessella, Chief Bar
Counsel. The first hearing under the new
discipline system was held in the Court of
Appeals courtroom with Judge William J.
O’Neil presiding. An attorney and public
member also serve on the panel. Judge
O’Neil was sworn in on Jan. 11, 2011;
on Jan. 5, he met with the Conflict
Committee and anticipates a role for
them in the new system. The new
Probable Cause Committee also had its
Transition News—The Lawyer
Regulation Department has two openings
for Investigators. There are now five
lawyers, previously three, in the intake
office. They call complainants and do a
long interview to get their information
prior to contacting the lawyer. The addition of experienced litigation attorneys to
the Intake division has had the positive
impact that was anticipated and has added
aspects to the system that were missing.
This is getting very positive feedback from
all parties involved.
3 IOLTA—Amelia Craig Cramer summarized a new Financial Institution IOLTA
Participation Certification Agreement.
The board voted to accept the modifications recommended by staff. Participating
banks must sign the new agreement for
2011–12, and the Foundation shall provide the State Bar with copies of said
3 Rules Committee—Chair Bryan
Chambers reviewed the recommendations
from the Rules Committee. The following
item is for information only this month:
3 Proposed Comment to Petition R-10-
0032, Rule 111, Arizona Rules of the
Supreme Court and Rule 28, Arizona
Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure.
(Amendment would allow citation
of unpublished decisions of federal
courts and state courts outside of
3 ABA Delegate Report—Margarita Silva
reported that the next meeting of the
House of Delegates will be February 14
in Atlanta. They will consider 33 reports
and 31 resolutions. The agenda is fluid
and changes right up to the start of the
meeting. The Delegates are cognizant
of the Keller decision before casting any
3 Liaison Reports
3 AWLA—Reported that Maricopa
County Attorney William
Montgomery will be the keynote
speaker at the Maricopa Chapter’s
luncheon on February 23, and
Paula Perrera, of the Pima County
Attorney’s Office, is the keynote at
the Southern Arizona Chapter’s
February 28 luncheon.
3 Young Lawyers Division—President
Maricela Meza reported the Solo and
Small Firm Section and the Arizona
Society of CPAs and Committee on
Minorities and Women in the Law will
hold a social event at the Ritz Carlton
on February 17 from 5: 30 to 8: 30
p.m. The YLD is also accepting nominations for the Hal Israel Award and
Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.
3 Los Abogados—Virginia Herrera-Gonzales reported that the association’s annual retreat was held in Yuma
due to the large number of minority
attorneys in the area who wish to
3 Black Bar—Diversity Director I.
Godwin Otu reported that they had a
meeting and have elected new officers.
3 Native American Bar Association—
Ted Campagnolo referenced his written report, which highlighted the
group’s numerous activities, including
a successful food and toy drive for
Native Health; the fourth annual
William C. Canby Lecture featuring
Justice Herb Yazzie (Jan. 27); and the
Navajo Nation Bar Association’s
Annual Conference at Wild Horse
Pass Hotel (June 9-10).
3 North Phoenix Bar Association—
Gary Michael Smith stated they meet
the second Wednesday of every
month. The organization is approximately nine months old and has 60
members. Their new web site is
3 East Valley Bar Association—
Michael Kielsky reported that their
members meet the third Friday of the
month at the Landmark Restaurant in
Mesa at noon. They have a new web-