;e Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment
of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Arizona at Tucson,
;e duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging and will include:
( 1) Conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases;
( 2) Trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases;
( 3) Conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on
delegation from the judges of the district court; and
( 4) and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.
;e basic jurisdiction of the United States Magistrate Judge is speci;ed in 28
U.S.C. § 636. To be quali;ed for appointment an applicant must:
( 1) Be, and have been for at least ;ve years, a member in good standing of the bar
of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth
of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern
Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been
engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least 5 years (with some
substitutes authorized). (State Bar of Arizona membership preferred);
( 2) Be competent to perform all the duties of the o;ce; be of good moral
character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice
under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable
of deliberation and decisiveness;
( 3) Be less than seventy years old; and
( 4) Not be related to a judge of the district court.
A Merit Selection Panel composed of attorneys and other members of the
community will review applicants and recommend to the judges of the district
court in con;dence the ;ve persons whom it considers best quali;ed. ;e court will
make the appointment, following a FBI full-;eld investigation and IRS tax check of
the appointee. ;e current annual salary of the position is $160,080.00. ;e term
of o;ce is 8 years. Application forms and further information on the magistrate
judge position may be obtained from the court’s website at www.azd.uscourts.gov,
or by contacting:
Brian D. Karth
District Court Executive/Clerk of Court
Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse
401 W. Washington, Suite 130
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Applications must be received by the Clerk’s O;ce no later than August 23, 2013. All
applications will be kept con;dential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and
all applications will be examined only by members of the Merit Selection Panel and the
judges of the district court. ;e panel’s deliberations will remain con;dential.
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for a favorable variance to budget of $24,000.
3 Total revenues were $3,232,000 and are
$176,000 less than budget. Total expenses of
$3,256,000 were $200,000 less than budget.
3 Sections Activity reported a surplus of
$229,000 compared to a budgeted surplus
of $235,000 for the three months ending
3 Total Surplus after distributions for Access to
Justice and Thomas case fees was $176,000
for the first three months of 2013.
3Net Assets as of March 31, 2013, are
$8,390,000 compared to $8,024,000 for the
prior year. Sections carryovers and current
year surplus total $538,000.
3In addition to funding operating expenses,
2013 membership dues payments were used
to pay down the line of credit by $1,100,000
to a zero balance and fund YTD capital
expenditures of $33,000.
3 Audit Reports
3 SBA Combined Financial Statements and
Independent Auditor’s Report: December
31, 2012 and 2011
3 Client Protection Fund Combined
Financial Statements and Independent:
Auditor’s Report December 31, 2012
3 Professionalism Committee—Chair Isabel
3 The Professionalism Committee’s proposed
possible changes to the Oath and the Creed
to make them simpler and less duplicative
of conduct already included in the Ethical
3 The committee anticipates that the Creed
will become the basis for the principles used
in the Professionalism Course.
3 The issue is whether to recommend that
the Supreme Court revise the Oath and the
Creed as proposed by the Professionalism
3 This matter will be voted upon at the May
meeting of the board.
3Peer Review Program
3 The purpose is “To promote compliance
with the spirit of the [Rules of Professional
conduct] by encouraging courtesy in all professional dealings; to act as an ‘early warning
system’ for behavior suggesting professional
problems, and thus assist in the building and
enhancing of trust between members of the
Bar and the public.”
3 The board adopted Peer Review Program
guidelines in December 1991; first peer
review program in the United States and is
a model for the ABA.
3 Review of the process in place for referrals
and the possible dispositions.
3 Referrals are made due to abusive language,
lack of communication, failure to pay expert,
sexual harassment of client/employee, harassment by collection attorney, failure to pay
doctor liens, failure to pay other professionals.