recommended that Judge Peter Swann
present to the board as he did at the Rules
Committee. Suggestion to ask the
Professionalism Committee to consider
adding “laws of Arizona” and not “laws of
the United States” pursuant to what voters
just passed in the recent election.
3MOTION: Jeffrey Willis moved and Richard
Coffinger seconded to table the matter.
3MOTION TO AMEND: Jeffrey Willis
moved, Diane Drain seconded and the
motion carried to bring this item back at
the January meeting of the board.
3 A Lawyer’s Creed of Professionalism of the
State Bar of Arizona.
3MOTION: Jeffrey Willis moved, Jimmie
Smith seconded and the motion to table
the Creed along with the Oath passed
3Rules Review Committee—Jeffrey Willis:
3Proposed Petition submitted by the Legal
Services Committee to Amend Rules of
Procedure for Eviction Actions and Proposal
by the Supreme Court’s Committee on
Limited Jurisdiction Courts
3Rules Committee recommended not
taking a position but forwarding both
proposals to the Supreme Court for its
3 Ellen Katz, William E. Morris Institute,
and a Legal Services Committee representative, reviewed the Committee’s Petition
which provides for a change of judge in
eviction action in Justice Court cases.
3 Presiding Justice of the Peace C. Steven
McMurry summarized the JP’s Petition
which gives the right to a change of judge
if another JP is available. This petition mitigates delays in the legal process perceived
in the other Petition.
3MOTION: Jimmie Smith moved and
Diane Drain seconded the motion to only
send the Legal Services Committee’s proposal to the Supreme Court. Motion failed
in a 16–6 vote.
3 MOTION: Coming from the Rules
Committee, requiring no second, the
board voted to send both proposals to the
Court for its consideration.
3Proposed Petition submitted by the Sexual
Orientation and Gender Identity Committee
to Amend Judicial Canon 2. 3 in Rule 81,
ARIZ.R.S.CT. (Information Only)
3President Platt stated that this item is
information only and not for vote today.
3Stanna Slater addressed the board in favor
of the Petition.
3 This item was discussed at the Scope and
Operations Committee meeting last week
and it was noted that the petition may not
have been vetted by all interested parties.
3 The board agreed to circulate the petition
more broadly amongst interested stakeholders and for the officers to decide
when this issue is ready to be brought
back before the board for consideration.
BREAK: 11: 10 a.m. – 11: 25 a.m.
3CLE Task Force Report and
3 CLE Pre-certification
3MOTION: Jimmie Smith moved, Geoffrey
Trachtenberg seconded and the motion car-
ried unanimously that there be no pre-certi-
fication of CLE providers by the State Bar.
3Lawyer Regulation Issues—Richard
3Mr. Coffinger revisited his Board Reporting
Form first submitted at the board’s Retreat
in July regarding his concern about the proposed sunsetting of the board’s Discipline
Oversight Committee and his request for
clarification regarding the board’s role in
the lawyer discipline process.
3Following his discussion with the officers
at their December meeting, Mr. Coffinger
proposed the following for the board’s
3 Maret Vessella, Chief Bar Counsel, pro-
vides quarterly reports to the Board of
Governors including statistics and trends
regarding lawyer discipline matters.
3 Requested that the President write to the
Chief Justice requesting appointment of
a current board member, in lieu of a past
president who is serving, to the Attorney
Regulation Advisory Committee.
3 The Discipline Oversight Committee
3Article 8.02 of the Bylaws states that the
(DOC) be sunsetted as it no longer has a
viable charge or purpose due to the recent
changes in the lawyer regulation process.
3 MOTION TO TABLE: Richard
Coffinger moved, Steven Hirsch second-
ed and the motion carried unanimously to
table the issue of sunsetting the DOC for
six months. Currently the DOC has no
chair and no appointments were made for
the 2014-2015 Bar year.
3 MOTION: Sam Saks moved, Diane
Drain seconded and the motion carried
unanimously for Richard Platt to appoint
a study group to meet and make recom-
mendations to the board on its role and
the parameters of the oversight function.
Jim Smith moved to table the discussion
on the discipline oversight issues but the
motion failed for the lack of a second.
3Bylaws Discussion Regarding President’s
president acts as parliamentarian for all
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