3 Stephen L. Weiss
3 Tanja Kelly
3 Nora Greer
3 Andre w Kvesic
3 Adam Zickerman
3 Lauri O wen
3 Vote: Coming from the Appointments
Committee as a motion, the board voted
unanimously to send the slate of nine to
the Arizona Supreme Court. Staff is to
verify that the candidates who applied for
the C&F Committee are willing to be considered for the Exams Committee as well.
3 Discipline Oversight Working Group
Report—Geoffrey M. Trachtenberg:
3 Formed in December 2014, the working
group of board and State Bar staff members
included Geoffrey Trachtenberg, Chair,
Justice Ann Timmer, Paul Senseman, Amy
Rehm and Maret Vessella. The group was to
consider the board’s responsibilities and role
relating to the oversight of the regulatory
3 The group met a number of times, assumed,
without deciding, the existence of a fiduciary
duty and made recommendations to the
board regarding its oversight responsibility
at the July 2015 Board Retreat.
3 The report provided is the final report
and includes 12 recommendations for the
board’s consideration and action.
3 Motion: Sam Saks moved and Diane
Drain seconded the motion to postpone a
vote until the October board meeting.
3 Vote: 8–8 with President Trachtenberg
breaking the tie; motion failed.
3 Discussion ensued and Justice Timmer
reminded the board of the presentation at
the Retreat in July.
3 Motion: Patrick Greene moved and Lisa
Loo seconded the motion to approve the
recommendations of the ad hoc committee
as contained in the Discipline Oversight
Working Group Report.
3 Vote: Unanimous
3 President Trachtenberg stated that a three-part educational series will be presented to
the board starting in October regarding
the current discipline process.
3 Finance & Audit Committee—CFO Kathy
Gerhart: 2016 Budget Guidelines:
3 Anticipates no significant changes to the
programs and services provided to members
and the public.
3 The budget will include an increase in annual membership dues as directed by Supreme
Court Administrative Order No. 2014-32.
3 Revenues and expenses in the 2016 budget
will be consistent with the five-year financial
projections as provided to the Board of
Governors on July 23, 2015, which support
the long range vision of the SBA to include
3 Estimated annual revenues will be based
on analysis of dues and non-dues income
3 Estimated operational expenses will be
based on analysis of costs associated in the
functional areas of the SBA.
3 Total personnel expenses including payroll
taxes, compensation and benefits not to
exceed a 3 percent increase over the 2015
3 Motion and Vote: Coming as a motion
from the Human Resource Committee and
Finance & Audit Committee, requiring
no second, motion carried unanimously to
adopt the 2016 Budget Guidelines.
3 June 2015 Quarterly Financial Statement
3 For the six months ended June 30, 2015,
the Bar’s income generated a surplus of
$1,178,000, excluding sections.
3 The surplus year-to-date is $525,000 more
than budgeted. This is due to $228,000
more in revenues and $297,000 less in
3 Cash and cash equivalents increased
$4,576,000, which includes $61,000 in
capital expenditures to-date.
3 The balance sheet reflects a Net Worth/
Net Assets of $11,476,000.
3 Sections activity reported a surplus of
$172,000 compared to a budgeted surplus
3 Significant Variances–Dues–Penalty Revenue—$325,000 more than anticipated due
primarily to increased late fees assessed.
There are no other significant variances.
3 Award-High Score on the February Bar
Exam—Geoffrey M. Trachtenberg:
3 John Christopher Quinn, Tempe, Ariz.,
received the highest score on the February
Multi-State Bar Exam that had an overall
pass rate of 58 percent.
3 President Trachtenberg presented Mr. Quinn
a gift from the State Bar.
3 Past President Position and Duties—
Geoffrey M. Trachtenberg:
3 President Trachtenberg stated that Bryan
Chambers would be the past president but
by virtue of his being appointed to the judiciary that renders him incapable of serving
according to Court rule.
3 The officers recommended Richard Platt to
serve as Immediate Past President. Mr. Platt
has agreed to do so, in addition to chairing
the Program Review Committee this year.
3 Motion: Coming as a motion from the
Scope and Operations Committee to have
Richard Platt serve as Immediate Past
President, an ex-officio non-voting member
of the Board and to serve as the chair of the
3 Vote: Unanimous.
3 College of Trial Advocacy—John P. Ager
and Peter Collins:
3 In existence 28 years.
3 Eight of the last 11 week-long colleges have
been financially successful.
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