2015 State Bar of Arizona Annual Report
24th Street Operations
The State Bar of Arizona owns the building
housing its offices at 4201 N. 24th Street. Bar
offices occupy 62% of the building. Part of the
space is rented out to tenants. Currently those
tenants occupy 25% of the building. The result
is a vacancy rate of 13%. According to office
space research conducted by CBRE in the fourth
quarter of 2015, the overall vacancy rate in the
Phoenix area is 19.3%.
What Programs Generate
Income for the State Bar...
The AZCLE© Department
AZCLE® offers the latest CLE programs as well
as a catalog of more than 400 CLE OnDemand,
CLE2GO and Self Study programs. In 2015 the
department offered 134 live, in-person CLE
seminars. They also registered 13,633 individuals
for in-person, OnDemand and other distance
learning seminars. Revenue from the AZCLE®
offerings was $2,059,801, while expenses
were $1,925,940, resulting in net income of
The Annual Convention
The Annual Convention is the flagship event
of the State Bar. Packed with roughly 50 CLE
seminars and plenty of networking opportunities,
the convention is an amazing opportunity to
learn and grow as an attorney. Revenue from
registrations, patrons, and sponsors was
$550,481, while expenses were $414,264, resulting in net income of $136,217.
What Does It Cost the
State Bar to...
Operate the Conservatorship
What happens when an attorney’s files are abandoned because of death, disability, disbarment or
suspension? If an attorney has not prearranged
The Bar’s income in 2015 was
The Bar’s expenses in 2015 were
The result was a net surplus of
These are preliminary, unaudited
numbers. For a full review of
the Bar’s finances, go to:
for a successor, the State Bar of Arizona steps in
to close the practice and safeguard the attorney’s
files until they can be returned to the clients.
The State Bar will store the attorney’s files for
a period of time, or until they are able to locate
the clients. The total cost to run the court
mandated Conservatorship Program in 2015
was $342,511. Expenses represent direct costs
for storage and overhead allocation.
Support the Client
The Client Protection Fund helps consumers
who have lost money as a result of a dishonest
attorney. The fund is a trust that is an entity
separate from the State Bar of Arizona, but
exists as part of the State Bar’s business structure. In 2015 the fund paid $409,071 to 53
clients. The total cost for both claims paid and
administration costs was $548,649.
The State Bar of Arizona has 28 sections organized around specific areas of law and practice.
Sections sponsor conferences, educational
programs, publish newsletters, monitor legislation, and well as make recommendations to the
State Bar Board of Governors. In 2015 sections
launched Online Communities to enable better
communications with their members. Nearly
6,700 members pay a fee to enroll in one or
more of the State Bar’s sections. However, that
fee doesn’t cover the total cost of managing
all sections. The additional expense to manage
sections in 2015 totaled $277,084.
Promote programs with the
Arizona Bar Foundation?
The State Bar allocated $75,000 to the Foundation in order to promote volunteerism of
attorneys. The Bar also contributed $15,000 for
the Mock Trial program, $5,045 in free advertising in the Membership Directory and ARIZONA
ATTORNEY MAGAZINE, and $1,600 for a booth at
our annual convention.