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The State Bar Standing Appointments Committee is currently accepting applications from active, and in one case, judicial, members to fill the
following upcoming vacancies. Application forms are due at the State Bar office by Wednesday, March 29, 2017, and can be obtained by calling Nina
Benham in the State Bar’s Phoenix office at (602) 340-7329. An application form also may be downloaded from the Bar’s website www.azbar.org (click
on: For Lawyers/Sections and Committees/Committees/Appointments).
The Standing Appointments Committee and the Board of Governors consider all aspects of diversity in their recommendations and appointments.
Purpose: The Client Protection Fund exists as a
separate entity from the State Bar of Arizona in
the form of a trust to be governed by the Trustees as appointed by the Board of Governors. The
Fund’s purpose is to promote public confidence
in the administration of justice, and to preserve
the integrity of the legal profession by reimbursing people who have sustained losses caused by
the dishonest conduct of lawyers admitted and
licensed to practice law in Arizona. Each lawyer
licensed to practice law in Arizona contributes
Client Protection Fund
Board of Trustees
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Municipal Judicial Advisory
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
$20 per year to the Fund. The Trustees act as
fiduciaries of monies deposited in the fund, invest
those funds, and pay claims in appropriate cases.
Openings: One appointment will be made by the
Board of Governors. The current Trustees are
Matthew A. Gerst (Public Member; Wells Fargo
Advisors, Scottsdale), James B. Penny (Law Office
of James B. Penny LLC, Tucson), Rosemary H.
Rosales (Chandler City Attorney’s Office, Chandler), Robert E. Schmitt (Murphy Schmitt Hathaway & Wilson PLLC, Prescott) and Charles W.
Wirken (Gust Rosenfeld PLC, Phoenix).
Criteria/Qualifications: Any active member in
good standing with the State Bar of Arizona, or
any judicial member in good standing, who has
practiced law or served in a judicial capacity in
the State of Arizona for at least 10 years shall be
eligible for appointment as a Trustee. The Trust-
ees meet several times a year to review claims.
Term: Five years commencing June 2017.
Purpose: Many cities within Arizona have judicial
advisory boards. These boards evaluate and make
recommendations with regard to the selection of
the best-qualified individuals for the position
of presiding or associate city judge or magistrate.
These boards also evaluate the performance of
incumbent judicial members applying for reappointment. The boards meet as required.
Openings: There is one opening on each of the
entities listed below. The Board of Governors is
asked to submit three nominations per opening
to the respective city councils for their consideration and ultimate appointment.
Criteria/Qualifications: Applicants must be
active members of, and in good standing with,
the State Bar of Arizona. Attorneys who have
limited-jurisdiction and criminal court experience
are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must reside in the City of Scottsdale.
Three-year term commencing July 2017.
Applicants must reside in Maricopa County.
Four-year term commencing July 2017.
City of Scottsdale
City of Surprise
Judicial Selection Advisory