PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The State Bar Standing Appointments Committee is currently accepting applications from active members to fill the following upcoming vacancies.
Application forms are due at the State Bar office by Wednesday, May 3, 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
The Standing Appointments Committee and the Board of Governors consider all aspects of diversity in their recommendations and appointments.
Purpose: Delegates represent the State Bar of
Arizona at the Annual and Midyear Meetings of
the American Bar Association House of Delegates. The State Bar reimburses only that portion
of Delegate expenses relating to that portion of
the House’s agenda that addresses the regulation
of the profession and improving the quality of
Openings: Two appointments will be made by
the Board of Governors. One of the Delegates
appointed must be a young lawyer, 35 years of
age or younger, at the beginning of his or her
Criteria/Qualifications: Applicants must be active members of, and in good standing with, the
State Bar of Arizona. The successful candidates
also must be members of, and in good standing
American Bar Association
House of Delegates
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Community Legal Services Board
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
with, the ABA throughout their tenure as Delegates. The Delegates regularly appear before the
Board of Governors to report on House of Delegates’ activities.
Term: Two years commencing September 2017.
Purpose: The Community Legal Services Board
consists of 27 members, four of whom are State
Bar representatives. The vision of CLS is “equal
justice for all,” and its mission statement reads
that it “is committed to eliminating poverty-based
inequities in the civil justice system by providing
high-quality legal advice, advocacy and assistance
to low-income Arizonans.” Board members work
collectively to ensure the fiscal integrity of the
program, set policies and procedures directing
CLS activities and goals, establish substantive
law “priorities” and enhance the organization’s
standing within the community.
Openings: One appointment will be made by the
Board of Governors.
Criteria/Qualifications: Applicants must be active Members mf, and in good standing with, the
State Bar of Arizona. CLS Board members are
expected to attend and contribute to board meetings, which are held each September, November,
January, March and May on the first Wednesday
of each month beginning at 6:00 p.m., as well as
a two-day working retreat typically held on a Friday afternoon and Saturday morning in Phoenix
in June. In addition, board members are encouraged to participate on at least one committee
during the year. CLS is particularly interested in
having board members who will contribute their
time and energy to board activities during their
appointed term on the board.
Term: Six years commencing June 2017
NEWS FOR MEMBERS
TIMOTHY W. HOLT
Bar No. 009724
PDJ No. 2016-9111
By order dated Nov. 15, 2016,
Timothy W. Holt, Glendale, Ariz.,
was reinstated as an active member
of the State Bar of Arizona.
TRANSFER TO DISABILITY
RICHARD B. GELLER
Bar No. 021091; File No. 16-2957
PDJ No. 2016-9125
By order dated Jan. 20, 2017, the
presiding disciplinary judge transferred Richard B. Geller, Tucson, to
disability inactive status indefinitely.
ERIC G. BJOTVEDT
Bar No. 019679; File Nos. 15-1212, 15-
PDJ No. 2016-9086
By final judgement and order dated
Dec. 20, 2016, the presiding disci-
plinary judge accepted an agreement
for discipline by consent by which
Eric G. Bjotvedt, Phoenix, was rep-
rimanded and placed on probation
for two years. As probation Mr.
Bjotvedt shall participate in the
State Bar’s Law Office Management
Assistance Program, and pay $1,600
in restitution to his client in Count
Two. Mr. Bjotvedt also was assessed
the costs of the proceedings totaling
In Count One, Mr. Bjotvedt represented clients in an immigration
matter and was paid $4,000. The
clients followed his directions to
work with his secretary Isidra. After
doing the initial client intake, Mr.
Bjotvedt did no further work on
their case. When Isidra demanded
new money orders, they became suspicious and filed this bar charge.
When the State Bar contacted Mr.
Bjotvedt, he did not recall or recog-
nize the clients’ names. He knew
nothing of the progress of the case
but later discovered that Isidra was
running a side business and steering
clients away from him. He only
scolded her and took no other action
because of his great dependence on
her. Mr. Bjotvedt did not refund to
the clients the extra money they
paid to Isidra, but did later persuade
Isidra to do so.
In Count Two, Mr. Bjotvedt
was retained to represent a Mexican
national in the U.S. illegally. The
client was charged with having a
false California driver’s license. The
public defender was assigned to
represent him. The client paid Mr.
Bjotvedt $1,600 to take over the
case, but he claimed that he learned
that the client actually had two
criminal cases pending and he could
not handle both cases for the same
fee. Mr. Bjotvedt did not file a
notice of appearance and did not
notify the public defender he had
been retained. He did not appear
for any hearings, and he did not
communicate to the client in writ-
ing that he changed the scope of
representation. His fee agreement
excluded any immigration work, yet
in accounting for his fees to his cli-
ent, he listed immigration tasks. Mr.
Bjotvedt did not furnish any service
of value for the client.
Aggravating factors: selfish mo-
tive, multiple offenses, vulnerable
victims, and substantial experience
in the practice of law.
Mitigating factors: absence of
prior disciplinary record, absence of
a dishonest motive, full and free
disclosure to disciplinary board or
cooperative attitude toward proceedings, and character or reputation (volunteer work with the State
Bar, and providing pro bono legal
Mr. Bjotvedt violated Rule 42,
ARIZ.R.S.CT., ERs 1. 2, 1. 3, 1. 4,
1. 5(a) and (b), 1. 16(d), and 5. 3.
LARRY JOSEPH BUSCH, JR.
Bar No. 023133; File Nos. 12-1235,
13-1060, 13-3388, 14-0517, 14-1981,
PDJ No. 2015-9017