BOARD OF GOVERNORS
agreed to change the name from
“Scope and Operations Committee” to “Executive Council”;
Councils are not subject to the
Public Meetings Policy. Board
members are always welcome to
attend any meeting.
3 Correspondence/Partner Bar
3 2016 SBA Annual Report –
The annual report was included
in the materials, and President
Vakula asked the board to look
at the impressive number of
programs, services and activities
the State Bar delivers.
3 Adjournment – 12: 53 p.m.
To honor our members who
have passed, a webpage has been
created and will be posted at
3 Meeting Schedule—The board
meeting schedule is posted on
the Bar’s website: www.azbar.
PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES NEWS FOR MEMBERS
Judicial Nominating Commissions
Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Purpose: The four nonpartisan commissions are chaired by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court (or his designee). Primary responsibility
is to screen, interview and recommend judicial candidates to the Governor
of Arizona for the Governor’s final selection to fill judicial vacancies.
Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Applicants must be active members
of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. Applicants shall
have resided in the state, and shall have been admitted to practice law before
the Arizona Supreme Court, for not less than five years.
No more than three of the five attorney-commissioners may be from the
same political party. None of the attorney or non-attorney members of the
commissions shall hold any governmental office, elective or appointive, for
profit and no attorney member is eligible for appointment to any judicial
office of this state until one year after membership in the commission ter-
minates. The commissions meet as necessary when judicial openings occur.
Arizona’s Constitution (Article 6, Section 36.C and Section 41.D) provides
for ethnic and gender diversity on the commissions. Minorities and women
are encouraged to apply for positions on the judicial nominating commis-
Term: Four years. The Governor’s appointees must be confirmed by the
Arizona State Senate.
Openings: Applicants may be affiliated with any political party.
Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments – Two. Applicants
may not reside in Maricopa County. Currently two of the five lawyer–
commissioners reside in Maricopa County; two is the maximum number allowed
from any one county as defined in the Arizona Constitution.
Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments – Two.
Applicants must reside in either Supervisorial District (SD) 1 or SD 5.
Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments – Two.
Applicants must reside in either SD 4 or 5.
Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments – Three.
Applicants must reside in SD 2, 3 or 5.
The State Bar Standing Appointments Committee is currently accepting
applications from active members in good standing to fill the following
upcoming vacancies. Application forms are due at the State Bar office by
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, and can be obtained by contacting Nina Ben-ham at Nina.Benham@staff.azbar.org or (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.
Bar No. 024463; File No. 17-1122
PDJ No. 2017-9051
On December 30, 2016, Marivel
Cantu-Madril, Tucson, was suspended for one year by the United
States Court of Appeals for the
Ninth Circuit. By final judgment
and order dated May 25, 2017, the
presiding disciplinary judge imposed
reciprocal discipline by suspending
Ms. Cantu-Madril for one year effective June 26, 2017.
Ms. Cantu-Madril was suspend-
ed by the Ninth Circuit for engag-
ing in a pattern of making material
misrepresentations in immigration
briefings; failing to cite to the
administrative record; filing generic,
perfunctory petitions that lacked
application of relevant case law; and,
generally, failing to diligently prose-
cute her cases. The court identified
35 matters in which Cantu-Madril
engaged in unprofessional conduct.
Aggravating factors were a pat-
tern of misconduct, multiple offenses,
and vulnerable victims.
The only mitigating factor was
Ms. Cantu-Madril’s conduct violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.C T., ERs 1. 1
and 3. 3.
KRISTOFER E. HALVORSON
Bar No. 016525; File No. 16-1686
PDJ No. 2017-9030
By final judgment and order dated
July 12, 2017, a discipline hearing
panel suspended Kristofer E. Hal-
vorson, Gilbert, Ariz., for two years
consecutive to his suspension in
PDJ-2015-9001, and ordered him
to pay costs and expenses of $2,000.
In the sole count, Mr. Halvorson
was hired to obtain patents and/
or trademarks for a client, but was
suspended from the practice of law.
Despite the suspension, Mr. Halvorson continued the representation
as attorney of record in the United
States Patent and Trademark Office.
On October 12, 2016, the USPTO
issued a decision and order excluding Mr. Halvorson from practicing
law before the USPTO. He also
failed to respond to the State Bar’s
There were four aggravating
factors: prior disciplinary offenses,
pattern of misconduct, multiple
offenses, and substantial experience
in the practice of law.
There were no mitigating factors.
Mr. Halvorson violated Rule 42,
ARIZ.R.S.CT., ERs 5. 5 and 8. 1(b);
and Rule 54(d), ARIZ.R.S.CT.
Bar No. 022587; File No. 16-1965
PDJ No. 2017-9062
By final judgement and order dated
May 26, 2017, the presiding disciplinary judge accepted an Agreement for Discipline by Consent by
which Gregory E. McClure, Tucson, was reprimanded and placed
on probation for 18 months. The