Governors of the Task Force’s Gideon
3Mr. Hammond indicated that, rather than
ask the State Bar to organize and fund
a statewide review of indigent criminal
defense at this time, it would be preferable
to have that review handled by Arizona’s
3Collaborative efforts are under way with
the law schools and others on this important project.
3 Consent Agenda: President Platt asked
if anything was to be removed from the
Consent Agenda; hearing nothing, Motion:
Jimmie Smith moved, Patrick Greene seconded and the motion carried unanimously
to approve the Consent Agenda:
3Approval January 23, 2015 Board of
Governors Meeting Minutes
3Resignations in Good Standing
3Reinstatements of Member(s) Suspended
for Non-Compliance with Annual
Membership Dues and/or Trust Account
Compliance (Rule 32(c) ( 10) and/or
Rule 43, ARIZ.R.S.CT.)
32015 Dues Waiver Requests
3MCLE Suspensions re 2013-2014 Non-Compliance (Updated list provided)
3 Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Revised
3Finance & Audit Committee—Chair David
Byers reviewed the December unaudited
3$1.3 million surplus for 2014 including
3 Total expenses personnel $8.287 million =
3Other operating expenses $4.299 million =
3Depreciation $830,000 = 6 percent
3Membership growth is 2 percent a year,
3CLE total revenues were budgeted $2
million and showed a modest increase.
3 Total expenses were reduced due to cost-reduction efforts by staff and due to the
3Dues penalties substantially increased from
$257,000 in 2013 to $542,000 in 2014.
3Primary cause communicated by members
for paying late was “delegated to someone
else in office.”
3Proposed Reserve Policy
3 Motion: Coming as a motion from the
Finance & Audit Committee, requiring no
second, recommended splitting the $1.2
million reserve 50/50 between the Dues
Reserve and the Capital Projects Reserve.
Motion carried unanimously.
3 Investment Policy
3 The board was urged to review the proposed policy as it will be voted on at the
3 This policy outlines guidelines for investing State Bar funds including the Dues
Reserve, the Capital Projects Reserve and
the Client Protection Fund.
3 Tax Law Section—Eliot Kaplan for Tax
3 The Section is requesting a letter be sent
to Congress encouraging increased funding for the IRS.
3 The IRS has suffered extensive budget cuts
since 2010 leaving them shorthanded
resulting in audits remaining unresolved,
phone calls being unanswered, backlogs on
transcripts which take months to acquire.
3 The lack of funding resulting in the lack
of personnel is affecting the administration
3General Counsel John Furlong reported
political activities, if related to the Bar’s
core purpose, are permissible under Keller.
3 Motion: Jim Smith moved, David
Derickson seconded and the motion
carried unanimously to not send a letter
to Congress to support increased funding
for the IRS.
3 Online Communities—Roberta Tepper
3Ms. Tepper gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding the Online Communities
now being used by Sections. Members
must be a member of a Section(s) to see
3Current Sections’ web pages are static.
The new portal now has the ability to:
3Post online newsletters
3List documents via library tab; link to
documents; post additional documents
3List events—all events can be on the
online community calendar
3Daily digest can be provided at the end
of the day that lists all that was posted
the prior day or the member can receive
postings in real time.
3CLE Task Force Report—Chair Jeff Willis
3Introduced Robert Copple, ADR Section
past chair. Mr. Copple chaired one of the
Task Force’s three Subgroups charged
with studying ways to increase collaborative CLE efforts between the sections and
the CLE Department. This was the model
in the 1970s.
3 The Subgroup recommended the creation
of a CLE Curriculum Committee and a
3It also recommended the creation of a
centralized system for the delivery of all
CLE programs with the CLE Department
overseeing all programs, paying all costs
and receiving all associated revenue.
3CLE on Demand and Webcasts are a large
portion of the CLEs offered currently by
the CLE Department. Offering more
workshops rather than formal panels is an
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