from the board lawyer regulation people
The State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors
held its regular meeting Jan. 20, 2016, in
Phoenix. To see the complete minutes go to
3;President Geoffrey Trachtenberg
called the board meeting to order
at 8: 35 am.
3 Presentation to Supreme Court
Liaison, Hon. Ann A. Scott
Timmer, for her service on the
Board of Governors from 2012
3 Welcomed newly appointed Jus-
tice Clint Bolick who will replace
Justice Timmer as Court liaison.
3 Study Group on Judicial Review
of Administrative Decisions
Rules being formed.
3;CEO/ED Report—John Phelps:
3 Introduced Nick Guston, Senior
Business Analyst, Employee of
the Quarter, who will celebrate
his one-year anniversary with the
State Bar in February. Mr. Guston
was recognized for his work and
initiative with the new Just Ware
(case management) project.
3 Reported that Alberto Rodriguez,
Public Information and Community Outreach Specialist, was
selected as the Employee of the
Year. Mr. Rodriguez was recognized for his work in expanding
the State Bar’s community outreach, including new partnerships with Univision Arizona,
ABC 15 and the Glendale City
Court. He is recognized as the
face of the Bar in the Hispanic
3 Strategic Planning: Staff is
breaking down the goals in the
recently adopted Strategic Plan
into action steps.
3;Annual performance reviews are
3;Robust process with quarterly
3;End of year formal reviews
now being conducted
3;Recent quarterly orientation
for new members drew 60
participants who wanted to learn
about the Bar. Thanked Justice
Timmer for her participation
in this and many other Bar
initiatives over the years.
3 Lawyer Discipline System
Presentation ( 2 of 3)—Maret
Vessella, Chief Bar Counsel, and
Hon. Lawrence Winthrop:
3;Presentation continued from
last month regarding the lawyer
discipline process. The series of
presentations are at the Board’s
request to become better educated about the system.
3;This first educational discussion
covered the Intake system han-
dled by the Attorney/Consumer
Assistance Program. Judge
Lawrence Winthrop covered the
Probable Cause Committee
(ADPCC); Judge Winthrop
chairs the ADPCC.
3;Ms. Vessella reported that cases
referred for investigation stem
from a charge that is otherwise
not dismissed or diverted out of
3;Seven litigation lawyers in
Lawyer Regulation Office.
3;In 2014, 751 charges referred
to litigation for a full investigation of the allegations;
attributed to 422 lawyers.
3;Average time to conduct a
full investigation can range
between 6-8 months.
3;Weekly internal meeting with
all the bar counsel to discuss
the recommendations on
each case. Every case is vetted
thoroughly and considered for
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