vide a solid base for me to be a valuable contributor on the Board. As
with any other issues that came before the Board in the execution of
its duties, I would give serious and
deep consideration, and actively participate in any discussions and debate, to all potential solutions in the
quest to find the best workable solution.
David Wm. Engelman
Engelman Berger, P.C.
Having practiced law in Arizona for
40 years, I have acquired certain
wisdom and experience. With the
goal of improving upon the excellent legal community in Arizona, I
offer my wisdom and experience as
a Board Governor.
As an outsider of the board,
three issues seem significant and
interesting to me. The legal system
is closed off to many people, for
economic and noneconomic reasons
alike. With governmental resources
dwindling, the State Bar needs to
be creative and resourceful in opening the doors of legal justice to all
communities. I would work to make
our legal system accessible to as
many as possible.
The State Bar provides wonderful programming, support and benefits to its members. But particularly in regards to young members,
the State Bar should offer more.
Many young lawyers need guidance
and support in their law practices. I
would encourage the development
of a mentorship program that would
reach all interested members.
Finally, our form of constitu-
Steven L. Evans
tional democracy requires an inde-
pendent judiciary. Without regard
to political persuasion or current
events, the judiciary must be em-
powered to render decisions based
upon the law. I encourage the State
Bar’s efforts to support this goal.
Evans Dukarich, L.L.P.
I am running for the Board of Governors because I believe that firms
of all sizes need to be represented
on the Board to bring and maintain
a balanced perspective to the Bar’s
response to the attacks that threaten
The State Bar is under attack
from inside and out. Some members feel that the Bar is corrupt,
with no concern for the “little guy”
membership. The public doesn’t
understand well what we do and
that breeds contempt. These concerns deserve to be studied and
addressed. All members deserve to
be properly served, and the public
needs to understand that we don’t
exist merely to protect our own
Some think the answer is to
eliminate the Bar as a self-regulated
entity; I disagree. We should fix the
problems that contribute to misconceptions about what we do, how
we do it, and why so we can serve
the members and the public better.
We shouldn’t, however, burn down
the house in the process. To continue to serve we must retain the
privilege of self-governance, and to
do that we must act to assure our
members and the public that we are
listening and taking their concerns
Thomas A. Gilson
Beus Gilbert, P.L.L.C.
I am most concerned about improving professionalism and civility; maintaining an independent judiciary; improving access to justice; and promoting respect for the rule of law. If
elected, I would press for increased
ethics training and resources and
would work to spread the word
about the Bar’s excellent ethics hotline. I also believe the Bar should
provide additional support for lawyers who are stressed and overwhelmed, particularly those who
suffer from substance abuse. As a
recent judicial candidate, I strongly
support merit selection and would
continue to do so on the Board of
Governors. I have served for over
10 years in the leadership of the
ABA’s Section of Litigation, working with lawyers around the country
to improve our profession. I hope
to continue this important work
with the State Bar. If I am elected, I
pledge to listen to your views and
advocate for your concerns. Many
thanks for your support.
Udall Shumway, P.L.C.
The legal profession is under signi-
ficant pressures from many directions
and for many reasons, including
economic, political, social, cultural,
and advancements in technology.
The Bar must lead the way in
the necessary efforts to align our
profession with the new realities.
Pioneering, championing, and shep-
herding rule changes to better reflect
modern practices must be a part of
this, and we must anticipate some of
the likely trends that are already
looming on the horizon.
The Bar must promote the adoption of new technologies and a
revision of rules to match, including expanded use of e-filing, electronic access to court records, and
electronic/remote access to courtrooms. The Bar must advocate for
expanding the list of those who
should be admitted by motion, historically a net benefit for Arizona
Bar members and the public.
The Bar must lead in the efforts
to expand access to justice without
compromising the quality of services,
and without engaging in conflicts of
interest, by advocating innovative
approaches to the delivery of legal
services, and expanding the list of
legal professionals and para-profes-sionals. But the Bar must also cease
engaging in anti-competitive initiatives and programs already provided
by the free market.
I will champion these efforts!
Koplow Law Firm
We can do better. There are too
many people that feel completely
disconnected from our State Bar.
There are too many people that
only think about the Bar when our