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for the record The Attorney’s Responsibility in the Judicial CLE Goes Shopping! ○ ○ Performance Review Process PHOENIX—The CLE publications ○ by Chief Justice Thomas A. Zlaket Online Shopping Cart Program is up ○ ○ and running on the Bar’s Web site at ○ PHOENIX—Beginning October 4, 1999, the www.azbar.org/marketplace/pubstore. ○ ○ Commission on Judicial Performance Review dis- Members can order audio and video- ○ tributed performance review survey forms to at- tape sets, seminar manuals, books, ○ ○ torneys appearing before Pima and Maricopa supplements, CD-ROMS and form ○ County Superior Court judges. Litigants, wit- disks 24 hours a day/7 days a week. No ○ ○ nesses, jurors and court staff also received the sur- longer will you have to play phone tag ○ veys. or fax over credit card information ○ ○ In 1998, the Commission distributed more because the Bar has a state-of-the-art ○ than 54,000 surveys, with the greatest proportion secure order form online. Satisfy your ○ ○ going to attorneys. Of all court users surveyed, at- CLE shopping needs from your office ○ torneys are probably the most qualified to critique or home. ○ ○ judicial performance, yet the attorney response Justice Zlaket ○ rate was only 50 percent. Mandatory ○ ○ I know each of you has a myriad of things to do every day and completing Professionalism CLE ○ a survey hardly seems a priority; however, I cannot overstate the importance Offered by ASU ○ ○ of completing this survey. The information gathered from this process serves TEMPE—In conjunction with the ○ many valuable purposes and ultimately impacts the quality of justice in State Bar of Arizona, ASU College of ○ ○ Arizona’s courts. The judges take your comments seriously. Rest assured, in- Law faculty and members of the Bar will ○ formation on the returned surveys is treated as confidential. The forms are offer the mandatory professionalism ○ ○ sent directly to an independent data center where the responses are tabulated. CLE course on November 12, January ○ ○ Your comments are encoded and typed to maintain confidentiality. Out of 21, February 25 and March 24. Each ○ concern for your clients and as part of your responsibility as a practicing at- will be directed by three areas of inter- ○ ○ torney, I urge those of you who receive a survey to take the time to complete est—criminal, civil or transactional law. ○ and return it promptly, preferably within the same week. Early registration cost is $75 ($65 for ○ ○ This year, the Commission simplified the survey return process for attor- ASU Alumni early registration), and in- ○ neys. In past JPR cycles, separate envelopes were sent along with the survey cludes materials, parking and refresh- ○ ○ forms. The survey is now in a self-mailer format; i.e., the survey form and ments. May qualify for up to 4.25 hours ○ envelope are both in one document. You will still receive only one survey for of ethics credit. Contact Alisha ○ ○ each superior court judge you’ve appeared before during the four-month sur- Fahrendorf, ASU College of Law Devel- ○ vey period, October 4, 1999 through January 21, 2000. The Commission will opment Office, at (480) 965-3096. ○ ○ mail surveys to attorneys in December and February. If you are be- fore a judge in October or November, you will be mailed a survey Inspirations in Law form in December, but you will not receive a second form if you appear before the same judge in December or January. I want to thank the record number of read- You are also invited to provide the Commission with informa- ers who called me with the names of partners, tion about a judge’s performance outside the four-month survey friends and colleagues with special interests period. Send this information to the Commission on Judicial Per- or hobbies. Your suggestions paid off because formance Review, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 227, Phoenix, AZ we will be featuring an exceptional Lawyers, 85007. Or, if you have questions or comments, you can talk with Toys and Hobbies article next month. How- Andrea Ibàñez, Commission Chair; Jean Gage, Commission Vice ever, I’d like to call upon you again for names Chair; or Commission members Bill Culbertson, Andrew Federhar, of attorneys who have selflessly given to help Fredrick Jones, Aaron Kizer or Dee-Dee Samet. a cause, were instrumental in another If you would be interested in serving as an attorney member on attorney’s success or who practice with an a three-person conference team which meets with individual judges undaunted passion. We would like to feature to review survey results and establish professional goals, contact any these success stories in coming issues to give Commissioner listed above or call the Commission staff at (602) 542- inspiration to new and experienced attorneys 9311. Thank you for your participation in this process which is so cru- alike. Please call me at (602) 340-7301 or e- cial to maintaining public confidence in Arizona’s judicial system. mail me at Lisa.Sperry@staff.azbar.org. November 1999 x Arizona Attorney 13 for the record Upcoming Mental Health Seminars Sole Practitioners Section Expands to Include Small Firms Date Location Topic PHOENIX—The State Bar of Arizona’s Sole Practitio- Nov. 11 Phoenix Mediation and ners Section has amended its bylaws to allow for small settlement firms of up to three attorneys to join the Section. The Sole Practitioners Section would like to encourage small firms Jan. 28 Tucson Special needs trusts; to join and is offering a reduced rate for attorneys in small settlement proceeds and firms to join this year. The reduced rate for the remainder conservatorships for of the year is $10 per attorney, which is one-half of the cur- minors (full-day seminar rent Sole Practitioners Section dues for 1999. This is an in- State Bar co-sponsored dividual membership—not a firm membership. CLE) The Sole Practitioners Section offers many benefits to its members, including: March 17 Rio Rico Mental health issues in • Monthly luncheons where outstanding speakers rural areas (co-sponsored present interesting topics for CLE credit with Arizona Fiduciary • The Sole Practitioners Network Directory, which Association) contains a comprehensive listing of attorneys in the Sec- tion with their areas of expertise, as well as practice aids May 5 White Mtns. Elder law retreat with an • The opportunity to meet attorneys with similar in- “un” program component terests and experiences in representing clients The monthly luncheons are held on the first Wednes- For more information contact Mary Jo Green at (602) 340-7312 day of each month from September through May at Beef or email@example.com. Eaters Restaurant. To join, please call Sharon Frye at (602) 340-7302 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. 14 Arizona Attorney x November 1999 for the record Young Lawyers volunteer to work with student teams Attorney-coaches are encouraged to Co-sponsor Mock or with the tournaments to contribute spend at least the equivalent of one Trial Program to the success of the mock trial program hour per week (or four hours per PHOENIX—The Arizona High and Arizona’s future leaders. Last year month) from now until the Regional School Mock Trial program is co- more than 200 volunteer lawyers Tournament on February 26, 2000. sponsored by the Young Lawyers of worked with 45 schools, 70 teams and The top 16 teams in the state will also Arizona and the Arizona Bar Founda- eight tournaments which positively participate in the State Tournament tion. The program’s goals are two- impacted almost 500 Arizona high in Phoenix on March 25, 2000. The fold. One goal is to give students a school students. top team in the state will attend the better understanding of the legal sys- It’s not too late to get involved for National Mock Trial Championship tem—from the rules of evidence to the 1999-2000 Mock Trial season. in Columbia, South Carolina, May 10- proper court decorum. The second Teams are currently being registered 14, 2000. Volunteers are also needed goal is to promote increased confi- and will be receiving this year’s case during the tournaments as bailiffs dence, poise, oral skills and general materials at the end of November. (timekeepers) and judges. civic understanding in the students Some schools are participating for the Tim Hyland is the current Legal who participate. first time and many teams through- Counsel Coordinator for the State Although the High School Mock out Arizona still need lawyers to vol- Mock Trial Program. Cindy Durnal, Trial program is designed for students, unteer to be attorney-coaches. The Arizona Bar Foundation, is the State they are not the only ones who ben- amount of time with the team varies Mock Trial Coordinator. Call (602) efit from program participation. Every according to the needs and schedules 340-7355 or (602) 340-7361 for more year lawyers have an opportunity to of the students, teacher and attorney. information or to volunteer. November 1999 x Arizona Attorney 15 committee notices The State Bar Appointments Committee is currently seeking applicants to fill vacancies as noted below. For more information or an application form, call Carrie Sherman at the State Bar at (602) 340-7201 or the Bar’s Tucson office at (520) 623-9944. DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 15, 1999. Arizona Commission on Restrictions/Requirements: Open to active State Judicial Performance Review Bar members in good standing. Mandatory half day ori- Purpose: The Arizona Supreme Court established the entation. Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review to administer a system of periodic review of the performance Community Legal Services of each justice and judge subject to merit selection and Board of Directors retention. The purpose of the review is to provide care- Purpose: This Board of Directors consists of 27 mem- fully compiled information for voters at the time of the bers, four of which are State Bar representatives. Powers retention elections, to facilitate self-improvement of the of the Board include establishment of standards of eligi- reviewed judges, to promote appropriate judicial assign- bility of applicants for legal services, establishment of ments and to assist in identifying needed judicial educa- standards covering the scope of legal services to be made tion programs. A major function of the Commission is to available, and determination of major program policies. protect judicial independence while fostering public ac- Openings: One. countability of judges. Term: Fill Valarie Shears’ unexpired term through June Openings: Three; two seats are to be filled by attor- 2000. Successful candidate would then be eligible to serve neys from Maricopa County and one seat by an attorney a full six-year term. from Pima County. Requirements/Restrictions: Open to active State Term: Four years. Bar members. The Board meets once a month except in July and August. 16 Arizona Attorney x November 1999 in the news Because you don’t have time to read all the newspapers and see every TV newscast, below is a list of some Arizona attorneys, Bar programs and staff members who received recent media attention. Name Firm Subject Media Outlet Phil Higdon Brown & Bain Story about first amendment and Tucson Citizen pornographic magazines in Tucson Joe Kanefield Attorney General’s Office Profile of the week Arizona Business Gazette Erin Flaharty Fennemore Craig Story about employers The Business Journal conducting background checks Marc Budoff Budoff & Ross Helped explain Arizona Supreme The Arizona Republic John P. Frank Lewis & Roca Court ruling which lifted block on 14-year-old’s abortion Richard Gerry Attorney at law Interviewed as expert: Questions KNXV-TV about validity of DUI Intoxilyzer Lynda Shely State Bar Director of Ethics State Bar hires attorney to examine The Tribune unauthorized practice of law If you have news that deserves media attention, contact the Bar’s Director of Communications, Matt Silverman, at (602) 340-7226, or e-mail email@example.com. November 1999 x Arizona Attorney 17
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