HB 2221 Strengthens Attorney Regulation.

Consumer protections like the Ethics Hotline and the Client Protection Fund are preserved under HB 2221, and the Arizona Bar will never be able to divert money from these programs to fund lawyer amenities or political activities. HB 2221 makes

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Refuting the Bar’s misinformation about consumer protection and HB2221.

The Bill does not eliminate any consumer protection programs. Most importantly, the Bill does not eliminate the best consumer protection program, which is lawyer regulation that disciplines unethical lawyers by taking them out of circulation. Lawyer regulation remains a requirement and

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Arizona Lawyers Shouldn’t Be Misled: They Have Constitutional Rights, Too

On March 17. 2016, the Arizona State Bar sent an email to the state’s lawyers urging them to oppose House Bill 2221, a bill that would eliminate the Bar’s ability to force attorneys to fund its operations. The email warned

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A REJOINDER TO THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA CEO.

On March 17, 2016, State Bar of Arizona CEO and Executive Director John Phelps took to the bully pulpit paid for by all members — even those in favor — to lobby against Arizona House Bill 2221. The Bill, which

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The truth about House Bill 2221.

HB 2221 was not proposed by the Arizona Legislature because the Legislature wanted to dictate the way that lawyers practice. It was proposed because many members of our Bar wanted these changes, believing that the current mandatory membership provisions violate

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Rebutting the State Bar of Arizona about HB 2221.

Attorneys who want to practice law in Arizona must pay the State Bar of Arizona mandatory member dues. The State Bar of Arizona uses this money to regulate the practice of law and to engage in other activities, including lobbying

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Criteria so expansive you could drive a dump truck through it.

Because Arizona lawyers are forced to join and fund the State Bar of Arizona in order to practice law, the Bar’s mandatory dues are a “form of compelled speech and association” that intrude on First Amendment rights. This legislative session,

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House Bill 2221 and Separation of Powers.

Yesterday, the Goldwater Institute, a libertarian public policy think tank, weighed in with a legal memorandum aimed at criticism that House Bill 2221 “raises separation of powers concerns by interfering with the Arizona Supreme Court’s power to regulate attorneys.”  Article

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