REP. KERN CALLS FOR SEPARATING STATE BAR’S REGULATORY AND TRADE ASSOCIATION FUNCTIONS TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC.

Can a quasi-government agency avoid dysfunction when it has dual roles as regulator protecting the public from unethical lawyers and as trade association promoting lawyers’ professional and economic interests? District 20 House Member Anthony Kern says “No, it can’t.” For

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The fight resumes for lawyer regulation reform in Arizona.

The fight to reform lawyer regulation in Arizona resumes. HB2300 and HB2295 were introduced last Friday by Rep. Anthony Kern. HB2300 is the pure voluntary bar bill. It establishes that lawyers are not required to be a member of any

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Rebutting the Arizona Bar President’s Latest Email Blast Misstatements.

This afternoon, State Bar of Arizona President Geoff Trachtenberg sent out his latest blast email update “about pending legislation that could impact the practice of law and your Bar.” Find below, Mr. Trachtenberg’s key points and the accompanying rebuttals. “Colleagues:

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Two groups who should be opposed to Arizona’s mandatory bar association: Arizona lawyers and everyone else.

There are two groups of people who should be opposed to Arizona’s mandatory bar association: Arizona lawyers and everyone else. Arizona lawyers should object because mandatory association inherently threatens their First Amendment rights. Here I want to focus on why

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A Blast Email Rebuttal.

This past November, State Bar of Arizona President Geoff Trachtenberg sent out a blast email to members with arguments against a voluntary bar. Proponents of a voluntary bar, on the other hand, don’t have the same bandwith to present their

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Beneath the Bar’s Mask.

The Problem The stated mission of the State Bar of Arizona (SBA) is: “Protecting the Public of Arizona and Advancing the Legal Profession.”1 History teaches us, with all too much repetition, this is an enormous fallacy and neither the public

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