The Arizona State Bar was founded in 1895 and currently has headquarters in Phoenix and Tucson. Shortly after its founding, it played a crucial role in promoting the Arizona Territory for full admission for statehood in the union. It became incorporated in 1906. It adopted the American Bar Association’s ethical rules in 1912 and started its full admission procedures for law practice that same year.
Since then, the Arizona State Bar’s membership has grown substantially to more than 23,000 members. This number includes both in-state lawyers as well as attorneys from out-of-state who want law practicing privileges in the state. It requires mandatory membership of all lawyers practicing in the state of Arizona. It is governed by 30 Board of Governors members, four of which are non-attorneys. Three of the Board of Governor members are appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court.
The Arizona State Bar is also self-funding and does not receive any money from the state or federal government. Because of this, it requires all members to maintain active dues and to keep their memberships paid in full. Attorneys who fail to pay their memberships are removed from the printed and online attorney member directory.
Along with maintaining an active directory of members, the Arizona State Bar also regulates the legal profession in the state. It monitors the conduct of attorneys who practice in Arizona and disciplines those who violate the outlined ethic and procedures for the legal industry.
Additionally, the Arizona State Bar serves as an educational resource for the public. Arizona residents can use the state bar’s website to find lawyers in various legal specialties. They can also find out what lawyers take cases pro bono or offer various payment methods like installment agreements for provided services.
The Arizona State Bar also offers Continued Legal Education or CLE for in-state attorneys who want to keep their licenses current. The CLE resources are found on the website with dates for upcoming courses listed alongside course information. Practice manuals and sign up for test dates are all provided at no cost on the Arizona State Bar’s website.
The Arizona State Bar’s physical address is found at 4201 North 24th Street, Suite 100 in Phoenix, Arizona, 85016. Along with offering numerous educational resources and directories on its website, it also maintains active social media accounts through which the public can contact the Arizona State Bar.