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City of Tempe The Parks, Recreation, Golf, and Double Butte Cemetery Advisory Board (1 vacancy):

The Parks, Recreation, Golf, and Double Butte Cemetery Advisory Board advises the City Council and assists the City Manager in the establishment of essential policies, rules and regulations relating to the planning, acquisition, disposition, operation, use, care and maintenance of facilities owned, leased or otherwise acquired by the City for use as parks, municipal golf courses, or the cemetery.

There are eleven members, who must be residents of Tempe, who serve three-year terms on the Board. Meetings generally take place on the third Wednesday of each month.

Additional information is available here.

You may also contact the Staff Liaison, Alex Jovanovic, Deputy Community Services Director at Parks Services at (480) 350-5811.

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (Specialists, Non-Specialists, Public Member Seats) - Application Deadline March 20, 2024

Purpose: The Board of Legal Specialization (BLS), under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court, administers the program for the certification of legal specialists in 10 practice areas: administrative, bankruptcy, construction defect, criminal law, estate and trust, family law, personal injury and wrongful death, real estate, tax, and workers’ compensation. Identifying attorneys who have a high degree of experience in certain fields of law improves the quality of legal services and provides useful information for those seeking legal services.

The 13-member BLS consists of eight practicing attorneys who are Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. The Board’s composition is four certified legal specialists and four lawyers who are not specialists, one representative from an ABA-accredited law school in Arizona, and four members of the public.

Openings: Nine; two certified legal specialists, two active attorneys who are not certified legal specialists, four non-attorney public members, and a representative from an ABA-accredited Arizona law school. Per policy, judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. The Board of Governors will submit nominations to the Arizona Supreme Court for its ultimate appointment.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: BLS members must –

• Possess the time, skill and patience to examine applications and peer review information submitted by attorneys seeking specialization certification or recertification.
• Understand the importance of applying the Supreme Court Rules pertaining to the process consistently and fairly.
• Attend approximately 12 meetings per year that normally convene at 4:00 p.m.
Term: Four years.
Deadline: Applications are due by COB Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Click here for the application.

Questions? Contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org; 602.340.7201.

Flinn-Brown Fellowship – Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at Flinn Foundation (2/29)

The Flinn-Brown Fellowship helps experienced civic leaders from throughout Arizona expand their knowledge, skills, and networks to help address Arizona’s long-term issues.

Flinn-Brown is the flagship program of the nonpartisan Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. It offers learning about Arizona policy and politics through the Flinn-Brown Academy; connections with top state leaders and policy experts; long-term support for civic-leadership development; and more.

About 25 Arizonans are selected each year for the Flinn-Brown Fellowship in a competitive application and interview process.

The 2024 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy application is now open here.

For more information and to register, please click here. The application closes on 2/29/2024.

Arizona State Boards & Commissions: Clean Elections Commission

Appointment to a board or commission gives citizens of Arizona an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the governance of the State. Board members help shape the future of Arizona by lending their experience, judgment, and expertise.

The Arizona Governor Boards and Commissions List has a variety of leadership opportunities to join Boards and Commissions. See the complete list of Boards and Commissions here here, as of January 2024.

Applications are now being accepted for the Citizens Clean Elections Commission through the standard application.

The Citizens Clean Elections Act, passed by voters in 1998, is administered by a five member, non-partisan Commission. The Commission is committed to upholding public confidence in the integrity, honesty and impartiality of the electoral system. No more than two members of the Commission shall be of the same political party and no more than two members shall be of the same county.

For the application and more information, visit here or contact Carlos Ramos at (602) 542-2449 or bc@az.gov.

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Commission on Disability Concerns (City of Tempe Vacancies-multiple)

The Commission on Disability Concerns advises and makes recommendations to the City Council; assists City departments and the City Manager in the establishment of essential policies, rules, and regulations relating to compliance with Federal and State disabilities legislation or regulations and on other disabilities concerns and issues as needed; prepares and submits an annual report to the City Manager and City Council; and takes further actions as may be deemed necessary and appropriate to further the goals of the Commission. For more information on boards and vacancies click here.

For questions contact: The City Clerk's Office can be reached at (480) 350-4311 or clerk@tempe.gov.

Let Joe Know- ABC 15 Live Phone Bank

ABC 15 is looking for volunteer attorneys to answer phone calls from ABC15 Let Joe Know viewers at ABC 15's Phoenix studio. The public will call in with questions and volunteer attorneys will answer. Joe Ducey hosts and does live cut-ins throughout the two hours and volunteers are given the option to be interviewed. ABC 15 provides dinner and an in-studio tour. ABC 15 says, “This is a really fun volunteer opportunity and a great way to earn positive PR.” ABC 15 tags the volunteer attorneys in social media, thanks them on their website and in newsletters, and link to their websites if possible.

If you are interested, email Fabiola.Perez@staff.azbar.org for more information. See dates and topics below:

• February 21, 2024: Employment Law

AZBar Mentor Connection

 

State Bar of Arizona’s mentor program was developed to provide assistance, support and insight into the practice of law. It has following two mentor programs available:

 

One-to-One Mentoring which is a structured long-term mentoring program with a one year commitment and an opportunity to earn CLE.

 

Lawyer Down the Hall is a short-term mentoring connection where experienced attorneys are paired with attorneys of any experience level who need assistance on a specific issue. 
Provide career guidance, professionalism resources or networking opportunities. More information about both programs can be found at AZBar Mentor Connection

 

Click here for more information.

 

Mentors or mentees who are interested should complete the online application. Once you are approved, you will be matched with a mentor or mentee who best fits.

 

For more information or questions about the program, contact Carol.Mitchell@staff.azbar.org.

 

Family Justice Commission, Tempe

 

The Tempe Family Justice Commission advises the City Council and assists City departments in promoting access to justice and safety for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking; and providing leadership and facilitating access to resources that will contribute to wrap-around services and a multi-disciplinary response for the victims and survivors. The Commission is seeking applicants from one of the following professional categories with expertise in the fields of domestic violence, sexual assault, or sex trafficking:

 

• Nonprofit Sector

• Legal Services Provider

 

As soon as the member is appointed by the Mayor and City Council at an upcoming regular meeting, their term of office would begin immediately, with an expiration date of Dec. 31, 2026. The member would be eligible to serve an additional three-year term if reappointed in Dec. 2026. More information can be found here or here.

Let Joe Know - Live Phone Bank, Volunteers needed

The Bar has virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities:

State Bar of Arizona is looking for volunteer attorneys to answer phone calls from ABC15 Let Joe Know viewers at ABC15's Phoenix studio. The public will call in with questions, and volunteer attorneys will answer. Joe Ducey hosts and does live cut-ins throughout the two hours, and volunteers can be interviewed. Dinner and an in-studio tour will be provided. This is a fun volunteer opportunity and a great way to earn positive PR. The attorneys will be tagged on social media and thanked on the website and in newsletters. See the below date and topic. Interested attorneys, please email Fabiola.Perez@staff.azbar.org for more information!

February 21st, Let Joe Know- Live Phone Bank on Collections
February 22, Family Law and Immigration Law Legal Clinic

March 30th, Wills for Seniors Legal Clinic in Avondale

Email Public Service Center Manager Fabiola.Perez@staff.azbar.org (602.340.7293) to sign up for any of the opportunities!

New Pathways for Youth is looking for Mentors.

Level Up by New Pathways for Youth works with Phoenix-area high school-aged kids who have experienced high levels of adversity. Youth are matched with a volunteer mentor, who serves as a caring and stable adult in their life and supports them in completing a research-based program for setting and meeting personal goals. Mentors need to attend an introductory meeting that is held online to learn more about the program and its procedures. The introductory meetings are held weekly throughout January and February. Please click on the link below to learn more about this opportunity and sign up. Click here to learn more. 

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (3/20/24)

Purpose: The Board of Legal Specialization (BLS), under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court, administers the program for the certification of legal specialists in 10 practice areas: administrative, bankruptcy, construction defect, criminal law, estate and trust, family law, personal injury and wrongful death, real estate, tax, and workers’ compensation. Identifying attorneys with a high degree of experience in certain fields of law improves the quality of legal services and provides useful information for those seeking legal services.

Openings: Nine: two certified legal specialists, two active attorneys who are not certified legal specialists, four non-attorney public members, and a representative from an ABA-accredited Arizona law school. Per policy, judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. The Board of Governors will submit nominations to the Arizona Supreme Court for its ultimate appointment.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications:

• Possess the time, skill, and patience to examine applications and peer review information submitted by attorneys seeking specialization certification or recertification.
• Understand the importance of applying the Supreme Court Rules pertaining to the process consistently and fairly.
• Attend approximately 12 annual meetings that normally convene at 4:00 p.m.
Term: Four years.
Deadline: Applications are due by COB Wednesday, March 20, 2024.
Questions? Contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org; 602.340.7201.
To apply, click here.



The Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board (“ACRAB”) seeks to ensure that no Arizona resident faces discrimination because of “race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, familial status or natural origin.” The Board is a part of and receives staff support from the Civil Rights Division of the Arizona Department of Law. Members of the Board take surveys, issue publications, and can alert state government about the potential need for investigation of discrimination in employment, housing, voting, and other matters.

All Board members are appointed by the Governor for a three-year term.

For more information about the Board and its work, and to apply for the Board, visit here or contact Executive Director Leslie Ross at 602.542.4909.

City of Phoenix Development Advisory Board (4 Vacancies)

The Development Advisory Board is responsible for overseeing the development process. The Board: 1) Provides the Planning and Development Director and City Council with general advisory oversight of the development process. 2) Makes recommendations to the City Council for periodic updating of the Phoenix Construction Code 3) Makes recommendations to other City Boards and Commissions for revisions to development-related codes and processes not under the jurisdiction of this Board. 4) Hear appeals from the decision of the Building Official or Planning and Development Director and render decisions thereon.

All Board members are appointed by the City Council for a term of three years.

For more information about the Board, visit here or contact Krista Cambern Rippee 602.534.8529



Citizens’ Clean Elections Commission (Multiple Vacancies, Rolling Appointments)

The Arizona Citizens’ Clean Elections Commission is a citizen-initiative created five-member body that regulates campaign finance, and enables truly competitive races through public financing of campaigns that can show a requisite level of grassroots support. The Commission needs people who care about transparency for political campaigns, for candidates and political action committees, as well as voter education and outreach. With the overwhelming approval of the Voters’ Right To Know Act and the recent bi-partisan commitment to use the Commission’s website as Arizona’s “one stop shop” for voter information, the Commission is more important than ever in ensuring free and fair elections.

Commission members are appointed by the highest-ranking members of the democratic and republican parties in state government. A maximum of two members from the same political party can serve at the same time, and only three Commissioners can live in the same county. Appointed terms are for five years. The Commission is a priority for the Governor’s office, as all Commission members are currently holdovers.

You can apply here

For more information about the Commission and what it does, please click here  or contact Executive Director Thomas Collins at 602.364.3477 or ThomasCollins@azcleanelections.gov.

Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board (1 Vacancy)

The Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board (“ACRAB”) seeks to ensure that no Arizona resident faces discrimination because of “race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, familial status or natural origin.” The Board is a part of and receives staff support from the Civil Rights Division of the Arizona Department of Law. Members of the Board take surveys, issue publications, and can alert state government about the potential need for investigation of discrimination in employment, housing, voting, and other matters.

All Board members are appointed by the Governor for a three-year term.

For more information about the Board and its work, and to apply for the Board, visit here or contact Executive Director Leslie Ross at 602.542.4909.

City of Phoenix Boards and Commissions (Multiple Vacancies, Rolling Appointments)

Board and Commission members provide input to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and city departments on a variety of issues affecting the city. All residents are welcome to participate in this important process. Good government is not just the responsibility of elected officials and city employees—residents also play an important role.

Board and commission members are appointed by the Mayor and Council at City Council Formal Meetings on a rolling basis and applications will remain on file—so residents may be contacted in the future and asked to serve when vacancies occur.

Dozens of boards and commissions currently have multiple openings, including several planning and zoning commissions, the Heritage Commission, Human Relations Commission, Sister Cities Commission, and many more. See complete list of Boards and Commissions here

For more information, please contact the Phoenix Mayor’s office: (602) 262-7111.

2024 Board of Governors Election - Call for Candidates (Due 12/6)

The call for candidates is underway to run for election to the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors. Seats are open in four Board Districts. Candidate criteria includes location and years of practice and being an Active Member. Nomination packages must be received by 5 pm on December 6.

Candidates must be an Active Member of the State Bar (and must have been for at least 5 years prior to election), and have had no record of disciplinary sanctions under Rule 60. Members elected to serve on the Board of Governors shall not represent a party in any disciplinary matter nor serve in such capacity for one year after the expiration of their Board service.

Candidates must submit a nominating petition, brief biographical sketch or candidate’s statement, answers to questions that are asked of all candidates, a discipline disclosure statement, and high-resolution digital photograph.

For more information and the nomination package materials, please click here. Contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org for questions.

City of Phoenix (Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission)

 

The City of Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, and the Office of Arts and Culture. It is made up of a diverse group of citizen volunteers with a particular area of focus on policymaking and financial recommendations for public art and grant investments for the City. The Commission is a critical voice in promoting the importance and value of arts and culture experiences for all Phoenix residents. It advocates for continued public funding for the arts and culture sector, arts education, cultural equity, and other initiatives that further the growth and sustainability of the creative sector in Phoenix and the greater metropolitan area. The committee meets once per month on the second Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. and the term is for three (3) years.

 

More information can be found at https://boards.phoenix.gov/Home/BoardsDetail/45.

 

There are ten (10) current vacancies. Contact Patty Dunlap at (602)495-0185 for more information. For additional assistance with the City of Phoenix website or the application process please contact the Mayor's office at: (602) 262-7111.

City of Phoenix Judicial Selection Advisory Board – (Application Deadline EXTENDED to 10/25/2023)

Purpose: The Judicial Selection Advisory Board (JSAB): 1) seeks out and encourages qualified individuals to apply for the office of judge of the City Court or the City of Phoenix Ethics Commission; 2) conducts investigations into the background and qualifications of City judicial and Commission candidates; 3) submits its recommendations for appointment or reappointment of City judicial and Commission candidates to the Mayor, who thereafter shall convene the City Council for the purpose of interviewing all candidates. When making its recommendations the JSAB shall consider the diversity of the City’s population; however, the primary consideration shall be merit.

Openings: One. The Board of Governors is asked to submit three nominations to the Mayor of Phoenix for the JSAB opening. In addition to one active member of the State Bar, the other JSAB members are the Presiding Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court (or designee), an Appellate Court Judge, and the following who reside in the City of Phoenix -- a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association and three public members who are not City employees.

Criteria/Qualifications: Applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona and reside in the City of Phoenix. Per policy, judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. JSAB members serve without salary or compensation.

Term: Three years beginning November 2023. The JSAB meets once per year or as necessary.

Applications are due by October 25, 2023.

For more information, please click here.

Questions? Contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org; 602.340.7201.

City of Phoenix License Appeals Board

This Board shall conduct public hearings at which all parties, including the licensee or his counsel, or both, may present evidence and/or testimony concerning the denial, suspension or revocation of a license. The Board may uphold the notice of denial or revocation or reduce the revocation to a license suspension not exceeding sixty (60) days. More information can be found here.

There are two current vacancies. Contact Stephanie Weide at (602)534-3365 for more information.
Call for Nominations: ABA 2024 Mark T. Banner Award (10/02)

This award is for an individual or group that has made an impact on intellectual property law and/or practice. Candidates will have expressed a clear passion and enthusiasm for, and advanced the practice, profession and/or substance of IP law through extraordinary contributions to, among other things, teaching, scholarship, innovation, legislation, advocacy, bar or other association activities, or the judiciary. The award is open to the widest range of individuals and there is no requirement to be a lawyer or ABA member. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for submissions is October 2, 2023. For questions, contact Amy Mandel at amy.mandel@americanbar.org.

To make nomination visit: click here
More information: click here

The Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission

The City of Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, and the Office of Arts and Culture. It is made up of a diverse group of citizen volunteers with a particular area of focus on policymaking and financial recommendations for public art and grant investments for the City. The Commission is a critical voice in promoting the importance and value of arts and culture experiences for all Phoenix residents. It advocates for continued public funding for the arts and culture sector, arts education, cultural equity, and other initiatives that further the growth and sustainability of the creative sector in Phoenix and the greater metropolitan area. For questions, contact Patty Dunlap at (602) 495-0185.

More information: click here
How to apply: click here

Tempe Commission on Disability Concerns

The Commission on Disability Concerns advises and makes recommendations to the City Council; assists City departments and the City Manager in the establishment of essential policies, rules, and regulations relating to compliance with Federal and State disabilities legislation or regulations and on other disabilities concerns and issues as needed; prepares and submits an annual report to the City Manager and City Council; and, takes further actions as may be deemed necessary and appropriate to further the goals of the Commission.

More information: click here
How to Apply: click here

Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness (8/28/23)

Purpose: The Committee members are responsible for the investigation and recommendation of applicants for admission to the practice of law in Arizona. The Committee reviews approximately 500 applications per year. In addition, Committee members attend inquiries and hearings concerning applicant qualifications.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Per policy, applicants must be “active members” in good standing. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. Committee members must possess the time, skill and patience to review confidential detailed reports of background investigations into financial, criminal, civil, employment, disciplinary and academic matters. Committee members must have the ability to marshal and present evidence, examine witnesses and write clear, concise and well-reasoned findings and recommendations when required. Committee members must understand the importance of applying the Supreme Court Rules pertaining to this process consistently and fairly. Communication with Court staff and other Committee members is encouraged and expected. Applicants should describe prior experience with regulation or discipline of professionals, and their views on the observance of an attorney’s professional ethical obligations, on their application. Applicants who currently serve or have served within the past two years as law school faculty (including adjunct) at one of Arizona's accredited law schools shall not be considered if such service could give rise to significant conflicts of interest regarding their duty to the Supreme Court to review and evaluate the character and fitness of their current or former students.

The Committee conducts at least one hearing monthly in Phoenix. Members are randomly selected and if chosen are expected to participate in assigned hearings. Members must also participate in one or more informal inquiry per month held throughout the state on an as-needed basis. In addition, each member is assigned several applicant files for independent review each month. Between file review and hearings/business meetings, members devote an average of about 25 hours per month to their Committee responsibilities. Mileage is paid for any members residing outside Maricopa County, but there is no other compensation for service as a Committee member.

Openings: Two lawyer and two non-lawyer appointments will be made by the Arizona Supreme Court.

Term: Initial appointment of four years, with the possibility of reappointment.

Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations (8/28/2023)

Purpose: The Committee members oversee the Uniform Bar Examination, MBE, MPRE, and grading and administration of all test components, and proctor the February and July exams. Additionally, Examiners are responsible for the performance of the graders (12,000 essay answers per year) and for the formula and weighting of the components of the required Bar Examinations.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Per policy, applicants must be “active members” in good standing. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. Applicants should familiarize themselves with Supreme Court Rules 33 and 35 which establish the duties of the Committee. Committee members must possess the time, skill and patience to fulfill the responsibilities of Committee members, including review, organization and grading of confidential bar examination materials. It is important to apply the Supreme Court Rules pertaining to this process consistently and fairly. Communication with Court staff and other Committee members is encouraged and expected. Applicants should describe prior experience with regulation or testing of professionals, and their views on professional ethical obligations, on their application. Applicants for membership on the Committee who currently serve or have served within the past two years as law school faculty (including adjunct) at one of Arizona's accredited law schools or as tutors or faculty for bar review courses will not be considered if such service could give rise to significant conflicts of interest regarding their duty to the Supreme Court to review or grade the examinations of their current or former students.

Applications are due by August 28, 2023. Click here for more information or here.

Questions? Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org; 602.340.7201.

MCBA Board of Directors for 2024-2025 (9/29/2023)

The MCBA is inviting members to declare their candidacy for available seats on the Board of Directors for 2024-2025 (one seat is designated for a community member.

Board members attend monthly meetings, liaise with one or more MCBA sections, divisions, or committees, and support the work of the association.

Candidates must be active members in good standing with the MCBA. Candidates are asked to submit a formal letter of candidacy to the board of directors (can be in the form of an email), a 200-word bio, and a high-resolution color photo. Resumes or CVs are not acceptable. The bio may include an optional position statement of the candidate’s vision and priorities for the MCBA. Position statements and any other campaign or election materials may not refer to other candidates or include defamatory or inappropriate language, as determined by an ad hoc election review committee appointed by the president of the association.

Send election materials to MCBA Executive Director Beth Sheehan either by email: bsheehan@maricopabar.org; or by mail to MCBA, 3030 N. 3rd Street, Suite 1260, Phoenix, AZ 85012 no later than 5 p.m., September 29, 2023.

An electronic election will be provided to members on November 1, 2023.

For complete election information, go to maricopabar.org for a copy of the MCBA bylaws on the Board of Directors webpage.

Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (Vacancies opening Sept. & Oct. 2023)

The Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB) makes advisory recommendations to the City Council regarding the appointment and reappointment of full-time city judges. The JAAB will use merit-based criteria to recommend the best-qualified persons to become city judges and to advise the City Council about retaining city judges.

The seven-member JAAB will consist of two active judges, one representative from both the State Bar and the Scottsdale Bar associations, and three citizens appointed by the City Council

Vacancies for the active judge members will be open in September 2023. A vacancy for the State Bar member will open in October 2023.

For information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (480)-312-2413. Apply online here.

Library Board

The Library Board advises the City Council on general policy relating to the programs, services and future development of the Scottsdale Public Library. The Library Board consists of 7 members, who each serve a 3 year term or until a successor is appointed.

There is one current vacancy. Two more vacancies will open in October 2023.

For information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (480)-312-2413. Apply online here.

Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee

The Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (“Committee”) shall receive reports on the City's progress in implementing the Bond Program, review any proposed project changes to the program and provide such comments to the City Council with respect to the bond program as the Committee deems appropriate.

There are currently 3 vacancies for this Committee. Applications are being accepted until Thursday, August 31, 2023.

For information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (480)-312-2413. Apply online here.

City of Mesa Parks and Recreation

 

The Parks and Rec Advisory Board advise the City Council on parks and recreation policy issues, interacts with citizens on parks and rec issues and mediates when necessary. They must be knowledgeable about the benefits that parks and rec services provide within the community.

 

Questions can be directed to deanna.craine@mesaaz.gov. To apply, click here.

 

City of Scottsdale Planning Commission (3 Vacancies) (August 31st deadline)

The Commission’s task is to review, evaluate and approve rezoning requests, general plan amendments, use permits, abandonment’s and Municipal Use master site plans, maintaining the applicable standards and policies of the city of Scottsdale.

 

For information about the commission click here.

For more information, contact (480)312-7767.

To apply click here.

 

City of Scottsdale Neighborhood Advisory Commission (2 Vacancies) (August 31st deadline)

This commission advises and makes recommendations to the city council on policies, plans, strategies, and programs for the preservation, improvement and revitalization of Scottsdale’s neighborhoods.

 

Information about the committee is available here.

 

For more information, contact Taylor Reynolds at (480)312-7924.

To apply click here

 

 

Glendale Community Development Advisory Committee

 

Community Development Advisory Committee members make recommendations to the City Council regarding the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to eligible area non-profit groups; advises City Council on policies related to the city’s Community Housing programs and the city’s Community Action Program (CAP); provides general advice on human services in Glendale as related to the administration of these programs.

 

Terms are typically for 2 years; begin on February 1st; and expire on January 31st. Annual appointments will be made by Applications can be submitted throughout the year but must be received by November 15th to be considered for the annual appointments.

 

For information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (623) 930-2252. Apply online here.

 

Gilbert Planning Commission

 

The Town of Gilbert is seeking applicants for five (5) volunteer positions on the Gilbert Planning Commission: two (2) regular full-term positions, one (1) regular partial-term position, and two (2) alternate positions. There are incumbents who may reapply.

 

The Planning Commission also acts as the Design Review Board. The Commission reviews and advises the Council on a variety of planning issues, including long range community planning goals and policies, immediate planning problems, design review (site plans, landscape, architecture), and specific development proposals.

 

Ideal candidates recognize the need for balance between individual property rights and the long-term needs of the community. Candidates should have experience actively listening to many viewpoints and know how to raise thoughtful questions in a group setting. Candidates should be skilled communicators, able to speak in public, and preferably have an understanding of the Town’s growth and development. Serving on the Planning Commission involves a significant time commitment to attend monthly meetings and review agenda packets. The ideal candidate looks out for the best interests of the community and has experience diligently working to resolve complex challenges and issues.

 

• Members must reside within Town limits and be qualified electors.

• Commissioners typically serve 4-year terms.

• The Planning Commission typically meets monthly.

• These are volunteer, unpaid positions.

 

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

Apply online here.

 

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Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board

The Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board (ACRAB) is a board appointed by the Governor and authorized to make surveys of the effect of discrimination which interferes with the enjoyment of civil rights in Arizona. Additionally, ACRAB publishes studies and investigates to promote goodwill and eliminate civil rights violations.

To apply, click here. Questions can be directed to Board Staff at 602.542.7657.

Groundwater Users Advisory Councils

The 1980 Groundwater Management Code established Groundwater Advisory Councils for each Active Management Areas (“AMA”). They are appointed by the Governor for six year terms on the basis of their knowledge of interest and experience with problems relating to development, use, and conservation of water. There is currently one vacancy on the Phoenix AMA, one on the Prescott AMA, and one on the Tucson AMA.

For more information for Phoenix, please click here https://new.azwater.gov/ama/guac/phoenix. Information for Prescott is at https://new.azwater.gov/ama/guac/prescott. And information for Tucson is available here. Contact information is available at earp@azwater.gov and 602.771.8585.

Pinal County Citizen Advisory Committee

The committee participates in the planning process for the comprehensive plan for the county, and shall hold a public meeting once a year to review applications for major amendments to the county’s comprehensive plan.

Information about the committee is available here. For more information, call Pinal County at 520.509.3555.

Federal Bar Association – Call for Committee Members


Interested in serving on one of the FBA committees? Committee appointments for the 2024 bar year are being considered now. Committees such as Diversity & Inclusion, Government Relations and Professional Development are just a few…for more information click here.

Limited committee appointments available, please respond by August 1, 2023.

Super Lawyers – Nomination Period ends August 7
Log in and nominate noteworthy women and AWLA attorneys to be Super Lawyers!
Nomination period: August 5, 2022 - August 7, 2023
Selected attorneys notified after: October 25, 2023
Data verification due: January 22, 2024
Selected attorneys can announce their selection on: April 8, 2024

For more information, please click here.

State Bar Professional Volunteer Opportunities

The State Bar Appointments Committee is currently accepting applications from Active Members to fill the multiple upcoming vacancies, including the Client Protection Fund Board of Trustees, and the Community Legal Services Board of Directors (click here for a complete list ). Click here to download an application form.

For more information please contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org or calling 602.340.7201.
Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission

The City of Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, and the Office of Arts and Culture. The Commission focuses on policymaking and financial recommendations for public art and grant investments for the City. More information can be found here.

This Commission currently has thirteen (13) vacancies. Contact Patty Dunlap at 602-495-0185 for more information.

Phoenix Women's Commission

The Phoenix Women's Commission provides a formal forum for citizen review of the City's diversity efforts, salary equity, and to serve as an advisory board to the Council. It shall be composed of volunteer citizens who shall be City of Phoenix’s residents or employees. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor subject to the City Council’s approval. More information can be found here.

There are five (5) current vacancies. Contact Shanna Archie at (602)534-1279 for more information.

Arizona State Bar Association: volunteer for upcoming events with the Modest Means Project. The modest Means Project does not require attorneys to provide free legal service.

July 17th - In person Landlord/Tenant legal clinic in Glendale
July 19th - In person Bankruptcy and Collections Live Phone Bank with ABC15’s Let Joe Know
August 23 - Family Law Legal Clinic Zoom. Volunteer attorneys will provide free 30-minute consultations.

For more information and to register please reach out to findalawyer@staff.azbar.org or 602-340-7293.

Modest Means Project. The Modest Means Project is a partnership program of the Foundation and the State Bar of Arizona.

Attorneys accepted into this program will provide low-cost legal assistance to people who do not qualify for free legal services but cannot afford to pay standard attorney rates. The initial meeting is $75 and the attorney will provide brief advice. The attorneys are free to offer full-blown representation beyond the scope of the one-hour meeting but must maintain the fee of $75/hour. Lawyers with expertise in the following areas are encouraged to apply:

• Adult Guardianship
• Bankruptcy
• Consumer Law
• Consumer Law Appeals
• Criminal Misdemeanors
• Employment Law
• Family Law
• Family Law Appeals
• Guardianship
• Housing: Foreclosure
• Housing: Landlord/Tenant
• Immigration
• Juvenile Guardianship
• Mediation
• Wills & Trusts

For more information and how to apply, please visit here.

Experienced Federal Court Litigators Wanted:

The Federal Court Self-Service Clinic seeks litigators with at least several years of federal court practice experience to volunteer for 2 hours to provide brief phone direction to pro se litigants about civil cases in the District Court in Phoenix. You can choose how often to volunteer. You will receive advance information for conflict checks. Each litigant benefits from 30 minutes of guidance, so you can help up to four people in need. The Clinic is a collaborative effort of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in Phoenix and the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Community Legal Services provides primary malpractice coverage.

To enroll or for more information, please contact Pat Gerrich at pgerrich@clsaz.org

City of Avondale Judicial Advisory Board - Application Deadline EXTENDED to June 23, 2023:

Purpose: The City of Avondale Judicial Advisory Board evaluates and recommends to the Avondale City Council the best qualified persons to become full-time city judges, to evaluate the performance of incumbent full-time city judges and to advise the City Council about retaining them.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona and reside in Maricopa County. Per policy, applicants must be “active members” in good standing. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. Board members serve without salary or compensation. One opening.

Term: Upon appointment serve to June 30, 2024, with an automatic renewal through June 30, 2028.

Applications are due by June 23, 2023. Questions? Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org; 602.340.7201.

Northwest Valley Connect:

Volunteers with Northwest Valley Connect are dedicated ambassadors to the communities served. Volunteer positions include community ambassadors, call center volunteers and office assistants. Volunteer drivers are also needed. Rides are provided to those over 65, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Northwest Valley Connect invites you to join and share your skills and talents. Call or check out the website (https://northwestvalleyconnect.org/) for exciting volunteer opportunities.

Interested in one or more of these positions? Call (623) 282-9300

City of Phoenix Boards and Commissions – Open Applications for Vacancies

Residents are encouraged to apply for boards and commissions that suit their interests and experiences. All appointments are made on rolling basis and applications will remain on file—so residents may be contacted in the future and asked to serve when vacancies occur. Most board positions are limited to Phoenix residents. The City of Phoenix boards and commissions has current vacancies in several Boards and Commissions, including the Phoenix Women’s Commission, Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission, Heritage Commission, Military Veterans Commission, and Library Advisory Board.

For assistance with the application process please contact the Mayor's office: (602) 262-7111. To apply or to view more information visit: here

ABA House of Delegates -Application Deadline EXTENDED to June 23, 2023

Delegates represent the State Bar of Arizona at the Annual and Midyear Meetings of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. The State Bar reimburses only that portion of Delegate expenses relating to that portion of the House’s agenda which addresses the regulation of the profession and improving the quality of legal services. Applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. Per policy, applicants must be “active members” in good standing. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. The successful candidates must also be members of, and in good standing with, the ABA throughout their tenure as Delegates. Each Delegate is responsible for their ABA membership fee. The Delegates regularly appear before the Board of Governors to report on House of Delegates’ activities.

Two (2) appointments will be made by the Board of Governors. One of the Delegates appointed must be a young lawyer, 35 years of age or younger, at the beginning of his or her term. Delegates have a term of two years commencing September 2023.

Application: click here

For more information, contact Carrie Sherman: Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org; or 602.340.7201.

It’s Not Too Late To Apply: There’s also an extension to apply for the City of Avondale Judicial Advisory Board (must reside in Maricopa County). Applications due June 23.

Click here to learn more.

These positions are limited to Glendale residents. The City of Glendale boards and commissions has current vacancies in several Boards and Commissions, including the Community Development Advisory Committee, Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission and Risk Management and Workers' Compensation Trust Fund Board. Terms are typically for 2 years. Applications are always accepted and kept on file for two years. Appointments are also made throughout the year as vacancies occur.
The application is available here.

More information is available here.

City of Avondale Judicial Advisory Board - Application Deadline EXTENDED to June 23, 2023

The City of Avondale Judicial Advisory Board evaluates and recommends to the Avondale City Council the best qualified persons to become full-time city judges, to evaluate the performance of incumbent full-time city judges and to advise the City Council about retaining them.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Applicants must be active members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona and reside in Maricopa County. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. Board members serve without salary or compensation.

Openings: One. The Board of Governors is asked to forward nominations to the Avondale City Council which makes the appointment.

Term: Upon appointment serve to June 30, 2024, with an automatic renewal through June 30, 2028.

Applications are due by June 23, 2023. The application and more information can be found here:

Committee Application (click here)

Applications are due by June 23, 2023.
Questions? Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org; 602.340.7201.

The City of Phoenix Sister Cities Commission

Phoenix Sister Cities fosters relationships between the people of Phoenix and our Sister Cities around the world to promote friendship, peace and prosperity.

The Commission’s duties are 1) To promote public knowledge of and active participation in the Sister City Program of the City of Phoenix. 2) To promote an awareness of the cultures of our Sister Cities and the value of cultural diversity to our City. 3) To encourage contacts between schools, business professional societies, clubs, and new media in our City with similar institutions in our Sister Cities. 4) To encourage local celebration of the national or regional festivals of our Sister Cities. 5) To stimulate trade and commerce between Phoenix and our Sister Cities. 6) To advise the City Council in all matters relating to the Sister City programs of the City of Phoenix.

Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve for three-year terms.
There are currently 6 vacancies out of 25 positions.

Contact Name and email: Rita Marko, rita.marko@phoenix.gov
Contact Number: (602)534-2200
Create an Account and Apply here.
Website: click here
MCBA YLD

CALLING ALL YOUNG LAWYERS: THE YLD WANTS YOU!!
The MCBA YLD is looking to fill an open position on its
Board of Directors.
What We Do:
Plan and carry out service events and social events including:
Barristers’ Ball
Mock interviews
Volunteer work
CLEs
Networking events

What We Do For You:
Networking opportunities with young lawyers
Networking opportunities with members of the MCBA
Foster relationships with colleagues in the legal community
Provide volunteer opportunities
Provide opportunities to chair committees on YLD and other MCBA boards
Provide opportunities to plan and carry out service events
Provide opportunities to plan and carry out social events

What We Need From You:
Commitment to attend monthly meetings
Participate in one of our committees
Support the YLD and MCBA events throughout your term
Are You Eligible?
36 years of age or younger
or
Practicing 5 years or less

***This term is from June 2023 through December 2024. You must remain eligible for the entire term***

Interested In Applying?

Please send a letter of interest including age and date of licensure, a paragraph-long biography, and your resume to Laurie Williams at lwilliams@maricopabar.org.
 
The application deadline is noon on Monday, June 5, 2023

WE THE ACTION

WTA is a community of thousands of volunteer lawyers and hundreds of nonprofits collaborating to advance social justice nationwide. Through We The Action, lawyers volunteer with leading nonprofits to use their time and talent for good, one project at a time.

We The Action was founded on the fundamental premise that lawyers have the power to do good. None of us can change the world alone. But if each of us gives an hour here or there, we can do some pretty extraordinary things together.

For more information and how to join click here.

READ WITH A CHILD-CHANGE A LIFE!

Sponsored By: City of Tempe Volunteer Office
Ongoing
3500 South Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona, United States, 85282

Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteers commit to approximately five hours per week September to May. Each tutor is assigned to four students and meets individually with them for 30 minutes twice weekly during school hours. Volunteers must undergo background checks, including fingerprinting, and 15 hours of pre-service training

For more information, see here.

Take a look and consider applying for an Arizona Board and Commission Vacancy. See here for a list of vacancies as of March 2023.

Check for highlighted vacancies by clicking here.

For more information, contact Director Christine Dyster, Boards and Commissions (602) 542-2449 or bc@az.gov.

Reminder! Applications for the State Bar of Arizona- Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2023 -2024 are due by 6/2/23.

The Bar Leadership Institute is a selective program designed to train the next generation of Bar members and community leaders. Participants are provided with networking opportunities, training and education, community awareness and other skills necessary to benefit the diverse communities in which they work, live and serve.

To apply, visit here.

Applications are due June 2, 2023.


Valley Leadership Catalyze 3 (Apply by 5/21/2023)


Interested in connecting with Arizonans that want to make a difference in our community? Catalyze is for any Arizonan who is ready to lead and be guided by Valley Leadership’s Principles of Doing. While all program sessions will be virtual, optional small group, in-person and virtual social activities and experiences will be offered. The program is from September 2023 to February 2024.

Have questions? Contact Daisy Talavera, Director of Strategic Learning & Catalyze Instructor here or here.

Nominate an American Inn of Court member in practice ten or fewer years for excellence in public interest or pro bono activities (Deadline 6/1/23)

Are you an Inn of Court member? Nominate a Deserving Young Lawyer for the 2023 American Inns of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service

The American Inns of Court has established the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Professional Service honoring an American Inn of Court member in practice ten or fewer years for excellence in public interest or pro bono activities. The purpose of the Award is to honor an Inn member each year for exemplary service and to honor Justice O'Connor for being the paragon of professional service throughout her distinguished career while exemplifying legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism.

O'Connor Award Recognition

This award is presented in October to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States.

For more information contact Cindy Dennis by e-mail cdennis@innsofcourt.org or by phone at (571) 319-4703. Recipient will be selected by July 31. For more information, please click here.

Bar Leadership Institute – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Applications opened May 1, 2023 for the 2023-24 BLI class. Deadline is May 26, 2023. The Bar Leadership Institute is a selective program designed to train the next generation of Bar members and community leaders. Participants are provided with networking opportunities, training and education, community awareness and other skills necessary to benefit the diverse communities in which they work, live and serve.

More information and application form will be available here, or you can contact Elena Nethers at elena.nethers@staff.azbar.org.

ABA House of Delegates – (2 openings)

Delegates represent the State Bar of Arizona at the Annual and Midyear Meetings of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. The successful candidates must also be members of, and in good standing with, the ABA throughout their tenure as Delegates. The Delegates regularly appear before the Board of Governors to report on House of Delegates’ activities.
More information can be found here or contacting Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org; 602.340.7201. Applications are due by May 16, 2023.

Community Legal Services Board of Directors (2 openings)

The Community Legal Services (“CLS”) Board has a mission to increase “fairness in the civil justice system by advocating, litigating, and educating on behalf of Arizona’s most underserved communities.” Board members work to ensure the fiscal integrity of CLS, direct CLS activities and goals, plan and participate in fundraising activities, and establish substantive law priorities. Applicants must be active members in good standing of the Arizona State Bar. They will serve as six year terms commencing in June 2023.

Learn more by visiting here or contacting Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org; 602.340.7201. Applications are due by May 16, 2023.

City of Avondale Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (1 opening)

The City of Avondale Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB) makes advisory recommendations to the Avondale City Council regarding the most qualified applicants to become full-time city judges, as well as evaluating the performance of incumbent full-time city judges. The JAAB is also responsible for advising on the best methods to retain excellent city judges to the City Council. Applicants must be active members in good standing and must reside in Maricopa County.

Learn more by visiting here or contacting the Avondale City Clerk’s Office at 623.333.1200 or CityClerk@AvondaleAZ.govApplication Deadline – May 16, 2023

Please contact Laila Ikram at laila.ikram@maricopa.gov for additional information on the following opportunities.

City of Phoenix Heritage Commission (2 vacancies)

The Heritage Commission identifies factors to be considered when reviewing proposals to name or rename City facilities. The commission also makes recommendations to the City Council concerning all proposals for the naming or renaming of City of Phoenix facilities, except for facilities operated by the Parks and Recreation Board. Finally, the make recommendations to the City Council regarding heritage and historical celebrations and commemorations.

Learn more by visiting https://boards.phoenix.gov/Home/BoardsDetail/26 or contacting Helana Ruter at 602-256-4155.

Encanto Village Planning Committee (4 vacancies)

The Village Planning Committee members help the Planning Commission in the performance of its duties. Village Planning Committee activities include: 1) identifying areas or provisions of the General Plan text which need refinement and updating; 2) identifying problems and needs related to implementation of the General Plan; 3) defining in greater detail the intended future function, density and character of sub-areas of the village; and 4) commenting on proposals for the new zoning districts or land use districts. Committee residency requirements state at least 75% of the members shall reside at least eleven months of the year at a property of record or location within the village. 

Learn more by visiting  https://boards.phoenix.gov/Home/BoardsDetail/21 or contacting John Roanhoarse at 602-261-8817.

City of Avondale Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (1 opening)

The City of Avondale Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB) makes advisory recommendations to the Avondale City Council regarding the most qualified applicants to become full-time city judges, as well as evaluating the performance of incumbent full-time city judges. The JAAB is also responsible for advising on the best methods to retain excellent city judges to the City Council. Applicants must be active members in good standing and must reside in Maricopa County.

Learn more by visiting here or contacting the Avondale City Clerk’s Office at 623.333.1200 or CityClerk@AvondaleAZ.gov.

Community Legal Services Board of Directors (2 openings)

The Community Legal Services (“CLS”) Board has a mission to increase “fairness in the civil justice system by advocating, litigating, and educating on behalf of Arizona’s most underserved communities.” Board members work to ensure the fiscal integrity of CLS, direct CLS activities and goals, plan and participate in fundraising activities, and establish substantive law priorities. Applicants must be active members in good standing of the Arizona State Bar. They will serve as six year terms commencing in June 2023.

Learn more by visiting here or contacting Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org; 602.340.7201. Applications are due by May 16, 2023.

City of Mesa Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

The Parks and Rec Board advises the Council on the operation and development of all City parks and recreational facilities and on the recreational program of the city. If you would like more information you may contact clerk.info@mesaaz.gov or visit here to submit an application.

Bar Leadership Institute – SAVE THE DATE

Applications will open May 1, 2023 for the 2023-24 BLI class. Deadline is May 26, 2023. More information and application form will be available here, or you can contact Elena Nethers at elena.nethers@staff.azbar.org.

Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Selection Advisory Board (4/21/23)

The Maricopa County Superior Court needs to immediately fill a vacancy on its Commissioner Selection Advisory Board that requires an applicant to be a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA). The MCBA will recommend three candidates for consideration. The committee requires about 40 hours of work each time it meets to consider and select candidates. There are at least two full-day meetings, plus additional time spent reviewing applications in detail and doing due diligence on one or two candidates. If interested or would like more information, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Elizabeth Sheehan at bsheehan@maricopabar.org.


Phoenix Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Awards (4/28/2
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The Phoenix Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Awards program winners will be honored at a special awards celebration in August 2023 and will be profiled in a special section of the Phoenix Business Journal. The Nomination Deadline is April 28, 2023, and the event will be on August 3. Nominees must be under 40 years of age on April 30th, 2023. Nominees must also be residents and employees in the Phoenix region. Contact PBJ's Event Director, Alex (McAlister) Rounds, at amcalister@bizjournals.com for any questions about nominations or the event. For more details, please visit here.

The State Bar is in need of lawyers to answer viewers’ calls during our ABC15 Let Joe Know Live Legal Phone Bank, April 19, 5 – 7 p.m.  The theme is consumer law, so volunteers can expect calls that last around five minutes about contracts, lemon laws, warranties and more. It’s a fun way to help a lot of people out and we buy you dinner. Worried you don’t have “consumer expertise?” Don’t be. Calls are short and designed to give people a starting point not solve legal matters. We can also provide you with a list of website to which you can refer people for more information. Did I mention we buy you dinner?


Commissioner Applications accepted until Wednesday April 26 – The role of the court commissioners is critical to the Maricopa County Superior Court. With more than 60 commissioners serving the Bench, the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County seeks experienced and motivated applicants to fill these important roles in helping to uphold the principles inherent to the rule of law for every person, every day, every time.

Commissioner Applicant Mentor Program – Looking for insights into the role of a court commissioner, details on the application process, or practice with mock interviews for the commissioner recruitment? The Maricopa County Superior Court has a new resource available to assist prospective commissioners. Supported by volunteers who are current judicial officers, the applicant mentorship program is designed to bolster an applicant’s readiness for the commissioner hiring process. Mentors may meet with applicants and answer questions about the process. While the mentor will not serve as an advocate in the formal hiring process before the committee, the mentor will provide feedback to the committee and will be available to guide prospective commissioners through the recruitment steps.

To learn more about the process, what it’s like to be a Commissioner, to obtain a mentor, and to apply, please visit here or contact the Commissioner Recruitment Coordinator Sheila Jewell at Sheila.Jewell@jbazmc.maricopa.gov or 602-372-3615.

City of Scottsdale Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (1 opening)

The City of Scottsdale Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB) makes advisory recommendations to the Scottsdale City Council regarding the appointment and reappointment of full-time city judges. The JAAB will use merit-based criteria to recommend the best-qualified persons to become city judges and to advise the City Council about retaining city judges. Applicants must be active members in good standing and must reside in Scottsdale. Board members serve three-year terms.

Learn more by visiting here or contacting Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org; 602.340.7201. Applications are due by April 17, 2023.

Client Protection Fund Board of Trustees (1 opening)

The Client Protection Fund is a trust that exists as a separate entity from the State Bar of Arizona. The Fund’s purpose is to promote public confidence in the administration of justice, and to preserve the integrity of the legal profession by reimbursing people who have sustained losses caused by the dishonest conduct of lawyers admitted and licensed to practice law in Arizona. Each lawyer licensed to practice law in Arizona contributes $20 per year to the Fund. The Trustees act as fiduciaries of monies deposited in the fund, invest those funds, and pay claims in appropriate cases. Applicants must be active members in good standing, having practiced law for at least 10 years. Board members serve a term of five years.

Learn more by visiting here or contacting Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org; 602.340.7201. Applications are due by April 17, 2023.

Bar Leadership Institute – SAVE THE DATE

Applications will open May 1, 2023 for the 2023-24 BLI class. Deadline is May 26, 2023. More information and application form will be available here, or you can contact Elena Nethers at elena.nethers@staff.azbar.org.

The State Bar is in need of lawyers to answer viewers’ calls during our ABC15 Let Joe Know Live Legal Phone Bank, April 19, 5 – 7 p.m. The theme is consumer law, so volunteers can expect calls that last around five minutes about contracts, lemon laws, warranties and more. It’s a fun way to help a lot of people out and we buy you dinner. Worried you don’t have “consumer expertise?” Don’t be. Calls are short and designed to give people a starting point not solve legal matters. We can also provide you with a list of website to which you can refer people for more information. Did I mention we buy you dinner?
STATE BAR OF ARIZONA ADVISORY GROUPS

The State Bar of Arizona has advisory groups responsible for providing advice and recommendations about state Bar policy and programs. Terms are generally 3 years, but may vary. The application period for 2023-24 is now open and applications will be accepted through Friday, April 7, 2023.

More information can be found here. The following groups are accepting applications:

- Arizona Attorney Editorial Board
- Board of Legal Specialization Advisory Commissions
- Communications Advisory Panel
- Continuing Legal Education Working Group
- Convention Working Group
- Council on Women & Minorities in the Law
- Ethics Advisory Group
- Fee Arbitration Program
- Legal Services Advisory Panel
- Member Assistance Council
- Mentor Advisory Group
- Military Legal Assistance Panel
- Persons with Disabilities Council
- Professionalism Advisory Council
- Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Council
- Technology Working Group

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: CHILDREN’S LAW CENTER:

Volunteers needed to represent low-income clients seeking legal guardianship for at-risk children. Free Zoom training and mentoring opportunities are available. For more information, contact Roni Tropper at Rtropper@clsaz.org.
Chandler Cultural Foundation:

There are multiple openings coming up on the Chandler Cultural Foundation. You must be a resident of Chandler for the past year. If selected you will serve a three year term. The Chandler Cultural Foundation Board reviews and approves proposed management policies of the Chandler Center for the Arts and reviews the budget to develop funding mechanisms to support them. Members also review and approve proposed programs and visual art exhibitions at the Chandler Center for the Arts. For more information or to apply please visit here.

State Bar Volunteer Opportunities:

ABC15- Let Joe Know

Answer legal questions on live TV!

Our next ABC15 Let Joe Know live legal phone bank is March 15, 2023 and we need experts in Employment Law! Volunteers are on set and on camera from 5 to 7 p.m. answering calls from viewers as they come in. Dinner's included!

Landlord-Tenant Legal Clinic

We will be holding a virtual legal clinic on March 22, 2023 and need experts on Landlord-Tenant Law. Volunteers will provide free 30-minute consultations via Zoom.

Maricopa County StandDown

Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance hosting their annual StandDown on April 28, 2023 and they are looking for volunteers to provide in-person and over the phone consultation in the areas of Family, Landlord Tenant, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, and Immigration.

Law Day Legal Clinic

We will be holding a Legal Clinic in honor of Law Day on April 29, 2023 and need experts in Family, Landlord Tenant, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Employment and Immigration Law. Volunteers will provide free 30-minute consultations in-person or over Zoom.

Email Fabiola.Perez@staff.azbar.org to sign up for any of the opportunities!

Judicial Advisory Committee opening:

The Supreme Court's Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee has an opening for an active State Bar of Arizona member. The committee offers ethics advice to judges, judicial employees, and judicial candidates about their own prospective conduct. Applications are due by April 14 and should be submitted to aelliott@courts.az.gov.
City of Peoria Boards and Commissions
The City of Peoria is seeking Peoria residents to fill multiple board and commission vacancies including the Citizens Commission on Salaries for Elected City Officials, Construction Board of Appeals, Design Review Board, Economic Development Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Municipal Development Authority, Veterans Memorial Board, and Volunteer Firefighter Pension Board.

A description of each board and commission can be found on the City of Peoria website at here.

Submit an application here or contact the City Clerk’s Office at (623) 773-7340 for more information. There are no deadlines for these positions as recruitment is ongoing.

Upcoming Call for Nominations: The ATHENA Awards (June 2023)
The Greater Phoenix Chamber will soon be accepting applications for the 2023 ATHENA Awards. The ATHENA Award, an internationally prized honor, recognizes women who demonstrate excellence in professional leadership, community service, and mentorship of future leaders. Each year, the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA Awards highlight three women at the top of their field, who demonstrate inspiring leadership within their industry, mentor women throughout their career, and dedicate themselves to the community.
Nominations forms are not yet open, but will be due in June 2023—time to start preparing!

For more information or to submit nominations (when the link has been updated), visit here

A number of State Bar Committees are accepting applications for board vacancies. Application forms are due at the State Bar office by April 7, 2023. More information be obtained by visiting here or contacting Roberta Tepper at roberta.tepper@staff.azbar.org or 602-340-7332. Terms of service vary by committee but are generally 3 years with opportunities for reappointment. The online application form can be found in the previous links and will auto-populate with your information from the Bar’s database. Just pick your desired group or committee and prepare a short statement of interest.

State Bar of Arizona Appointments Committee (applications close 4/7/2023)

Recommend to the Board of Governors the appointment of members to fill openings on state-wide boards, committees and commissions. Achieve a "balance" in all appointments as they relate to each voluntary professional activity, i.e., age, gender, geography, ethnicity, area of practice. Time Commitment: The Committee meets approximately 7 times per year, usually for 2 hours.

The Committee and the Board of Governors consider all aspects of diversity in their recommendations and appointments. More information can be found here.

For more information, contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (BLS) Committee (applications close 4/7/2023)

The purpose of the legal specialization program is to identify to the public and the Bar those lawyers who have demonstrated superior knowledge, skill, integrity, professionalism, and a high degree of competence in a specific field of law. By identifying attorneys who have a high degree of experience in certain fields of law, the program will improve the quality of legal services and provide useful information for those seeking legal services.

The Board of Legal Specialization (BLS) is authorized pursuant to Rule 44, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. The BLS regulates the certification of legal specialists in nine practice areas: Administrative, Bankruptcy, Criminal, Estate and Trust, Family, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Real Estate, Tax, and Workers’ Compensation.

An Advisory Commission is established for each area of certification. Each Advisory Commission actively administers the program in its particular field, under the policy guidance of the BLS.

Time Commitment: The Board of Legal Specialization meets once per month. The length of the meetings may vary but typically last 30 minutes.

Click here for more information or contact Randal.Westbury@staff.azbar.org
National Women’s Law Center

The victories the National Women’s Law Center has won on behalf of women and their families would not have been possible without the pro bono assistance that many organizations and individuals generously provide.

NWLC depends upon pro bono and volunteer assistance from law firms, corporations, universities, and individuals. If you or your employer are interested in exploring pro bono opportunities, please contact probono@nwlc.org or click here.

Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project

The Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project is a statewide network of legal aid attorneys, volunteer attorneys, and lay legal advocates who provide free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children. The Arizona Bar Foundation administers and coordinates the Project. For more information, click here.

Fresh Start

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women who want to thrive. The Jewell McFarland Lewis- Fresh Start Women's Resource Center located in central Phoenix is a comprehensive self-help facility that delivers free and low-cost services to any woman who is at least 18 years old. For more information about how to help, click here.

Future for Kids

Future for KIDS provides mentor driven out-of-school time programs and camps that focus on academics, athletics, and ethics to improve the lives of youth facing adversity. One- time and mentoring volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, click here.
The Maricopa County Superior Court Pro Tempore (Application deadline is 2/1/2023)

The Maricopa County court is looking for volunteers to serve as a Judge Pro Tem. The recruitment period is now accepting applications for the next appointment term, 7/1/2023 - 6/30/2024

For those with criminal history experience, and flexible hours to cover nights, weekends and holidays, you may be eligible to be a Judge Pro Tem in Initial Appearance court, which is a paid part time position.

Superior Court Judge Pro Tem requirements:

12-142. Qualifications of judge pro tempore; residence; salary; exclusion from retirement provisions
A. A judge pro tempore of the superior court shall be:
1. Not less than thirty years of age.
2. Of good moral character.
3. Admitted to the practice of law in this state for not less than five years next preceding his appointment.
4. A resident of this state for not less than five years next preceding his appointment.
B. A judge pro tempore may be appointed to serve in the county of his residence or in a county of which he is not a resident.
C. The salary of a judge pro tempore shall be paid for the period of the appointment based on an annual salary equal to that of a superior court judge. A judge pro tempore may agree in advance to donate any or all of his services.
D. Judges pro tempore are not subject to any provision of law relating to the retirement of judges.

Click here to learn more.

Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments- Deadline is January 24, 2023


This non-partisan commission is chaired by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court (or his designee). Primary responsibility is to screen, interview and recommend judicial candidates to the Governor of Arizona for the Governor’s final selection to fill judicial vacancies.

Applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. Per policy, applicants must be “active members” in good standing. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible.

Applicants shall have resided in the state and shall have been admitted to practice law before the Arizona Supreme Court for not less than five (5) years.

No more than three of the five attorney-commissioners may be from the same political party and no more than two attorney-commissioners shall be residents of any one county. None of the attorney or non-attorney members of the commission shall hold any governmental office, elective or appointive, for profit and no attorney member is eligible for appointment to any judicial office of this state until one year after membership in the commission terminates. The commission meets as necessary when judicial openings occur.

Each term is 4 years. There are currently two openings. To apply, visit here

For additional information please contact Carrie Sherman at 602-340-7201 or Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org

Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments- Deadline is January 24, 2023

This non-partisan commission is chaired by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court (or his designee). Primary responsibility is to screen, interview and recommend judicial candidates to the Governor of Arizona for the Governor’s final selection to fill judicial vacancies.

Applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. Per policy, applicants must be “active members” in good standing. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible.

Applicants shall have resided in the State, and shall have been admitted to practice law before the Arizona Supreme Court, for not less than five (5) years and shall have resided in Supervisorial District (SD) 2, SD 3 or SD 5 for at least one year before being nominated.

No more than three of the five attorney-commissioners may be from the same political party. None of the attorney or non-attorney members of the commissions shall hold any governmental office, elective or appointive, for profit and no attorney member is eligible for appointment to any judicial office of this state until one year after membership in the commission terminates. The commissions meet as necessary when judicial openings occur.

Each term is four years. There are currently 3 openings.

To apply, visit here

For additional information contact Carrie Sherman at 602.340.7201 or Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org

Tourism and Hospitality Advisory Board

This Board serves as a mechanism for evaluating projects to be funded for the hospitality industry's share of surplus Arena Tax Funds. The Board shall be responsible for evaluating projects to enhance the tourism and hospitality industry in Phoenix, subject to fiscal constraints and criteria imposed by the City and recommending those projects to the City Council.

This Board shall be comprised of fourteen (14) members appointed by the City Council, twelve of whom shall be voting members. Composition of the voting members shall be as follows: 8 members representing hoteliers, representing a hotel property in each Council district, 2 members at-large from a non-hotel sector of the hospitality industry, 2 members as City representatives, 1 member of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau. The two non-voting members shall consist of a representative of the City and a representative of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau. There are currently two vacancies.

For more information contact Tim Merritt at 602-256-3369.

To apply visit here

Scottsdale Leadership Class of 38 – Apply now for the 9-month long leadership program.

 

The Scottsdale Leadership development program is a premier, in-person, interactive program that brings class members together from diverse backgrounds to experience a transformation in their leadership capabilities by immersing them in the history and infrastructure of Scottsdale. Up to 50 established or emerging leaders are selected to participate each year. Class members learn from each other, and from highly sought-after subject-matter experts and leaders in topics such as Economic Development, Healthcare, Diversity & Inclusion, Government, Public Safety, Arts, Education and more.

 

• A nine-month experiential training program consisting of 15 interrelated, topic-focused learning days

 

• Learning is accomplished through small group interaction, high-impact community projects and expert-led guidance and teaching that informs about the unique aspects of Scottsdale with fundamental and emerging leadership concepts

 

• Class members from diverse backgrounds learn the power of collaboration and experience a transformational and often life-changing enhancement in their leadership and personal skills

 

For more information and to apply, please click here and here.

 

For more information contact Dana Close at dana@scottsdaleleadership.org; or Info@scottsdaleleadership.org.

City of Phoenix Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission (1 vacancy)

The purpose of the Commission is to identify environmental issues and problems affecting the City of Phoenix and recommend to the City Council appropriate roles for the City in addressing those issues or problems in a manner which protects, restores, or enhances the natural and urban environments. The Commission meets once per month on the second Thursday at 3:00pm.

For more information please contact the Anita Ponce at 602-256-3445 or find additional information click here.

Library Advisory Board (1 vacancy)

This Board will inform and advise the City Council on matters of public interest and need in relation to the resources and services of the Library system. The Board reviews administrative reports on the operation and public use of the library system, as well as on studies and appraisals relating to future change and development of the library system and advises the City on these matters. The meetings are held from 12pm-1pm on the third Wednesday of the month.

For more information please contact Lee Franklin at 602-534-2025 or find additional information click here.

Phoenix Youth and Education Commission (8 vacancies)

The Phoenix Youth and Education Commission duties focus on promoting youth development and public education, which includes reviewing educational issues, recommending approaches to improve the quality of education in the City, developing relationships with organizations concerned with quality of life of youth in the City, and reporting to the City Council.

For more information, please contact Tim Valencia at 602-256-3426 or find additional information click here.

National Foundation seeks Environmental Law experts (deadline 1/11/2023)

The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law is dedicated to the scholarly and practical study of the laws and regulations relating to mining, oil and gas, energy, public lands, water, and related aspects of environmental and international law. Required attendance at the Trustees Council Meeting and the Annual Institute every July. Membership, travel and conference fees are the responsibility of the appointed member. Apply by January 11, 2023.

Visit the State Bar of Arizona Appointments Committee page for more information and application - click here 

Ryan House—Volunteer Opportunity

Ryan House provides respite and palliative care for children and their families as they navigate life limiting or end of life journeys. Volunteers are an integral part of the Ryan House team. Individuals or groups who are looking for short term volunteers opportunities are gladly welcome. If you or your group is interested in volunteering at one of the many special events that Ryan House hosts, or hosting a volunteer days at your workplace, or doing a project at home, please contact Alyssa Tidwell atidwell@ryanhouse.org or find additional information here
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State Board of Equalization Vacancies


The Arizona State Board of Equalization conducts hearings on appeals, property valuation, and classification. The board’s goal is to provide fair and impartial venue for property owners, county assessors and the Department of Revenue to challenge the valuation and classification of real and personal property that is subject to taxation.

The Board consists of 41 members: 10 members, 2 from each district, who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors from each county with a population of more than 500,000 persons according to the most recent United States Decennial Census, 10 members who are appointed by the Governor from each county with a population of more than 500,000 persons according to the most recent United States Decennial Census and an additional member designated as Chairperson by the Governor who serves in a full time capacity.

Members shall be selected based on their work experience and other qualifications in at least one of the following categories:

1. Experience in at least three of the preceding eight years in property valuation, property tax appeals or appraising real property.
2. A certified general appraiser under ARS 32-3612.
3. A property valuation hearing officer or member of the State Board of Equalization; or any predecessor to the Board for at least three of the preceding eight years.
4. A member of the State Bar of Arizona with at least three years of experience in property valuation or condemnation practice.
5. Experience in at least three of the proceeding eight years as a real estate broker.

For more information please contact the Acting Chairman, State Board of Equalization, George Shook, at 602-346-1611 or find additional information here.

Phoenix Residential Investment Development Effort Committee Openings

The Phoenix Residential Investment Development Effort (PRIDE) is a private non-profit, non-stock corporation created in 1989 to assist in the community’s efforts to provide affordable housing. The corporation was organized to pursue development or acquisition opportunities that will promote or increase the supply of housing that is affordable to low and moderate income households. PRIDE undertakes projects for its own account, under contract or in conjunction with the City of Phoenix, or as a joint venture partner with other corporate or private entities. The primary organizational goals of PRIDE are: 1) To develop, promote and otherwise assist in the establishment and operation of low or moderate income housing. 2) To combat community deterioration. 3) To secure adequate housing, community facilities and other related facilities and services conducive to the progress and general welfare of the City of Phoenix. For more information, please contact Sonya Blanco at 602-534-1065.




Central Arizona Shelter Services


Founded over 35 years ago, CASS is the largest and longest serving homeless emergency shelter provider in Arizona. Both our adult and family shelters operate at full capacity 24/7, 365 days of the year. Serving the entire Phoenix metropolitan area, CASS is a regional solution to homelessness, working to fill service gaps and help thousands of people transform their lives, get a roof over their head, a job, and a chance at a new life. Consider giving the gift of your time this holiday season. There are many ways to help CASS, through charitable giving, hosting a drive or a fundraiser, or donating your time. For more information, please contact development@cassaz.org.

Phoenix Community Alliance – Join a Committee

Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development organization impacting Greater Downtown Phoenix. PCA seeks the right opportunities for business leaders to collaborate with government – city, county, state, and local federal agencies – and with other stakeholders including educational, cultural, community groups, research institutions, and emerging industries. PCA works closely with City of Phoenix elected officials and staff and serves as a platform for public/private dialogue on community and economic development issues. Committees include: Arts, Culture & Public Life; Central City Planning & Development; Education; Membership Engagement; Multi-Modal Connectivity; Social & Housing Advancement; Hance Park Fundraising; and Public Affairs. Learn more, and check out the event calendar here.

Phoenix Women's Commission

The Phoenix Women's Commission provides a formal forum for citizen review of the City's diversity efforts, salary equity, and to serve as an advisory board to the Council. It shall be composed of volunteer citizens who shall be City of Phoenix’s residents or employees. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor subject to the City Council’s approval. More information can be found here There is one (1) current vacancy. Contact Shanna Archie at (602) 534-1279 for more information.

State Bar of Arizona Professional Volunteer Opportunities

The State Bar Appointments Committee is currently accepting applications from Active Members to fill several upcoming vacancies. Application forms are due at the State Bar office by the deadlines noted and can be obtained by downloading an application from the following link, which also contains all the openings and related information: here.

State Bar Mentorship Opportunity

Are you a lawyer with more than five years of experience? Share your knowledge with others in the State Bar by applying to become a Mentor. Applications are due by April 15. Not sure how to be a mentor? Not a problem, training is provided. For more information contact Kendra Owens-Johnson (602) 340-7290 kendra.owens-johnson@staff.azbar.org. You can apply here.

City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission—five (5) vacancies

This Commission makes periodic surveys of the existence and effect of discrimination in the City of Phoenix because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, and sexual orientation in public accommodations; and fosters positive intergroup relations and the elimination of discrimination. It shall consist of seventeen (17) members appointed by the Mayor and City Council and meets on the third Monday at 6:00 p.m. in the Fire Administration Building, Great Room, 150 S. 12th St., Phoenix, Arizona, 85003. Each member shall serve a term of three years. For more information, contact Shanna Archie at (602) 534-1279 or visit here.

Call for Nominations – State Bar’s Board of Governors – Nomination Deadline December 14, 2022

The State Bar of Arizona is governed by a 29-member Board of Governors whose members are primarily lawyers elected by Bar members. The call for nominations to run for election is currently underway, with nomination packets due by COB Wednesday, December 14, 2022. District 6/Maricopa County has three open seats. Elected Governors will serve three-year terms.

For more information and a nomination packet, please visit here, or contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org.

Phoenix Women's Commission

The Phoenix Women's Commission provides a formal forum for citizen review of the City's diversity efforts, salary equity, and to serve as an advisory board to the Council. It shall be composed of volunteer citizens who shall be City of Phoenix’s residents or employees. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor subject to the City Council’s approval. More information can be found here  There is one (1) current vacancy. Contact Shanna Archie at (602)534-1279 for more information.

State Bar Mentorship Opportunity

Are you a lawyer with more than five years of experience? Share your knowledge with others in the State Bar by applying to become a Mentor. Applications are due by April 15. Not sure how to be a mentor? Not a problem, training is provided. For more information contact Kendra Owens-Johnson (602)340-7290 kendra.owens-johnson@staff.azbar.org. You can apply here

ABA Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award (1/18/2023) 5pm CST)

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is now accepting nominations for the 33rd Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. Deadline: Jan. 18, 2023 5pm CST. Each year, this award honors up to five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. These women demonstrate excellence in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on either the national, regional, or local level.

Criteria

• The individual achieved professional excellence in her field AND
• Influenced other women to pursue legal careers, OR
• Opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them, OR
• Advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.
• Nominees may be ABA members or nonmembers.
• Sitting members of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession may not be nominated.

For more information, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Chanelle Torres at chanelle.torres@americanbar.org or call 312.988.5715.

Call for Nominations – State Bar’s Board of Governors – Nomination Deadline December 14, 2022

The State Bar of Arizona is governed by a 29-member Board of Governors whose members are primarily lawyers elected by Bar members. The call for nominations to run for election is currently underway, with nomination packets due by COB Wednesday, December 14, 2022. District 6/Maricopa County has three open seats. Elected Governors will serve three-year terms. For more information and a nomination packet, please visit here, or contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org.

Arizona Attorney Editorial Board: Ongoing

The Arizona Attorney Editorial Board advises the Editor on substantive and other articles in Arizona Attorney Magazine. The Board meets approximately 8 times per year, usually for 1-hour. Additional time between meetings may be required. Apply online here. For more information, please contact Tim Eigo at 602.340.7310 or Tim.Eigo@staff.azbar.org.

Call for Nominations – State Bar’s Board of Governors – Nomination Deadline December 14, 2022

The State Bar of Arizona is governed by a 29-member Board of Governors whose members are primarily lawyers elected by Bar members. The call for nominations to run for election is currently underway, with nomination packets due by COB Wednesday, December 14, 2022. District 6/Maricopa County has three open seats. Elected Governors will serve three-year terms. For more information and a nomination packet, please visit here, or contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org.

Self-Represented Litigant (SRL) Clinic:

Volunteer lawyers with at least three years of experience provide 30-minute consultations, by appointment, with individuals who cannot afford a lawyer and who are considering or already representing themselves in lawsuits. SRL Clinics take place as follows: In Phoenix, at the Sandra Day O’Connor Courthouse between noon and 4:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. In Tucson, at the Evo Deconcini Courthouse between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. every Thursday. Cases range greatly and can include civil rights, employment discrimination, social security and other types of civil actions. To volunteer for an SRL Clinic in Phoenix, please email your contact information to phxsrl@azd.uscourts.gov, or in Tucson, contact Melissa Spiller-Shiner of Step Up to Justice at mspillershiner@stepuptojustice.org.

Nominate a woman for the YWCA Tribute to Leadership Awards Program (deadline 11/30/22):

Celebrate and honor a woman who inspires and unapologetically advocates for a just community by nominating her TODAY for YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix Tribute to Leadership Awards.

Award Categories:

Tribute Leader Nominee Criteria

• Nominee works primarily in Arizona or Nominee work has primary impact in Arizona
• Leadership and Impact: Nominees will be evaluated on their leadership and impact within the community, their organization, or their industry.
• Exhibits and embodies the mission of YWCA: eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Emerging Leader Nominee Criteria
• Less than five years in profession (early in career)
• Nominee works primarily in Arizona or nominee work has primary impact in Arizona
• Nominee shows leadership capabilities and/or innovation
• Exhibits and embodies the mission of YWCA: eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
The Tribute to Leadership Awards are presented to women who…
• Exhibit leadership skills in their field of expertise
• Have been a role model and/or mentor to other women and girls
• Advocate for positive social change that helps close the leadership gap and create a more equitable society
• Demonstrate a commitment to the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women
• Garnered respect within the community
• Are dedicated to helping women and girls achieve their goals
• Reinforce policies, practices, attitudes, and/or actions that are intended to produce equitable outcomes for all
• Give back to the community through their time, talent, and/or resources

For more information and to nominate a woman for one of these awards click here

Children’s Law Center

The Volunteer Lawyers Program, Children’s Law Center’s greatest need right now is for volunteer attorneys to represent low-income clients, typically grandparents, seeking legal guardianship through the courts to be able to care for their at-risk grandchildren. Parents are often placing children in their grandparents’ care and leaving them without any documents. For the grandparent to enroll the child in school, get medical needs met and often maintain Section 8 housing, they need a court ordered guardianship. These cases can take 10 to 15 hours of time from start to finish with typically one hearing. They offer free Zoom training and mentoring from other attorneys who have taken these type of cases. If you would be interested in volunteering for this project or any other Children’s Law Center project, please contact Roni Tropper at Rtropper@clsaz.org.

Experienced Federal Court Litigators Wanted

The Federal Court Self-Service Clinic seeks litigators with at least several years of federal court practice experience to volunteer for 2 hours to provide brief phone direction to pro se litigants about civil cases in the District Court in Phoenix. You can choose how often to volunteer. You will receive advance information for conflict checks. Each litigant benefits from 30 minutes of guidance, so you can help up to four people in need. The Clinic is a collaborative effort of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in Phoenix and the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Community Legal Services provides primary malpractice coverage. To enroll or for more information, please contact Pat Gerrich at pgerrich@clsaz.org.

State Bar’s Monthly Free Legal Clinic

November 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The focus is Family Law and Employment Law. Volunteer lawyers provide free 30-minute consultations via Zoom to members of the public who sign up ahead of time. Any lawyer from anywhere in the state can participate. Those who help out are allowed extra portions of mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving. It's a rule. (Lol.) Email Fabiola.Perez@staff.azbar.org to sign up!

Commission on Disability Concerns - Tempe

The Commission on Disability Concerns advises and makes recommendations to the City Council; assists City departments and the City Manager in the establishment of essential policies, rules, and regulations relating to compliance with Federal and State disabilities legislation or regulations and on other disabilities concerns and issues as needed; prepares and submits an annual report to the City Manager and City Council; and, takes further actions as may be deemed necessary and appropriate to further the goals of the Commission. Questions regarding the Board and Commission recruitment and application process can be forwarded to the City Clerk’s Office at (480) 350-4311 or clerk@tempe.gov.

More information and the application can be found here.

Call for Nominations: ABA Section of Intellectual Property – Mark T. Banner Award (11/14)

This award is for an individual or group that has made an impact on intellectual property law and/or practice. Candidates will have expressed a clear passion and enthusiasm for, and advanced the practice, profession, and/or substance of, IP law through extraordinary contributions to, among other things, teaching, scholarship, innovation, legislation, advocacy, bar or other association activities, or the judiciary. The award is open to the widest range or individuals and there is no requirement to be a lawyer or ABA member. Self-nominations are welcome. For questions, contact Amy Mandel at amy.mandel@americanbar.org.

Deadline for submission is November 14, 2022. More information and the nomination form can be found here.

Apply to be a candidate for the Maricopa County Bar Association Board of Directors (9/30/22)

Make a difference in the Maricopa County legal community and help guide the Maricopa County Bar Association into the future by joining the MCBA Board of Directors.

The MCBA is inviting members to declare their candidacy for six available seats on the Board of Directors for 2023-2024 (one seat is designated for a paralegal).

Board members attend monthly meetings, liaise with one or more MCBA sections, divisions, or committees, and support the work of the association. They are expected to make every effort to attend MCBA events and assist with fundraising and member recruitment.

Candidates must be active members in good standing with the MCBA. Candidates are asked to submit a formal letter of candidacy to the board of directors, with the candidate’s signature, a 200-word bio, and a high-resolution color photo. Resumes or CVs are not acceptable. The bio may include an optional position statement of the candidate’s vision and priorities for the MCBA. Position statements and any other campaign or election materials may not refer to other candidates or include defamatory or inappropriate language, as determined by an ad hoc election review committee appointed by the president of the association.

Send election materials to MCBA Executive Director Beth Sheehan either by email: bsheehan@maricopabar.org; or by mail to MCBA, 3030 N. 3rd Street, Suite 1260, Phoenix, AZ 85012, no later than 5 p.m., September 30, 2022.

An electronic election will be provided to members on November 1, 2022.

Phoenix Youth and Education Commission - 12 vacancies

The Phoenix Youth and Education Commission duties focus on promoting youth development and public education, which includes reviewing educational issues, recommending approaches to improve the quality of education in the City, developing relationships with organizations concerned with quality of life of youth in the City, and reporting to the City Council.

For more information, visit here or contact Tim Valencia at 602-256-3426.

Water Infrastructure Finance Authority Board (“WIFA”)—2 vacancies

WIFA is Arizona’s clean water and drinking water state revolving fund administrator. WIFA issues water quality bonds for water infrastructure and manages a technical assistance program that offers funding for wastewater and drinking water systems as part of a loan application. There are currently two vacancies: one representative from a county with a population greater than 500,000; and one representative from a county with a population of less than 500,000.

For additional information or to submit your application here  or call WIFA at 602-364-1310.

City of Tempe Desert Conservation Commission – 2 upcoming vacancies

The Desert Conservation Commission advises the City Council and assists City staff in the establishment of essential policies, management plans, rules, and regulations relating to the acquisitions, planning, operation, use, care, conservation, restoration, and maintenance of areas, and design of future amenities and facility by the City for use as a preserve.

The application is available here. For additional information email clerk@tempe.gov or call (480)350-4311


The State Bar of Arizona’s Appointments Committee is recruiting for the professional volunteer positions listed below.  The application (attached) deadline is October 26.  It would be greatly appreciated if you would share these opportunities with your respective members.  Thank you!

 

  • American Bar Association House of Delegates – one position; term through August 2024
  • Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct – one position; term through December 2028
  • DNA-People’s Legal Services Inc. Board of Directors – two positions; terms through December 2026



ABA House of Delegates
 - Application Deadline October 26, 2022

Purpose: Delegates represent the State Bar of Arizona at the Annual and Midyear Meetings of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. The State Bar reimburses only that portion of Delegate expenses relating to that portion of the House’s agenda which addresses the regulation of the profession and improving the quality of legal services.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Per policy, applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. The successful candidates must also be members of, and in good standing with, the ABA throughout their tenure as Delegates. The Delegates regularly appear before the Board of Governors to report on House of Delegates’ activities.

Openings: One appointment will be made by the State Bar's Board of Governors.

Term: Through August 2024.

 

Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct - Application Deadline October 26, 2022

Purpose: This 11-member Commission (six judicial members appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court; three non-lawyer public members appointed by the Governor; and two State Bar members appointed by the Board of Governors) investigates complaints about alleged unethical conduct by Arizona judges and prosecutes and resolves formal charges of alleged judicial misconduct. Additional information regarding the Commission may be found at Article 6.1 of the Constitution of the State of Arizona and on the Commission’s website at www.azcourts.gov/azcjc.

Openings: One appointment will be made by the State Bar's Board of Governors.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Per policy, applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. Applicants must be admitted to practice law before the Arizona Supreme Court for not less than five years. The Commission meets in-person in Phoenix four times per year and holds telephonic meetings three times per year. Commission members also review weekly consent agendas and serve on investigative panels and formal hearing panels.

Term: Six years commencing January 2023.

 

DNA-People's Legal Services, Inc. Board of Directors - Application Deadline October 26, 2022

Purpose: This 24-member Board provides direction to the largest Native American legal services program in the country. The State Bar of Arizona is allotted three seats on the Board. Since its inception in 1967, DNA, a non-profit corporation, has pursued an aggressive program of legal advocacy for the disadvantaged, has actively promoted community legal education, and has been instrumental in the advancement of the Navajo Nation’s court system, which serves as a model for tribes across the nation.

Openings: Two appointments will be made by the State Bar’s Board of Governors.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Per policy, applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. The DNA Board of Directors meets quarterly.

Term: Four years commencing January 2023.

 

City of Avondale Boards and Commissions Recruitment —Ongoing

The Avondale City Clerk’s Office is currently seeking qualified applicants to serve as Appointed Members to the City’s Board and Commission program. Applications are accepted at any time and will be kept on file for one year. Recruitment is of residents in Avondale interested in serving on its boards, commissions. Various terms of service up to three (3) years on boards such as: Employee Benefit Trust Board, Judicial Advisory Board and Municipal Art Committee to name a few.

For additional information or to submit your application here or call Avondale City Clerk’s Office at 623-333-2200.

City of Litchfield Park Rancho La Loma Homestead Board Member

The City of Litchfield Park is seeking candidates for the Board of Directors of Friends of Rancho La Loma Homestead, Inc. Friends of Rancho La Loma Homestead is a 501(c)3 formed to raise funds for improvements and maintenance of the Rancho La Loma Homestead. Preferred candidates are those persons who have experience in fundraising and service on boards for other nonprofit organizations.

The application is available here. The completed application can be faxed to 623-935-5427 or emailed to troth@litchfield-park.org.

Application forms are also available at Litchfield Park City Hall at 214 W. Wigwam Blvd.
Citizen’s Clean Election Commission—Ongoing

The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission was committed by voter initiative in 1998. It is a five member, non-partisan commission created to provide voter education, ensure compliance with Arizona campaign finance laws, and provide public financing for campaigns so candidates are not beholden to special interests. At this time, all Commissioners are “hold overs,” and awaiting new appointees.

For information on the Commission and its duties, please see here. To apply, contact the Governor’s office at here.

First Things First—Ongoing

First Things First is a voter-created program to provide early intervention services to Arizona children from birth to five years old. As a Councilmember, you will define priorities for funding for eligible children and families, ensure appropriate services and supports for those family, and provide opportunities for the youngest Arizonans to get a strong start in life. Applicants must work or reside in the geographic area they will represent, and may need to meet additional requirements. For more information, please visit here. A guide for potential applicants is available here. Please send any questions to serve@firstthingsfirst.org.

Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board—Ongoing

The Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board is a non-partisan volunteer body appointed by the Arizona governor to survey the existence and effect of discrimination in Arizona. This includes surveying discrimination in voting, housing, employment, and access to public services. The Board seeks to eliminate discrimination, publish studies, investigate allegations of unlawful discrimination, and more. There is currently a vacancy on the Board.

For more information, visit here. To contact the board and ask for information to apply, please contact Rebekah Browder, Executive Director, at 602.542.7657.
DNA-People’s Legal Services Volunteer Law Program—Ongoing

Due to limited resources, DNA turns away nearly 3,000 people a year who ask for our help. As an attorney, you are uniquely qualified to assist people in poverty who experience substantially more legal problems than anyone else in our community – problems often resulting from poverty itself. Each year, at least 100 volunteer attorneys take a pro bono case in Arizona and New Mexico, through DNA’s VLP.

Join DNA’s Volunteer Lawyers Program and help someone today. For details on the types of opportunities, please visit here or contact Armida Lara, alara@dnalegalservices.org (928) 774-0653, ext. 4801.

City of Tempe Family Justice Commission—one (1) vacancy

The Tempe Family Justice Commission advises the City Council and assists City departments in promoting access to justice and safety for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking; and providing leadership and facilitating access to resources that will contribute to wrap-around services and a multi-disciplinary response for the victims and survivors. There is one upcoming vacancy for an At-Large-Member who resides, works or attends school in Tempe. Term expires 12/31/2023. Questions regarding the Board and Commission recruitment and application process can be forwarded to the City Clerk’s Office at (480) 350-4311 or clerk@tempe.gov or visit here.

City of Tempe Arts and Culture Commission—one (1) vacancy

The Tempe Arts and Culture Commission advises the City Council, through the Community Services Department, in the development of periodic updates to the Arts and Culture Plan and any subplans thereto and promotes such plans; supports the City’s General Plan goals relating to arts and culture and encourages diverse citizen participation in arts and culture programs and initiatives; and advises City staff on arts and culture programs, projects, policies, and initiatives. There is one current vacancy for Expertise in Organizational Development, Public Policy, Financial Analysis or Accounting category, or other category (except for Tempe Resident with an Interest in Arts and Culture). Term expires 12/31/2022. Questions regarding the Board and Commission recruitment and application process can be forwarded to the City Clerk’s Office at (480) 350-4311 or clerk@tempe.gov or visit here.

Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness—Deadline August 29, 2022—one lawyer and four public member position(s)

The Committee investigates and recommends applicants for admission to the practice of law in Arizona, reviews approximately 500 applications per year, and attends inquiries and hearings concerning applicant qualifications. Active members in good standing and judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active.” Members devote an average of 25 hours per month and the initial appointment is for four years. For more information, contact Carrie Sherman at Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org.

Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations—Deadline August 29, 2022—one lawyer position

This Committee oversees the Uniform Bar Examination; grading and administration of all test components; reviews accommodation requests; proctors the February and July exams; and is responsible for the performance of the graders (8,000 essay answers per year). Active members in good standing and judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active.” Committee applicants who currently serve or have served within the past two years as law school faculty (including adjunct) at one of Arizona's accredited law schools or as tutors or faculty for bar review courses will not be considered if such service could give rise to significant conflicts of interest. For more information, contact Carrie Sherman at Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org.

Human Relations Commission—four (4) vacancies

This Commission makes periodic surveys of the existence and effect of discrimination in the City of Phoenix because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, and sexual orientation in public accommodations; and fosters positive intergroup relations and the elimination of discrimination. It shall consist of seventeen (17) members appointed by the Mayor and City Council and meets on the third Monday at 6:00 p.m. in the Fire Administration Building, Great Room, 150 S. 12th ST, Phoenix, Arizona, 85003. Each member shall serve a term of three years.

For more information, contact Shanna Archie at (602) 534-1279 or visit here.

Lawyer Down the Hall – Mentors Needed

A short-term mentoring connection where experienced attorneys are paired with attorneys of any experience level who need assistance on a specific issue. Mentors provide career guidance, professionalism resources or networking opportunities.

Mentors are lawyers with more than 5 years of experience. Must have been in practice a minimum of 5 years (in Arizona or another jurisdiction). The mentor should not have been subject to any disciplinary sanctions within the past five years. Visit here for more information.

Wills for Heroes

How would you like to help a hero? Born out of the destruction of 9/11, this program provides free estate planning legal services to first responders in Arizona. The State Bar, in partnership with the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education oversees the program. This is a pro bono opportunity for someone who likes to help in person. Training is provided. Events are ongoing and monthly!

Click here for more information.

To enroll or for more information, please contact Carol Rose at Carol.Rose@staff.azbar.org

Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness – Application Deadline August 29, 2022

Purpose: Responsible for the investigation and recommendation of applicants for admission to the practice of law in Arizona; reviews approximately 500 applications per year; attend inquiries and hearings concerning applicant qualifications.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Active members in good standing. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. Between file review and hearings/business meetings, members devote an average of 25 hours per month to their Committee responsibilities.

Click here for more information.

For more information, contact Carrie Sherman at Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org.

Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations – Application Deadline August 29, 2022

Purpose: Oversee the Uniform Bar Examination, grading and administration of all test components; review accommodation requests; proctor the February and July exams; responsible for the performance of the graders (8,000 essay answers per year); adhere to the grading standards of the Uniform Bar Examinations.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Active members in good standing. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” to be eligible. Applicants should familiarize themselves with Supreme Court Rules 33 and 35 which establish the duties of the Committee. Committee applicants who currently serve or have served within the past two years as law school faculty (including adjunct) at one of Arizona's accredited law schools or as tutors or faculty for bar review courses will not be considered if such service could give rise to significant conflicts of interest regarding their duty to the Supreme Court to review or grade the examinations of their current or former students.
Click here for more information.

For more information, contact Carrie Sherman at Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org.
Children’s Law Center:

The Volunteer Lawyers Program, Children’s Law Center’s greatest need right now is for volunteer attorneys to represent low-income clients, typically grandparents, seeking legal guardianship through the courts to be able to care for their at-risk grandchildren. Parents are often placing children in their grandparents’ care and leaving them without any documents. For the grandparent to enroll the child in school, get medical needs met and often maintain Section 8 housing, they need a court ordered guardianship.

These cases can take 10 to 15 hours of time from start to finish with typically one hearing. They offer free Zoom training and mentoring from other attorneys who have taken these type of cases.

If you would be interested in volunteering for this project or any other Children’s Law Center project, please contact Roni Tropper at Rtropper@clsaz.org.

Experienced Federal Court Litigators Wanted:

The Federal Court Self-Service Clinic seeks litigators with at least several years of federal court practice experience to volunteer for 2 hours to provide brief phone direction to pro se litigants about civil cases in the District Court in Phoenix. You can choose how often to volunteer. You will receive advance information for conflict checks. Each litigant benefits from 30 minutes of guidance, so you can help up to four people in need. The Clinic is a collaborative effort of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in Phoenix and the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Community Legal Services provides primary malpractice coverage.

To enroll or for more information, please contact Pat Gerrich at pgerrich@clsaz.org.

Estate and Trust Legal Aid Clinic:

In-Person at the State Bar of Arizona Office
July 27th, 2022

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

*Attorneys provide 30 minute consultations to pre-registered individuals.

To enroll or for more information, please contact Fabiola Perez at Fabiola.Perez@staff.azbar.org.

Glendale’s Stand Up for Veterans:

In-Person at Arizona Christian University
September 24th, 2022
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

*Attorneys provide consultations to veterans.

Legal Areas: Family Law, Bankruptcy/Collections, Wills and Trusts, Landlord/Tenant, Immigration

To enroll or for more information, please contact Fabiola Perez at Fabiola.Perez@staff.azbar.org.
2022-2023 Attorney General’s Honors Program – Deadline September 6, 2022

The Attorney General is recruiting high caliber attorneys to advance its mission and welcomes applications from candidates whose backgrounds reflect the nation’s rich diversity. Eligibility is limited to graduating law students and recent law school graduates who entered judicial clerkships, graduate law programs, or qualifying legal fellowships within 9 months of law school graduation and who meet additional eligibility requirements. To learn more about the eligibility requirements and application check list please visit here

Additional State Bar Boards and Committee opportunities available here.
Client Protection Fund Board of Trustees - Deadline July 27, 2022

The Client Protection purpose is to promote public confidence in the administration of justice, and to preserve the integrity of the legal profession by reimbursing people who have sustained losses caused by the dishonest conduct of lawyers admitted and licensed to practice law in Arizona.

One appointment will be made by the Board of Governors. Applicant may not reside in Maricopa County, and must have practiced for at least 10 years. The Trustees meet several times a year to review claims, and the term is for five years.

For more details and application, please click here.

Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness - Deadline August 29, 2022

Responsible for the investigation and recommendation of applicants for admission to the practice of law in Arizona; reviews approximately 500 applications per year; attend inquiries and hearings concerning applicant qualifications. One lawyer position open, with an appointment of four years, with the possibility of reappointment. Members devote an average of 25 hours per month to their Committee responsibilities.

For more details and application, please click here.

Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations - Deadline August 29, 2022

Oversee the Uniform Bar Examination, grading and administration of all test components; review accommodation requests; proctor the February and July exams; responsible for the performance of the graders (8,000 essay answers per year); adhere to the grading standards of the Uniform Bar Examinations. One lawyer position open, with a term of four years, with the possibility of reappointment.

For more details and application, please click here.

Additional State Bar Boards and Committee opportunities available here.
City of Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commission – Applications due October 22

The City of Scottsdale has two upcoming vacancies on the Airport Advisory Commission, which advises the City Council on policy matters relating to the operation of the airport, proposals for development, airport area land use, fees, and safety concerns.

To apply, click here.

City of Tempe Sustainability and Resilience Commission – Applications Ongoing

The City of Tempe Sustainability and Resilience Commission has one current opening, with a term that concludes on December 31, 2023, for an At-Large Member Who Resides in Maricopa County. The Commission brings stakeholders together to share best practices and promotes partnerships and collaborates to create sustainability solutions to Tempe’s most pressing challenges. For more information about the Commission, visit here.

Leading for Change Leaders Fellowship

Eight months of intensive training is only part of what this Fellowship is about! The networking and connections that come along with it will not only open new doors for you but create a support system that continues long after the Fellowship has ended. The Leading For Change Leaders Fellowship is designed to bring together a diverse group of emerged and emerging organizational leaders, community organizers, activists, future candidates and elected officials. These are individuals who have high-potential and the commitment to create positive change in their communities. This Fellowship takes what you know and have experienced, and provides the environment for you to reflect critically and discover new ways to effectively lead and influence positive community change. For more information contact Beth Meyer at bmeyer@azleadingforchange.org or call 602-253-0119. Deadline to apply is September 15, 2022. More information can be found here.

Judicial Selection Advisory Board- City of Phoenix

The Judicial Selection Advisory Board is composed of the Chief Presiding Judge of the City Court, who shall serve as a nonvoting member, and nine voting members, consisting of the following: the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Maricopa County or his designee; an appellate court judge to be appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court; a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association who shall reside in the City of Phoenix and who shall be appointed by the Mayor from among three nominees recommended by the Association’s Board of Directors; an active member of the State Bar of Arizona who shall reside in the City of Phoenix and who shall be appointed by the Mayor from among three nominees recommended by the State Bar’s Board of Governors; and five non-attorney public members who are nominated by the Mayor and who are residents of the City of Phoenix. The diversity of the City’s population shall be considered when making an appointment to the Board. None of the public members shall be an employee of the City of Phoenix. Voting members shall be subject to approval by the City Council. Voting members shall serve a term of three years and shall be eligible for reappointment for one additional three-year term. The members shall serve without salary or compensation. There is currently 1 vacancy. Please contact Darlene Young at 602-262-1608 and find more information here.

STATE BAR OF ARIZONA ANIMAL LAW SECTION (deadline 7/1/2022)

Nominate yourself to be a part of the Animal Law Section leadership with the State Bar of Arizona.

The Animal Law Section is currently looking for members to serve on the Section's Executive Council. We are seeking nominations for Chair-elect, Secretary and Budget Officer. The Chair-Elect position is a three-year commitment, and the other two positions are for a two-year term.

Executive Council Officers and the Members-at-Large are expected to attend and participate in Executive Council meetings, which are held once a month. Typically, the meetings are handled virtually via Zoom over the lunch hour. There is typically one in-person meeting per year as well. The Section's goals are to sponsor several programs each year in addition to a seminar at the State Bar's Annual Convention. The Executive Council is responsible for developing and presenting these programs. The Executive Council also plans social events and field trips for members of the section. Our goal this year is to also collaborate with other sections in some or all of these events.

If you are interested in serving as a member of the Executive Council, please email Alison Ferrante alison.ferrante@gilbertaz.gov no later than Friday, July 1, 2022. In your email, please provide background information on your qualifications and experience and note why you wish to serve. The nominating committee will review nominations and make a recommendation to the Executive Council.

The announcement of the nominations, as well as the voting, will occur at the annual meeting to be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from noon until 1:00 pm. This will be an in-person meeting with the option to appear virtually via Zoom.

For more information on the Animal Law Section and how to join click on the following link.
Council on Minorities and Women in the Law (applications now open)

The State Bar of Arizona’s Council on Minorities and Women in the Law is now accepting applications. The Council on Minorities and Women in the Law encourages and facilitates the active and effective participation of women and minorities in the legal profession and promotes the professional development of minority and women attorneys. The Council collaborates on programs such as the Diversity Legal Writing Program and the Hon. Thomas Tang Writing Competition.

To learn more information, click here. You can apply through the State Bar of Arizona’s website. For more information, contact Elena Nethers at 602-340-7393.

Communications Advisory Panel (applications now open)

The State Bar of Arizona’s Advisory Panel works to improve communication between the Bar and its members as well as the public. The Panel sponsor projects to improve lawyer/client relations, lawyer/media relations, and public understanding of the law.

To learn more information, click here. You can apply through the State Bar of Arizona’s website. For more information, please contact Joe Hengemuehler at 602-340-7335.

Mentor Advisory Group (applications now open)

The Mentor Advisory Group consists of volunteer attorneys who provide advice and recommendations regarding the implementation and operation of the Mentor program.

To learn more information, click here. You can apply through the State Bar of Arizona’s website. For more information, please contact Kendra Owens-Johnson at 602-340-7290.
City of Phoenix Women’s Commission Openings (6 vacancies)

The Phoenix Women’s Commission is to provides a formal forum for citizen review of the City’s diversity efforts, salary equity, and to serve as an advisory board to the Council. The Commission shall not become involved in political issues nor in matters which are outside of the City's jurisdiction. The Commission recommends improvements on matters related to the status of women and implement specific projects and programs as approved by the Mayor and City Council in the following areas: 1) Review City of Phoenix diversity efforts regarding recruitment, hiring, placement, and promotional programs, and salary equity to identify strengths and weaknesses; and to make recommendations of changes needed. 2) Define, review, and prioritize the problems of women as those problems relate to the City. 3) Recommend possible solutions to those problems. 4) Develop short range and long-range goals and objectives for improving the status of women. 5) Evaluate projects as requested by the Mayor and Council. 6) Recommend persons to serve on City standing committees, advisory boards and ad hoc committees. 7) Assist in efforts to provide information and educational programs to improve the status of women. 8) Provide written reports to the Council regarding recommendations, submit special reports at the request of the Council, and submit an annual report of its activities to the Council in December of each year.

This board has six current vacancies. To learn more information, click here. You can register and apply through https://boards.phoenix.gov/. For more information contact Shanna Archie at 602-534-1279.

City of Phoenix Judicial Selection Advisory Board (one vacancy)

This board is responsible for seeking out and encouraging qualified individuals to apply for the office of judge of the City Court or the City of Phoenix Ethics Commission. They also conduct investigations into the background and qualifications of candidates for the office of judge of the City Court or for the City of Phoenix Ethics Commission. That can include using questionnaires, personal interviews, and contacting individuals and institutions to obtain as much background information on the candidate as possible. The board then submits its recommendations for candidates for appointment or reappointment to the office of judge of the City Court or Chief Presiding Judge or to the City of Phoenix Ethics Commission to the Mayor. The Mayor then convenes the City Council for the purpose of interviewing all candidates recommended.

This board has one current vacancy. To learn more information, click here. You can register and apply through https://boards.phoenix.gov/. For more information, please contact Darlene Young at 602-262-1608.

For general assistance with the site or application process, please contact the City of Phoenix Mayor’s office at 602-262-7111.
ABA House of Delegates

Delegates represent the State Bar of Arizona at the Annual and Midyear Meetings of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Applicants MUST be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. The successful candidates must also be members of, and in good standing with, the ABA throughout their tenure as Delegates. The Delegates regularly appear before the Board of Governors to report on House of Delegates’ activities. The term is two years commencing September 2022. Apply by May 20. To learn more or apply visit here or contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org

City of Mesa Judicial Advisory Board

This seven-member board recommends to the Mesa City Council the best qualified persons to become City magistrates and evaluates the performance of appointed magistrates and advises the City Council about retaining them. The board meets as needed. Applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona and reside in the City of Mesa. Attorneys who have limited jurisdiction and criminal court experience are encouraged to apply. The term is three years commencing July 2022. Apply by May 20. To learn more or apply visit here or contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org

Trustee on Client Protection Fund

The Client Protection Fund is a trust that exists as a separate entity from the State Bar of Arizona. The Fund’s purpose is to promote public confidence in the administration of justice, and to preserve the integrity of the legal profession by reimbursing people who have sustained losses caused by the dishonest conduct of lawyers admitted and licensed to practice law in Arizona. The Trustees act as fiduciaries of monies deposited in the fund, invest those funds, and pay claims in appropriate cases. Applicants must be an active member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona, or any Judicial Member in good standing, who has practiced law or served in a judicial capacity in the State of Arizona for at least 10 years shall be eligible for appointment as a Trustee. For this particular opening applicants may NOT reside in Maricopa County. The Trustees meet several times a year to review claims. The term is 5 years commencing on June 2022. Apply by May 20. To learn more or apply visit here or contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org

Community Legal Services Board

The Community Legal Services (CLS) Board consists of 27 members, four of whom are appointed by the State Bar Board of Governors. Board members work collectively to ensure the fiscal integrity of the program, set policies and procedures directing CLS activities and goals, establish substantive law “priorities” and enhance the organization’s standing within the community. Applicants must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona. CLS Board members are expected to attend and contribute to Board meetings which are held each September, November, January, March and May on the first Wednesday of each month beginning at 6:00 p.m., as well as a two-day working retreat typically held on a Friday afternoon and Saturday morning in Phoenix in June. The Term is Six years commencing June 2022. Apply by May 20. To learn more or apply visit here or contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org.

City of Mesa Building Board of Appeals Advisory Board

The City of Mesa Building Board of Appeals Advisory Board is seeking 4 members to sit on the Board. The Building Board of Appeals is one of the citizen advisory board & committees and hears appeals to determinations made by the Building Safety Director and/or the Fire Marshal. Decide on reasonable interpretations of the Building Regulations and Fire Regulations.

Determine the suitability of alternate materials and alternate methods of construction. Recommend changes to the various building and fire codes. Meetings are scheduled as needed. For more information, and to apply, visit here.

Maricopa County Flood Control Advisory Board

The Maricopa County Flood Control Advisory Board is seeking a member from Supervisory District 5 to sit on the Board. The Board is empowered to advise on matters ranging from flood control to water conservation. Additionally, the Board sets budget priorities for maintenance, operation, and capital improvements of flood control and water conservation properties and programs under the County’s authority. Meetings are set for the fourth Wednesday of each month at 2pm, except there are no meetings in July and November, and the December meeting is held the first Wednesday of the month. For more information, and to apply, visit here.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Michael Fulton, Agency Director of the Flood Control District at 602-506-4708.

DDD Independent Oversight Committees

The DES Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) Independent Oversight Committees (IOC) are comprised of local citizens who provide support and review matters to ensure that the rights of people with developmental disabilities are receiving the support required by law, and that it is provided in an appropriate manner. IOCs review incidents of possible abuse or neglect, accidental injury, hospitalizations, suicide attempts, and death, among other matters. IOC members with knowledge of the law are needed. For more information, and to apply to an IOC, visit here

If you have questions or would like more information contact Octavia Lamb for more information at 602-568-4928.

Apply online here.

City of Phoenix Development Advisory Board (4 Vacancies)

This Board provides the City Council a venue by which one board is responsible for overseeing the development process in a comprehensive manner, as well as providing the means for participation and input from a large and diverse Council appointed body. The duties and powers of this board, except as to appeals, shall be advisory capacity only. The Board shall: 1) Provide the Planning and Development Director and City Council with general advisory oversight of the development process 2) Make recommendations to the City Council for periodic updating of the Phoenix Construction Code and Technical Development Standards contained in Chapters 28, 31, 32, 32A, 32B and 37 of the City Code 3) Make recommendations to other City Boards and Commissions for revisions to development-related codes and processes not under the jurisdiction of this Board, when such revisions should be considered to streamline or simplify development approval process and 4) Hear appeals from decision of Building Official or Planning and Development Director to render decisions.

If you have questions or would like more information call Krista Cambern Rippee for more information at: 602-495-7462.

Bar Leadership Institute

Bar Leadership Institute is accepting applications for the 2022-23 BLI Class from April 24, 2022 through June 29, 2022. It is a selective program designed to train the next generation of Bar members and community leaders. Applicants must be an active member of the State Bar of Arizona and admitted to practice law for at least two (2) years. Fee is $300 and fee waivers are available to those demonstrating financial need. For more information and application form, please click here.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Elena Nethers at elena.nethers@staff.azbar.org.

Arizona Attorney Editorial Board

Arizona Attorney Editorial Board advises the Editor on substantive and other articles in Arizona Attorney Magazine. The Board meets approximately 8 times per year, usually for 1-hour. Additional time between meetings may be required. Apply online here.

For more information, please contact Tim Eigo at 602.340.7310 or Tim.Eigo@staff.azbar.org.

AZDHS Advisory Committee for the Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grant (4/15/2022)

The Arizona Committee for the Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grants holds public hearings to discuss assessments of the public health, allocate payment of federal monies to Arizona to further the purpose of preventative health, and collects data regarding these programs. The committee includes members of the general public and representatives of community-based organizations (including those representing minority community-based organizations). Arizona uses its funds to address skin cancer, data collection and dissemination of public health issues, improving county health departments, ensuring safe work sites, and the prevention of sexual violence.

For more information and copy of the application, click here.


City of Tempe Sustainability and Resilience Commission At-Large Member (Vacant, No Deadline)

The Tempe Sustainability and Resilience Commission (SRC) was created in late 2021 to research and recommend programs to improve sustainability, including a climate action plan, building practices, transportation, and environmental justice. In addition, the SRC supports education and outreach regarding the policies and practices created by the Commission, and identifies measurable goals and benchmarks to ensure improvement. You do not have to reside in Tempe to qualify; at-large members may be anyone who resides in the County of Maricopa.

For more information and copy of the application, click here.

City of Tempe Judge Pro Tem Application (5pm on 4/8/2022)

The Tempe Municipal C
ourt is seeking on-call Judges Pro Tem to serve in the absence of regular Municipal Court Judges, including weekends and holidays. $60.00 per hour.
Preside over a variety of hearings including criminal misdemeanor and traffic arraignment;
juvenile alcohol, driving and curfew arraignments; criminal jury and non-jury trials; orders of protection hearings and harassment injunctions; pretrial conferences and motion hearings.
Review requests for continuances; grant or deny requests. Review search warrants, sign or reject warrants. Review and sign summons, subpoenas, arrest warrants and other court orders. Review financial disclosure statements. Correspond with non-local defendants for case disposition by mail when appropriate. Perform legal research. Set bail and issue orders regarding disposition of
arrested persons. Exercise considerable independent judgment. Apply thorough knowledge of Arizona criminal law, City ordinances, and related laws and regulations applicable to a municipal court. Preside over in-custody dockets both during the week and on weekends and/or holidays.

For more information and copy of the application, go to https://www.tempe.gov/government/city-court

East Valley Regional Veterans Court (EVRVC) Judge Pro Tem sought (5pm on 4/8/2022)

The Tempe Municipal Court, acting on the behalf of the East Valley Regional Veterans Court (EVRVC) and its participating municipalities, is seeking a Judge Pro Tem to preside over the EVRVC, $60.00 per hour. The Judge will preside over criminal misdemeanor hearings for veterans assigned to the EVRVC to include: Pretrial conferences and motion hearings. Review requests for continuances; Grant or deny requests; Correspond with non-local defendants for case disposition by mail when appropriate; Perform legal research; Set bail and issue orders regarding disposition of arrested persons; Exercise considerable independent judgment; Apply thorough knowledge of Arizona criminal law, City ordinances, and related laws and regulations applicable to a municipal court.
• Practicing attorney for a minimum of 5 years. This experience must be comprehensive enough to ensure the ability to perform the duties of the position as illustrated above.
• Graduate of an accredited law school.
• Member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona for a minimum of 5 years.
• Available to cover weekly EVRVC dockets on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information and copy of the application, go to https://www.tempe.gov/government/city-court.

Maricopa County Superior Court Summer Externship

The Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County invites interested prospective and enrolled law school students and other undergraduate and graduate students to apply to the Court's 2022 Summer Extern Program. Externships can be virtual, in-person, or a combination of virtual and in-person. The extern and their paired judicial officer(s) will determine the dates for and length of the externship. Formal court-wide programming will be offered from June 6 - July 18, 2022. Apply by completing the 2022 Extern Application here and uploading a copy of a current resume. More information can be found here.

Phoenix Women's Commission

The Phoenix Women's Commission provides a formal forum for citizen review of the City's diversity efforts, salary equity, and to serve as an advisory board to the Council. It shall be composed of volunteer citizens who shall be City of Phoenix’s residents or employees. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor subject to the City Council’s approval. More information can be found here.

There are five (5) current vacancies. Contact Shanna Archie at (602)534-1279 for more information.

Probate Lawyers Assistance Project (PLAP)

The Probate Lawyers Assistance Project (PLAP) is a pro bono program that provides free legal advice to eligible low income individuals who need assistance with Probate Court matters. PLAP is co-sponsored by the Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona, and by the Volunteer Lawyers Program of Community Legal Services.

The program consists of volunteer attorneys who provide free half-hour consultations to individuals in order to answer legal questions, provide advice as to what forms to use from the Maricopa County Superior Court Self-Service Center, review completed Self-Service Center forms for accuracy or provide general information about what to expect at a court hearing and how to prepare for trial. The goal of the program is to help those who need assistance with Probate Court matters such as guardianships, conservatorships, informal and formal probates and trust litigation.

PLAP attorneys volunteer for three-hour shifts at their convenience. The program is designed to provide brief consultations to individuals, and volunteer attorneys are not expected to perform document preparation or provide ongoing representation. Primary professional liability coverage is provided by the Volunteer Lawyers Program.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer attorney for PLAP, complete a Volunteer Attorney Enrollment Form and email the completed form to the PLAP Co-Directors, Kelly L. Kral at klkral@dbfazlaw.com and Tracy M. Marsh at tracy@marshazlaw.com, or fax the form to (602) 257-4276.

State Bar Advisory Groups – Applications due April 8, 2022.

The State Bar has 14 advisory groups that are accepting applications through April 8, 2022 (except for the Arizona Attorney Editorial Board and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Council). Advisory groups provide recommendations to the Board of Governors concerning Bar policy and programs – ranging from the Continuing Legal Education Working Group, and Member Assistance Council to the Technology Working Group. For the list of groups seeking members, and the application visit here.

State Bar Committees – Applications due April 8, 2022.

All committees are currently accepting new members. The committees available include the Appointments Committee, the Board of Legal Specialization, Civil Practice and Procedure, Civil Jury Instructions, Criminal Practice and Procedure, Criminal Jury Instructions and Family Law Practice and Procedure. For the links to information about the committees and the application visit https://www.azbar.org/for-lawyers/communities/committees/.

Terms of service vary by group or committee, but are generally 3 years with opportunities for reappointment. The online application form can be found in the previous links, and will auto-populate with your information from the Bar’s database. Just pick your desired group or committee and prepare a short statement of interest. Selections will be made in June 2022, and service terms begin July 1, 2022.

For more information, contact roberta.tepper@staff.azbar.org.

Tempe Leadership Program – Applications due June 5, 2022

The Tempe Leadership program began in 1983 with a mission to attract, develop, educate, and empower individuals who live and/or work in Tempe through its leadership program. Over the years, more than 800 people have graduated from the program and have gone on to participate in many civic and community programs, including public office, city boards and commissions, non-profits, as well as volunteering in a multitude of ways. The program is seeking potential leaders who want the opportunity to serve and need to learn about the organizations and leaders to make that service possible. Visit here for more information and to apply.

Email info@tempeleadership.org for more information

Tempe Community Action Agency – Applications Ongoing

Founded in 2020, TCAA's Emerging Leaders Committee is a diverse group of civically engaged individuals under forty with the shared goal to increase awareness, engagement, and support from the next generation of community leaders. TCAA’s mission is to recruit, develop, and retain emerging professionals in Tempe to focus their efforts on TCAA's mission through engagement in our community. For more information, go here. Email debrab@tempeaction.org for further information.
ABA Litigation Section Leadership Positions – Applications due March 4

The Litigation Section is one of the largest in the American Bar Association. ABA Litigation Section membership is required to be considered for an appointment. To identify positions that may be of interest, review this organization chart here. More than 300 appointed positions are available. Deadline is March 4. Contact heather.nichols@americanbar.org for more detailed descriptions about open positions or any questions about the online application process. The online application is here.

Scottsdale Bar Association – Board of Directors – Application Due March 11

The Scottsdale Bar Association is accepting applications to join its Board of Directors. A candidate statement (required) and photo (optional) are due to scottsdalebar@aol.com by March 11, 2022. Selection will occur via secret ballot in an online election. The three-year term commences April 1, 2022. Candidates must be Voting Members of the Scottsdale Bar. Click here for membership criteria.

Boys to Men of Greater Phoenix Mentoring Network – Applications Ongoing

Boys to Men of Greater Phoenix Mentoring Network seeks board members of any gender who have an interest in furthering its mission. The organization uses a group mentoring model to support struggling teenage boys in their community, with an emphasis on community involvement, intensive self-reflection, and habits of positive critical thinking and self-accountability. For more information about the organization, click here. To apply, contact Alan Elam ahelam@me.com.

Town of Cave Creek – Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee – Applications Ongoing

The Town Council of the Town of Cave Creek is currently seeking applications from citizens wishing to serve on its Water Advisory Committee. As of this writing, the deadline has not been published, and applicants are encouraged to contact the Town Clerk townclerk@cavecreekaz.gov. Details about the opportunity and a copy of the application can be found here. Residency in Cave Creek is not required. The Committee advises Town Council on a variety of water-related issues.

Voices for CASA Children

Voices for CASA Children is a 501(c)(3) organization that brings a voice to Arizona’s children by promoting and supporting volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children and public awareness of the importance of safe and permanent homes for all children. Voices for CASA Children seeks to give a Voice to these children through a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer. CASA volunteers look out for a child’s best interests, and presents those interests in Court.

Continuity and trust are very important for these children, so Voices for CASA asks that you dedicate yourself to the case until it’s closed. That means about a year and a half on average.

Click this link to learn more about Voices for CASA Children, and to start the application process here

City of Phoenix Mayor’s Human Trafficking Task Force

Led by Councilman Jim Waring with co-chair Sarah Suggs of the O'Connor House, the Task Force was created in December 2013 by the Phoenix City Council to establish the City of Phoenix as a model in addressing and combating human trafficking. To meet this goal, Phoenix has adopted and implemented The Compass Plan, a five-year roadmap to eradicate human trafficking.

There is current 1 vacancy on the Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of 20 total member who meet on a quarterly basis. The Task Force and work groups define a strategic work plan consisting of four areas providing the strategic support to realize the world-class, community-wide Compass Plan to establish the City of Phoenix as a model in addressing and combating human trafficking. The four areas are: Community Awareness and Outreach, Training, Law Enforcement and Victim Services.

Learn more by clicking here and here. If you are interested in applying, you can also contact Sergio Gomez at (602) 262-4946.

Arizona Boards and Commissions Opportunities

Below are two Boards through the Arizona Governor’s Office with current or upcoming openings. Members of both Boards are appointed by the Governor. Application information and instructions can be found by visiting here. For more information on any of these Boards or Commissions, contact Trista Guzman Glover, Director Boards and Commissions at bc@az.gov.

Arizona Board of Executive Clemency (2 upcoming vacancies): The mission of this Board is to protect public safety and contribute to a fair and effective justice system by ensuring that persons who remain a threat to society remain incarcerated and those who no longer present a risk are released to become productive citizens. The Board is comprised of five members who serve a term of five years, appointed on the basis of broad professional and educational qualifications with an interest in the state’s correctional program. The terms of two current members are expiring in January 2022. For more information about the Board, please visit here.

Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board (1 vacancy, no deadline):

ACRAB is a politically balanced volunteer body, authorized to make periodic surveys of the existence and effect of discrimination in the enjoyment of civil rights by any person within the state of Arizona, to foster the elimination of discrimination through community effort, and to issue publications of the results of studies, investigations and research as in its judgment will tend to promote goodwill and the elimination of discrimination between persons because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, familial status or national origin. Board members serve for a term of three years. For more information, please visit here.

Call for Nominations – State Bar’s Board of Governors

The State Bar of Arizona is governed by a 29-member Board of Governors whose members are primarily lawyers elected by Bar members. The call for nominations to run for election is currently underway, with nomination packets due by COB Tuesday, December 14, 2021. District 6/Maricopa County has three open seats. Elected Governors will serve three-year terms.

For more information and a nomination packet, please visit here, or contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org.

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)

The VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $57,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing and e-filing their own tax returns. Volunteers receive free training to prepare basic tax returns. No prior tax preparation experience is required.

There are many different volunteer positions available with the VITA program including Tax Preparer / Do-It-Yourself Tax Preparation Guide, Greeter, Screener, Site Coordinator, Interpreter, and Tax Law Instructor / Assistant. For information, please click here.

The Board of Governors’ Special Constitutional Appointments Committee (SCAC) is currently recruiting for the following openings on judicial nominating commissions:

  • Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments - 1for the two openings, applicants may not reside in Maricopa County
  • Coconino County Commission on Trial Court Appointments - 2Supervisorial District (SD) 1, SD 2, SD 3 or SD 5 only

1 The Arizona Constitution states that not more than two lawyer-commissioners can be from any one county; currently there are two lawyer-commissioners serving from Maricopa County.

2 To find out what district you reside in, contact the County Elections Department.

The deadline to apply is Friday, December 3, 2021. Click on the link below to find out additional information and for an application.

https://www.azbar.org/about-us/board-of-governors/board-committees/special-constitutional-appointments-committee/


Judicial and Public Defender Advisory Board

This Board conducts investigations into the background and qualifications of candidates for the office of Presiding Municipal Judge and Associate Municipal Judge and reviews proposals for selection of Public Defender and alternative defender services. One position is available for a Prosecutor from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and residency is not required. More information can be found here.

Judicial Selection Advisory Board

This Board seeks out and encourages qualified individuals to apply for the office of judge of the City Court or the City of Phoenix Ethics Commission and conduct investigations into the background and qualifications of candidates. More information can be found here.

There is currently one vacancy. Contact Darlene Young at (602)262-1608 for more information.

License Appeals Board

This Board shall conduct public hearings at which all parties, including the licensee or his counsel, or both, may present evidence and/or testimony concerning the denial, suspension or revocation of a license. The Board may uphold the notice of denial or revocation or reduce the revocation to a license suspension not exceeding sixty (60) days. More information can be found here.

There are two current vacancies. Contact Stephanie Weide at (602)534-3365 for more information.

City of Goodyear Boards and Commissions

These positions are limited to Goodyear residents. The City of Goodyear Boards and Commissions has two current vacancies, including the Council Compensation Committee and Fire/Building Code Appeals Board accepting ongoing applications. Find the list of vacancies and link to the application here.

City of Glendale Boards and Commissions

These positions are limited to Glendale residents. The City of Glendale boards and commissions include an Arts Commission, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, Library Advisory Board and Public Safety Personnel Retirement Boards. If you are interested in serving, applications are always accepted. Annual appointments are made every January. Appointments are also made throughout the year as vacancies occur and applications will be kept on file for two years. More information is available here.

State Bar of Arizona

Help to enhance continuing legal education and chair or teach as a volunteer with AZCLE. Consider serving as a faculty and/or chairing an SBA CLE seminar. Submit your CLE Seminar Proposal here. If you have questions or wish to discuss your proposal, please contact Jennifer Sonier, Interim Professional Development Director, 602-340-7346 or email Jennifer.Sonier@staff.azbar.org.

Inspiration for the Week

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall

"Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet. In fact, often times, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table." Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Contact Jillian Bauman at jillbauman26@gmail.com for more information on applying for these opportunities.

Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues

The purpose of this Commission is to review local, regional, and national disability programs and recommend to the administration of the City of Phoenix those exhibiting demonstrated worth for implementation or promotion by the City of Phoenix. More information on the responsibilities of this Commission can be found here.

This Commission currently has three vacancies. Contact Shanna Archie at 602-534-1279 for more information.

Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission

The City of Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, and the Office of Arts and Culture. The Commission focuses on policymaking and financial recommendations for public art and grant investments for the City. More information can be found here.

This Commission currently has numerous vacancies. Contact Patty Dunlap at 602-495-0185 for mor information.

Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals of decisions relating to the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance, the granting or denying of variances, the issuance of use permits, or in the interpretations of the provisions of this ordinance, and all matters referred to the Board by the Zoning Administrator. More information can be found here.

There is currently one opening on the Board. Contact Tricia Gomes at 602-262-4870 for more information.

Best Interests Attorney, Child’s Attorney, or Court-Appointed Advisor:

A.R.S. § 25-406(C), as well as Rules 10 and 10.1 of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure, set forth the qualifications and duties of these positions. If you are interested in helping the Court in one or more of these positions, please contact John Kennedy, law clerk to Family Bench Presiding Judge Greg Sakall, at jkennedy@sc.pima.gov or 520-724-8301 for further information. To be included on the Court’s 2022 list, please submit your letter of interest no later than November 1, 2021.

Parenting Coordinator:

Pima County’s Family Center of the Conciliation Court (FCCC) is looking for individuals to serve as parenting coordinators under Rule 74 of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure. If you’re interested, please get in touch with FCCC Director Dr. Joi Hollis at jhollis@sc.pima.gov or 520-724-5590 for information and application materials.

City of Scottsdale Boards and Commissions – Applications due October 1, 2021.

The City of Scottsdale seeking to add between 1-4 members (varies by board), with applications due October 1, 2021. These opportunities are available to Scottsdale residents, and include: board of adjustment, building advisory board, citizens’ bond oversight committee, environmental advisory commission, McDowell Sonoran Preserve commission, parks and recreation, paths and trails, and veterans advisory commission.

This is a multi-step selection process, with applicants being screened by Scottsdale City Council before a smaller group of nominees is selected and interviewed. It is helpful to have a working knowledge of the board/commission’s function, and preparation should include reviewing minutes/agendas online and watching/listening to recorded past meetings. Details here. Application here

Phoenix Sister Cities – Ongoing Opportunities

Phoenix Sister Cities fosters relationships between the residents of Phoenix and its ten Sister Cities around the world to promote friendship, peace, and prosperity. The organization has several committees (including Business Relations, Disability Awareness, and Youth Ambassador Exchange, as well as Committee for each respective participating Sister City) to help guide and promote relationships with its Sister Cities. Opportunities are organized through the City of Phoenix, and are open to anyone in the metro area. Visit here or contact emily.smolenski@phoenix.gov for more information.

Arizona Game and Fish Commission

The Governor’s Office is now accepting applications from residents in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties (including Maricopa County) who are interested in serving on the state’s Game and Fish Commission.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is responsible for the conservation and protection of more than 800 species of wildlife in Arizona. The Department is also responsible for efforts that range from wildlife habitat improvement projects to mentored hunt camps, family campouts, fishing clinics, and other activities designed to get people involved with the outdoor recreational activities that Arizona has to offer.

The Game and Fish Commission establishes policy for the management, preservation and harvest of wildlife, and makes rules and regulations for managing, conserving and protecting wildlife and fisheries resources, as well as for safe and regulated watercraft and off-highway vehicle operations, serving in an advisory role to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Applicants may be of any political party affiliation or independent, but must not have changed party registration within the past two years in order to be eligible.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, September 16.

Individuals interested in applying or learning more can click here.

For more information about the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and its mission, please visit www.azgfd.com. Individuals also may contact the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions at (602) 542-2449.

REMINDER: Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness -

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 27, 2021.

For More Information and to Apply Click Here

For more information or questions, contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org  602.340.7201.

REMINDER Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations -

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 27, 2021.

For More Information and to Apply Click Here

For more information or questions, contact Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org 602.340.7201.
Avondale Seeking to Fill Openings

Recruitment of residents in Avondale interested in serving on its boards, commissions and committees. Various terms of service up to three (3) years on boards such as: Board of Adjustment, Judicial Advisory Board and Risk Management Trust Fund Board to name a few. For additional information or to submit your application click here or call Avondale City Clerk’s Office at 602-333-1000.

City of Phoenix – Phoenix Employment Relations Board (PERB)

The City of Phoenix is seeking a public member three (3) year term for the Phoenix Employment Relations Board. City of Phoenix residents only may apply. An independent, dependable person knowledgeable in labor-management relations (labor law, labor negotiations, grievance procedures, labor arbitration) is being sought to represent the views of the "community-at-large" in matters involving Phoenix-labor management relations and unfair labor practices. Persons who currently serve as advocates for either labor or management are not eligible for this position. For additional information visit here or click here to obtain an application.

Federal Bar Association – Call for Committee Members

Interested in serving on one of the FBA committees? Committee appointments for the 2022 bar year are being considered now. Committees such as Diversity & Inclusion, Bench/Bar Relations and Professional Ethics are just a few…for more information click here. Limited committee appointments available, please respond by August 31, 2021.

City of Mesa Independent Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials

Applications can be submitted through the applications center here.

Learn more about the duties of and eligibility for the Independent Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials here. For additional information, contact Christy Trevino at christy.trevino@mesaaz.gov, or 480-644-4418.

City of Tempe Historic Preservation and Sustainability Commissions Opportunities

The City of Tempe has notable openings on its Historic Preservation Commission, and Sustainability Commission. More information about each opening can be found here.

Applications can be submitted here.

Questions about the City of Tempe Board and Commission recruitment and application process can be directed to the City Clerk’s Office at (480) 350-4311 or clerk@tempe.gov.

Community Development Review Committee (2 vacancies)

This Committee conducts a request for proposals process for the allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds in the public services and public facilities and improvements categories. For more information please visit here or contact Christy Blake at (602) 534-9862.

Human Relations Commission (4 vacancies)

The mission of the Human Relations Commission is to promote respect and understanding among all groups by eliminating discrimination throughout the City of Phoenix. For more information please visit here or contact Shanna Archie at (602) 534-1279.

Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues (3 vacancies)

The purpose of this Commission is to review local, regional, and national disability programs and recommend to the administration of the City of Phoenix those exhibiting demonstrated worth for implementation or promotion by the City of Phoenix. For more information please visit here or contact Shanna Archie at (602) 534-1279.

Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission (12 vacancies)

This Commission is an advisory body made up of a diverse group of citizen volunteers with a particular area of focus on policymaking and financial recommendations for public art and grant investments for the City. The Commission is a critical voice in promoting the importance and value of arts and culture experiences for all Phoenix residents. It advocates for continued public funding for the arts and culture sector, arts education, cultural equity, and other initiatives that further the growth and sustainability of the creative sector in Phoenix and the greater metropolitan area. For more information please visit here or contact Patty Dunlap (602) 495-7139.

2022 Maricopa County Bar Association Board Nominations Open

Nomination are open for the 2022 MCBA Board. There are five available seats to fill. Board members are expected to attend monthly virtual meetings, liaise with MCBA sections, attend events and assist with fundraising. Must be a member in good standing with the MCBA. If you are interested, please submit a formal letter of candidacy, a 200 word bio, and high resolution photo. Materials must be received by no later than 5 pm on September 15, 2021. Please send materials or questions to MCBA director Beth Sheehan bsheehan@maricopabar.org.

Arizona Foundation for Women SHE Leads Mentor Applications Open

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2022 slate of SHE Leads Mentors. AFW is looking for women across all sectors who would like to volunteer their time to mentor women during a 6 month leadership program. Mentors are expected to commit 2-4 hours per month for a period of 6 months including a minimum 1 hour per month 1 on 1 session with their mentee. We are looking for exceptional women who are willing to share their experiences, challenges and successes with their mentee and offer encouragement and healthy feedback. For More information visit here or contact Ellen Lord at elord@azfw.org.

HandsOn Greater Phoenix, apply to be a volunteer leader

Looking for volunteer opportunities but have limited time to volunteer? Consider being a Volunteer Leader for HandsOn Greater Phoenix, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that puts volunteers to work where they are needed most.

Volunteer Leaders provide the leadership and commitment to make the 50+ monthly HandsOn projects worthwhile and enjoyable. Responsibilities include communicating with volunteers, creating a fun and safe volunteer experience, and reporting attendance, issues, and successes with the HandsOn staff.

Why be a Volunteer Leader?
• Gain leadership experience!
• Contribute to a non-profit that matters to you!
• Networking and social activities with other volunteer leaders!
• Free volunteer leader t-shirt!

For more information and to fill out an application, click here.

Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness

Applications are currently being accepted for several (lawyer and non-lawyer) vacancies on the Committee. Committee members are responsible for the investigation and recommendation of applicants for admission to the practice of law, and serve for an initial appointment of four years with the possibility of reappointment. Applicants must be “active members” in good standing. Members devote an average of 25 hours per month to their responsibilities.
Applications are due by 5:00 PM on August 27, 2021. For more information, please contact Carrie Sherman 602.340.7201 Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.orgFor More Information Click Here.

Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations

Applications are currently being accepted for several vacancies on the Committee. Committee members oversee the Uniform Bar Examination, grading and administration of all test components, review accommodation requests and proctor the February and July exams. Members serve for an initial appointment of four years with the possibility of reappointment. Applicants must be “active members” in good standing. Committee members are expected to attend and participate both days of each bar examination, held the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July, as well as to participate in grading calibration sessions, grading weekends and attend Committee meetings held throughout the year.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on August 27, 2021. For more information, please contact Carrie Sherman 602.340.7201 Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.orgFor More Information Click Here.

#O’Connor CIVICS Challenge

Do you know a rising 6th through 9th Grader with leadership or government aspirations and budding technology skills? A program of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy, this challenge is to create the most “amazing, exciting, and informative video on, yes…CIVICS!” (categories include Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Checks & Balances, Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, and Citizenship: Rights & Responsibilities). The winners for each grade level will receive a prize. Submissions accepted until July 15, 2021. For more information, check here.

Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, Board of Directors opportunity (Phoenix Attorney Sought)

This non-profit collaborates to achieve social, political and economic change that empowers women and girls. The non-profit is expanding their operations to Phoenix and are looking for a Phoenix-based lawyer to join the Board of Directors. Click here for more information on how to join the board of directors or contact Greg Gautam at ggautam@swlaw.com to be connected to the right person.

Intermountain Centers (Southern Arizona organization looking for a Director)

Intermountain Centers is dedicated to the provision of intensive residential services for adjudicated Native American youth exhibiting extremely challenging behaviors. Native American youth are provided a positive, reinforcing environment to develop healthy life skills and self-sufficiency.

Click here for more information on how to join the board of directors or contact Greg Gautam at ggautam@swlaw.com to be connected to the right person.

Valley Leadership Catalyze (Applications close 7/13/21)

Apply for Valley Leadership Catalyze, a 6 month program to encourage Arizonans to take action in the community. If you’re ready to make a difference or grow your impact, you’ll start your journey with VL here. With a virtual format and multiple session dates, you’ll be able to engage when and where it works best for you. Applications are open until July 13. For more information, click here.

For questions, contact vl@valleyleadership.org.

City of Phoenix - Phoenix Employment Relations Board (PERB)

Public Member

 

The City of Phoenix is seeking a public member for a three-year term on the Phoenix Employment Board (PERB). An independent, dependable person knowledgeable in labor-management relations (labor law, labor negotiations, grievance procedures, labor arbitration) is being sought to represent the views of the "community-at-large" in matters involving Phoenix-labor man¬agement relations and unfair labor practices. Persons who currently serve as advocates for either labor or management are not eligible for this position. The PERB meets the third Tuesday morning of each month for approximately 3 hours, supplemented by other meetings as required.

 

Board members are not compensated and must be residents of the City of Phoenix. Created by ordinance in 1975, the board adjudicates unfair labor practice charges and conducts representation elections brought by rank-and- file City of Phoenix employees and/or their authorized representatives. The PERB consists of five impartial members assisted by a staff of one full-time employee. For additional information, click Board Vacancy button at the following link. No deadline provided for submittal (open until filled).

 

Client Protection Fund Board of Trustees (Outside Maricopa)

 

The Client Protection Fund is a trust that exists as a separate entity from the State Bar of Arizona. The Fund’s purpose is to promote public confidence in the administration of justice, and to preserve the integrity of the legal profession by reimbursing people who have sustained losses caused by the dishonest conduct of lawyers admitted and licensed to practice law in Arizona. Each lawyer licensed to practice law in Arizona contributes $20 per year to the Fund. The Trustees act as fiduciaries of monies deposited in the fund, invest those funds, and pay claims in appropriate cases.

 

Per policy, applicants must be “active members” in good standing. Judicial, retired, and inactive members are welcome to apply but must change their membership to “active” in order to be eligible. Any Active Member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona, or any Judicial Member in good standing, who has practiced law or served in a judicial capacity in the State of Arizona for at least 10 years shall be eligible for appointment as a Trustee. The Trustees meet several times a year to review claims. Applicants may not reside in Maricopa County. The Declaration of Trust states that no more than two Lawyer-Trustees, at any one time, may reside in the same county and there currently are two Trustees from Maricopa County. One 5-year appointment of an individual outside Maricopa County will be made.

 

Applications must be submitted by Friday, July 30, 2021. For more information, please contact Carrie Sherman (602-340-7201) or apply here.

 

Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA) Board of Director Positions

 

There are five board of director positions expiring at the end of the 2021 year (although some of them may run for re-election) and the MCBA would like to invite members of the MCBA to declare their potential candidacy. Members are expected to assist with events, fundraising and member recruitment, etc. Applicants must be MCBA members in good standing. Applicants must submit a signed formal letter of candidacy to the board of directors, a 200-word bio and a high resolution color photo. Resumes or CVs are not accepted.

 

For more information contact Elizabeth Sheehan at bsheehan@maricopabar.org. All applications must be submitted no later than September 15, 2021, at 5pm.

 

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2021 ABA Jeanne P. Gray Diversity Scholarship

 

The ABA is now accepting applications for their 2021 Jeanne P. Gray Diversity Scholarship. This scholarship program was developed to explore ways for the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility to build synergies with national diverse bar associations. The goals of the scholarship program are to recognize one member of a diversity bar association and to encourage participation of diverse members of the bar as Center members, speakers and authors in Center activities through its Committees; explore ways the Center might work more closely together with the diversity bar; and provide access to educational programming as well as resources of the Center.

 

Scholarship Eligibility:

 

• Licensed lawyer from diverse background who has practiced law for over 5 years.

• Must be a member of the ABA or be willing to join the ABA upon selection.

• Background and interest in ethics, professionalism, and professional responsibility law

 

Must apply by Friday, June 18, 2021. For more information on the scholarship and to access the application click here

 

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Phoenix Business Journal’s Small Business Awards

 

The Phoenix Business Journal is accepting nominations for its 2021 Small Business Awards, which recognize excellence among entrepreneurs and small businesses in Phoenix. Honorees will be selected based on a number of factors, including financial performance, historical achievements, contributions to industry, contributions to the local economy and potential to shape Phoenix’s business community.

 

Nominees must be for-profit, locally owned and headquartered in Phoenix, and have 100 or fewer employees. The applicant must have been open in business starting in 2019 or earlier. Nominate a small firm you believe exhibits excellence by visiting here. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, June 11.

 

Greater Phoenix Chamber’s Athena Awards

 

The Greater Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA Awards program recognizes and celebrates the achievements of businesswomen across the Greater Phoenix region. The ATHENA Award, an internationally prized honor, recognizes women who demonstrate excellence in professional leadership, community service, and mentorship of future leaders. Each year, the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA Awards highlight three women at the top of their field, who demonstrate inspiring leadership within their industry, mentor women throughout their career, and dedicate themselves to the community.

 

Nominees must be able to meet certain time requirements, detailed on the Chamber’s website, and finalists must support the Athena Awards event as a table host (minimum of one $1,000 table). Individuals currently serving in paid elected position are not eligible to participate (e.g., state legislators are not eligible, but school board members are eligible). For more information and to complete a nomination form, visit here. The 2020 winners and other nominees are listed here.

 

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, June 18.

 

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Ryan House – Board Member Opportunity

Ryan House, a charitable organization focused on quality of life and continuity of care for children and their families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys, is currently seeking a new board member.  The ideal candidate would have an accounting and/or CPA background with the time to provide hands on guidance to the contracted financial accountant and internal staff in preparation of financial statements and related internal controls, 990 return, and other financial decisions as needed. Guidance primarily involves reviewing select audit and tax work papers, with some additional questions throughout the year.  To apply, contact Tracy Meda at tleonardwarner@ryanhouse.org by August 1, 2021.

Athena Award

The Greater Phoenix Chamber is now accepting application for the 2021 Athena Awards.  The Athena Awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of businesswomen across the Greater Phoenix region.  Nominations are open until June 18, 2021. Submit an application for yourself or another deserving woman at www.phoenixchamber.com/athenanominations.

Valley Leadership Institute--Catalyze Program

Catalyze sets up Arizonans to take action in the community. Catalyze will help you build a foundation to better understand yourself, your leadership skills and the issues facing Arizona. With a virtual format and multiple session dates, you’ll be able to engage when and where it works best for you. Join them at an upcoming event to learn more or apply by June 22. You can apply here or learn more here.

City of Goodyear Boards and Commissions

There are several vacancies for City of Goodyear Boards and Commissions, including the Industrial Development Authority, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, and Public Improvement Corporation, with application deadlines of May 31, 2021. Find the list of vacancies and link to the application here.

Arizona Governor’s Boards and Commissions (ongoing)

The Arizona Governor's Boards and Commissions has ongoing opportunities to join Boards and Commissions. To learn more about the process and review FAQ, visit this link. You can read about each individual board here.

To fill out an application visit here. Current vacancies include:

Board of Nursing
Racing Commission
Board of Technical Registration
Funeral Board


Please contact Trisha Gover-Guzman at bc@az.gov or 502-542-2449 for more information on the Governor’s Boards and Commissions.

City of Scottsdale Board and Commission Vacancies

Upcoming vacancies for the Boards and Commission for the City of Scottsdale are listed here. Most positions require Scottsdale residency. Projected vacancies for May 2021 include the Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, Library Board, Planning Commission and others. To fill out an application visit here.
Arizona State Bar YLD Board:

The YLD Board is seeking nominees for the following positions.

• Secretary: Term 2021-2022
• Treasurer: Term 2021-2022
• District Rep. 4 (Maricopa): Term 2021-2023

YLD meets the first Wednesday of every month, virtually, from 12p – 1p. The council is looking for young lawyers to aid with ideas on young lawyer outreach. Consider nominating yourself to serve on the YLD Board. Fill out the application here and return by May 14, 2021 to Stephanie.Austin@staff.azbar.org.

All nominees will be included on the ballot and will be voted on by YLD members.

Arizona State Bar Committees and Commissions

Application deadlines have been extended to May 21, 2021Click here for the link to the Committee’s webpage with all the details (scroll down past Minutes).

• The Board of Governors is looking to appoint two attorneys to represent the State Bar in the ABA House of Delegates (the policy-making body for the ABA). Applications available here.

• Surprise’s Judicial Selection Advisory Commission is calling for applicants. The commission recommends candidates for presiding or associate city judge or magistrate. You must reside in Maricopa County. Applications available here

• Tempe’s Judicial Advisory Board also has two openings for attorneys who live in Tempe. Applications available here

• The Client Protection Fund Board of Trustees has a vacancy. The trustees reimburse people who sustained losses because of the dishonest conduct of lawyers admitted to practice law in Arizona. This spot is open only to attorneys live outside of Maricopa County. Applications available here

Join the Bar Leadership Institute

Accepting applications for the 2021-22 BLI Class through June 20, 2021. Click here for the Application Form (upper left) to begin!

Tempe Leadership Program Application

The Tempe Leadership program began in 1983 with a mission to attract, develop, educate, and empower individuals who live and/or work in Tempe through its leadership program. Over the years, more than 800 people have graduated from the program and have gone on to participate in many civic and community programs, including public office, city boards and commissions, non-profits, as well as volunteering in a multitude of ways. They are seeking potential leaders who want the opportunity to serve and need to learn about the organizations and leaders to make that service possible. Application Deadline: May 15, 2021 Apply here.
State Bar Business Law Executive Council (*Apply by May 7)

The State Bar of Arizona Business Law Executive Council is seeking nominees to join the Council for the 2021-2024 term. To apply, you need to be a member of the Business Law Section. To join the Section click here. To apply for the Council, email a letter and a short biography to Ashton.Charette@staff.azbar.org, no later than Friday, May 7, 2021. The terms of the new Council members will begin at the after the June 2021 Bar Convention. All council meetings can be joined by conference-call.

Mentor an ASU Advance Scholar

Launching in fall 2021, the Advance Scholars Program will produce the next generation of legal leaders. In furtherance of ASU’s Charter, the Advance Scholars Program seeks to foster an inclusive community in the College of Law, particularly for first-generation students, students of color, and students who have overcome adversity. This year-long program hopes to bring together a cohort of students with diverse backgrounds who can offer different perspectives—racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity. ASU is seeking mentors to work with these scholars.

Here are the expectations for potential mentors:

• Be in contact with your mentee once per month from August 2021 through April 2022
• Be available to your mentee through the academic year for questions and advice
• Offer your mentee general advice on the job search process and career options

For more information about the program go here or here. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please email Alyssa Dragnich, at Alyssa.dragnich@asu.edu.

ATHENA Awards (Nominations Accepted in June 2021)

The Greater Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA Awards program recognizes and celebrates the achievements of businesswomen across the Greater Phoenix region. The ATHENA Award, an internationally prized honor, recognizes women who demonstrate excellence in professional leadership, community service, and mentorship of future leaders. Each year, the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA Awards highlight three women at the top of their field, who demonstrate inspiring leadership within their industry, mentor women throughout their career, and act as dedicated community servants. Over the past 31 years, 53 accomplished and compassionate Valley businesswomen have earned the title of ATHENA.

Nominations are accepted in June. Anyone can nominate, or an applicant can self-nominate. For more information, email athena@phoenixchamber.comclick here, or call 602.495.2182

City of Peoria Boards and Commissions

The City of Peoria is seeking Peoria residents to fill multiple board and commission vacancies to include the Arts Commission, Board of Adjustment, Construction Board of Appeals, Design Review Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Judicial and Public Defender Advisory Board (residency exception), and Veterans Memorial Board. A description of each board and commission can be found on the City of Peoria website at here. Submit an application here or contact the City Clerk’s Office at (623) 773-7340 for more information. There are no deadlines for these positions as recruitment is ongoing.

Gigi’s Playhouse Phoenix Committee Members

Gigi’s Playhouse Phoenix seeks chair and committee member for positions in marketing, social media/PR, programs, community partners and outreach, volunteer program, and fundraising. GiGi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community—providing free therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more in a format that individuals with Down syndrome learn best. All programs aim to maximize self-confidence and empower individuals to achieve their greatest potential. You can view their website here. Submit an application here for more information.

Ryan House Board and Audit Committee Member

Ryan House is looking for an individual with an accounting and/or CPA background to serve as a Board and Audit Committee Member. This individual would provide hands-on guidance to the contracted financial accountant and internal staff in preparation of financial statements and related internal controls, 990 return, and other financial decisions as needed. Guidance primarily involves reviewing select audit and tax workpapers, with some additional questions throughout the year. Ryan House provides respite and palliative care for children and their families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys. More information about Ryan House can be found here. To apply, contact Tracy Meda at tleonardwarner@ryanhouse.org or call (602) 234-6710. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2021.

City of Glendale Boards and Commissions

The City of Glendale is seeking Glendale residents to fill multiple board and commission vacancies to include the Arts Commission, Board of Adjustment, Citizens Transportation Oversight Commission, Citizens Utility Advisory Commission; City Code Review Council Committee, Historic Preservation Committee, Industrial Development Authority, Library Advisory Board, Municipal Property Corporation, Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission, Personnel Board, and Planning Commission. A description of each board and commission can be found on the City of Glendale website here. Complete an application here or contact the City Clerk’s Office at (623) 930-2252 for more information. There are no deadlines for these positions as recruitment is ongoing.

MCBA Judicial Selection Advisory Commission

The City of Surprise will have a vacancy on its Judicial Selection Advisory Commission that requires an applicant who is an attorney and member of the Maricopa County Bar Association. Candidates do not need to be a resident of Surprise. The MCBA Board of Directors will recommend three candidates and Surprise Mayor Skip Hall will make the appointment. Please submit a letter of interest outlining your qualifications to serve and a resume with references to bsheehan@maricopabar.org by May 17, 2021.

American Bankruptcy Institute: 40 Under 40 Program - Now Accepting Nominations:

Now in its 5th year, the annual program continues to highlight the best up-and comers in the industry. If you are, or know, a dynamic insolvency professional who is committed to growth and excellence both professionally and in your community, this is one opportunity not to be missed! Applications are due June 30, 2021. Visit the 40 under 40 website for more information. Click here or contact abi40under40@abiworld.org.

Nominate a Deserving Young Lawyer for the 2021 American Inns of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service

The Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service recognizes an American Inn of Court member in practice for 10 years or fewer for excellence in public interest or pro bono activities.

You are invited to nominate one or more colleagues for this national award, which will be presented at the annual American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States on October 30, 2021.

Nominations should be addressed to the Honorable Carl E. Stewart and include sufficient supporting documentation to enable the selection committee to make a reasoned judgment. The nomination deadline is June 1, 2021.

Nominations should be submitted by e-mail or mailed to:

American Inns of Court
Attn: Cindy Dennis
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 770
Alexandria, VA 22314

For more information, please visit the American Inns of Court website here, or contact Cindy Dennis (cdennis@innsofcourt.org) or (571) 319-4703.

Experienced Federal Court Litigators Wanted:

The Federal Court Self-Service Clinic seeks litigators with at least several years of federal court practice experience to volunteer for 2 hours to provide brief phone direction to pro se litigants about civil cases in the District Court in Phoenix. You can choose how often to volunteer. You will receive advance information for conflict checks. Each litigant benefits from 30 minutes of guidance, so you can help up to four people in need. The Clinic is a collaborative effort of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in Phoenix and the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Community Legal Services provides primary malpractice coverage.

To enroll or for more information, please contact Pat Gerrich at pgerrich@clsaz.org.

American Bar Association’s AZ Free Legal Answers

The State Bar of Arizona and the Arizona Bar Foundation are actively seeking volunteers to answer questions on the American Bar Association’s AZ Free Legal Answers site. As a joint project of the State Bar and Foundation, the Free Legal Answers site is a great way to help answer the public’s legal questions. Like an online legal clinic, users must income qualify (at/under 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines) and submit a question into the site. Lawyers registered with the site may choose a question to answer and submit an answer anonymously through the site to the client user. Time spent answering questions on the site counts as pro bono service hours and everything is done remotely, through the site. Pro bono from home!

To sign up or for more information, please contact Chris Groninger at chris.groninger@azflse.org.
Companion Pets in Crises

CPiC is a non-profit organization looking for an attorney to be on their board. This is a new non-profit just getting started so it is a great way to really make an impact and help guide this success of this non-profit into the future. CPiC is an Emergency Animal Response Agency which was designed and created to be a resource to First Responders to help assist families with pets involved in a crisis situation. Providing these services fills a critical void in the Emergency Response system between human care and pet care.

Please contact Nikki Wilk at naw@jaburgwilk.com if you are interested to get in contact with CPiC.
MCBA Hall of Fame – Applications due by June 30, 2021

The Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame seeks to honor in perpetuity those remarkable individuals who have built the legal profession in this county and beyond, who have made extraordinary contributions to the law and justice, and who have distinguished themselves at the highest levels of public service.

The Hall of Fame's goal is also to preserve and foster the legal profession's history in our county and to showcase these best and brightest lights to the larger community. Click here for more information in the individual awards and application.  Robert R. Mills Member of the Year here.

Judicial Officer of the Year

A current Judicial Officer in Maricopa County who:
• Significantly contributes to the programs and activities of the MCBA;
• Demonstrates leadership and innovation in furthering the goals of the legal profession and promoting the ideal of professionalism; and/or shows an outstanding commitment to public service, including charitable, cultural, humanitarian and/or educational service to the community at large.
Public Lawyer of the Year
The Public Lawyer Member of the Year Award recognizes a public lawyer who:
• Shows an outstanding commitment to public service, including public practice and charitable, cultural, humanitarian and/or educational service to the community at large;
• Significantly contributes to the programs and activities of the MCBA and/or the MCBA Public Lawyers Division; and/or
• Dedicates himself or herself to furthering the goals of the legal profession and promoting the ideal of professionalism.

To recommend worthy recipients, please send completed nomination forms with supporting information to Executive Director Beth Sheehan, bsheehan@maricopabar.org.

State Bar Advisory Groups – Applications due April 23, 2021.

 

The State Bar has nearly two dozen advisory groups that are accepting applications through April 23, 2021. Advisory groups provide recommendations to the Board of Governors concerning Bar policy and programs – ranging from the Arizona Attorney to the board of specialization to fee arbitration, and the like. Terms of service vary by group, but are generally 3 years with opportunities for reappointment. For the list of groups seeking members, visit here. The online application is here, and will auto-populate with your information from the Bar’s database. Just pick your desired group and prepare a short statement of interest. Selections will be made over the summer.

 

City of Scottsdale Boards and Commissions – Applications due April 23, 2021.

 

The City of Scottsdale has 10 boards and commissions seeking to add between 1-3 members (varies by board), with applications due April 23, 2021. These opportunities are available to Scottsdale residents, and include: board of adjustment, building advisory board, environmental advisory commission, historic preservation commission, human services commission, library, nature/preservation, neighborhood advisory, public safety personnel retirement, and planning commission.

 

This is a multi-step selection process, with applicants being screened by Scottsdale City Council before a smaller group of nominees is selected and interviewed. It is helpful to have a working knowledge of the board/commission’s function, and preparation should include reviewing minutes/agendas online and watching/listening to recorded past meetings. Details can be found here. Application here.

Tempe Community Council Board of Directors

Tempe Community Council (TCC) is seeking candidates to serve on its Board of Directors who represent the diverse demographics of our community and have a compassion for helping those in need. TCC board members are active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and are fully engaged to secure programs, financial resources and partnerships necessary for TCC to advances its mission to “connect those in need with those who care.”

Applicants must live or work in Tempe. TCC promotes an inclusive and barrier-free environment and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds of ability, culture, race, religion and those representing under-served populations. The commitment includes attendance at monthly meetings, committee work, participation in organization-wide activities, and fundraising/financial commitment. Board members serve a three-year term (starting July 1) and can serve two terms.

Applications are being accepted until March 14 for this current recruitment. Applications are received throughout the year. For more information, visit here, email tccinformation@tempe.gov, or call 480.858.2300.

MCBA Seat for City of Mesa Judicial Advisory Board

The MCBA has a seat on the City of Mesa Judicial Selection Advisory Board that requires an applicant who lives in Mesa and is a member of MCBA. This seven-member board recommends to the City Council the best-qualified persons to become City magistrates, and evaluates the performance of appointed magistrates, and advises the City Council about retaining them.

The board meets as needed (meetings currently virtual). Members are appointed for staggered terms of three years. If you are interested, send a letter of interest outlining your qualifications to serve and a resume with references to bsheehan@maricopabar.org. For more information on the board, visit the website. The deadline to apply is April 16.
City of Scottsdale Building Advisory Board of Appeals

Applications are currently being accepted for a vacancy on the Building Advisory Board of Appeals. Applications are due by April 23, 2021. This advisory board has the jurisdiction to recommend that minor variances of the building code be allowed. The Board also recommends amendments to the Code. To submit an application, please visit here.

To learn more about the requirements of the position and details about the board, you may contact the City at 480-312-3111 or please visit here

City of Scottsdale Environmental Advisory Commission

Applications are currently being accepted for a vacancy on the Environmental Advisory Commission. Applications are due by April 23, 2021. This commission advises the City Council on issues related to preservation and enhancement of the local environment. They provide guidance on the prioritization of current and future environmental activities. To submit an application, please visit here.

To learn more about the requirements of the position and details about the board, you may contact the City at 480-312-3111 or please visit here

City of Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission

Applications are currently being accepted for a vacancy on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission. Applications are due by April 23, 2021. This commission makes recommendations to the City Council regarding preservation, funding, land acquisition, education etc. To submit an application, please visit here

To learn more about the requirements of the position and details about the board, you may contact the City at 480-312-3111 or please visit here.
Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee

Applications are currently being accepted for a vacancy on the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee. Members of this committee hold hearing to determine if statutorily defined proposed electric transmission lines and power plants should be granted a certificate of Environmental Compatibility. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest and a resume to the Executive Director Matthew J. Neubert's office at 1200 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85007 or by emailing CDBuck@azcc.gov by February 26, 2021. To read the opening announcement, click here. To learn more about the requirements of the position click here

State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors

Applications are currently being accepted for a vacancy on the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors for Maricopa County. Applications are due by March 10, 2021. This board establishes the vision, mission and policies of the association and ensures that there are sufficient resources for its management and operations. To submit an application or to learn more about the requirements of the position, please click here or contact Carrie Sherman 602.340.7201 Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org

Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness

Applications are currently being accepted for an attorney vacancy on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. Applications are due by March 10, 2021. This committee is responsible for the investigation and recommendation of applicants for admission to the practice of law in Arizona.. To submit an application or to learn more about the requirements of the position, please click here or contact Carrie Sherman 602.340.7201 Carrie.Sherman@staff.azbar.org
Arizona Center for Disability Law Board of Directors and PAIMI Council:

The Arizona Center for Disability Law is a public interest law firm, “dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with a wide range of physical, mental, psychiatric, and cognitive disabilities.” This includes mental illness, voting rights, social security beneficiaries, and advocacy for individual rights for people with disabilities. They have spots on both the Board of Directors, which oversees the conduct of the Center more broadly, and the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness or “PAIMI” Council. For more information about these vacancies, or an application for either the Board of Director nominations or the PAIMI Council, visit here.

Maricopa County Workforce Development Board:

The Workforce Development Board was created to assist the Board of Supervisors in strategic planning, oversight, and evaluation of the workforce in Maricopa County. And create policies to promote employment development, meet statewide goals and objectives, and monitor local performance. Qualified candidates will have strong relationships with business organizations, chambers of commerce, labor and trade associations, education providers, and other major industries (e.g. aerospace/defense and healthcare). The board is currently seeking members from the following types of organizations: business, small business, community-based organizations, higher education, and adult education and literacy providers. For more information on this opportunity, please visit here.



   

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