Under the supervision of the Lawyer Assistance Programs Director, this position is responsible for providing legal and practical advice, information, consultations, education and resources on law office and practice management, legal technology and cybersecurity, starting, growing and winding down a practice, networking and marketing, and trust accounting for State Bar members through Practice 2.0, the Bar’s confidential advisory program; creating written resource materials for the Practice 2.0 website; conducting research as needed on national trends, practices and legal technology; working with the Lawyer Assistance Programs Director and Professional Development Coordinators to develop and teach continuing legal education programs focusing on practice management and practical skills; responding to calls on Practice 2.0 and Trust Account hotlines; working with Young Lawyer Division as needed; serving as liaison to State Bar committees, working groups and advisory groups as needed; and other duties as assigned.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Responds to calls and inquiries to Practice 2.0 and trust account hotlines and provides legal expertise, law practice and trust account management advice to lawyers, legal, paralegal and administrative staff, other members of the legal community.
Conducts consultations by phone and in person on practice management and trust account inquiries including but not limited to starting, growing and winding down a law practice, choosing and using legal technology, creating policies and procedures, networking, advertising and marketing, and other topics as needed.
Develops, plans and teaches continuing legal education programs and prepares written materials.
Prepares/authors, compiles and updates resource materials, practice guides, checklists and other information on Practice 2.0 website
Maintains current knowledge of and familiarity with legal technology including but not limited to practice management software, time and billing software, financial accounting software, cybersecurity and data privacy, the cloud, encryption, online legal research tools including Fastcase, and law office productivity software products
Maintains current knowledge of and familiarity with ethics opinions and Rules of Professional Conduct
Serves as liaison to section executive councils, Young Lawyer Division and other State Bar groups, committees and task forces as assigned
Serving as back-up to Lawyer Assistance Programs Director for the Member Assistance Program and hotline as needed
Assists in the review and appraisal of assigned support staff by providing feedback and input to the Lawyer Assistance Programs Director
Performs other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
J.D. from an ABA accredited law school.
Member in good standing of a state bar; Membership in State Bar of Arizona preferred.
Minimum of three to five years of experience in the practice of law preferably as a solo practitioner or with a small law firm. Experience in law office management or risk management, including trust and operating account administration, and knowledge of relevant technology.
Ability to effectively communicate with and counsel lawyers contacting Practice 2.0 and the trust account hotlines, by telephone and in person.
Knowledge of all aspects of law practice and office management practices and procedures and related issues.
Thorough knowledge of the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct and ability to stay current on ethics opinions, relevant case law, and national trends relating to practice management.
Knowledge of, and familiarity with, legal technology, and the risks and benefits of relevant technology.
Public speaking skills.
Excellent communication, both oral and written, skills.
Excellent legal research and writing skills.
Exercise excellent judgment.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to listen.
Must have high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. Position requires demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy.
Strong attention to detail and well organized.
Flexibility in schedule to meet business needs.
Must be a self-starter, able to work independently as well as work effectively with teams.
Maintain the highest ethical standards.
Model behaviors expected of all SBA employees by:
Cultivating a positive work environment
Prioritizing and setting manageable goals
Being efficient with time at work
Communicating effectively with management, staff, members, clients, visitors, and the public
Being flexible and taking criticism constructively
Performs all duties in compliance with internal procedures and external regulations. Is responsible for bringing compliance issues to the attention of management.
Microsoft Windows environment with Office 365 to include formatting and production of documents, spreadsheets, reports, presentations as required. Proficiency with case management software preferred
Must have and maintain a valid Arizona driver’s license and access to an automobile.
Travel throughout Arizona may be required.
Regular attendance is required. Additional work hours including weekends or evenings may be required to fulfill the duties of the position. Must be able to successfully work in a fast-paced environment with the ability to handle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands and to seek supervisory assistance as appropriate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, ability to adjust focus, and manual dexterity in combination with eye/hand coordination. Ability and willingness to travel extensively statewide.
Additional Salary Information: We offer an environment that promotes professional development and work/life balance featuring: employer-paid member dues/ CLE; no billable hours; and business casual dress and work environment.
We also offer an excellent benefits package for all full-time employees including paid vacation, sick leave and holidays; employer-paid health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; voluntary vision and short-term disability insurance; medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts; free covered parking and a 401(k) plan.
About State Bar of Arizona
The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar regulates approximately 18,500 active attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. The Bar's mission states that it exists to serve and protect the public with respect to the provision of legal services and access to justice.
The organization was formed in 1933 and has a rich history of serving attorneys and the public. We have a wide variety of programs designed to help Arizonans, all of which are detailed throughout this website.
As part of our goal to protect the public, the State Bar has a lawyer regulation department, which works to resolve problems between clients and attorneys. The Bar also offers legal information for consumers, periodic free legal advice days and other educational programs.
The State Bar of Arizona is governed by a 30-member Board of Governors whose members are primarily lawyers elected by Bar members. Among those board members are four non-lawyers who are appointed to represent the public.
The Bar has two office locations - Phoenix and Tucson. It offers excellent emplo...yment opportunities for more than 100 people who perform a wide variety of services.
The State Bar is not a state agency. The organization's activities are funded through membership fees, service fees and other self generated revenue.