Under the supervision of the General Counsel, this position will be responsible for a wide range of legal work, with primary responsibility for providing lawyers advice about the Rules of Professional Conduct by overseeing and staffing the ethics hotline, serving as the staff advisor to the State Bar’s Ethics Advisory Group, and conducting continuing legal education seminars. This position works closely with the Assistant General Counsel, often sharing in duties. In addition to these duties, this position serves as the legal advisor to the Fee Arbitration program, and will provide general legal assistance to the organization, as directed by the General Counsel.
Responds to ethics hotline calls and provides ethics advice and opinions to lawyers.
Participates in Continuing Legal Education seminars and programs and develops educational materials. Conducts internal and external training to provide members and staff with tools to make informed judgments about professional responsibility concerns.
Provides legal expertise in the area of ethics, with primary responsibility for ethics communication (telephone, in writing, or in person).
Prepares written materials on legal services and ethics.
Provides general legal work, as needed.
Assists in the review and appraisal of assigned support staff by providing feedback and input to the Legal Services Manager
Skills and Abilities
Performs all duties in compliance with internal procedures and external regulations. Is responsible for bringing compliance issues to the attention of management.
Thorough knowledge of the Rules of Professional Conduct and Supreme Court rules.
Excellent legal research and writing skills.
Public speaking skills.
Demonstrates sound judgment with action to be taken on cases.
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.
Model the 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.
Maintaining the highest ethical standards.
Education and/or Experience Required
J.D. required. Member of SBA in good standing. Have a minimum of five (5) years practical legal experience, preferably in litigation in private practice or for a public government entity.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Must have and maintain a valid Arizona driver’s license, maintain automobile insurance coverage and have access to an automobile.
Member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona.
We offer a liberal employee benefit plan that includes but not limited to:
Employee only company paid medical and dental benefits
STD and LTD
Paid company holidays
Company paid Life Insurance
401k with employer matching
Internal Number: 201907
About State Bar of Arizona
The State Bar of Arizona exists to serve and protect the public with respect to the provision of legal services and access to justice. Consistent with these goals, the State Bar of Arizona seeks to improve the administration of justice and the competency, ethics, and professionalism of lawyers practicing in Arizona