Saturday, January 7, 2017

THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA IS BROKEN - PART THREE


Written by: Mark and Carol Fairall
January 07, 2017
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THE ARIZONA BAR BREAKS THE LAW BY USING RETALIATION
IMPROPER ARIZONA DEBT COLLECTION: The Arizona debt collection business is out of control with improper lawsuits from debt collectors who fail to follow proper debt collection procedures. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reported 74,000 complaints were filed for improper debt collection in 2015. The number one Arizona consumer complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2015 was for illegal and abusive Debt Collection. The FTC had 10,211 complaints about debt collection abuse violations filed by Arizonans in 2015 and most of the complaints were filed by the elderly. This problem has overloaded the court system in Arizona with junk debt lawsuits. In 2013, over 21,000 new junk debt collector Arizona lawsuits which represented 15% of the year’s total state lawsuits. The junk debt collection business is very profitable earning nearly $13 billion a year in the $100 billion a year industry.
One of the major problems in the Junk Debt Collection Industry is the failure of their lawyers to properly review the evidence before filing a lawsuit. It was noted that many debt collection attorneys spent less than a minute, often less than 30-seconds, reviewing a case before initiating a lawsuit. Their volume is so great and the attorneys are so greedy that they rush to illegal lawsuits. The CFPB requires the debt collector’s lawyer to contact the consumer to verify the debt and the consumer has 30-days to respond. Failure to allow the consumer 30-days to dispute the debt can lead to an unfair and costly lawsuit for the consumer to fight and it could cost the lawyer a $1000 fine plus repayment for the consumer’s costs and damages incurred in a FDCPA violation lawsuit.

The Arizona legal system and State Bar of Arizona (Bar) have failed to protect the homeowners from these vexatious litigious predators of the sick, elderly, and poor who illegally misuse the court system to steal homes. The State Bar of Arizona is failing to follow ARS Supreme Court Rule 32. It is no wonder that the United Nations HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH has stated in its 2016 report RUBBER STAMP JUSTICE: US COURTS, DEBT BUYING CORPORATIONS AND THE POOR” the worst states that favor junk debt collectors was Arizona, Arkansas, and Tennessee.
BAR RETALIATION: The State Bar of Arizona refused to open our complaints against two slumlord attorneys, Scott E. Williams (filed on 05/13/2016) and Clint Goodman (Bar number #16-1633 filed on 05/28/2016), who have been previously found guilty of FDCPA violations. We feel our recent internet report about the broken State Bar of Arizona has caused this shocking Bar Retaliation and egregious Injustice! Our Two Broken Arizona Bar Reports can be found posted on the Internet on 08/13/2016 and 08/28/2016 at the below links:
We have been scammed by two corrupt attorneys and the broken State Bar of Arizona. We have had our Constitution Rights Violated by officers of the Court and the State Bar of Arizona (governmental entities). The Arizona Bar needs to be held accountable for failing to perform its duties and the crooked lawyers keep scamming people because of their favoritism. The State Bar of Arizona needs follow the law and investigate all attorney complaints.
Williams and Goodman break laws with illegal home foreclosure to make a quick profit for the cash hungry slumlord. These law-breaking attorneys make homeowners homeless with their illegal aggressive debt collection activities
SCOTT E. WILLIAMS
CROOKED LAWYER INFORMATION ON SCOTT E. WILLIAMS: Williams runs an evictions assembly line, Williams, Zinman, & Parham PC, which files 10% of the Arizona slumlord evictions every year (now over 8,000 evictions a year). Mr. Williams brags that judges and politicians are grateful for his efforts as an elections attorney because he helps them keep their jobs. Mr. Williams has boasted that he has processed over 100,000 eviction lawsuits in the past 20 years. Mr. Williams was a Pro Tempore Justice Court Judge, handled the evictions for Maricopa County rentals, and wrote the Arizona Landlord and Tenant Act. Mr. Williams actively teaches at the State of Arizona Bar and is a politically well-connected friend of the Bar. We are very aware of Mr. Williams because he represented the 2005 Medicare Fraud Felon, Scott Green, at our previous senior living facility, Sun Grove Resort Village (SGRV), who defrauded the elderly. We wrote the SUN GROVE RESORT VILLAGE ELDER ABUSE STORY and sent it to the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, where it is being called one of the worst elder abuse crimes. A Fraud of the Court Motion was filed against Scott E. Williams, but it was declined. The judge that presided over the botched lawsuit, Melanie Deforest, was later removed from the bench for lying and incompetence. Scott E. Williams produces fake documents, tampers with witnesses, manipulates the court, and can make court records disappear.
The State Bar of Arizona refused to open our original 2010 complaint against Mr. Williams for his illegal activities. In the past seven year, 46 of our 66 documented SGRV elder abuse victims, have died without justice. Many of these elder abuse incidents were verified by our licensed private investigator, Jacob Mueller. Mr. Williams allowed the former SGRV manager to stop the delivery of my wife’s medication and refused a Reasonable Accommodations Request for continued medication delivery. Williams dummied up a fake SGRV “no mold report” that he obtained for free for a company that shortly went out of business so he hired the mold examiner for his lawyer group, ALTA. Williams aided the former SGRV manager, Scott Green, who was later discovered to be a 2005 Medicare Fraud Felon abuse and defraud the elderly. We were instrument to get Green back in jail for his parole violations. We were instrumental in getting a 43-year prison sentence for the Ponzi scheme, AREI/OAKDALE HEIGHTS, mastermind, James Koenig, because he defrauded 2,000 investors of $250 million and destroyed 23 senior living facilities which included SGRV. Mr. Williams told us he would get even for our filing complaints, but we had no idea it would include an attempted home foreclosure and attempted murder.
Our new 2016 Bar complaint is just the continuation of Mr. Williams’ HATE CRIMES against seniors who fight for their fair housing rights. It was reported to the Bar in my complaint that Scott E. Williams lied to HUD in my complaint #09-11-0405-8, Fairall v. Sun Grove Resort Village (SGRV), which caused HUD to wrongfully close my fair housing complaint on 04/04/2011. Williams dummied up a “free no mold” report from a mold examiner that he later hired. Also, Williams lied when he said it was the policy of SGRV to deny medication delivery. This has been verified by court documents and our private investigator’s, Jacob Mueller, report dated 01/23/2012 stating that the refusal of medications was done as a slumlord’s retaliation. It was reported to the Bar that this documentation was in our 100-page report, THE SUN GROVE RESORT VILLAGE ELDER ABUSE STORY, dated 04/13/2013 and sent to the US Senate and posted online. The Bar’s Chief Counsel, Maret Vessella, refused to read our new 05/13/2016 complaint against Scott E. Williams stating the matter was closed in 2011 and refused to read the documented discovered illegal perjury activities of Williams.
MARET VESSELLA
The Chief Bar Counsel at the State Bar of Arizona, Maret Vessella, took the cavalier attitude in her 09/23/2016 letter stating: “I have not re-reviewed the allegations regarding Mr. Williams and do not intend to, as the matter was closed over six years ago and is not subject to further review.” It is against the law that Ms. Vessella did not even review our new allegations of attorney Scott E. Williams’ FDCPA violations. The State Bar of Arizona is a “Good-Old-Boy” mandatory membership quasi-union that favors its friends. The State Bar of Arizona is failing to properly protect the public from wrongful home foreclosures and is failing to properly investigate all attorney complaints. The State Bar of Arizona has failed to follow the law which oversees, regulates, and disciplines all attorneys. The Bar has breached its Legal Duties, damaging the honor and dignity of the legal profession while causing us losses. The State Bar of Arizona has become an accomplice to Williams.


CLINT GOODMAN
CROOKED LAWYER INFORMATION ON CLINT GOODMAN: We were forced into a bankruptcy to save our home from foreclosure because of a third-party attorney, Goodman, who failed to verify the SGRV debt. Mr. Goodman filed a new lawsuit on 07/30/2015 against us in his attempt to make us homeless by illegally foreclosing on our home with a ballooned slumlord lawsuit. The debt in question was passed on for any collection efforts by SGRV’s Fanny Mae lawyer on 10/30/2014 with its efforts to resolve our complaints and losses. Clint Goodman failed to timely notify us of the lawsuit until our mortgage lender informed us a month prior to the 03/23/2016 foreclosure hearing. We were forced to file bankruptcy on 03/22/2016.
The Ninth Circuit Court has stated that all multiple debt collectors are required to verify the legitimacy of the debt they are trying to collect with a Debt Verification Letter. This was a decision that reversed a previous judgment that Williams had won Hernandez v. Williams, Zinman & Parham P.C on 07/28/2016. Clint Goodman failed to verify the slumlord debt prior to filing the lawsuit #CV2015-094180 – HOAZILLA LLC V MARK AND CAROL FAIRALL. We were forced to file bankruptcy because we never had any opportunity the dispute the validly of the debt plus the lawsuit was not timely served. Our house would have been foreclosed on and sold before any legal action could have been taken to keep us from being made homeless by the shyster attorney Goodman who does not follow the FDCPA. Goodman is also a repeat FDCPA violator with the 11/04/2014 case #CV-13-02659-PHX-DGC Torrie v. Goodman Law Office
SGRV property went through bankruptcy and foreclosure. The company that recently sued us was HOAZILLA LLC which is the investment company that bought Sun Grove Resort Village (SGRV) from Fannie Mae in 2015. The Fannie Mae attorney had written us in 2014 stating it they wanted to forgive our wrongful judgment for our removing our negative SGRV postings. We explained we had lost over $5,000 in apartment upgrade when SGRV refused to renew our 94-year old aunt’s, Catherine Reinertson, lease. This resulted in her death in next year when SGRV extorted $3,000 for her on top of making her move. Also, the fact that SGRV refuse to refund the illegally collected $450 fee charged for our licensed service dog. The Fannie Mae attorney did not continue demanding the removal of our negative internet postings and simply stated that they were not aware of the details of our SGRV grievances.
In 2015, SGRV was being remodeled and its name was changed to The Fountains at Lake Pleasant (FLP).
SUN GROVE RESORT VILLAGE
MOLDY FOUNTAIN
The FLP was remodeling and needed quick cash and had an INVALID ASSIGNMENT OF JUDGMENT signed and filed the lawsuit for $30,000+ and placed an illegal lien our home. The invalid assignment was signed by the former manager and investor whose group lost $4.5 million when SGRV went bankrupt in 2013 and closed. We had attempted to pay the $2,600 rental debt but SGRV refused it wanting more money and then ballooned it to over $30,000.
The State of Arizona Bar has violated our Constitutional Rights by failing to properly do its job. I have discovered that the attorney Clint Goodman illegally used an Invalid Assignment of Judgment dated 04/01/2015 to sue us. The Bar wrote on its 09/23/2016 letter wrongly stated the lawsuit had factual support and no Rules of Professional Conduct was violated. The Arizona Bar rushed to a refusal to open my complaint #16-1633 against Clint Goodman without a proper investigation.
Goodman failed to allow me the FDCPA 30-days to dispute the debt. Goodman failed to follow the law and failed to do his proper due diligence before he sued. Goodman did not have the legal right to sue us. Goodman should be disbarred for malpractice because he used an invalid assignment with no verification of the validity of the debt as required by law for his own personal gain. The Bar failed to properly investigate the authenticity of the Assignment of Judgment that was illegally used to sue me and make my family homeless in order to just raise money for a slumlord. Goodman violated ER 8.4 MISCONDUCT of Professional Rules of Conduct for attorneys by being dishonest in prejudicing and influencing the administration of justice with an invalid assignment of judgment while ignoring our Constitutional Rights.
It was reported to the Bar in my complaint that Clint Goodman broke the FDCPA law by failing to allow me the 30-days to verify the debt. Again, Maret Vessella denied to open my complaint stating she had reviewed the lawsuit and wrongly stated that all was proper. That was a lie because the lawsuit #CV2015-09418 against us was based upon an Invalid Assignment of Judgment which was signed on 04/01/2015.
We discovered this evidence in recent motions filed by our bankruptcy attorney attempting to get the illegal lien cleared from my home which should have been removed in our bankruptcy. On 04/01/2015, Melchoir Lumetta wrongfully stated that he was the Managing Member of Sun Grove Resort Village (SGRV) when he assigned our judgment to Hoazilla. Lumetta lost that right because Fanny Mae owned the property after May 2013 because SGRV filed for bankruptcy (Two Years Prior). Lumetta was an angry investor in the SGRV property. His group bought the property in 2006 in the AREI/Oakdale Heights Ponzi scam. The 20 investors lost $4.5 million when the real estate collateral based investment Ponzi scam collapsed. SGRV was repossessed by Bank of America but the bank had a Fannie Mae guarantee of the SGRV loan. Lumetta did not have the authority to assign our SGRV judgment on 04/01/2015. The invalid document was signed by Melchoir Lumetta who lost that authority when:
1. SGRV went bankrupt in May 2013 and was repossessed by Bank of America and Fannie Mae,
2. SGRV’s property and assets were sold in the 2014 Trustee’s Auction,
3. the Fannie Mae attorney stated in its 2014 letter that they had no interest to pursue our questionable debt and that the previous SGRV owners had no interest or authority,
4. Blue Valley Apartments was the owner as of 06/14/2014, and
5. SGRV TERMINATED its corporation with the Arizona Corporation Commission on 03/31/2015 (which was the day before the invalid assignment of judgment was signed).
03/31/2015 SUN GROVE SENIOR LIVING, LLC - CORPORATION TERMINATION BY LUMETTA
04/01/2015 - INVALID ASSIGNMENT OF JUDGMENT BY LUMETTA

Closed corporations with no assets or authority have no rights to sue people. The lawsuit never should have been filed. It was just more harassment and an illegal attempt to obtain operating capital for a new owner slumlord that was remodeling for a reopening of the senior living facility as The Fountains at Lake Pleasant.


The BAR does not have to authority and luxury to refuse to read a complaint disclosing where a lawyer is breaking the law. The Bar does not have the right not to properly open an attorney complaint while making a biased and incorrect opinion that the lawsuit was proper when it was based upon an invalid assignment of judgment. The BAR is not properly performing its legal duty and has violated our Constitutional Rights.
We have spoken to many other victims of the corrupt Arizona Bar and they complain that it shows favoritism to friends of the Bar. The Arizona Bar should be reorganized into a voluntary membership organization that is fair to all attorneys and the public. The present Arizona Bar is a bloated overpaid group of lawyers who charge the highest membership fees in the United States while doing virtually nothing but harming people it does not like.
SUMMARY: This is the price for being Elder Protection Activists. SGRV was forced to file bankruptcy and closed because we reported its false internet advertising to the feds and it was forced to stop the scam. This was an “over-the-top” illegal Retaliation by a vindictive investor to get money and make us homeless. Melchoir J. Lumetta was the crooked SGRV investor and he was aided by the shyster attorney Goodman in this egregious elder abuse and senior financial exploitation fraud.
We have filed complaints and lawsuit requests with: the FTC, US Department of Justice, and other state and federal agencies against: Williams, Zinman, & Parham, Goodman Law, and The State Bar of Arizona.




Sunday, August 28, 2016

THE ARIZONA BAR IS BROKEN - PART TWO


THE STATE OF ARIZONA BAR WHICH OVERSEES ATTORNEY IS BROKEN -PART TWO
Written by: Mark and Carol Fairall
August 27, 2016
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THE ARIZONA BAR SALARIES ARE VERY HIGH
The Arizona Bar Association will soon be the most expensive Mandatory Membership Bar Association in the US with the soon to be annual membership fee of $690 a year. The second highest Bar Association with the Mandatory Membership fee is Alaska at $660. This inhibits economic growth because it is reported that new attorneys avoid Arizona because of the high cost of the quasi-union dues.
The Arizona Bar Association’s 2015 Taxes document the excessive compensation of eight key employees who earn over $100k per year before perks, which show:
1. $172k – Maret Vessella – Chief Bar Counsel
2. 214k – John Phelps – CEO (pictured)  
3. 141k – Kathy Gerhart – CFO
4. 173k – John Furlong – General Counsel/Deputy Bar
5. 146k – Amy Rehm – Deputy Chief Bar Counsel
6. 150k – Elizabeth Deane – Chief Member Services Officer
7. 146k – Lisa Fontes – Advertising Sales Manager
8*. 184k – Patricia Sallen – Director of Special Services
9. 131k – Richard Debruhl – Chief Communications Officer
TOTAL: $1.46 Million – 10% of Gross Income
* Patricia Sallen was terminated in 2015 and also received a $59K severance package.

To give you some comparison, the top paid Arizona leaders are:
1.$95k – Governor Doug Ducey
2. 90k – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich
3. 70k – Secretary of State – Michele Reagan
These are outrageously high salaries at the Arizona Bar Association. The Arizona Bar Association’s key people are taking advantage of the fact that the Arizona Bar Association has the highest Mandatory Membership Fees.
Source: 2015 Arizona Bar Tax Return
THE ARIZONA STATE BAR FAVORS ITS OWN WITH SPECIAL TREATMENT PROOF TWO CASES
1. Scott E. Williams (pictured): Mr. Williams teaches landlord/tenant law required for attorneys by the Arizona Bar to keep their attorney licenses current. Mr. Williams gets favorable treatment at the Arizona Bar because he volunteers his time at the Arizona Bar.
The Bar has turned down our 2010 complaint for Williams aiding a slumlord and convicted felon scam seniors. The Bar never responded to our 2016 complaint for Williams violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Mr. Williams handles 10% of Arizona’s slumlord lawsuits against renters. Mr. Williams brags that judge are grateful because his election law representation helps them keep their jobs.
2. Nancy Greenlee (pictured): Ms. Greenlee is an attorney that works out of her home just representing lawyers who have Bar complaints. Her annual income is listed between $100K and $500K per year. Ms. Greenlee represented our former attorney which we filed a Bar complaint against because of his mistakes and lies to the court. We filed a Motion to Dismiss Counsel which the judge granted and replaced the incompetent lying lawyer.
Ms. Greenlee worked at the Arizona Bar from 1990 to 1996 in the attorney discipline area. The Arizona Bar only recommended that our former bad attorney take Bar taught classes. The Arizona Bar makes $2 million a year with required classes rather than the follow normal probation requirements.
We should have realized that we would get no satisfaction from our bar complaints because the Arizona Bar favors its own with special treatments, protection, and referrals.
THE CALIFORNIA STATE BAR PROBLEM
THE STATE LAWMAKERS HAD AN AUDIT TO DOCUMENT THE MESS

The California Bar was audited by the state lawmakers to review attorney complaint backlogs, financial irregularities, and influence peddling. That audit resulted in the termination of the California State Bar’s executive director Joe Dunn (pictured). This has been a five-year process, but the California dysfunctional attorney regulation system has not yet been fixed.
California is a Mandatory Membership State Bar with over 200,000 attorney members. The California lawmakers are looking to split the Bar into two functions: one – to regulate/discipline attorneys and two – to a trade association which promotes lawyers’ interests. The California lawmakers created the “Public Interest Task Force” to study and correct the broken California Bar Association.
It appears that the solution to fixing the California Bar will take longer because their Supreme Court did not like some of the new ideas. The former CEO of the California Bar, Joe Dunn, was fired two years ago for misspending, nepotism, deception, and influence peddling. Dunn sued and his lawsuit was just dismissed.
California lawmakers started their State Bar clean-up with an audit. That is what our lawmakers need to do at the Arizona State Bar. An audit is needed in order to fix the expensive and prejudicial Arizona mandatory attorney “quasi-union” that is failing both attorneys and the public.
THE ARIZONA STATE BAR BREAKS ITS OWN DIVERSION GUIDELINES
We wrote to the State of Arizona Bar recently informing it that the investigator, Hunter Perlmeter, broke the Diversion Guidelines. Diversion is the lowest attorney discipline level which requires an attorney to take an expensive Bar taught class. This is a $2 million money maker scam by the Bar to push attorneys into classes. The Diversion program is meant for low level poor office mismanagement which is minor and does not harm the client. That is not what happened to us. Mr. Perlmeter just hung up on us when we attempted to correct his illegal Bar decision.
We had our former attorney angrily refuse our monthly payment and then reported to the court that we had breached the attorney fee agreement contract. The attorney then lied to his boss and lied on the attorney billing statement stating we had refused to pay our monthly payment. We had emails to the contrary documenting the truth. That attorney was fired from the law firm after our Bar complaint was opened in August, 2015. However, the Bar recommended only a Diversion (class study) for our former attorney who:

1. lied to the judge,
2. lied on court paperwork,
3. disrespected and harmed us with his hostile anger,
4. lied to his law firm boss, and
5. lied on the law firm billing documents.
That attorney breached his own law firm’s contract. The Arizona Bar did not punish our former attorney for his lack of ethics and his “MAJOR” violation of Attorney Rules of Professional Conduct which harmed us. The Bar just sent the crooked attorney back to class.
The Bar failed to review all of our evidence before the bad decision. Our former bad attorney hired a lawyer, Nancy Greenlee, who only represents attorneys on Bar complaints. We suggest that our lawyer and Ms. Greenlee got preferential treatment.
This smacks because according to the Diversion Guidelines our former attorney was “NOT ELIGIBLE” for the Diversion Program because of his: dishonesty, deceit, misrepresentation, and lack of respect for the legal system. Who is the Arizona Bar protecting? It appears to be the lawyers. The Arizona Bar’s failure to follow the law, allowing preferential attorney treatment, and favoring the friends/past employees of the Bar is very shocking.
The Arizona Bar is not an impartial fair regulator of bad attorneys, but it is just a Mandatory “Good-Old-Boy” private attorneys’ club which fails the public. The public needs to know the truth about the broken and corrupt Arizona Bar.
We will keep you informed of the Bar’s answer.

Source: http://www.azbar.org
AZBAR.ORG 
http://www.azbar.org/media/66357/diversion
 guidelines effective 01-01-11.pdf
2015 STATISTICS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS BY THE ARIZONA BAR
In 2015, the Arizona Bar received 3,127 attorney complaints but only investigated 21% (664 complaints) (pictured). The rest of the Bar complaints were eliminated by pre-screening with no investigations done. This eliminated 79% of the Bar’s investigative work in policing bad lawyers.

Only 156 (23%) of those lawyers received any disciplinary punishments of being: disbarred, suspended, reprimanded or received an informal sanction. The Diversion order (class requirement) is not considered a disciplinary Bar punishment.
 That Diversion Order or class requirement is not reported on the Bar’s information concerning attorneys. Last year, 86 lawyers received Diversion orders which was the most used Bar regulation for complaints. Bar classes are very expensive starting at several thousand dollars per class. The Arizona Bar makes $2 million on its classes in the Diversion Order programs. The public has no idea which lawyers are required to attend Bar classes because those complaint decisions are not posted by the Bar.
It is rare for any attorney to be disbarred in Arizona. Last year, only 12 attorneys last year were disbarred, which is less than 4 out of 1,000 attorney complaints filed. This is eight times lower than the New York Voluntary Bar Membership statistics.
We suspect the Arizona Bar does not disbar attorneys because it would lose their annual mandatory Bar fees paid by the attorneys. A Voluntary Membership Bar is more aggressive in disbarring attorneys and better protects the public from bad lawyers. A Voluntary Membership Bar takes away the incentive to ignore bad lawyers by just requiring more attorney education.
Source: 2015 Arizona Bar Annual Report
THE GOLDWATER INSTITUTE FAVORS THE VOLUNTARY MEMBERSHIP
FOR THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA



The Goldwater Institute is one of Arizona’s largest and most respected conservative “public policy think tanks.” It has studied the debate about the Arizona Mandatory Membership Bar Association. It recommends the passage of HB 2221 which would make the Arizona Bar a Voluntary Membership Association for two reasons, which are: it makes the Arizona Bar records public and it protects attorneys’ free speech rights.
HB 2221 would increase transparency of the Bar records to public records laws. Presently the Arizona Bar is exempt from normal public records requirements that all of the other regulatory agencies in the United States have to obey. The Arizona Bar likes to document in secrecy and fails to provide the records for its decisions to the public.
HB 2221 would stop the Bar’s ability to coerce attorney members and violate their free speech rights by supporting the Arizona Bar’s political activities. It would stop the forced funding of the Arizona Bar’s lobbying activities in areas unrelated to the regulation of the practice of law. Many Arizona lawyers object to being forced to pay the high $490 annual dues which contributes to the Bar’s agenda supporting political groups, gay bashing, and many other very biased opinions.
The Goldwater Institute article states that the Voluntary Membership Bar is not a radical idea. The Arizona Bar has stated that the passage of HB 2221 would destroy the Arizona Bar by making it less effective. That is false because the Voluntary Membership Bar already exists in 20 states, which are: Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. Those 20 Voluntary Bar Membership states are functioning very well while being transparent and upholding the freedom of speech rights of its members.

Source: Rebutting the State Bar of Arizona about HB 2221. – Working for A Better Bar
The Arizona Bar was once a Voluntary Membership Association, but that was changed in the 1930’s during the great Depression. A group of lawyers lobbied the state lawmakers because they saw an opportunity to profit from a Mandatory Membership Arizona Bar. It is time to end the “Profit Focus” of the Arizona Bar Mandatory Membership organization and make it a “Service Focus” with a Voluntary Membership organization that provides a fair and a less expensive method of protecting the public from bad lawyers.
Attorneys who want to practice law in Arizona must pay the State Bar of Arizona mandatory member dues. The State Bar of Arizona uses this money to regulate the practice of law and to engage in other activities, including lobbying Read More Rebutting the State Bar of Arizona about HB 2221.
SOURCE: WORKINGFORABETTERBAR.ORGhttp://workingforabetterbar.org/2016/03/02/379/
THE ARIZONA BAR IS LOBBYING AND THREATENING ITS MEMBERS
The Arizona Bar emailed all 24,000 members to oppose HB 2221 which would make it a Voluntary Membership organization. This was a drastic attempt to retain the unjust power as a Mandatory Membership Organization. Again, the Arizona Bar is using forced payment monies for a political cause, which is wrong.
The Arizona Bar reports the “drastic changes” would create a “Frankenstein” version of the Bar. The Bar threatened that if HB 2221 passed, it would have to raise the already excessively high annual dues. Presently, attorneys pay $490 per year, but that will soon go up to $690 a year. This will make the Arizona Bar the most expensive Bar Association in the United States. Studies show that the Arizona Bar is spending 125% more than other state Bar Associations of the same size.
The Goldwater Institute report states that HB 2221 should be passed. The Arizona Bar members should not be forced to join the Bar. The attorneys should have the Freedom of Speech Rights restored by not being forced to pay for the bizarre and illegal lobbying efforts of the Arizona Bar.
It is difficult to understand why the Arizona Bar needs the $200 raise of its annual dues to $690. The Arizona Bar is a “Non-Profit,” but it is not being run that way. In 2015, the Arizona Bar’s income was $15,941,413, with expenses of $14,672,809. That means the Arizona Bar had an 8% surplus of over $1.2 million which it banked. The only answer why the Arizona Bar needs a raise in the required dues is to increase the outrageous nearly $1.5 million annual salaries paid to its top eight leaders. The Arizona Bar is out of control with greed and excesses which needs to be changed to a Voluntary Membership organization.
Source: Arizona Lawyers Shouldn’t Be Misled: They Have Constitutional Rights, Too
Yesterday, the Arizona State Bar sent an email to the state’s lawyers urging them
GOLDWATERINSTITUTE.ORG|BY GOLDWATER INSTITUTE
http://goldwaterinstitute.org/en/work/topics/constitutional-rights/government-preferences/arizona-lawyers-shouldnt-be-misled-they-have-const/
HB 2221 “VOLUNTARY BAR” SHOULD NOT BE A POLITICAL ISSUE

The Arizona Senators who voted against HB 2221 are primarily Democrats. HB 2221 is not a union busting bill, but it is simply trying to reform the broken Arizona Bar.
It is interesting to note that 10 of the 20 states which already have a Voluntary State Bar Association are politically Democratic controlled. It appears more education is needed next year to fully inform the Senate lawmakers what the House lawmakers already know (it passed there). HB 2221 needs to be passed in order to restore Freedom of Speech Rights, allow better access to Bar records, and reduce the costs of the bloated and broken Arizona Bar.



TEN REASONS WHY ARIZONA SHOULD BE CHANGED TO A
VOLUNTARY BAR MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION

1. Voluntary Bars have a longer successful history than Mandatory Bars.
2. Voluntary Bars tend to have a lower cost.
3. Voluntary Bars have higher ethical standards and results.
4. Voluntary Bars have less conflicts of interest.
5. Voluntary Bars do not lobby for unrelated political issues.
6. Voluntary Bars allow the lawyer the freedom to join.
7. Voluntary Bars do not violate their members’ freedom of speech.
8. Voluntary Bars have programs that entice membership not just to control attorneys.
9. Voluntary Bars also help their members who have personal problems of alcoholism, drug abuse, and mental problems.
10. Voluntary Bars do not place the burden of their costs on taxpayers are run by the donations of attorneys who see its value.
In our opinion, the Arizona Mandatory Bar is illegal because it violates the freedom of speech laws and fails to publicly disclose its decisions.
Source: 10 reasons a voluntary state bar is better than a mandatory bar.
Voluntary bar jurisdictions: Have a longer history than mandatory bar jurisdictions. The so-called integration movement didn’t start until 1913. That’s when the now

THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA IS BROKEN AND DANGEROUS


The attorney Jack Levine (pictured) wrote in the ARIZONA REPUBLIC NEWSPAPER on 12/29/2015 that the
Arizona Bar’s investigation process is wasteful, inefficient, and extravagant. The Arizona Bar investigations result in most cases being whitewashed focusing only on sole practitioners and new attorneys while ignoring egregious ethical violations by large law firms.           
Mr. Levine reports that out of the 3,000 to 4,000 complaints, only 3.5% have any disciplinary sanctions. Those Arizona Bar investigations cost $4 to $5 million per year. Mr. Levine believes the investigatory functions of the Arizona Bar should be turned over to an independent three-member commission which should be staffed by non-lawyers. Finally, Mr. Levine reports that the public has lost confidence in the Arizona Bar because it is being totally run by lawyers who favor lawyers and are over compensated.
We know Jack Levine because he represented us against our bad contractor. He was successful in helping us get paid from the insurance company. We found Mr. Levine very competent with over 50 years of experience. It was interesting that the Arizona Bar resorted in smear tactics against Mr. Levine in the newspaper by the Arizona Bar’s president, Geoffrey Trachtenberg (pictured).

The Arizona Bar was so desperate that it resorted to public character assassination in the newspaper. Mr. Levine had problems with taxes and a previous partner, which resulted in disciplinary actions by the Bar. We
submit that Mr. Levine was a victim of the Arizona Bar’s selective prosecution against its perceived enemies. We see the Arizona Bar plays favorites in its investigations. That is a major reason to eliminate the present Mandatory Bar Association by making it a fairer Voluntary Bar Association.
We take the Arizona Bar president’s rebuttal “with a grain of salt” because Mr. Trachtenberg cannot even tell the truth in his newspaper article. Mr. Trachtenberg stated the Arizona Bar disciplined 51% (383 attorneys) out of the 751 investigations. That was misleading because instruction dismissals and Diversity (class) requirements are not considered Bar disciplinary actions. The actual number of attorneys that received Bar disciplinary action last year was only 156, attorneys which is less than half of the Bar’s numbers at 23% of the 664 investigations. Mr. Trachtenberg clouded and distorted disciplinary numbers which made it appear that the Bar is more effective in disciplining attorneys. This shows you that you cannot believe the Arizona Bar. It cannot report the truth even about the number of disciplinary actions by over half in the Bar’s favor.
The Arizona Bar is a vindictive organization run by overpaid attorneys desperately trying to keep their nonperforming jobs by lying.
Source: ARIZONA REPUBLIC NEWS PAPER: “Arizona State Bar’s Dysfunctional Discipline” 
December 29, 2015
Lawyer: The Arizona State Bar’s investigation process is costly and rarely results in sanctions. There’s a better way. AZCENTRAL.COM
http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2015/12/25/arizona-state-bar-discipline/77850702/
SUMMARY
In the past seven years we had six Bar complaints (two for the same attorney) which involved being attacked and sued four times by our former senior living facility, Sun Grove Resort Village (SGRV).
We had money stolen by one attorney. The SGRV attorney presented false evidence in court, threatened our witnesses, broke trial procedure rules, and had a conflict of interest. That attorney and another attorney sued us again with a foreclosure lawsuit which violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by not properly verifying the debt, not properly serving us, and refusing to delay the Default Hearing when told by our mortgage company the lawsuit was improper. Lastly, we had two attorneys state in a hearing that they purposefully sabotaged our lawsuit, breached their contract, and lied to the court.
Not one of those five attorneys received any disciplinary punishments. In fact, the Bar informed us that it did not even review all of our evidence. The Bar investigator failed to listen to the Fee Arbitration Hearing recording where the attorneys admitted to their Egregious Misconduct.
The Arizona Bar is DANGEROUS.