For years, Arizona legislators have tried to clean up the and protect residents from unethical lawyers and the system that protects them. Now, Rep. Anthony Kern has introduced HB2295 and HB2300 in an effort to improve regulatory layers over the State Bar of Arizona.
From prosecutors that exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to avoid charging corrupt politicians to attorneys who prey on vulnerable clients, the legal profession and many clients have suffered due to the conflict of interests that currently exists.
Kern says the bills come as a reaction to concern over the quasi-government agency, the State Bar of Arizona, acting in two conflicting capacities: protecting the public from its lawyers, while simultaneously promoting the interests of those lawyers.
“These bills resolve the longstanding conflict of interest of the quasi-government organization, the State Bar of Arizona, which licenses lawyers, but also advocates on behalf of lawyer interests,” says Kern. “Neither the public nor lawyers are well served by such a conflict.”