The average high March temperature in Phoenix, Arizona, is a comfortable 77 degrees. Meanwhile, the Midwest is again blanketed in snow.
Who in the Midwest or eastern United States doesn’t long for the Arizona climate in January, February and March?
At the beginning of this year, the Arizona Supreme Court lowered the requirements for out-of-state lawyers to begin practicing in Arizona.
While in many cases, Arizona requires lawyers to pass the bar exam for admission even if they practiced previously, lawyers admitted by examination in states or jurisdictions maintaining reciprocity agreements with Arizona may apply for admission on motion without taking the bar exam if they have been practicing law for at least three of the five years immediately preceding the application date.
Previously, the requirement was active law practice in a reciprocal state for at least five of the previous seven years. Additionally, several requirements relating to hours spent and income derived from practicing law were eliminated.
These changes will particularly enable young lawyers to move to Arizona more quickly after they have graduated law school in another state. OK, so wait. If a person did not go to law school in Arizona, did not take the Arizona bar exam (demonstrating a knowledge of Arizona laws) and has been working as an attorney for 3 of the last 5 years (what were they doing for the other 2 years?), they can move to Arizona and start things up?
Is this a good idea? Is it good for the people of Arizona? Did you know that an attorney does not have to be licensed to practice law in Arizona to own and operate an Arizona law firm? That’s right. They only need at least one (1) licensed Arizona attorney working there.
Now, our Supreme Court has lowered the bar even more. The next time you need an attorney for anything, you now will have a whole new set of questions to ask.
Did you go to law school in Arizona? Did you take and pass the Arizona bar exam (or some other state)? Are you licensed in Arizona?
How long have you been practicing in Arizona? Be careful here. Arizona has laws that are very particular to Arizona. If your attorney is not familiar with our laws, it could prove fatal to your case. Do the research. Find the right attorney for your case. Look for a real Arizona attorney, not a snowbird lawyer.