But easier said than done. Thanks to a 1933 legislative act, the Arizona State Bar was established as an integrated or “mandatory membership organization, which means that if you wanna practice law here — ya’ gotta’ marry the Bar.
Introduced by Republican Representative John Allen, who also sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the proposed legislation additionally, “establishes the Supreme Court as the entity responsible for licensing attorneys for the practice of law in Arizona.”
According to Bill Raftery at Gavel to Gavel‘s* “First the Arizona House, now the Arizona Senate Judiciary,” HB 2480 is identically worded with a senate version, SB 1414.
However, ‘it don’t make no never mind.’ As it turned out, following its hearing this morning, HB 2480 was discussed and held, which means it’s now deader than dead. And I’m no prognosticating octopus.
But then like a zombie — it’s always possible that until the legislature adjourns for the year the issue could arise as an amendment to another bill.
To his credit, Bentley’s promotional offer differed from one I blogged about two years ago, involving a free divorce offer by a UK law firm. Unlike that ‘deal,’ Bentley was generously picking up costs.
Law practice without law school.
The Bill would amend the Arizona Constitution to prescribe that “The Committee on Character and Fitness may not refuse to recommend a person for admission solely because the person is not a law school graduate.”
So he was unperturbed when it was pointed out that a relaxation of schooling requirements for a state law license would mean fewer academic requirements than current state mandates of 1,300 hours of classroom training to cut hair and 1,600 hours to get a cosmetology license.
“You’re not going to damage anybody’s health by having an unsanitary law practice, although there’s lots of times when you deal with a lawyer that you end up getting your hair cut pretty bad,” he said.______________________________________________________________
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