J. Scott Rhodes Appointed by AZ Supreme Court to Attorney Discipline Task Force

8.11.09

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm focused on a variety of practices for corporate clients, is pleased to announce that J. Scott Rhodes, a Member with the firm's Phoenix office as well as General Counsel to the firm, has been appointed by the Supreme Court of the State of Arizona to serve as a Member of its Attorney Discipline Task Force. He will serve as Respondent's Counsel Representative. Rhodes, a Mesa resident, is the only attorney from a large law firm asked to serve on the Task Force.

"I am honored to have been asked to serve as a member of this task force and work alongside some of the most influential legal minds in Arizona," said J. Scott Rhodes. "Working to develop a discipline system that is fair and swift is important not only to the members of this task force and the State Bar, but to the entire Arizona legal community."

Rhodes focuses his practice on legal ethics and the law of lawyering, including attorneys' fees disputes.  He also practices in the areas of energy and utilities law, local government law, and professional corporate governance and structure. Because of Rhodes' reputation and capabilities as a professional responsibility lawyer, Jennings Strouss & Salmon is ranked #1 in the US in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law by Best Lawyers in America® 2010.

The Attorney Discipline Task Force is charged with overhauling the attorney discipline system in Arizona and will design significant changes that will be implemented as early as next year. It has been many years since the Arizona Supreme Court has made significant changes to the attorney discipline system. The Task Force will establish best practices in at least 14 areas, a sampling of which includes: the speed and efficiencies of the intake process for cases at the State Bar, the authority of intake attorneys at the State Bar, the creation of a new judicial position on the Arizona Supreme Court, establishment of volunteer settlement officers, time limits for attorney investigations and judicial decisions, and the creation of a hearing board for attorney disciplinary issues. The Task Force is required to file their amendments to the disciplinary system before the end of 2009.

About the Attorney Discipline Task Force

The Arizona Supreme Court wishes to maintain a fair and impartial discipline system while decreasing the time and cost to process cases, especially those cases that proceed to formal charges. While considerable progress has been made, the Court's goal of processing cases within shorter time frames has not been accomplished. The Court determined that it was time to thoroughly review the attorney discipline system and consider whether significant changes are needed. The Attorney Discipline Task Force was established on July 1, 2009.

About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Jennings Strouss is one of the Southwest's leading law firms, providing legal counsel for more than 65 years through its offices in Phoenix, and Peoria, Arizona, Washington, DC., and Las Vegas, Nevada. The firm's primary industries of practice include energy, health care, real estate, and technology. For additional information please visit www.jsslaw.com or call 602.495.2806.

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