The oath of citizenship has become a hot button issue for Arizona.
Lawyers who are seeking to represent criminal defendants in court are required to take the oath, which is meant to ensure that they are not agents of government or agents of their clients.
Some states, including New York and New Jersey, have changed the oath requirement to require lawyers to swear to uphold the Constitution and the law, but the oath remains a controversial issue in Arizona.
On Thursday, Arizona lawmakers approved legislation that would require lawyers who represent criminal clients to swear that they will uphold the constitution and the laws of the state, and not to “engage in any political activity or activity to benefit the government.”
The legislation passed the state Senate by a vote of 25-12, and Gov.
Doug Ducey signed it into law.
“The oath of attorney-client privilege is one of the cornerstone principles of our justice system and it should be respected,” Duceys office said in a statement.
“Arizona is proud to have attorneys who defend our citizens with integrity and integrity is what we expect our attorneys to do.”
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office said it was “committed to upholding the integrity of our attorneys and to defending our laws.”
“The Arizona Attorney-Client Privilege is a critical component of our system of law,” the office said.
“It protects attorneys from political interference by government officials.
It allows our attorneys the ability to serve their clients with dignity and respect, without fear of retribution.”
The office said that in addition to taking the oath of the privilege, lawyers should sign a “Declaration of Ethical Duty,” which includes statements that “do not directly advocate or otherwise express an opinion contrary to the State of Arizona’s laws or the Constitution.”
The statement also includes “statement of intent” that “does not directly express an opposition to or a personal attack on any government agency or individual.”
Lawyers who take the Oath are not required to have any political or advocacy experience, the Arizona Attorney Generals Office said.
It said the state has a law in place that requires lawyers to take oaths of office before being sworn to the bar.
Lawyers are also required to report their political views, including “political affiliation” and the number of times they have “admitted or denied” they have been affiliated with a political party or candidate.
A spokesperson for Duceyd said that the attorney general’s office does not support or condone the political activities of lawyers, and that the oath should be taken by the attorney-general.
“This is not the attorney of the people or the attorney for the people,” Daley said, “this is the attorney representing the state of Arizona, and we will not allow this to happen.”
Lawyer advocates say the law is an effort to “perpetuate the status quo” by restricting lawyers from participating in political activities.
They say it is discriminatory because it prevents lawyers from exercising their constitutional rights to free speech, association and association.
“They are trying to limit the role of the attorney to represent the state and it is an absolute violation of the First Amendment,” said Robert Hausman, a lawyer with the American Bar Association’s Arizona Legal Foundation.
“If a law that prevents attorneys from practicing their profession is constitutional, it should not be allowed to be enacted.
The right to speech and association are very important for the protection of free speech and the protection against government intrusion into that right.”
Some law professors, however, say that the law violates the right to due process.
“What’s at stake is the right of the lawyer to be able to express their views,” said Daniel L. Drezner, a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School.
“I think the law that protects a lawyer from doing that is a violation of due process.”
Drezners opinion, “Political and Political Professions in the Phoenix Bar: A Critical Examination,” was published online by the Center for American Progress on April 26.