The Arizona Daily Star interviewed me recently regarding my successful representation of multiple property owners whose property the City of Tucson condemned using eminent domain for the Downtown Links project:
Wallethub has published a study identifying the best-run cities in America, and the City of Tucson ranks 43rd by one of their metrics. That ranking includes a combined measure of "overall city services" and "total budget per capita." Tucson is ranked 99th out of 150 cites in the former and 29th out of 150 cities in the latter, which creates the composite score of 43rd best-run city out of 150 largish cities studied.
It should be noted, however, that Tucson falls almost into the bottom third (99th our of 150) of ranked cities using Wallethub's detailed breakdown by city, which accounts for financial stability (88th), education (114th), health (82nd), safety (109th), the economy (117th), and infrastructure and pollution (47th).
Looking at Tucson's performance in the subcategories, it seems like this city is doing well at spending a large amount of money per capita, improving infrastructure, and addressing pollution. Tucson is not doing as well at being financially stable, providing health care, safety, and education, or addressing the overall economy.
This is an interesting study that provides a detailed look at the City of Tucson's overall performance relative to other cities in the United States. It definitely highlights areas the city could improve with more focus and leadership.
This May, the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of Arizona certified me as a specialist in real estate law. Certification requires admission to practice for at least seven years, substantial legal practice in the area of real estate for a period of five years, the Board's recommendation after application and references, and passing an examination, which I took and passed in April. I am proud to have met these rigorous standards.
The State Bar of Arizona currently lists 72 board-certified-real-estate-law specialists in the State of Arizona, and only 15 of those have primary offices in Pima County. If you are looking for help resolving a real estate related legal issue, I highly recommend you seek the advice of one of those specialists. The specialist certification is the only designation the State Bar of Arizona grants to certify a particular lawyer practices mainly within one area of the law.
Finding time to accumulate 15 hours of continuing legal education credit is sometimes harder than it sounds. Many CLE courses are two or three hours only or held in inconvenient locations. Add in the basic aridity common to all work-related seminars, and it is no wonder most lawyers are not overenthusiastic regarding this yearly requirement.
Fortunately, this need not be so for condemnation lawyers. We have been fortunate to have dedicated eminent domain lawyers throughout the state who are willing to put on a six-and-a-half hour conference packed with focused eminent-domain-specific content. This is known as the Condemnation Summit, held twice a year.
I will be attending the Condemnation Summit on May 15th to make sure I stay on top of the developing trends in eminent domain law. Since it is a conference for right-of-way professionals and appraisers as well as attorneys, it is always a great place to gain a perspective on how all aspects of government takings work.
KVOA News 4 Tucson interviewed Carl Sammartino, owner of Sammartino Law Group, P.L.L.C., regarding one of his current cases.