Q: What steps does a lawyer need to take to locate a missing client?

A: Lawyers should obtain sufficient locating information from new clients at the inception of the representation to avoid having to withdraw from a case if a client is missing. Ariz. Op. 01-08.



What To Do With Rude Lawyers

When you encounter ethical conduct that is nonetheless boorish, what is your recourse? Read about professionalism and the Peer Review Committee.



Receptionist Can Be Key to Successful Practice

Most lawyers give little thought to the person most involved with the public's perception of their law firm on a day-to-day basis.
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Applicants Inundating AZ Law Schools
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Bar President Exalts Heritage
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Arizona Court of Appeals – Division One

August 22, 2002 - CV 01-0598 - DUWA v. City of Tempe
Did the trial court properly grant summary judgment because a de facto taking of DUWA's property did not occur in this case?
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July 2, 2002 - CR 00-0792 - State v. Meza
Was the suppression of breath test evidence an excessive sanction in response to the Phoenix Crime Lab's prolonged failure to provide court-ordered discovery regarding tests performed on the breath-testing machine?
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9th Circuit Court of Appeals

August 22, 2002 - U.S. v. Pace - No. 01-10458
Venue on wire fraud charges was not proper in Arizona under 1) the "continuing offense" statute (18 U.S.C. section 3237(a)) where the offense did not begin or continue there, nor under 2) the "high seas" statute (18 U.S.C. section 3238) because the offense did not begin in Mexico.
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August 22, 2002 - U.S. v. Culliton - No. 00-10599
Challenged questions prompting allegedly false statements on an FAA medical form were sufficiently confusing, vague and overbroad as to invite selective prosecution.
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