Ethics Q&A
Q: Upon termination, must you give the client your legal research?

A: Yes. The new ER 1.16(d), effective December 1, requires that you ordinarily give the client your legal research when turning over the file. Read more.

Need ethics advice? Members of the State Bar can get free ethics advice concerning their own prospective conduct by calling the State Bar's Ethics Hotline at 602-340-7248.

Closing Argument Ethics

The ethics rules have changed. How do the new rules affect what you say in closing arguments? Read the article.


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Arizona Jurors Not Shying Away From Death Sentences
Arizona juries are sending defendants to death row at a much faster pace than the judges they replaced a year ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the state's death-penalty sentencing method. Read more.

Lawyers, Guns and Money
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the federal government cannot prosecute an Arizona man who assembled and kept a machine gun at his home, though he never bought or sold it. Read more.

Tucson Prayer Group Can Use City Facilities, Court Rules
In a case that started in Tucson, A federal judge says National Day of Prayer events on city property should be treated like those of other groups. Read more.

Teresa J. Schmid Named State Bar Executive Director
The State Bar of Arizona's Board of Governors has hired attorney Teresa J. Schmid to serve as Executive Director of the State Bar. Read more.

Lawyers to Help Arizona Nonprofits
The State Bar is hosting a meeting tomorrow in Tucson between lawyers and Southern Arizona community-based nonprofit organizations in need of free legal assistance. Read more.

Foundation Seeks Board Members
The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education is accepting applications for members of its Board of Directors. The Foundation’s mission is to promote justice for the people of Arizona. Apply by Dec. 19, 2003. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

November 6, 2003 - CR 02-0519 - State v. Maldonado
Must the number of jurors be decided at the outset of the trial upon a calculation of the maximum authorized sentence faced by the defendant? Read opinion.

November 10, 2003 - 2 CA-MH 0002-SP - Commitment of Olin Gene Taylor
Does the term "civil commitment proceedings" in A.R.S. � 36-3701(6)(b) include proceedings pursuant to Arizona's Sexually Violent Persons Act? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

November 12, 2003 - No. 02-10530 - US v. Grajeda-Ramirez
Sentence affirmed where a violation of Colorado's reckless vehicular assault statute, Colo. Rev. Stat. section 18-3-205(1)(a), is a predicate crime of violence for the purposes of the sentencing guidelines. Read opinion.

November 12, 2003 - No. 02-71640 - Reyes v. Ashcroft
Petition for review of an order denying plaintiff's motion to reopen deportation proceedings is denied where the IJ did not abuse his discretion by denying the motion to reopen based on plaintiff's failure to satisfy Lozada's important affidavit requirement. Read opinion.