Ethics Q&A
Q: When a lawyer with a conflict leaves a firm, is the firm still disqualified?

A: Only if the remaining lawyers have information regarding the conflict matter. Read Ariz. Op. 95-06.

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 602-340-7284.



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The role of U.S. Attorney has grown since September 11, 2001. This month, we speak with Paul Charlton, the local public face of the U.S. Department of Justice. Read the article.




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AZ Supreme Court Case: When Police Question a Student
The Arizona Supreme Court hears arguments today in a case that could decide the rights of parents to sit in on police interviews. Read more about the case.

County Attorney Advises School Districts

High Court OKs Roadblocks to Collect Crime Tips
The Supreme Court gave police leeway to use random roadblocks to track down criminals. Read more.

Overcrowded Juvenile Center Getting Relief
Maricopa County officials hope a $22 million juvenile detention center in Mesa will ease severe overcrowding of facilities there. Read more.

New Mentor Program Benefits Attorneys and Students
The State Bar of Arizona and its Young Lawyers Division have created a new Mentor Program that matches practicing attorneys with third-year law students. Read more.

Lawyers Needed as Hearing Officers
The Administrative Office of the Courts is seeking volunteer lawyers to serve as hearing officers for several of its certification programs. Read more.

State Bar Partners with Phoenix Magazine
The State Bar is once again partnering with Phoenix Magazine in an effort to promote the legal profession. Don't miss the Jan. 15th deadline to market your firm. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

January 4, 2004 - CV 03-0199 - Magee v. Magee
Did the legislature intend that, in order to be eligible for consideration for an award of attorneys' fees under A.R.S. � 25-324, the applicant must show that he or she is actually unable to pay his or her own fees? Read opinion.

December 23, 2003 - 2 CA-SA 2003-0101 - State v. Amy Lou Henderson
Do A.R.S. � 28-1383(D) and Rule 7.2(b)(1), Ariz. R. Crim. P., require immediate incarceration of a defendant upon a jury's verdict of guilt on aggravated DUI? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

January 6, 2004 - No. 01-35795 - Peterson v. Hewlett-Packard
Plaintiff, discharged for violating defendant's harassment policy and for failing to remove from his cubicle certain postings condemning "gay behavior," failed to raise a triable issue of fact that his termination was on account of his religious beliefs. Read opinion.

January 6, 2004 - No. 02-15215 - Hell's Angels v. McKinley
Because plaintiff had no reasonable expectation of privacy in documents that were the subject of a previous lawful seizure, the lack of notice and opportunity to contest the subpoena and defendant's subsequent search of these documents resulted in no constitutional deprivation. Read opinion.