Ethics Q&A
Q: You send an email to your client to confirm a conversation you've had about an adjustment to the fee you are going to charge the client. Does this satisfy your obligation to confirm the understanding in writing?

A: Most likely, yes. The new ethical rules define a "writing" as including handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photography, audio or video recording and email. Read the new rules.

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.



The Mighty Pen
Five lawyers prevailed in our writing competition. Read more.


All For You
What the Bar Does for You: The new 2004 Guide to Member Services describes all the services and products the Bar offers to help you succeed. The booklet arrives with your copy of the March issue of Arizona Attorney magazine. For an extra copy call 602-340-7293.

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Negotiation, Ethics Workshop
National speaker Ralph Cagle shares techniques, hurdles and challenges of negotiation in this all-day seminar on March 12. More info.

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New Legal Challenges for Same Sex Marriages
Bush backs amendment to ban gay marriages
President Bush backs a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, saying he wants to stop activist judges from changing the definition of the "most enduring human institution." Read more.

California's AG to seek ruling on same-sex unions
California's attorney general plans to ask the state Supreme Court on Friday whether San Francisco's approval of same-sex marriages violates state law. Read more.

AZ Chief Justice: Measures Would Give Legislature More Power
Arizona Chief Justice Charles Jones says he's fighting to maintain the independence of the judiciary. Read more.

Teen Killer's Maturity Needs to be Considered
The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld a young man's murder convictions but said his death sentences cannot stand unless a judge finds he was sufficiently mature when he committed the crimes as a 16-year-old. Read more.

The Expert Witness Guide is Coming!
Need an expert witness? More than 140 expert witnesses in 100+ categories are listed in the 2004 Expert Witness Guide, a special advertising section. Watch for it in the March issue of Arizona Attorney magazine.

Register Now for the Minority Bar Convention
Register Now for the Minority Bar Convention Learn about how to meet the challenges of diversity in the legal system. Attend the 2004 Minority Bar Convention on April 2-3 in Ahwatukee. Read more.

Bench and Bar Welcome at ASU Law Library
With over 400,000 volumes, the Ross-Blakley Law Library at Arizona State University is the largest law library in Maricopa County. The library welcomes members of the bench and bar to use its collections and services. It is the only law library in Maricopa County open on weekends and after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. More info.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two
February 17, 2004 - 2 CA-CR 2003-0001 - State v. Lawrence Brown Jr.
Does Arizona's harassment statute, A.R.S. �13-2921, implicate or violate First Amendment rights to free speech, and did the defendant here have standing to assert vagueness and overbreadth challenges to the statute? Read opinion.

February 12, 2004 - CV 03-0147 - Winters v. AZ Board of Education
Must a nexus or sufficiently rational connection between the off-campus actions of a teacher and his/her fitness to teach be shown before disciplinary action against the teacher may be taken based on such acts? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
February 20, 2004 - No. 00-35887 - Cox v. Boxer
Placement of a Notice of Termination containing stigmatizing information in plaintiff's personnel file, in the face of a state statute mandating release upon request, constituted publication; thus, the lack of an opportunity for a name-clearing hearing violated his due process rights. As the right to a name-clearing hearing was clearly established, defendants were properly denied qualified immunity. Read opinion.

February 19, 2004 - No. 02-50594 - US v. Rodriguez-Gonzales
Because a subsequent commission under 8 U.S.C. section 1325(a) changes the nature of the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony, the prior commission must be charged; since defendant's second illegal entry into the US was not charged as a second violation, the district court properly convicted her of two misdemeanor charges. Read opinion.