Ethics Q&A
Q: I represented a client in setting up a business. Now, he wants me to represent him in his divorce. My hourly rate will be the same. Do I need a new fee agreement?

A: No, but you must notify the client about the changes in writing. See comment [2] to ER 1.5.

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.



Racing to the Lead
New Bar President Chas Wirken is a risk-taker who leads with humor and drive. Read about what drives him. Read article.


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Supreme Court Steps Toward 'Blakely'
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether to resolve the confusion over the constitutionality of the federal sentencing guidelines caused by the Court's Blakely decision. Read more.

'3-Strikes' Drug Law Clarified
The Court of Appeals clarifies Arizona's three-strikes-and-you're-out drug laws. Read more.

Ruling Could Impact AZ Malpractice Cases
A doctor you never met could be held legally responsible for your life and death, according to a recent ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court. Read more.

Bar Enhances Azbar Email Service
You can now get even more storage capacity (for free!) with the Bar's azbar e-mail service. Read more.

Complete Your MCLE Affidavit Online
Avoid late fees and file your 2003-04 MCLE Affidavit online. Read more about MCLE.

Free Web Marketing Guide
Martindale-Hubbell is offering a free marketing guide to help you make the most of the web to expand your practice. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

July 8, 2004 - CR 03-0683- State v. McDermott
Does the word "luggage" in subsection (F) include a fanny pack, and if it does not, is subsection (F) as applied to subsection (A)(1) unconstitutionally vague? Read opinion.

July 12, 2004 - 2 CA-CR 2003-0265 - State v. Viramontes
Does A.R.S. � 13-4032(5) permit the state to appeal from the imposition of a life sentence with a twenty-five-year minimum in a first-degree murder case? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
July 23, 2004 - No. 02-35805 - McDowell v. Calvin Presbyterian Church
Plaintiff may not file Title VII sexual harassment and retaliation claims against a church involving ministerial employment decisions, which are protected under the ministerial exception; however, she may succeed in these claims if she proves a hostile work environment and that she suffered from retaliatory harassment. Read opinion.

July 23, 2004 - No. 99-71524 - Siong v. INS
Plaintiff successfully challenged dismissal of his motion to reopen his deportation proceedings after establishing plausible grounds for relief and, accordingly, demonstrating prejudice from his former counsel's failure to file a timely notice of appeal. Read opinion.