Ethics Q&A
Q: What must a lawyer seek from client(s) in order to avoid engaging in an impermissible concurrent conflict of interest?

A: Informed consent, confirmed in writing. Read ER 1.0(b) and (e), and ER 1.7(b).

Need ethics advice? Call the State Bar's Ethics Hotline at 602-340-7284.



Taking the Fifth
A judge explains what that term means and how it interacts with other rights. Read the article.


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Appeals Court Limits Bankruptcy Tactic
It was an ugly divorce that dragged on for years, but it led to an Appeals Court decision that said an ex-spouse can't declare bankruptcy to escape an unfavorable divorce settlement. Read more.

ABA Panel to Change Rules on Gifts for Judges
For the first time in 15 years, a panel is working to overhaul rules on gifts for judges. Read more.

Feds, State OK Deal on Juvenile Reforms
Arizona has reached an agreement to reform its Department of Juvenile Corrections. This comes after a federal investigation revealed abuse, poor suicide prevention and other problems in three of the agency's facilities. Read more.

Order Legal Economic Report Now!
The State Bar's new report, Economics of Law Practice in Arizona 2004, details attorney net income, hourly billing rates, and salaries for associates, paralegals and more. Read more.

Law-Related Positions Provide Chance to Volunteer
Interested in being a part of the process to select Arizona's judicial members or serving the Native American community? These and other professional activities are open to State Bar members. Read more.

Find Expert Witnesses, Professional Services Online
The State Bar has redesigned its online yellow pages, so you can more easily find expert witnesses and other professionals who serve Arizona law firms. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

September 14, 2004 - CV 03-0422 0 McHatton v. Ribeiro
Can an owner of two payable on death accounts, who failed to comply with these statutory requirements, could revoke the payable on death designation by executing a declaration of trust, declaring herself trustee of the accounts and assigning the accounts to her trust? Read opinion.

September 14, 2004 - 2 CA-CR 2002-0202 - State v. Chavez
Does driving under the influence of intoxicants constitute a breach of the peace for purposes of a citizen's arrest pursuant to A.R.S. � 13-3884(1)? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

September 1, 2004 - No. 03-15423 - Cholla Ready Mix v. Mendez
The Establishment Clause does not bar the government from protecting an historically and culturally important site simply because the site's importance derives at least in part from its sacredness to certain groups. Read opinion.

August 25, 2004 - No. 03-15629 - In Re: Gerald North
The court upheld an Arizona federal district court rule that limits federal bar membership to lawyers who are active members of the State Bar of Arizona. Read opinion.