Ethics Q&A
Q: Is it unethical for a lawyer to engage in sexual relations with a client?

A: Yes, unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship began. See ER 1.8(j).

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



Family Matters Most
For as long as anyone can remember, Rosa Mroz has been even-tempered and valued for her opinions. It's a good things she was appointed a judge. Read the article.


Client Information Brochures
Communicating effectively with your clients is important. The Bar offers a variety of public information brochures designed to help your clients understand specific areas of law. Order form.


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Major Changes to Civil RAJIs
Civil attorneys will want to learn the new instructions for many areas of law and means of simplifying them at this half-day program on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005. Seminar info.

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Court Offers Help with Bankruptcy
The U.S. District Bankruptcy Court in Arizona is offering more help to people who file for bankruptcy protection. Read more.

Chief Justice Jones Addresses Legislature
In a speech to the legislature, Chief Justice Jones says conservative lawmakers appear to be moving to undermine an independent judicial system. Read more.

9th Circuit: No Forcing Therapy on Sex Offender
A 9th Circuit opinion could make it harder to force convicted sex offenders into some forms of state-mandated therapy. Read more.

Nominate Your Colleagues for State Bar Awards
The State Bar of Arizona is soliciting nominations for awards to be given at the annual convention in June. Nominations are due March 21, 2005. Read more.

Conflict Case Committee Seeks Volunteers
The State Bar Appointments Committee is currently accepting applications from active and judicial members in good standing to fill vacancies on the Conflict Case Committee. Deadline to apply is March 4, 2005. Read more.

Save the Date
The State Bar's 2005 Convention takes place June 15-18 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, and will feature 40 seminars, a gala honoring Chief Justice Charles Jones and Burr Udall and other surprises! Stay tuned for more information.

 

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

February 3, 2005 - TX 03-0006 - Baker v. ADOR
Did the alternative fuel statutes enacted in December 2000 violate the contracts clauses of either the United States or Arizona Constitution or, alternatively, deprive plaintiffs of due process? Read opinion.

January 28, 2005 - 2 CA-CV 2004-0052 - Kelley v. Abdo, Cobre Valley Community Hospital
In a medical malpractice action, was cross-examining a witness about her current religious beliefs improper after she had mentioned her past religious affiliation on direct examination and the nature of those beliefs was not probative of any legal issue in the case? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

February 1, 2005 - No. 03-35608 - Prison Legal News v. Lehman
The Washington Department of Corrections' ban on non-subscription bulk mail and catalogs is not rationally related to a legitimate penological interest, and is therefore unconstitutional. Read opinion.

February 2, 2005 - No. 04-15751 - Anderson v. Alameida
Denial of plaintiff's habeas corpus writ is affirmed over his challenge that his trial attorney's failure to argue for the exclusion of his car-ride confession was a violation of his Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Read opinion.