Q: What information needs to be captured on an individual client ledger?

A: A client ledger must include a record of all trust account transactions relating to a particular client and any unexpended balance as well as a description of the transaction and a running balance. Read Rule 43(d)(2)(C).

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



A Parental Lament
Many issues arose when a right to jury trial was guaranteed in Arizona parental termination cases. Here, one judge paints a troubling picture of how that right may be used. Read more.



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Supreme Court Splits on Ten Commandments
Both sides in the church-state debate have something to applaud and attack after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld one Ten Commandments display in Texas and struck down two others in Kentucky. Read more.

Justices Expand Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Doctrine
The Supreme Court expanded its doctrine on the ineffective assistance of counsel, setting aside the death penalty for a man because his lawyers failed to search files on his past convictions for mitigating evidence. Read more.

Democracy Needs Judges Free From Politics
In a published commentary, the State Bar of Arizona President fights for judicial independence and applauds the appointment of Justice Scott Bales. Read more.

Board Finalizes Web Site Publication Policy of Lawyer Discipline
The State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors has approved a final plan on how lawyer discipline information will be displayed on the Bar's Web sites. Read more.

Register Now for Electronic Court Filing
Beginning July 5th, fax noticing by the U.S. District Court of Arizona Clerk's Office will cease. Attorneys must be registered ECF users in order to receive notices. Read more.

AZ Supreme Court Unveils "Good to Great" Strategic Agenda
The Arizona Supreme Court has released "Good to Great: Strategic Agenda for Arizona's Courts, 2005-2010." Read the report.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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June 23, 2005 - SA 05-0061 - Newkirk v. State
Does Derendal require jury trials on allegations of prior convictions? Read opinion.

June 20, 2005 - 2 CA-CV 2004-0209 - Rowland v. Kellogg Brown and Root Inc.
Was a plaintiff's letter to the Clerk's office, which did not comport with the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure pertaining to complaints but did state the basic elements of a personal injury action, sufficient under Arizona's notice pleading scheme to "commence an action" for purposes of the statute of limitations? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
June 6, 2005 - No. 03-16878 - Mothershed v. Justices of Supreme Court, et. al
An out-of state attorney who wishes to practice law in Arizona must comply with the Pro Hac Vice rules or meet all requirements for admission. Read opinion.

June 22, 2005 - No. 04-10041 - US v. Gonzalez
The grant of defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained from a wiretap is affirmed over the government's claim that the district court erred in finding that the wiretap issued failed to meet the statutory necessity requirement. Read opinion.