Q: Under ER 7.1, as amended in 2003, is it ethical for a lawyer to advertise that the lawyer is listed in The Best Lawyers in America?

A: Yes, as long as the advertisement is truthful and includes the year and specialty for the listing. Read Opinion 05-03.

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



Mandatory Arbitration Views
A recent survey of Arizona lawyers provides a window into strong feelings on court-connected arbitration. Read more.



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Lawyers leave firms, merge firms and dissolve firms. Learn what you need to know to be ethical and practical in this 3-hour seminar on August 11, 2005. Read more.

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Poll: Americans Support Separation of Powers
At a time when tensions are high among the branches of government, a new ABA poll shows most Americans strongly support the constitutional separation of powers. Read more.
Justice O'Connor to Lead Education Effort

Salesman's Bad Rap Can Bring Lawsuit
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that when a sales rep dumps on his competitors when talking with customers, the company he represents can be sued. Read more.

Secret Deal Dooms Death Sentence as 9th Circuit Grants Habeas Relief
The 9th Circuit has again cracked down on a secret deal used to prosecute a death penalty case. Read more.

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State Bar Report Evaluates Courthouse Accessibility
The State Bar's Committee on Persons with Disabilities in the Legal Profession has issued a report that evaluates 39 courthouses statewide. Read more.

2005 MCLE Affidavit Form Now Online
The deadline to file your MCLE affidavit is fast approaching. The 2004-05 online filing form is now available. Read more.


Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

August 4, 2005 - CR 03-0573 - State v. Parks Can an excited utterance be testimonial under Crawford v. Washing, 541 U.S. 36 (2004)? Read opinion.

August 4, 2005 - SA 05-0089 - Lana A. v. State
May a juvenile be subject to predisposition detention when the juvenile was not afforded the right to counsel at her initial incorrigibility hearing? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
August 2, 2005 - No. 04-15228 - Sanchez v. Johnson
Developmentally disabled recipients of Medicaid funds and their service providers do not have a private right of action against state officials to compel the enforcement of a federal law governing state disbursement of such funds. Read opinion.

August 3, 2005 - No. 04-30134 - US v. Stafford
Defendant's sentence for unlawful possession of a firearm is remanded to permit the district court to consider whether it would have imposed a different sentence under the advisory, rather than mandatory, US Sentencing Guidelines. Read opinion.