Q: May an attorney representing a client in settlement of a lawsuit give the client�s spouse legal advice about waiving any right in a release?

A: No, unless the client and spouse both agree to joint representation and waive the potential conflict. Read Ethics Opinion 05-07.

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



Target Practice
Sandra Froman�s busy Tucson practice got even more rapid-fire when she took on the presidency of the National Rifle Association. Read more.



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State Bar Opposes Hamm�s Effort to Become Lawyer
A man convicted of first-degree murder 30 years ago stood before the Arizona Supreme Court on Monday to argue why he should be allowed to practice law. Read more.

High Court Pick May Be Way To Avoid Fight
If President Bush's goal is to shift the Supreme Court in a more conservative direction, his nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers signaled a desire to do so as quietly as possible. Read more.

In-House Attorneys Become IT Gatekeepers
When it comes to e-discovery, many in-house counsel still find themselves in over their heads. Read more.

Volunteers Needed for Bankruptcy Phone Bank
Bankruptcy attorneys are needed to participate in the State Bar�s bankruptcy law phone bank on Oct. 13th. Read more.

AZ Lawyers Continue To Help Katrina Victims
While Katrina victims have been moved out of the coliseum and off the front page news, Arizona lawyers continue to help them, contributing more than 400 hours of their time and expertise. Read more.

Casa Grande Hosts Public Hearing on Judicial Performance Review
The state panel considering changes to judicial performance review has scheduled a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 12-2 p.m. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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September 22, 2005 � MH 05-0007 � MH2004-001987
Can telephonic testimony be permitted in a civil commitment proceeding? Read opinion.

September 22, 2005 � 2 CA-JV 2004-0065 � Willie G. and Bonnie H. v. ADES
Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, is Arizona the home state of a child whose family was moving to another state when the state filed a dependency petition? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
September 21, 2005 � No. 03-17224 - Glenbrook Homeowners Assn. v. Tahoe Regional Planning Assn.
In a dispute concerning a proposed pier project, the district court erred in finding that the owners of defendant's parcels, pursuant to various deeds, have a right of access to plaintiff's Community Pier. Read opinion.

September 23, 2005 � No. 04-30202 � U.S. v. Dare
Defendant's sentence for discharging a firearm is affirmed where the imposition of the sentence through judicial factfinding utilizing a preponderance of the evidence standard did not violate the Sixth Amendment. Read opinion.