Q: If my client files a bar complaint against me but doesn�t fire me, do I have to terminate representation?

A: Not necessarily, but the client�s bar complaint could create a concurrent conflict of interest. Read ER 1.7.

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



Fun With Rule 1
A rumination on the very first rule of Civil Procedure, "the quiet rule, one not much talked about." But it could help you in court. Read more.



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9th Circuit Vents at Immigration Panel
A 9th Circuit panel castigated unscrupulous lawyers and a sloppy administrative panel in a case in which a Mexican immigrant didn't even know who his lawyer was but was still told to leave the country. Read more.

TV's Pitchmen in Pinstripe Suits
Consumers looking for a lawyer, especially one who specializes in personal injury or criminal defense, don't have to leave their easy chair. Read more.

O'Connor Fires Back on Judicial Independence
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's recent speech to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers was a rip-snorting defense of judicial independence. Read more.

Professionalism Language Changed
The State Bar filed an amended Rule petition that proposes new language in both the proposed rule and comment regarding a lawyer�s professional conduct. We will let you know when the Supreme Court sets dates to begin public comment on the petition. Read the Amended Petition.

Save the Date � 2006 State Bar Convention
The 2006 annual State Bar Convention takes place June 14-17 and will be held at the newly-expanded Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix. Mark your calendars now!

Enter the AZ Attorney Creative Arts Competition
State Bar members are invited to participate in the 2006 Arizona Attorney Creative Arts Competition. We have expanded the categories this year to showcase more of your talents. Submissions are due Jan. 20, 2006. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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November 17, 2005 � SA 05-0183 � P&P Mehta v. Ariz DLC
When A.R.S. � 12-911(A)(1) states that a stay of an administrative agency's decision may be obtained upon a showing of "good cause," what does good cause mean? Read opinion.

November 2, 2005 � 2 CA-CV 2005-0060 � Tissicino/Nielson v. Peterson
Is the plaintiff in a wrongful death action based on negligent entrustment required to establish the defendant owned the entrusted gun, rather than simply had the right to control it? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
November 18, 2005 � No. 03-57052, 04-55410, 03-57234 - 20th Century Fox v. Entertainment Distributing
Judgment for plaintiff finding that defendant infringed protected copyrights involving Dwight Eisenhower's memoirs and the subsequent award of attorneys' fees and costs are affirmed where there was no error in the district court's finding of infringement and no abuse of discretion in its award of fees and costs. Read opinion.

November 18, 2005 � No. 03-57164 � In re: Thomas
Bankruptcy Appellate Panel decision reversing the bankruptcy court's finding that defendant had fraudulently transferred a condominium to his mother prior to filing for bankruptcy is vacated where the panel erred in excluding from its review the relevant findings supporting the bankruptcy court�s judgment. Read opinion.