Q: If my client files a bar complaint against me, am I then prohibited from communicating with the client?

A: No. And not communicating with your client would make matters worse. Read ER 1.4.

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



In Control
Lawyers are accustomed to busy practices. But add in the high-stress work of an air-traffic controller, and you'll understand the flight-filled days of one Phoenix attorney. Read more.



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DNA Reliability Questioned
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are sparring over the reliability of DNA evidence. That�s because evidence from criminal cases in Arizona and Florida has been contaminated. Read more.

AZ Supreme Court Clarifies Death Penalty Sentencing
The Arizona Supreme Court clarified ground rules for death penalty cases, ruling that jurors have the obligation to make their own assessments about whether circumstances in death penalty cases are sufficient for leniency. Read more.

Hourly Bill Rates Rise
A new national survey shows billing rates for law firm attorneys jumped last year. And at least one partner now charges $1,000, the first four-figure hourly rate reported to The National Law Journal survey. Read more.

Supreme Court Denies Hamm Bar Admission
The Arizona Supreme Court has denied James Hamm admission to the State Bar of Arizona. Read more.

State Bar Seeks Applicants for Committee Vacancy
The State Bar�s Standing Appointments Committee is currently accepting applications from active and judicial members in good standing to fill a vacancy on the Conflict Case Committee. Read more.

AZ Attorney Creative Arts Competition Accepting Submissions
This year�s Arizona Attorney Creative Arts Competition features expanded categories to showcase more of your talents. Enter by Jan. 20, 2006. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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December 6, 2005 � CV 04-0413 � Davis v. Zlatos
Did certain transfers of cash and property by an elderly person violate Arizona�s Adult Protective Services Act? Read opinion.

November 30, 2005 � 2 CA-CV 2005-0072 � Wilson v. Playa de Serrano
Whether compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, and the Housing for Older Persons Act gives a homeowners� association authority to impose an age- based occupancy restriction on its units absent a valid amendment to its Declaration? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
December 7, 2005 � No. 03-56818 � In re: Cooper Commons
A lender to a bankrupt condominium development may specify that post-petition loans it makes are to be used only for certain purposes. Read opinion.

December 8, 2005 - No. 00-99005, 00-99006 � Fields v. Brown
Grant of writ of habeas corpus in a capital murder case is reversed where alleged juror misconduct involving references to scripture had no substantial or injurious effect on the verdict. Read opinion.