Q: Do the ethics rules require a lawyer to always report ethics violations by another lawyer?

A: No. Lawyers are only required to report violations that raise "a substantial question" as to the other lawyer's "honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects." If client confidences must be revealed to report the violation, a lawyer only may report the violation with the consent of the client. Read ER 8.3(a) and (c).



Rating the Judges
One important part of judicial merit selection is the performance review that jurists must endure. Dr. Margaret Kenski, Chair of the JPR Commission, gave us insight into the process. Read more.



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O'Connor Blasts Moves to Alter Judicial Selection
Recently retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor harshly criticized moves in the Legislature to alter the way judges are selected in Arizona. Read more.

Stand Up For Fair Courts - Lawyers Toolkit

As Courthouse Crumbles, Pinal Scrambles to Save It The 115-year-old Pinal County Courthouse is showing its age and facing a questionable future as brick walls disintegrate. Read more.

New York Bar Urges Attorney Ad Guidelines
Concerned that many attorneys are cavalierly ignoring the rules on lawyer advertising, the New York State Bar Association is calling for statewide court-monitored oversight. Read more.



Web Discipline Verification Period Ends Today
State Bar members have a one-time opportunity to privately review their online discipline record and verify the accuracy of the information before it is made public on the Bar's Web Sites. Read more.

Client Protection Fund Limits Increased
The State Bar Board of Governors increased the limits the Client Protection Fund may pay out in claims against lawyers who steal money from clients. Read more.

Minority Bar Convention Set for April 7-8th
"Back to the Basics" is the theme for the 2006 Minority Bar Convention. Sign up by March 1 to take advantage of the early registration discount. Read more.


Arizona Court of Appeals – Division One

January 26, 2006 – CV 05-0196 – In Re: Consolidated Zicam
Did the trial court err in granting the non-resident defendants' motion to dismiss the complaints against them for lack of personal jurisdiction? Read opinion.

January 31, 2006 – 2 CA-CR 2004-0419 – State v. Guillermo Camacho Urquidez
Does Blakely v. Washington require a jury determination that two offenses represent separate acts for purposes of A.R.S. � 13-116 before a trial court may impose consecutive sentences for those offenses? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

February 2, 2006 – No. 05-10073 – U.S. v. Ye
Petition for a writ of mandamus challenging a discovery order involving pretrial depositions of government witnesses in a prosecution for possession of stolen trade secrets is granted where the Bauman factors weighed strongly in favor of granting such relief. Bauman v. U.S. Dist. Court, 557 F.2d 650 (9th Cir. 1977). Read opinion.

February 1, 2006 – No. 04-17338 – Goldyn v. Hayes
Denial of a petition for habeas relief from a conviction for drawing and passing checks with insufficient funds on deposit is reversed where defendant couldn't have written bad checks since her bank was obligated to cover her checks pursuant to a check guarantee card. Read opinion.




Thomas Jefferson Back By Popular Demand!
At this 3-hour program on February 16, Dr. Clay Jenkinson portrays Jefferson and compares the ethical issues lawyers face today with those faced 200 years ago. Read more.



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