Q: Can I use a trade name for my law firm?
A: Not in Arizona. Read ER 7.5(a).




Arizona Capital Sentencing
Jurors considering the ultimate penalty need all the guidance they can get. But an opinion of the Arizona Supreme Court may make their job more difficult. Read more.

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AZ Court: Officials' Personal E-mails Not Public Record
A court says government officials' personal e-mails don't have to be disclosed under Arizona's public records law even if kept on a taxpayer-supported computer. Read more.

Debate Intensifies Over Presidential Signing Statements
Debate is gaining momentum over President Bush's frequent use of statements to signal that he might not enforce bills he has. Most recently the American Bar Association approved a strongly worded resolution opposing the "misuse" of those statements. Read more.

Diane Johnsen Named to Appeals Court
Veteran Phoenix attorney Diane Johnsen has been appointed as a judge on the state Court of Appeals division in Phoenix. Read more.



Board to Consider Discipline Rule Changes
The State Bar of Arizona's Discipline Oversight Committee is proposing changes to the Rules that govern the handling of lawyer discipline cases and to the Rules establishing the standards for maintaining proper lawyer trust accounts. Read more.

State Bar "Wills for Heroes" Program Receives National Honor
A State Bar of Arizona program that provides free wills to emergency personnel in Arizona has received first place in the ABA Young Lawyers Division "Service to the Public" award. Read more.

ADVANCING THE PROFESSION
Become A State Bar Board Certified Specialist!
Apply now and tout your expertise by becoming a Board Certified Specialist. Attorneys are certified in eight practice areas. You may already meet the certification requirements. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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August 10, 2006 – IC 05-0069 – Gamez v. Industrial Commission
In a case with conflicting medical evidence, did the administrative law judge err in denying benefits? Read opinion.

August 16, 2006 – 2 CA-SA 2006-0048 – Denise S., Carlos C. v. State
When does a juvenile have notice that a delinquency case has been assigned to a particular judge and that the five-day period for filing a notice of change of judge under the juvenile rules has begun? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

August 17, 2006 – No. 05-30134 – US v. Hartz
A conviction for conspiracy, interference with commerce by robbery, use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm is affirmed over claims of error regarding: 1) admission of evidence; 2) jury instruction; and 3) sufficiency of the evidence. Read opinion.

August 15, 2006 – No. 04-17517 – Taylor v. Lewis
In a habeas case, it was not an unreasonable application of federal constitutional law for a California state court to decide that a "three strikes" sentence of 25 years to life for possessing 0.036 grams of cocaine did not violate the Eighth Amendment. Read opinion.






Law and Order
Join the experts in discussing the ethics rules illustrated by popular television clips from Law and Order and Boston Legal at this 3-hour seminar on Friday, August 25. Read more.



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