Q: Are mortgage/ refinancing services "law-related services" under ER 5.7?

A: Yes. Read Ethics Op. 06-08.




Immigration Law
Few topics in the past year captured the national stage like immigration. In this article, our author explores alien smuggling along the Arizona-Mexico border. Read more.

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Update on Mandatory Liability Insurance
An entity outside the State Bar has provided some erroneous information regarding professional liability insurance in Arizona. Here is the correct information.

Senate Lifts Freeze on Pay Raises for Federal Judges
The US Senate unanimously approved lifting a freeze on pay increases for federal judges. Read more.



Diversity Task Force Submits Report
The Board of Governors is considering and may vote on a report submitted by the State Bar's Task Force on Diversity in the Legal Profession. Read the report.

LAST CHANCE: Time To Get Creative
Submissions are due by January 17 to the annual Creative Arts Competition at Arizona Attorney magazine. Enter more than one work, and more than one category, no form or cover letter required. Here are the categories and deadline.

Bar Counsel Openings
The State Bar is looking for lawyers who seek meaningful work representing the Bar in all aspects of formal disciplinary proceedings. Read more.

Trial Court Appointments Commissions
The State Bar seeks volunteers for judicial selection commissions/boards and the Conflict Case Committee. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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December 28, 2006 – CV 05-0023-City v. Harnish
Does A.R.S. section 9-511 authorize the City of Phoenix to condemn land outside its territorial boundaries solely for public park purposes? Read opinion.

December 19, 2006 – 1 CA-SA 06-0195 – Robbins v. Darrow/State
In a misdemeanor prosecution under Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) section 28-1381 (2004), is the existence of a prior DUI conviction an element of the offense created by that statute, or instead, is a sentencing enhancer? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

January 5, 2007 – No. 06-50007 – United States v. Jimenez-Ortega
After the decision in U.S. v. Gaudin, 515 U.S. 506 (1995), the materiality of a false statement is one of the factual predicates of an obstruction of justice enhancement under U.S.S.G. section 3C1.1, and the court of appeals must remand where the district court fails to make a finding on this point. Read opinion.

January 3, 2007 – No. 05-50871 – United States v. Silva
A defendant does not have a right to allocute during a limited remand to the district court from a sentencing appeal. Read opinion.






For Better or For Worse
The 17th annual "For Better or For Worse" advanced family law seminar takes place on Friday, Jan. 19, 2007. Read more.



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