Q: A law school classmate who practices in another state referred an Arizona case to me, and now wants me to pay him a referral fee, which is okay in his state. Can I?

A: No. Arizona forbids lawyers giving "anything of value to a person for recommending the lawyer's services..." Read ER 7.2(b).




Prisons and
Law School

Our columnist muses on overcrowding in California prisons—and admissions strategies for law school that can help remedy the problem. Read more.

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Courts to Release Trial Tapes Online
The federal judiciary has approved a pilot program that will allow the public to download free audio recordings of court proceedings over the Internet. Read more.

A New Headache for Courts: Blogging Jurors
A New Hampshire case has raised the issue of juror blogging, which legal experts said may soon become a regular part of voir dire and jury instructions. Read more.

Domestic Violence Court Grant Lacks Funds for Defense
The future of Pima County's new Domestic Violence Court could be in jeopardy just days before its opening session because the grant that funds it doesn't include money for defense attorneys. Read more.



Bar Cards Delayed, Out Soon
The first batch of 2007 Bar cards was just mailed. The State Bar apologizes for the delay, and here's the explanation.

Four Justice Courts Relocate in East Valley
This week, four Southeast Valley Justice of the Peace courts will relocate to the new county courthouse in Chandler, which opens as the "San Tan Regional Court Center" on March 26. Read more.

Volunteer Opportunities for Attorneys
The State Bar is seeking volunteers to serve on the ABA House of Delegates and Client Protection Fund Board of Trustees. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One
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March 13, 2007 – CV 06-0240 – Stewart v. Carroll
Does A.R.S. � 21-202(C), which allows potential jurors 75 or older to opt-out of jury service, violate the due process and fair jury trial rights guaranteed by the Arizona Constitution? Read opinion.

March 15, 2007 – 2 CA-CV 2006-0164 – Allstate Indemnity Co. v. Ridgely
Did the trial court err when, relying on the "sham affidavit rule," it refused to consider on summary judgment deposition testimony that contradicted the deponent's prior sworn statement? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

March 13, 2007 – No. 05-16650 – Summers v. Schriro
In the context of a petition for federal habeas corpus brought under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA), is an "of-right proceeding," which is available under Arizona Rule of Criminal Procedure 32 to criminal defendants who plead guilty, a form of "direct review" under applicable law for purposes of delaying the start of the running of the statute of limitations. Read opinion.

March 14, 2007 – No. 06-15886, 06-72515, In re: Napster, Inc. Copyright Lit.
In a civil case in which outright disclosure of attorney-client communications is sought under the crime-fraud exception: 1) both parties have a right to present evidence to the district court; and 2) the party seeking disclosure must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the exception applies. Read opinion.






MVD Rules and Policies
Hot MVD topics discussed by experts at a full-day seminar on Friday, March 23. Read more.




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