Q: I'm co-counsel on a case, but I haven't taken an active role in the litigation. Can I still share the fee?

A: Lawyers from different law firms can share fees under certain circumstances, including that each lawyer assumes joint responsibility. See ER 1.5(e) and Ethics Op. 04-02.




Competition Winner
Read the winner in the Nonfiction category of our 2007 Creative Arts Competition, written by Kathleen M. Mucerino. Read more.

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Identity Theft Scam Linked to Jury Duty
Yuma County residents are warned not to give personal information over the phone if called for jury duty. Read more.

Navajo Nation in Jail Space Crisis
The Navajo Nation has closed the Chinle Adult Detention Center because of safety concerns, and some tribal leaders are worried about finding housing for inmates in an already crowded system. Read more.

California Justices Give Employees a Break on Wage Claims
Employers got a rude surprise Monday when the California Supreme Court gave overworked employees more time to seek compensation for missed meal and rest breaks. Read more.



Meet the Board of Governors Candidates
Nine candidates are vying for seven seats on the State Bar's Board of Governors. Read more.

Membership Directory Ads Due May 31st
If you would like to receive more referrals from other attorneys, consider advertising in the State Bar's 2007-2008 Membership Directory. Directories are mailed to more than 13,000 active attorneys in Arizona. Read more.

Last Call For Award Nominations
May 1st is the nomination deadline for the annual Hon. John R. Sticht Excellence in Disabilities Accessibility Awards. One private and one public legal employer will be honored. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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April 12, 2007 – CV 06-0477 – Lopez v. Cole
Can a minor pursue a claim for medical expenses without his parents' consent? Can a parent consent to a minor pursuing a claim for medical expenses by waiver? Read opinion.

April 12, 2007 – 2 CA-CR 2006-0002 – State v. Wright
Did the trial court improperly exclude defendant's psychiatric expert witness testimony offered to rebut the mental state element of the offense in violation of his due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Supreme Court's holding in Clark v. Arizona, __ U.S. __, 125 S. Ct. 2709 (2006)? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

April 12, 2007 – No. 05-55605 – Rudolph Int'l, Inc. v. Realys, Inc.
In a trademark infringement dispute between two manufacturers and sellers of abrasive nail files and related products, summary judgment for defendant is affirmed where the district court correctly held that the mark "disinfectable" is generic in the parties' line of business and cannot be the subject of trademark protection. Read opinion.

April 11, 2007 – No. 06-35021 – United States v. Gamba
Where the decision is one of trial tactics or legal strategy, defense counsel may waive a criminal defendant's right to have an Article III judge preside over closing argument without the defendant's personal, informed consent. Read opinion.







Closing the Deal
Selling, appraising, disputes and more are all covered in this all-day seminar on Friday, April 20th. Read more.


The Complete Lawyer
This issue of TCL examines diversity, and its impact on the economics of individuals, firms, corporations or whole communities. Read more.


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