Q: I'm worried about making an error on my trust account and then having a bar investigation. Can I keep a cushion of my own money in the account just in case?

A: No. ER 1.15(b) allows you to deposit enough of your own money "for the sole purpose of paying bank service charges." Read ER 1.15(b).




Surviving Law Practice
We've heard a lot about professionalism, but what about "surviving" the practice of law? In this article, an experienced attorney examines the profession's many pitfalls. Read more.

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New Instructions Make Yuma Court Computers Easier to Use
Courthouse patrons should be able to more easily use the public-access computers in the Superior Court clerk's office now that instructions are available. Read more.

Supreme Court Rules Against 2-time Killer on Arizona Death Row
The Supreme Court ruled against a death row inmate Monday who directed his lawyer not to present evidence that could spare him, then argued on appeal that the attorney was ineffective. Read more.

How Small Firms Are Managing $160,000 Salaries
Some small firms have matched the $160,000 associate pay of large firms, but attempting to cover the cost through higher billing rates or more billed hours could erode the smaller firms' competitive advantages. Read more.



Final Week to Complete Economics of Law Practice Survey
Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey and enter your name in the drawing for a free registration for the 2007 State Bar Convention. Read more.

Board Votes to Oppose Admission on Motion
The Board of Governors has voted to oppose a member's petition, filed with the Arizona Supreme Court, that would allow admission on motion in Arizona. Read more.

Bar Representatives Visit Capitol Hill
Representatives from the State Bar recently visited with Arizona legislators to discuss adequate compensation for federal judges, the Attorney-Client Protection Act of 2007 and other issues facing the legal profession. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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May 8, 2007 – CV 05-0444 – Brookover v. Roberts Enterprises
Is a livestock owner liable to a motorist injured when cattle strayed from unfenced pasture onto the roadway in open range territory? Read opinion.

May 9, 2007 – 2 CA-CV 2006-0155 – Cohen v. Frey
Did the trial court properly dismiss former wife's partition complaint when the decree dissolving the parties' marriage permitted husband to "live in the residence for a period of indefinite duration?" Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

May 11, 2007 – No. 05-55201 – Massachi v. Astrue
In light of the requirements of Social Security Ruling (SSR) 00-4p, an administrative law judge may not rely on the testimony of a vocational expert regarding the requirements of a particular job without first inquiring whether that expert's testimony conflicts with the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Read opinion.

May 10, 2007 – No. 05-15630 – Ass'n of Am. Physicians & Surgeons v. Brewer
In a suit brought against Arizona and officials challenging the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Act, an appeal from dismissal for failure to state a cause of action is dismissed as moot where: 1) one plaintiff, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, had terminated its political action committee (PAC) after judgment; and 2) none of candidate plaintiffs raised a live controversy. Read opinion.






Experts Discuss Advanced Probate
Learn about the latest case law developments affecting the probate law in this all-day seminar on Thurs., May 24th. Read more.


The Complete Lawyer
This edition of The Complete Lawyer looks at leadership: What is it? Who has it? Can it be taught and learned? Read more.


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