Q: Do I have a duty to communicate with my criminal-defense client's family and friends?

A. No. Read Ethics Op. 07-01.




Convention Highlights
Find out who won some of the Bar's most prestigious awards at this year's convention. Read more.

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Federal Judge Blocks New Immigrant Hiring Rules
A California-based federal judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the application of new rules designed to make it harder for illegal immigrants to obtain US employment. Read more.

Ruling May Limit Law Against Takeovers
A federal judge has taken the first steps to voiding at least part of a 20-year-old state law designed to protect companies headquartered in Arizona from hostile takeover. Read more.

Making Peace in the Law School War Against Technology
How some professors are facilitating the needs of "digital students" while fostering law school learning. Read more.


ABA Institutes Judicial Mentor Program
The ABA has created a Judicial Mentor Program in an effort to achieve greater judicial diversity and encourage minority lawyers to seek judicial office. Read more.

ASU, UA Law Colleges Among Best for Hispanic Students
The law schools at the Arizona State University and the University of Arizona are among the top 10 law schools for Hispanic students, according to the new issue of Hispanic Business magazine. Read more.

ABA Says Proposed Rule on Death Penalty Appeals Flawed
Association outlines serious concerns with Department of Justice plan to certify state Capital systems. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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August 30, 2007 – CR 06-0062 – State v. Sharma
Does a person commit unlawful possession of access devices without the consent of the issuer, owner or authorized user and with intent to use the devices if the person obtains the devices in the name of an alias, but for his own use, and uses the devices only to access his own accounts rather than the accounts of another person? Read opinion.

August 21, 2007 – 1 CA-SA 07-0124 – State v. Duncan/Reagan
May evidence of justification in a manslaughter case, that would be precluded under �� 13-401(A) -412(C) and -417(C), if a justification defense were sought, be admitted if it is relevant on a separate issue? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

August 27, 2007 – No. 06-16138 – Bryant v. Arizona Attorney General
Dismissal of a habeas petition as untimely under the one-year statute of limitations established by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) is affirmed over a claim that petitioner was entitled to statutory and equitable tolling because the Arizona Department of Corrections did not make available to him case law interpreting the AEDPA. Read opinion.

August 29, 2007 – No. 05-15582 – White v. City of Sparks
An artist's sale of his original artwork constitutes speech protected under the First Amendment. Read opinion.






Annual Update on Constitution Law, Criminal Procedure
Save your seat (and they are filling fast) to hear Professor Whitebread at this all-day seminar on Friday, Sept. 21. Read more.


The Complete Lawyer
This issue looks at the aging of the legal profession, including 10 important truths about getting older. Read more.


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