Q: Can I ethically verify a pleading for my client?

A. Yes, but be careful. Read Ethics Op. 03-01.




Creative Juices
The submission deadline for the annual Creative Arts Competition is Jan. 14, 2008. Send entries or queries to the Editor at arizona.attorney@azbar.org But first, read some answers to questions you may have.

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Need for Court Interpreters on Rise
The growing number of Arizonans who don't speak English has increased the demand for court interpreters to ensure equal access to the legal system and social services. Read more.

Employer Sanctions Lawsuit Tossed; Business Groups to Refile
Last week a federal judge in Phoenix dismissed a lawsuit from business groups challenging a state law that punishes employers who hire illegal immigrants. Read more.

Supreme Court Enhances Judges' Sentencing Discretion
In a pair of important decisions yesterday, the Supreme Court gave federal trial judges much greater latitude to deviate from federal sentencing guidelines. Read more.

New Ethics Rules Go into Effect January 1
As of January 1, 2008, unprofessional conduct, defined as substantial or repeated violations of the Oath of Admission or the Lawyer's Creed of Professionalism, may be grounds for disciplinary proceedings. Read more.

Survey To Assess Attorneys E-filing Capabilities
The Arizona Supreme Court is asking members to complete an online survey to assess e-filing capabilities. Read more.

Judge Alex Kozinski Takes Ninth Circuit Helm
Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of Phoenix, the first woman to lead the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit passes the gavel to Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski. Read more.

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November 29, 1007 – CV 06-0719 – State v. Williams/Drum
Did the superior court err by denying the State's special action request to compel two La Paz County Justices of the Peace to adjudicate complaints issued by law enforcement officers for attempted possession of marijuana and attempted possession of drug paraphernalia, both class one misdemeanor crimes? Read opinion.

November 30, 2007 – 2 CA-CR 2006-0319 – State v. Enis John Cheramie III
Did the trial court err in finding possession of a dangerous drug is a lesser-included offense of transportation of a dangerous drug for sale? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

December 7, 2007 – No. 06-17375 - US v. Alpine Land & Reservoir Co.
In an Indian tribe's challenge to a decision of the Nevada State Engineer, which granted the transfer of certain water rights within the boundaries of the Newlands Reclamation Project from the parcels of property to which they were then appurtenant to new parcels, the decision is affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded for further proceedings. Read opinion.

December 3, 2007 – No. 05-56254 - In re: Wind N' Wave
Creditors who receive compensation under Bankruptcy Code section 503(b)(4) should also be compensated for costs incurred in litigating a fee award, so long as the services meet the section 503(b)(4) requirements and the case "exemplifies a 'set of circumstances' where litigation was 'necessary'." (Superseding opinion). Read opinion.







Arizona Family Law Institute
This three-day family law program, featuring "For Better or For Worse," takes place Jan. 9-11, 2008. Read more.

The Complete Lawyer
Viewing The Law in 2020
Read about the Elder Law Practice in 2020. Read more.


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