Q: If my client files a bar complaint against me, am I then prohibited from communicating with the client?

A: No. And not communicating with your client would make matters worse. Read ER 1.4.




Civil Verdict Roundup
We review the largest jury verdicts from the past year. And, unlike national trends, the Arizona numbers are up. Read more.

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Avondale Sprinkler Mandate to go to Superior Court
The court's decision could set a precedent for the powers of city councils throughout the state to second-guess residents. Read more.

Use of Starr in English-learning Case Hits Snag
Republican leaders want former Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr to handle a U.S. Supreme Court appeal in a legal battle of Arizona's instruction of students learning English. Read more.

At the Border, Your Laptop is Wide-Open
Officials can search, inspect and copy data from international travelers' electronic devices without a warning or warrant. Read more.


MCLE Online Affidavit Now Available
Log on to complete your MCLE affidavit before the September 15 deadline.

Commission Votes on Judges up for 2008 Ballot
The AZ Commission of Judicial Performance Review has voted on the judges scheduled to appear on the 2008 general election ballot. Read more.

New Discount from Member Benefit Provider
State Bar members are now eligible for discounts on professional liability coverage through a new program offered by Ahern Insurance. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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July 10, 2008 – CV 07-0529 – Clark v. Campbell
Does a county superior court presiding judge have authority to impose disciplinary sanctions against a constable of a justice of the peace court within that county? Read opinion.

July 17, 2008 – CR 07-0048 – State v. Barragan-Sierra
Did the evidence submitted by the State concerning the defendant entering into an agreement to be smuggled, separate from the defendant's own statements, satisfy the corpus delicti rule? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

July 16, 2008 – No. 08-55865 - Luther v. Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP
The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, which permits in general the removal to federal court of high-dollar class actions involving diverse parties, does not supersede the Securities Act of 1933 section 22(a)'s specific bar against removal of cases arising under the '33 Act. Read opinion.

July 17, 2008 – No. 06-16254 – Green v. LaMarque
Denial of a petition for writ of habeas corpus raising a Batson challenge is reversed where: 1) the prosecutor used peremptory challenges to exclude from the jury all six African-Americans on the jury panel; 2) the prosecutor's proffered race-neutral reasons also applied to unchallenged white jurors, and thus were found to be pretextual; and 3) the elimination of even a single juror due to race taints a trial. Read opinion.





Common Courtroom Conundrums
This live/webcast seminar on July 31st takes a practical approach to candor, courtesy and confidences in the courtroom and the discipline system. Read more.


The Complete Lawyer
What's Your Exit Strategy?
Retirement readiness: Seven proven transition scenarios. Read more.


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