Q: I charge flat fees. Do I still have to keep time records?

A: If the client questions the reasonableness of your fee, you will need to provide a statement containing sufficient itemization or detail, possibly including the time spent on the case. Read ER 1.5 and Ethics Op. 99-02.





Going Courting
See where we got this whole idea of "courts." Read more.

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A Look at Spending on this Year's Ballot Measures
Those TV ads and glossy mail pieces that have inundated voters in recent weeks come with a multi-million-dollar price tag price. Read more.

Party Lawyers Ready to Keep an Eye on the Polls
With heavy voter turnout expected on Election Day, both parties are amassing thousands and thousands of lawyers to keep an eye on the polls. Read more.

Don't Forget the Visa Holders
Companies now face the most significant re-engineering effort of the past two decades as a result of the global economic slowdown. Read more.


Great Speakers and Connections Series
The Hon. Lawrence O. Anderson and Asst. U.S Attorney Randall Howe speak at this event on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Read more.

The Arizona Project
Renowned Playwright Anna Deavere Smith presents a new piece inspired by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Nov. 5-8, 2008, at the Herberger Theater. Read more.

State Bar's Mentor Committee Needs Volunteers
Attorneys in good standing, with at least 3 years experience in practice are asked to volunteer time to serve as a mentor to help law students and young lawyers. Read more.

Becoming a Judge
A lunch and panel discussion on "Becoming a Judge: the Ins and Outs of Judicial Merit Selection," takes place Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. Read more.

Office Space for Rent in Bar's Tucson Office
There is office space available for rent at the Bar's new Tucson office located at 270 N. Church Avenue. Read more.


Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One
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October 21, 2008 – CV 06-0371 – Chalpin v. Snyder
Did the trial court err by granting summary judgment to a lawyer who was the defendant in a malicious prosecution action and what is the correct standard for determining probable cause in such an action? Read opinion.

October 14, 2008 – 2 CA-CR 2007-0403 – State v. Luis Enrique Ortega
Whether molestation of a child is a lesser included offense of sexual conduct with a minor under fifteen years of age and whether the Double Jeopardy Clauses of the United States and Arizona Constitutions consequently prohibit a defendant from being convicted of both. Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

October 23, 2008 – No. 07-99003 – Styers v. Schriro
In a death row inmate's habeas corpus case, the district court's denial of relief is vacated and reversed in part where the Arizona Supreme Court failed to properly review all aggravating and mitigating evidence required after finding one of the aggravating factors used in sentencing to be invalid. Read opinion.

October 23, 2008 – No. 06-71955, 06-74052 – Shin v. Mukasey
In an immigration case, denial of relief from a removal order is affirmed where the fact that a green card was purchased for $10,000 from a corrupt immigration employee does not prevent the government from asserting that the green card is fraudulent. Read opinion.



What Lawyers Learned From Paul Newman
Larry Cohen presents a program based on the most popular movies starring the late Paul Newman for this three-hour ethics seminar on October 31. Read more.

The Complete Lawyer
The Brave New World of Associates
Shine despite the myths about your generation. Read more.


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