Q: Can I maintain a paperless law office?

A: Yes, under certain circumstances. Read Ethics Op. 07-02.





Sea to Sea
Our Q & A with Tim Burr, who petitioned the Arizona Supreme Court to allow admission on motion - without the bar exam. Read more.

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Arizona Unlikely to Follow Other States With Foreclosure Ban
Arizona homeowners should scratch "foreclosure moratorium" from their holiday wish lists. Read More

Appeals Court Rejects DC Missing Pants Case
An appeals court says there will be no new trial for a former District of Columbia judge who tried to sue his dry cleaners for $54 million over a lost pair of pants. Read more.

ABA Ethics Opinion Cautions Judges of Potential Pitfalls in Fundraising for Problem-Solving Courts
Judges in special courts created to solve problems related to drug, mental health and domestic violence-related charges may solicit private donations to support the courts, but must be wary of potential ethical pitfalls, according to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Read more.



State Bar To Launch Online Subpoena Program
Looking for ways to save time and money for your practice? A new member service to expedite filing subpoenas will debut on December 31. Read more.

In-House Counsel Registration
Starting in January, lawyers who serve as in-house corporate counsel to Arizona businesses, or work in Arizona but are in-house counsel for out-of-state companies, must register and be licensed by the State Bar of Arizona. Read more.

Bar Extends Comment Period for Oath of Admission
The State Bar Board of Governors has extended the comment period on proposed changes to the Oath of Admission to January 16, 2009. Send your comments to president@azbar.org. Read more.

2009 Annual Membership Fees
Please be looking for your Annual Fee Statement in the mail. As a reminder, annual membership fees are due on or before February 1 each year.

This year, as in years past, your entire 2009 annual fee statement can be completed, reviewed and submitted online. Payment is easy through the Bar's secure Web site, www.myazbar.org/fees. Using this technology reduces association costs and improves accuracy, all while ensuring the privacy of your transaction. To file online, please click here.



Arizona Court of Appeals
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December 18, 2008 - CR 07-0183 - State v. Karr
Did the trial court err by failing to instruct the jury regarding defendant's burden of proof on self-defense? Read opinion.

December 12, 2008 - 2 CA-CR 2008-0073 - State of Arizona v. Anthony Sanchez Bejarano
Whether A.R.S. � 13-4032(6), which permits the state to appeal from the granting of a motion to suppress evidence, provides appellate jurisdiction over the state's appeal of a trial court's order precluding a witness as a disclosure sanction under Rule 15.7, Ariz. R. Crim. P. Read More.


9th Circuit Court of Appeals

December 16, 2008 - Sarei v. Rio Tinto, PLC, No. 02-56256, 02-56390
The circuit court establishes that certain Alien Tort Statute (ATS) claims are appropriately considered for exhaustion under both domestic prudential standards and core principles of international law. Where the "nexus" to the U.S. is weak, courts should carefully consider the question of exhaustion, particularly with respect to claims that do not involve matters of "universal concern." Matters of "universal concern" are offenses "for which a state has jurisdiction to punish without regard to territoriality or the nationality of the offenders." In a suit brought under the ATS claiming that various war crimes, crimes against humanity, racial discrimination, and environmental torts arose out of defendant-Rio Tinto's mining operations on Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, the matter is remanded for the exhaustion inquiry using such framework. Read more.

December 15, 2008 - Sam v. Astrue, No. 08-35108
A denial of claimant's application for disability insurance benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act is affirmed where, contrary to claimant's assertion, Social Security Ruling 83-20 (1983) does not require a medical expert where the ALJ explicitly finds that the claimant has never been disabled. Read more.



Don't Miss Three-Day Family Law Institute!
Now in its second year, expert faculty will speak on new law, all new topics, legislative updates and more. Sign up and reserve your seat today for the January 7-9 program at Paradise Valley Double Tree Resort! Read more.

The Complete Lawyer
Overcoming The Psychological Barriers To Building A Solo Practice
It's often more fun to think about going solo than it is making it work. Read more.


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