Q: May a lawyer fulfill the lawyer's ethical obligations by giving the entire file to the client when representation ends?

A: Yes, in some circumstances. Read Op. 08-02.



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Reviewing the Legal Future
Here are four new books and what they say about the profession. Read more.






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Advice From a Lawyer Who Pursued Happiness: Sleep More and Join a Group
A lawyer who spent a year following the experts' advice on how to be happy has boiled down some of her findings. Sleep more. Join a group. Read more.

Breaking 24/7 Work Mindset Can Aid Retention, Benefit Clients, Study Finds
Fenwick & West may be on to something. At the Silicon Valley law firm, "workflow coordinators" review lawyers' hours in an effort to "avert overload," according to the Wall Street Journal. Such approaches may make sense, a new study suggests. Read more.

Revamp Sought for Complaint System vs. Lawyers
Arizona's new chief justice wants to revamp the process for investigating possible misconduct by lawyers. Read more.



Arizona Attorney to Co-Sponsor Program on Constitutional Interpretation with Rehnquist Center on Oct. 26
Arizona Attorney magazine will co-sponsor an Oct. 26 program, the Principles of Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation, with the William H. Rehnquist Center. U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer will participate in the program. Online registration begins Oct. 1. Read more.

State Bar Thanks Members for Filing MCLE Affidavits Online
State Bar CEO/Executive Director John Phelps would like to thank members for filing their MCLE affidavits online. Online filing for 2008-09 has increased by almost 30 percent from the previous year. If you have not yet filed, click here.

Board of Governors Selects Lisa Loo to Fill Board Vacancy
At its Sept. 25 meeting, the Board of Governors selected Lisa Loo to fill a vacancy on the Board. Read more.

Conflict Case Committee Vacancy
Apply by Oct. 7 to fill an unexpired term on the State Bar's Conflict Case Committee. Read more.

Building Your Connections Networking Event on Nov. 5
Bring your business cards, appetite and love of art to the State Bar's joint networking event with the Arizona Society of CPAs on Nov. 5 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Read more.

Apply by Oct. 9 to Serve on New State Bar Committee to Help Military Personnel and Veterans
A new standing State Bar committee is forming to address the legal needs of military personnel and veterans. Apply by Oct. 9. Read more.

Two Suites for Lease in State Bar of Arizona Building
Two suites are available to rent in the State Bar of Arizona building near the Camelback Corridor of Phoenix. Lease terms and rates are negotiable. Read more.

Maricopa County Superior Court Seeks Attorneys to Volunteer in Schools
The Maricopa County Superior Court needs Arizona attorneys to serve as court guides in local schools as part of the Courthouse Experience program. Read more.

LexisNexis® Offers Coffee Break Webinars in October
They're fast, effective, and best of all - they're on the house! Choose from a menu of quick 20- or 60-minute sessions and discover powerful tools and proven techniques to help your business be more efficient and cost-effective. Read more.

Free In-Depth Fastcase Training on Oct. 15 May Qualify for CLE Credit
Fastcase will hold an Oct. 15 online class on conducting in-depth research that may qualify for CLE credit. The State Bar of Arizona offers free, unlimited access to Fastcase as a benefit to members. Read more.


Arizona Court of Appeals
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September 22, 2009 - CR 07-0591 - State v. Silva
1. Whether the superior court had subject matter jurisdiction over his competency even though his cumulative restoration treatment time exceeded twenty-one months?
2. Whether the superior court committed fundamental error by not recognizing and dismissing the first degree murder charge once defendant's cumulative time in restoration treatment exceeded twenty-months? Read opinion.

September 24, 2009 - 2 CA-CR 2008-0157 - State of Arizona v. Regina Marie Lockwood
Is a stillborn fetus a "dead human body" for the purposes of A.R.S. � 13-2926, which prohibits the abandonment or concealment of human remains? Read opinion.


9th Circuit Court of Appeals

September 24, 2009 - No. 08-10300 - US v. Sipai
In an appeal from the district court's denial of defendant's motion for reduction of his drug and firearm possession sentence under 18 U.S.C. section 3582(c)(2), the district court's order is affirmed where the district court rejected defendant's applicable guidelines range, and reduced defendant's sentence pursuant to the 18 U.S.C. section 3553 factors, and thus any further reduction would not be consistent with the Sentencing Commission's policy statements. Read opinion.

September 24, 2009 - No. 08-50417 - US v. Samueli
In a criminal prosecution against the co-founder of Broadcom alleging that defendant made a false statement to the SEC, defendant's appeal from two orders by the district court rejecting his plea bargain is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction where: 1) a plea-rejection order is not completely separate from the merits; and 2) the plea-rejection order was effectively reviewable on appeal from a final judgment. Read opinion.

 




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