Q: Trial starts next week. My client just fired me. What now?

A: You're counsel of record until the court says you're not. A client remains so until the lawyer's withdrawal is complete regardless of the reasons for and timing of the cessation of the lawyer-client relationship. Read Ethics Op. 09-02 and ER 1.16(c).



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Arts on Deadline
The deadline to submit your work to our annual arts competition is January 15. Submit at ArtsContest@azbar.org. Read more.






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Sandra Day O'Connor is Arizonan of the Decade
Sandra Day O'Connor - the self-proclaimed "first cowgirl" on the U.S. Supreme Court - is The Arizona Republic's Arizonan of the Decade. Read more.

A Busy Year for Judiciary, Roberts Says
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s annual report on the state of the federal judiciary has been dominated in recent years by pleas for a raise for judges. This year's report, issued Thursday, took a different approach. Read more.

Budget Cuts also Hitting Arizona's Municipal Courts
As Arizona cities scrape fat from their budgets, municipal-court officials are no longer receiving special privileges such as international and out-of-state training. Read more.



Apply By Jan. 15 for Reopened Volunteer Positions
The State Bar of Arizona Standing Appointments Committee seeks additional applications for the following volunteer positions: City of Surprise Judicial Selection Advisory Commission, Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments - Supervisorial District 5 Seat, and the Town of Guadalupe Judicial Selection Advisory Board. Read more.

2010 Convention to be Held in Glendale
The State Bar of Arizona Convention will be held June 9-11 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. About 1,500 lawyers are expected to attend. Read more.

Senior Lawyers to Gather for Luncheons
Senior and retired State Bar members are invited to participate in the Senior Lawyers Luncheon on Jan. 21. Read more.

Get More Business Through the Member-to-Member Referral Guide
There is only one week left to sign up to advertise in Arizona Attorney's 2010 Member-to-Member Referral Guide. It can help bring you new business through referrals from other attorneys. Read more.

Free In-Depth Fastcase Training on Jan. 15 May Qualify for CLE Credit
The State Bar of Arizona offers free, unlimited access to Fastcase as a benefit to members. Read more.

Bob McWhirter to Receive 2010 St. Thomas More Award
The award is given to members of the legal profession practicing in Arizona, who have dedicated themselves to the highest levels of professionalism and the values of service and humanity. Read more.


Arizona Court of Appeals
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December 24, 2009 - CV 08-0818 - Pullen v. Pullen
1. Does the reasoning of Little v. Little, on what test to apply to attribute greater income to a parent for support purposes, apply to attributing income to a spouse for maintenance purposes?
2. What factors should a court consider in determining whether to attribute greater income to a spouse for maintenance purposes? Read opinion.

December 24, 2009 - 2 CA-CV 2009-0053 - Kadlec; Howell v. Dorsey
Does a conveyance of real property subject to a roadway easement, and with reference to a map or survey showing the roadway, effect a dedication of the roadway to public use absent the grantor's expressly stated intent? Read opinion.


9th Circuit Court of Appeals

January 4, 2010 - No. 08-15245 - Caviness v. Horizon Cmty. Learning Ctr., Inc.
In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action challenging a charter school's termination of a teacher, dismissal of the complaint is affirmed where plaintiff's allegations were insufficient to raise a reasonable inference that defendant was a state actor and thus acted under color of state law in taking the alleged actions. Read opinion.

January 4, 2010 - No. 07-55938 - US Life Ins. Co. v. Superior Nat'l. Ins. Co.
In a motion to vacate an arbitral award in a reinsurance dispute, the denial of the motion is affirmed where, although the process employed by the arbitration panel, which included an ex parte meeting with panel retained workers' compensation experts, was unusual, the arbitration process provided the parties with a fundamentally fair arbitration and the arbitration award rested on a plausible interpretation of the governing arbitration documents. Read opinion.

 




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