Q: If my client files a bar complaint against me but doesn't fire me, do I have to terminate representation?

A: The client's bar complaint could create a concurrent conflict of interest for you. Read ER 1.7.



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Announcing High Court Nomination, Obama Cites Kagan's Temperament, Intellect
Describing Elena Kagan as an academic "whose passion for the law is anything but academic," President Barack Obama this morning said he will nominate Kagan, the first female solicitor general of the United States, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more.

THE AM LAW 100 2010: A Change at the Top
If size matters, Baker & McKenzie has long ruled the law firm roost. The firm employs nearly 4,000 lawyers in 39 countries, and hosts partner conferences that could be mistaken for the general assembly of the United Nations. But for the past 16 years, Baker & McKenzie has trailed Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in the category by which all businesses, law firms included, are measured first: gross revenue. Read more.

Former foster kid overcame odds, with help from many friends, to earn law degree
When Jelani Freeman came home after school one day, his mother was gone. Eight years old, he waited, realizing as the hours passed that she would not be back. She was mentally ill and in need of treatment. His father was in prison. Read more.



Who Are the Members of the Year?
Find out at the State Bar Luncheon on Friday, Glendale is closer than you think! Join us at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa on June 9-11. Read more.

Students Win 2010 Law Day Editorial Cartoon Contest
High school students from St. Johns, Gilbert and Benson take the prize in this year's competition. Read more.

Diversity Department Seeks Applicants for Bar Leadership Institute
Applications for the 2010-11 Bar Leadership Institute, which starts in September, are being accepted through June 18. Read more.

Cast Your Votes by May 19th in Board of Governors Elections
Six Board districts are holding elections this year. Ballots must be postmarked by 5/19/10. Learn about the Bar's future leaders. Read more.

State Bar Seeks Students for Summer Law Camp
The State Bar of Arizona is seeking students to participate in a Summer Law Camp on June 25 and June 26. Application deadline is June 11. Read more.

Advertising is now on sale for the 2010-2011 Membership Directory
If you are interested in purchasing space for a display ad, please contact kate.cortez@staff.azbar.org for more information.

Selective Service System Seeks Lawyers to Serve on Board
The Selective Service System is looking for Arizona attorneys to serve as local board members. This is a presidential appointment. Read more.

Assisting Access at Work and Play
This Great Speakers program includes an overview of applicable State and Federal laws, including major cases and litigation trends. Read more.

City of Mesa Judicial Advisory Board
Do you reside in Mesa? Apply to serve on the City's Board that assists in the selection of judicial candidates. Read more.

It's Time to Look into the Bar's Future
The Long-Range Planning Committee of the Board of Governors has come up with a road map to guide the State Bar of Arizona through the coming year. After talking with members and staff, the committee's final draft of Strategic Priorities 2010 is now ready for your review. We need your advice to make sure we're headed in the right direction. Take a moment to look at the document and to tell us what you think. Read more.

Submit your comments here. Comments are due by May 15.


Arizona Court of Appeals
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May 4, 2010 - CV 08-0771 - Comerica v. Mahmoodi
When a plaintiff moves for summary judgment and the defendant offers no evidence in response, may the court automatically grant the motion on the basis that there is no genuine dispute of material fact? Read opinion.

April 29, 2010 - 2 CA-SA 2008-0205 - State of Arizona v. Louie Thomas Machado
1. Did the trial court commit reversible error in precluding evidence that suggested a third party committed the murder with which the appellant was charged? 2. Did the court err in precluding on hearsay grounds certain out-of-court statements the appellant had made to police? 3. Was the appellant entitled to present the results of a polygraph test that suggested he did not shoot the victim? 4. Did the trial court err in instructing the jury on issues of eyewitness identification and reasonable doubt. Read opinion.


9th Circuit Court of Appeals

May 6, 2010 - No. 08-16005 - Au-Tomotive Gold Inc. v. Volkswagen of Am., Inc.
In a declaratory judgment action involving whether the sale by plaintiff of marquee license plates bearing Volkswagen badges purchased from Volkswagen constitutes trademark infringement, or whether the sale of the plates is protected by the "first sale" doctrine, summary judgment for Volkswagen is affirmed where the "first sale" doctrine did not provide a defense because plaintiff's marquee license plates create a likelihood of confusion as to their origin. Read opinion.

April 30, 2010 - No. 09-15864 - Marciano Plata v. Schwarzenegger
In a class action challenge deficiencies in prison medical care that allegedly violated the Eighth Amendment and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the district court's order appointing a receiver is affirmed where: 1) the Prison Litigation Reform Act did not deprive the district court of its equitable power to appoint a receiver in prison litigation; 2) the district court correctly found that a receivership was the least intrusive means of remedying constitutional violations in prisoner health care; and 3) the court lacked jurisdiction to review the district court's refusal to terminate the receiver's construction plan. Read opinion.

 


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