Q: Must an out-of-state lawyer who refers a case to me perform any work on the case in order for us to share fees?

A: No. ER 1.5(e)(1) requires that each lawyer receiving any portion of a fee assume "joint responsibility," which means at a minimum malpractice liability. Read Ops. 10-04 and 04-02.



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Supreme Court Selects William J. O'Neil as New Presiding Disciplinary Judge
The Arizona Supreme Court has chosen Pinal County Superior Court Judge William J. O'Neil as the Presiding Disciplinary Judge. The position was created by the Arizona Supreme Court's adoption of changes to the attorney discipline system in June. Read more.

Public Asked for Input on Candidates for Arizona Supreme Court
The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is asking for public comment on nine candidates for an opening on the Arizona Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Michael D. Ryan. Read more.

Lawyers' web bios increasingly important for reeling in clients
Corporate legal departments cite word of mouth and personal references as the No. 1 ways to find outside attorneys to do work. Read more.



Maricopa County Bar Announces 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
The Maricopa County Bar Association has selected 14 attorneys who will be inducted into their recently introduced Hall of Fame. The honorees will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at the annual gala lunch. Read more.



File MCLE Affidavits Before Sept. 15 Deadline
The deadline to file 2009-10 MCLE affidavits is September 15, 2010. Members may submit affidavits online or download a Word document. The September edition of Arizona Attorney will include a blank affidavit form. Click Here.

2010 Economics of Law Practice in Arizona Report Now Available for Purchase
The report helps with the difficult task of managing operation of a law firm including keeping current on salaries for associates and support staff, hourly billing rates and overhead expenses. Read More.

Wanted: Volunteer Attorneys to Help Answer Questions About Estate Planning
The State Bar is seeking volunteer attorneys for the October 5th Lawyers On Call public service program. Volunteers will field questions from callers regarding estate-planning issues. To volunteer, contact Alberto Rodriguez at 602-340-7293. Read More.

Bar Leadership Institute Selects 2010 Participants
The State Bar of Arizona's Diversity Department has selected 17 attorneys from across the state to participate in the 2010-2011 Bar Leadership Institute (BLI). Read More.

Supreme Court Amends Rules
The Arizona Supreme Court has adjudicated on Rule Petitions at its August 31, 2010 meeting. The adoption date is January 1, 2011 unless noted in the Court Order. For further information, click on the following links: Court Rules Forum and the Amended Rules Chart.

Volunteers Needed for Maricopa County Courthouse Experience
Courthouse Experience is a unique school field trip program sponsored by the Superior Court in Maricopa County and has been successful for over 19 years because of area attorneys like you who volunteer time and knowledge to give students a firsthand look at our judicial system. Read More.

State Bar Celebrates 50 Years of To Kill A Mockingbird
The State Bar of Arizona would like to invite you to a special screening of To Kill A Mockingbird on October 14th. All proceeds will benefit the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. Read More.

Building Your Connections 2010 - November 4, 2010
A repeat performance of last year's popular networking event. The Arizona Society of CPAs and the Risk Management Association of Arizona join us in sponsoring this event. Read More.

AzAt's Social Media
Arizona Attorney invites you to join them online. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog page.

It's Never Too Early to Plan for Convention
Mark your calendar for June 15-17, 2011 for the State Bar of Arizona's Annual Convention. Get away to the beautiful Westin La Paloma in Tucson. Bring your family!

ASU's HLAP is in Need of Attorney Volunteers
ASU's Homeless Legal Assistance Project ("HLAP") is a volunteer project operated by students at ASU's College of Law. HLAP conducts monthly shelter visits to assist individuals with a broad spectrum of legal issues and is seeking volunteers that will consult with the law students to help solve the individual's legal issue. Read More.

Forecite Revolutionizes Legal Research
Fastcase, the unlimited online legal research service that is provided to our members at no charge, has just announced Forecite, a major upgrade to its user-friendly keyword search engine. Now, if a member searches for keywords that are not cited in the seminal caselaw but are frequently cited in other caselaw, Forecite will suggest that you take a look at the seminal case. Click here to watch a video explaining this major enhancement.


Arizona Court of Appeals
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August 24, 2010 - CR 08-0821- State v. Hatch
Where a criminal defendant had a prior conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia, could the court permit the State to impeach defendant with the existence of this conviction? Read Opinion.

September 3, 2010 - 2 CA-CV 2009-0163 - Cardinal & Stachel, PC v. Curtiss; Estate of Leela Curtiss
Whether the attorney fees incurred by one spouse in the course of a dissolution proceeding that does not end in divorce may be characterized as community debt. Read Opinion.


9th Circuit Court of Appeals

September 09, 2010 - 08-56914 - Anderson v. City of Hermosa Beach
In a First Amendment challenge to a city's ban on tattoo parlors, summary judgment for defendant is reversed where tattooing is purely expressive activity fully protected by the First Amendment, and the city's total ban on such activity was not a reasonable "time, place, or manner" restriction. Read Opinion.

September 10, 2010 - 09-35969 - Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc.
In a declaratory judgment action against Autodesk, Inc. to establish that plaintiff's resales of Autodesk, Inc.'s AutoCAD Release 14 software did not infringe Autodesk's copyright, summary judgment for plaintiff is reversed where, because plaintiff did not purchase the Release 14 copies from an owner, he could not invoke the first sale doctrine, and he also could not assert an essential step defense on behalf of his customers. Read Opinion.

 






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