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Volume 13, No. 18 | September 2, 2014

eye on ethics

Q: Trial starts next week. I've discovered that my client has lied to me. I want to fire him. How do I convince the judge to let me out?

A: You must protect the client's interests despite any dispute between you and the client and despite any wrongdoing of the client. Read Ethics Op. 09-02.

 

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Attorneys Offer Free Legal Help on Family Law Issues: Eight attorneys will come together this evening to offer free legal advice at Lawyers on Call, a public service program co-sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, 12 News, and azcentral.com. During the two-hour program, attorneys will answer viewers' questions regarding their family law issues. The State Bar of Arizona offers its sincerest appreciation to the volunteer attorneys who help consumers across the Valley through this access to justice program. They include: Steven Clark, Cody L. Hayes, Heidi Lukacsik, Kelly Mendoza, Jennifer Moshier, Felicia Schumacher, Mike Skupin, and Margo A. Shorr.

In the news

Jodi Arias Objects to Limited TV Coverage of Her Retrial: In a hearing Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court, Jodi Arias objected to new motions to permit limited TV news coverage of her upcoming retrial to determine if she should be sentenced to death or to life in prison. more�

Justice Department - Texas Voter ID Discriminatory: A federal judge on Tuesday began reviewing tough new Texas voter ID rules challenged by the Obama administration in a trial that could threaten the polarizing law, although a decision isn't expected before the November election. more�

from the bar

File MCLE Affidavits Before Sept. 15 Deadline: You don't need to wait! Online filing for your 2013-14 MCLE affidavit is available now. Filing deadline is no later than September 15, 2014. You may access your personalized CLE tracking page and MCLE affidavit on the members' website by clicking here.

Judicial Performance Review Commission Announces Official Performance Ratings for Judges: The Arizona Judicial Performance Review (JPR) Commission has released its official findings on judicial performance for each judge whose name will appear on the General Election Ballot. Voters can find detailed information in the Secretary of State's Publicity Pamphlet, which is mailed to each voting household, or by visiting www.azjudges.info.

We the People -A Review of Last Term's U.S. Supreme Court Cases: This symposium will review significant cases for the October 2013 Term including the Hobby Lobby and the Town of Greece case. The program will feature scholars on the Court focusing on cases presenting important questions of law, comments on individual justices' legal perspectives, and a preview of petitions for certiorari for this coming October Term 2014. The symposium will be held September 17, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. more�

Calling All Legal Professionals: The Arizona Bar Foundation is in need of volunteers for Constitution Week, September 15th � 19th to serve as guest speakers for Arizona classrooms. Over 110 educators from around the state have requested an attorney or judge visit their classroom in celebration of Constitution Day. To learn more or to volunteer, please email Susan.Nusall@azflse.org.

Apply for Vacancy on the Maricopa County Superior Court by September 19: Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the appointment of Judge Eileen Willett to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Arizona. Applications can be obtained in person from the Administrative Office of the Courts Human Resources Department, by calling 602.452.3311, by sending an email request to jnc@courts.az.gov, or at downloaded at the Judicial Department website: //www.azcourts.gov/jnc.

Supreme Court Issues Administrative Order Establishing Arizona Commission on Access to Justice: The Commission shall study and make recommendations on innovative ways of promoting access to justice for individuals who cannot afford legal counsel or who choose to represent themselves in civil cases. The Commission shall evaluate best practices within Arizona and in other states, identify possible changes in court rules or practices to reduce barriers to access, identify and encourage the adoption of best practices among legal service providers, and consider potential long-term funding options. Learn more by clicking here. The Commission will be chaired by Lawrence F. Winthrop, Judge on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals and former president of the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education. Learn who the 18 Commissioners are by clicking here.

Arizona Supreme Court Invites Public Comment on Proposed Child Support Schedule: The Arizona Supreme Court is nearing the end of a mandatory review of child support case files and calculations. The analysis of case files and updating of the economic data for the schedule that are attached to the child support calculator featured on the courts' website has been completed. The reports can be viewed here. This now opens the public comment period, which concludes on October 9. more�

Maricopa County Superior Court Accepting Comments on Performance of Commissioners: Pursuant to Rule 97 of the Arizona Supreme Court, the Hon. Norman J. Davis, Presiding Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, will hold a public hearing at the above date and time in the Board of Supervisors Auditorium, 205 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, Arizona, to accept comments from the public about the performance of its commissioners. Learn more here.

State Bar's Leadership Institute Selects 2014-15 Participants: Sixteen diverse attorneys from across the state have been selected to participate in the State Bar of Arizona's 2014-15 Bar Leadership Institute (BLI). more�

ADR Section Explains the Procedures and Rules of Evidence: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section has created a video that demonstrates the way in which a lawyer (assigned by the Superior Court to serve as "single lawyer arbitrator" under ARCP [Rule 72]) might handle the assigned arbitration as the Arbitrator. The video explains the procedures and the rules of evidence. Click here to view this 30-minute presentation sponsored by members of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee Issues Revised Social and Electronic Media Opinion: The Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee issued Revised Formal Advisory Ethics Opinion 14-01 on the use of social and electronic media by judges and judicial employees. more�

20 Years of NAFTA and the USMBA - Our Road Ahead: The U.S.-Mexico Bar Association will present its 2014 Annual Conference in Mexico City September 29 (with evening reception at Basham) through October 1 marking the 20th Anniversary of the organization's founding. The 2014 Conference will build on the success of the Conference held in Phoenix last year and topics will cover the range of current legal and business opportunities involving the two countries. The conference will be held at the upscale JW Marriott Hotel in the very safe and attractive Polanco area of Mexico City, with its renowned museums, restaurants and shops, located adjacent to world famous Chapultapec Park. more�

Corporate Counsel Panel - Key Insights for Attorneys: The challenging economic landscape has fundamentally altered the legal industry. Overall demand for outside legal services is down and in-house counsel and outside law firms are collaborating to deliver more with less. In this candid discussion, hear from leading in-house counsel about their unique challenges and opportunities, and their thoughts on such topics including: selecting legal representation, strategic decisions to manage costs, best practices they want to see from law firms, and the role a firm's marketing efforts has on their decision making process. Learn more about the September 26 event here. more�

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