Q: Can a law firm pay a staffing agency a fee both for placement of a temporary lawyer and payment for the time billed by the temporary lawyer without running afoul of the Ethical Rule that prohibits splitting fees with non-lawyers?

A: Yes. For more information, see Ariz. Op. 00-10. For conflict concerns associated with contract lawyers, see Ariz. Op. 97-09.

The Importance of Being Ernie
Meet your new Bar President Ernest Calderón. His ascension to the position is historic: Calderón, the Bar’s 70th President, is the first of Hispanic descent. Read how he leads by example, speaks his mind, gives to the community -- and listens to members.

Measuring Client Satisfaction
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Efforts to Split 9th Circuit Gain New Life
Though many considered it a dead issue, the U.S. House of Representatives will hold hearings Tuesday on whether to split the nation's largest federal appellate court in two.

Capital Case Commission Issues Death Penalty Report
Arizona voters should be asked to abolish the state's death penalty rather than try to fix it, a special panel decided Monday.

Attorney ventures right into 'lion's den'
When U.S. Attorney for Arizona Paul K. Charlton decided not to criminally charge the woman who started the "Chediski" fire, he knew he had to deliver the news himself to angry fire victims.


The Impact of Ring v. Arizona: Who Represents Victims?
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Ring v. Arizona will have a substantial impact on capital murder cases in Arizona. Read more...

Memorial for Judge Robert G. Mooreman
Judge Robert G. Mooreman passed away on July 7, 2002. Memorial Information...

Volunteers Needed For Supreme Court Committees
The State Bar Appointments Committee has extended the application deadline -- to Wednesday, July 31, 2002 -- and continues to accept applications to fill vacancies on two Supreme Court Committees.


Arizona Court of Appeals – Division One

July 16, 2002 - CV 01-0396 - ESI v. United Artists
Did the trial court abuse its discretion by denying class action certification pursuant to Arizona Rule of Civil Procedure 23 when it concluded that a class action would result in damages which would be "annihilating?"

July 11, 2002 - CV 02-0039 - Moschcau v. Mohave County
Is a county's imposition of a transaction privilege tax as authorized by a state statute, A.R.S. § 42-6103, a legislative act subject to the initiative power reserved to the citizens of this state pursuant to Article 4, Part 1, Section 1(8) of the Arizona Constitution?

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

July 16, 2002 - No. 01-70055 - Virk v. Immigration & Naturalization Service
An alien's eligibility for a waiver of deportation did not depend upon his terminated relationship with his first wife in a sham marriage, but rather could be established through his relationship with his current wife in a valid marriage.

July 15, 2002 - No. 01-17023/433, 02-15282 - Gerling Global Reinsurance Corp. of America
The State of California may constitutionally require the disclosure of insurance claims-related information (about Holocaust-era policies) by an insurance company that is licensed to do business in California, even though the required information may be in the hands of a related entity that is located in a foreign country.