Ethics Q&A
Q: Can a law firm sublet space to a non-lawyer business?

A: Yes, as long as everyone in the offices is advised about the firm's duty of confidentiality, confidential information is safeguarded, and the non-lawyer business is not used as a "feeder" for the law firm. Ariz. Op. 84-11.

Latest Ethics Opinion
Arizona lawyers ethically may not participate in, pay a fee to, or accept clients from an Internet service that posts consumer inquiries to "pre-screened" member attorneys because such a referral service does not comply with the requirements set forth in ER 7.1(r)(3). [ERs 7.1(j), 7.1(r)(3)]. OPINION NO. 2002-03

The Nonviolent Drug Offender

Has Prop 200 worked? The law that keeps some drug offenders out of prison goes under the microscope--by someone who sees it in action every day. Read more...

Billing as a Means of Communication

Not many lawyers would list billing as their favorite part of operating a practice. It may help to look at billing as a multi-purpose activity: Bills are not just a means to collect money; they are also an excellent vehicle for regularly communicating with your clients.

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Jenkinson Back As Oppenheimer
Professor Clay Jenkinson, who has appeared before the State Bar of Arizona as Thomas Jefferson, returns as American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer to probe the ethical questions surrounding the development and use of atomic energy. Course No. 02208A-345.

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Pima County Spends More on Legal Defense, Social Services
Pima County is spending more per person than any other Arizona county on legal defense for the poor and on outside social and economic agencies. Read more...

ABA Sues FTC over Gramm-Leach-Bliley
The ABA has filed suit seeking to establish that attorneys should not be subjected to the Title V, Subtitle A regulations of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

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High Court Upholds State's Public Financing of Candidates
The Arizona Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the way the state raises money to publicly finance political candidates, a ruling that could send the fight over Clean Elections to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more...


Volunteers Needed For Foundation Board and Judicial Nominating Commissions
The State Bar Appointments Committee is currently accepting applications -- through Friday, November 15, 2002 -- to fill vacancies for several positions.

Arizona Attorney Magazine Wins National Award
Arizona Attorney magazine, the State Bar of Arizona's flagship publication, is the recipient of a 2002 Luminary Award from the National Association of Bar Executives. Read more...

Order the 2002-03 Membership Directory
You can now order extra copies of the 2002-03 State Bar of Arizona Membership Directory, while supplies last. Help keep your office up to date with the latest legal and contact information. To order call (602) 340-7239.


Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

October 1, 2002 - CR 01-1091 - State v. Juarez
Does Article 2, Section 8 of the Arizona Constitution grant defendants charged with possessory crimes "automatic standing" to challenge the unlawfulness of a search or seizure?
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October 8, 2002 - 2 CA-CV 2001-0055 - Rachel West v. State of Arizona
Under A.R.S. § 12-2506, is a plaintiff required to join in a single action all tortfeasors that may be liable for the same injury?
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9th Circuit Court of Appeals

October 9, 2002 - No. 01-16799 - Planned Parenthood of S. Arizona v. Lawall
A judicial bypass provision in Arizona's parental consent abortion statute satisfies two constitutionally-recognized rights to privacy: 1) the right to make fundamental life decisions; and 2) the right to avoid disclosure of personal information.
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October 9, 2002 - No. 01-36013/14 - DeWitt Construction Inc. v. Charter Oak Fire Insurance
Alleged damage to a construction site from defective concrete piles was not "property damage" under commercial liability insurance policies, but damage to work of subcontractors, which had to be removed and destroyed because of the pilings, does qualify as "property damage."
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