Ethics Q&A
Q: Can a lawyer leaving a firm tell clients that he/she is leaving?

A: Yes, and the lawyer must do so if the lawyer had significant personal contact with the clients - this is part of the Ethical duty of Communication. See Ariz. Op. 99-14.

A Life Remembered

John P. Frank's life serves as an example to fellow lawyers and anyone who ever met him. His partner José Cárdenas writes of John's memory and his legacy.
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Who Says This Is An Emergency?

Should lawyers give their home phone numbers to their clients in case of an emergency? Read more...

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Proposed Rule Would Allow Citation of Unpublished Opinions
A federal rules advisory committee approved a proposal to allow the citation of unpublished decisions in all federal appellate courts.

Juvenile Justice Hits AZ Minorities Hardest
Despite 10 years of improvements, minorities still represent the bulk of juveniles in the state's justice system, and Arizona court officials want to know why. Read more...

Judges Say Pima County Can "Downzone" Property
Pima County is free to "downzone" property without the owner's permission, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled. Read more...


State Bar Proposes Changes to Ethical Rules
The State Bar's Board of Governors has approved a final set of recommended changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Read more...

Free Program Teaches Stress Management for Lawyers
Are 12-hour days and demanding clients stressing you out? Attend a December 5 State Bar seminar to find out how a mind-body approach to stress management can help.
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AzFLSE Wins 2002 Streich Lang Award
The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education was recently honored for its financial support of the Volunteer Lawyers Program.


Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

November 21, 2002 - 2 CA-CR 2001-0020 - State v. Colten Eugene Griffin
Were the 1994 amendments to A.R.S. § 13-904(A) and A.R.S. § 13-3101(A)(6)(b) prohibiting any convicted felon from possessing firearms retroactively applied to the defendant's 1992 offense, thereby violating A.R.S. § 1-244?
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November 12, 2002 - CR 01-0909 RT - State v. Moore
Are a defendant's confrontation rights violated when telephonic testimony is admitted at trial and the State has not demonstrated a compelling reason why the telephonic testimony should be substituted for in-person testimony? Read opinion...

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

November 21, 2002 - No. 01-10147 - U.S. v. Seschillie
District court did not err in refusing to let an expert opine as to whether shootings were accidental, and error in excluding the expert from the courtroom, when victims testified regarding the details of various struggles over the gun, was harmless. Read opinion...

November 20, 2002 - No. 01-50459 - U.S. v. Neil
The U.S. had extraterritorial jurisdiction over a sexual molestation crime, under 18 U.S.C. section 2244(a)(3), committed by a foreign defendant while employed on a cruise ship departing from and returning to an American port.
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