Ethics Q&A
Q: Do you owe a duty to keep confidential information emailed to you by a prospective client if you've never spoken with or met with the person?

A: No - unsolicited, unilateral communications from prospective clients do not receive confidential protection unless you have responded to the email with advice or previously spoken with the individual. Ariz. Op. 02-04.

Arizona Indian Law

Read more about an area of law that can intersect with virtually every lawyer's practice. Learn some of the principles that govern relations between Indian tribes and non-Indians.
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Thank You Goes a Long Way

You might be surprised how far a simple "thank you" will go. Read more...

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AZ Supreme Court Approves Bar's UPL Rule Changes

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    Failure to Retain E-Mails Equals Huge Fines
    The failure to retain e-mail as required in certain industry sectors can lead to serious consequences. Read more...

    Lawyers with Disabilities Try to Overcome Hiring Bias
    The State Bar's Task Force on Persons with Disabilities in the Legal Profession raises awareness of this problem. Read more...


  • Deadline Approaches for Membership Dues
    The deadline to pay State Bar of Arizona membership dues is February 1, 2003. Members may pay dues online via the Web site, or by traditional mail. For questions, please contact Membership Records at 602-340-7239 or via email at

    Rehnquist to Speak at Tucson Court Conference
    U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist will give the keynote address at the Arizona Federal District Court conference next month in Tucson.
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    Be Part of the "Guide to Law Office & Trial Support Services"
    The "Arizona Attorney Guide to Law Office & Trial Support Services" will be published in the May 2003. If you, or someone you know, are interested in marketing their support services to Arizona attorneys and law firms, be sure to contact us. The guide will reach every attorney in the state plus more than 100 legal administrators and marketers at the state's most successful firms. More Information.


    Arizona Court of Appeals
    Division One Division Two

    December 26, 2002 - TX 01-0013 - U-Stor Bell v. Maricopa County
    Do on-site "manager's apartments" located in commercial self-storage facilities meet the statutory requirements for classification as leased residential property?
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    December 12, 2002 - 2 CA-CV 2001-0114 - Capitol Indemnity v. Fleming
    Can a surety company maintain a cause of action for legal malpractice against its principal's attorney whom it did not engage? Is a legal malpractice claim subject to equitable subrogation? Read opinion...

    9th Circuit Court of Appeals

    January 14, 2003 - No. 00-30161 - US v. Severino
    An information which alleged a prior felony drug conviction, to render defendant eligible for a mandatory minimum sentence, adequately identified the relevant prior conviction under the circumstances. Read opinion...

    January 13, 2003 - No. 01-16613 - Aguon v. Commonwealth Ports Auth
    A public corporation created by the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to operate and manage its ports, is not a person for purposes of 42 U.S.C. section 1983 liability.
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