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Q: If your fee agreement provides that you will submit to fee arbitration if a dispute arises, must you submit to arbitration, if the client so requests?

A: Yes. In re: Thomas Connelly, SB-02-0055-D (Aug. 9, 2002). Read Opinion.

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Arizona Clean Elections Law Upheld
Arizona's popular but controversial system of publicly funding political elections has survived its final court challenge, leaving critics no avenue to repeal the law other than to take the issue back to voters. Read more...

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Protects IOLTA Money
The U.S. Supreme Court rescued IOLTA programs from a vigorous constitutional attack, ruling that states may pool clients' escrow funds and give the interest to legal aid programs. Read more...

Lawyers Set Precedent, Join Teamsters Union
After months of locking horns with management over complaints about inadequate working conditions and low pay, the lawyers in Parker Stanbury's Phoenix law office have unionized. Read more...


Bar Seeks Input on Admission by Motion Rule
The State Bar Board of Governors continues to seek input on a proposed Rule that could allow Admission by Motion. Read more.

Important Notice About Kemper's Liability Insurance
The State Bar is issuing an important message to members about the reduced financial strength rating of Kemper Insurance Companies, the Bar's sponsored professional liability insurance carrier. The State Bar has withdrawn its sponsorship of the Kemper program.
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Nominations Being Accepted for State Bar Awards
The State Bar is soliciting nominations for awards to be given to members at the annual convention. The deadline for nominations is April 11, 2003. Read more...

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

March 27, 2003 - TX 01-0004 - ADOR v. Raby
In computing Arizona adjusted gross income pursuant to A.R.S. � 43-1022, may a husband and wife who file a joint Arizona income tax return each claim the subtraction authorized by � 43-1022(b)(2) for benefits "received" from the state retirement system when those benefits are paid as the result of one spouse's retirement?
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March 19, 2003 - 2 CA-CR 2001-0343 - State v. Jeffrey Allen Brown
Must a trial court conduct a trial on an allegation of prior felony conviction when a defendant substantially admits the prior felony conviction while testifying at trial? Read opinion...

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

March 27, 2003 - No. 02-35054 - Abelein v. U.S.
A claim against the U.S. for alleged disclosure of confidential tax return information was not actionable, as procedure that led to Final Partnership Administration Adjustment forms was in an administrative proceeding to which plaintiff was a party. Read opinion...

March 25, 2003 - No. 02-10170 - U.S. v. Doe
The speedy trial standard of 18 U.S.C. section 5036 was violated because a juvenile Indian was not tried within thirty days after his certification for juvenile proceedings. Read opinion...