Ethics Q&A
Q: When a lawyer with a conflict leaves a firm, is the firm still disqualified?

A: Only if the remaining lawyers have information regarding the conflict matter. Read Ariz. Op. 95-06.

Options for the Undead

Legal and ethical dilemmas converge when an attorney faces a family crisis. Peter Baird writes on health care directives and his father's illness. Read the article.

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The deadline to complete your MCLE requirement is June 30, 2003. For MCLE requirements and a calendar of available CLE courses. Click here...

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Supreme Court Opens Door to Discrimination Claims
Lawyers say this week's Supreme Court ruling, that allows circumstantial evidence to be used in discrimination lawsuits against companies, will make it easier for plaintiffs to get their cases before a jury. Read more...

Justice Courts Faulted on Accounting
An internal audit shows systemic accounting problems with Maricopa County's justice of the peace courts. Read more...

Cracks in the Ceiling
Women are breaking into the nation's largest law firms in unprecedented numbers - but still, a vastly disproportionate percentage of women aren't competing for partnership. Read more...


Treadwell-Rubin is New Bar President; Board Members, Officers Selected
New Board members and new officers have been selected to lead the State Bar under the guidance of new president Pam Treadwell-Rubin. Read more.

AZ Supreme Court Amends Ethical Rules
For the first time in 20 years, the Supreme Court of Arizona has approved significant changes to the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct. Read more.

Bar Launches New Web-Based E-mail Service
Say goodbye to your Hotmail, Yahoo and other similar e-mail services. The State Bar has a new e-mail service for Arizona attorneys. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

June 5, 2003 - MH 02-0009 - MH 2002-000767
Does A.R.S. [section] 36-501(11)(a), which requires that a psychiatric resident examining an individual for the purposes of a petition for court-ordered, involuntary treatment must be "supervised in the examination" mandate that the supervising psychiatrist be hysically present for the examination? Read opinion...

June 12, 2003 - SA 03-0018 - Sun Health v. North
Does the statutory peer review privilege protect from discovery (a) the statement of reasons for suspending a doctor; and (b) the medical charts of plaintiff's decedent? Read opinion...

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

June 11, 2003 - No. 01-10739 - US v. Davis
An overnight guest had a legitimate expectation that contents of a gym bag stored under a bed would remain private, and an apartment lessor had no authority to consent to the search, thus statements made following a search that led to discovery of a shotgun should have been suppressed. Read opinion...

June 10, 2003 - No. 01-16232 - Rivera v. Nat'l R.R. Passenger Corp.
Plaintiff's claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy fails where he offered no evidence that he reported illegal activity to railroad management, but the railroad may be liable under California law for its employees' allegedly defamatory statements. Read opinion...