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Q: Can a lawyer serving as a trustee in bankruptcy directly contact parties in bankruptcy cases who are represented by counsel?

A: Yes. A lawyer serving only in the capacity of trustee does not "represent" any party to the matter and does not have an "interest" in the case or in disputes that arise in the case. Read Ariz. Op. 03-02.

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Justice Criticizes Minimum Sentencing
Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer says mandatory minimum sentences are unfair and take away flexibility needed in the judicial process. Read more...

Law Schools Sue Pentagon Over Recruitment
A group of law schools is suing the Department of Defense, alleging its requirement that law schools allow military recruiters on campus violates the First Amendment. Read more...

9th Circuit Sides With Gay Ex-Serviceman
The 9th U.S. Circuit reinstated a lawsuit by a former Air Force doctor ordered to pay back his medical school expenses after revealing he is gay. Read more...


Chat with the Bar President
Here's your chance to ask questions of the State Bar President without ever leaving your desk. On October 22, members can "chat" with Pam Treadwell-Rubin through the Bar's new online service: AzbarChat. This new feature is another service the Bar provides, All for You. Read more.

Bar Sponsors Free Legal Advice Day
To help celebrate National Health Care Decisions Week, the State Bar is looking for attorney volunteers to participate in a Free Legal Advice Day on October 23 to provide citizens with free legal advice in the areas of probate and trust. Read More

There's Still Time to Volunteer
Would you like to serve on a municipal court judicial selection advisory board? This and other professional volunteer opportunities exist now, but you must apply by November 3. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

September 16, 2003 - SA 03-0085 - AZ Independent Redistricting v. AZ Minority
Do the members of the Arizona Redistricting Commission possess a legislative privilege?
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September 16, 2003 - 2 CA-CR 2003-0027 - State v. Livingston
Whether a traffic stop violates the Fourth Amendment rights of the driver when the officer bases the stop on objective facts that the officer erroneously believes constitute a traffic violation under Arizona law.
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9th Circuit Court of Appeals

US v. Bonas, No. 02-50631 (9th Cir. September 17, 2003)
The record does not support the district court's finding of manifest necessity justifying a mistrial, where no evidence showed that jurors were unwilling to put aside their unhappiness at having to serve without pay and discharge their duties as instructed by the court. Read opinion...

Giebeler v. M&B Assocs., No. 00-17508 (9th Cir. September 15, 2003)
The Fair Housing Amendments Act, 42 U.S.C. section 3601 et seq., required apartment owners reasonably to accommodate a tenant's disability by assessing individually the risk of nonpayment created by his specific proposed financial arrangement, rather than inflexibly applying a rental policy that forbids co-signers. Read opinion...