Ethics Q&A
Q: Can a lawyer assist a non-lawyer in collecting a fee for services the lawyer believes constitutes the unauthorized practice of law?

A: No, as doing so would be assisting the unauthorized practice of law in violation of ER 5.5. Read Ariz. Op. 03-03.

The New Ethical Rules

The Arizona Supreme Court has approved proposed changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct. The biggest revision in 20 years goes into effect on December 1. Are you ready? Read the article.

All For You...

Chat with the Bar President
On October 22, members can ask State Bar President Pam Treadwell-Rubin questions using the Bar's new online service: AzbarChat. This new feature is another service the Bar provides, All for You. Read more.

| Disclaimer | Feedback |
| About eLegal |

Mediation Made Easy!
Anyone who has clients in mediation will want to attend the "Let's Do Breakfast, Mediation and Ethics!" day-long seminar on Friday, October 17. More info.

AzbarMail: Learn more about new e-mail service for members only.

Legal Links

Lawyer Jobs Available


Legal Dictionary

Legal Resources

Expert and Consultant Directory

Member Benefits

AZ Foundation for Legal Services and Education


In which format would you like to receive this eNewsletter in the future, plain text or text w/graphics? Check the appropriate box below:

Text w/Graphics(HTML)

Plain Text

You are receiving this message because the State Bar of Arizona believes you will benefit from this information. If you would like to unsubscribe to this mailing, please click here.

U.S. Sentences Slashed in Ariz.
While Attorney General John Ashcroft bashes federal judges for not being tough enough on crime, Arizona leads the nation with softer sentences for seven out of every 10 federal convicts. Read more...

Associates Giving Up on Partnership
Some lawyers describe making partner as winning "a pie-eating contest where the prize is more pie." Most of today's associates are less interested in partnership. Read more...

Legal Access Called Society's Glue
Working with a small budget and an enormous need, the Volunteer Lawyers Program provides legal services to people who can't afford an attorney. Read more...


Board of Certified Court Reporters Seeks Attorney Candidate
Deadline for applying is October 15.
More Info.

Revised Client Care Guide
Now Available

Order the revised version of the Bar's popular pamphlet "Client Care Guide: Communicating Well with Your Lawyer." The updated guide reflects the new ethical rules changes and features a friendlier look.
Order Form.

Maricopa County Bar Names
New Executive Director

The Maricopa County Bar Association board of directors has named Leandra Lewis as the association's new executive director.
Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

October 1, 2003 - 1 CA-SA 02-0108 - Bailey v. City of Mesa
When a governmental entity proposes to condemn and take private property that will be conveyed to private parties for redevelopment purposes, does Article 2, Section 17 of the Arizona Constitution prevent such a taking unless the anticipated public benefits and characteristics substantially outweigh the private nature of the end use? Read opinion...

September 23, 2003 - 2 CA-SA 2003-0067 - Tanque Verde Unified School District v. Tanque Verde Coalition Inc.
Did the school district board violate the open meeting laws by conducting a site selection process in executive session?
Read opinion...

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

October 3, 2003 - No. 02-35543 -
Spitsyn v. Moore

Where an attorney was retained to prepare and file a habeas petition, failed to do so, and disregarded requests to return the files pertaining to petitioner's case until well after the date the petition was due, equitable tolling of the deadline is appropriate.
Read opinion...

October 2, 2003 - No. 02-50380 -
US v. Kincade

Forced extraction of blood from parolees pursuant to the federal DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 requires individualized suspicion under the Fourth Amendment, and the compulsory collection of blood samples under the Act does not fall within the "special needs" exception to the Fourth Amendment. Read opinion...