Ethics Q&A
Q: If a person discusses with you the possibility of forming a client-lawyer relationship, is that person your client?

A: Yes; that person is now a "prospective client," as defined in the new ethics rules, which went into effect yesterday. The new rules can be found here.

Need ethics advice? Members of the State Bar can get free ethics advice concerning their own prospective conduct by calling the State Bar's Ethics Hotline at 602-340-7284.

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See how a passion for cars and trial practice guides one Arizona firm. Read the article.

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Lobbying for Lobbyists
Nearly every lawyer has a client who needs a voice in the legislature. The annual "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Capitol" seminar on Jan. 8, 2004, will discuss tips and lobbying techniques from the pros. Seminar info.

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High Court to Revisit Jury Sentencing
The fate of 88 people on Arizona's death row once again will rest in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more.

Lawsuits Battering Ariz. Governments
Arizona taxpayers have paid more than $140 million to cover the cost of claims against local governments, and experts expect the losses to mount. Read more.

9th Circuit Takes Aim at Gun Companies
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says gun manufacturers can be held liable for letting weapons fall into the hands of criminals. Read more.

Got referrals?
Are you interested in receiving and giving more referrals? Advertise in the first-ever Member to Member Referral Guide, a special insert in Arizona Attorney magazine. Read more.

Foundation Sponsors Holiday Event
Shop, eat and support a worthy cause by attending the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education-sponsored Holiday Kickoff at the Ritz on December 8. Read more.

ABA Accepting Nominations for Margaret Brent Awards
The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is accepting nominations through Dec. 12 for the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

November 18, 2003 - CV 02-0363 - Owen v. Blackhawk
Does an order designating one parent as primary residential parent constitute an order regarding physical custody? Read opinion.

November 20, 2003 - 2 CA-CV 2003-0017 - Jiminez v. Wal-Mart Inc.
Did the trial court err in excluding evidence in a retrial after remand when that same evidence had been admitted without objection at the first trial? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

December 1, 2003 - No. 02-10516 - US v. Haswood
The Government's appeal of an interlocutory order suppressing statements defendant made to an FBI agent is reversed as the totality of the circumstances suggest defendant's statement should have been admitted. Read opinion.

November 24, 2003 - No. 02-35536 - EEOC v. Pacific Maritime Assn.
In a sexual harassment case, brought by the EEOC on behalf of intervenor, there was no legally sufficient basis for the jury to find a connection with an employment relationship between defendant and intervenor and as a result, the district court erred when it denied defendant's motion for judgment as a matter of law. Read opinion.