Ethics Q&A
Q: What constitutes "informed consent" of the client?

A: The new ethical rules define "informed consent" as the agreement by a person to a proposed course of conduct after the lawyer has communicated adequate information and explanation about the material risks of and reasonably available alternatives to a proposed course of conduct. Read the new rules.

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.

Same-Sex Marriage
Arizona courts have played a role in the issue of civil marriage and same-sex couples. In our pro-con, two lawyers tell what they think you should know. Read the article.

All For You
Save the Date for Annual Convention
The State Bar's annual convention is June 9-12 at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. It can be a cost-effective way to get your CLE and a great opportunity to meet colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Criminal Law Update
From immigration to home detention technologies; from breath testing to practicing in federal court, criminal justice speakers will address the latest issues important to practice during this all-day seminar on Friday, March 19. Seminar info.

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No Warning for Those Without a Lawyer
The Supreme Court rules that although people pleading guilty to crimes are entitled to an attorney, judges don't have to warn them of the disadvantages of not seeing a lawyer. Read more.

Judge Reduces Lawyer's Fees Because of Typos
A federal judge reduced a lawyer's request for fees because his filings were infested with typographical errors. Read more.

Blackmun Papers Reveal Court's Daily Life
Detailed inside information about cases, as well as the daily trivia of life at the Supreme Court, went on view Thursday as the Library of Congress released the papers of the late Justice Harry Blackmun. Read more.

State Bar's YLD Seeks Executive Council Nominees
There are two openings for YLD Executive Council representatives: District 4 (Maricopa County) and District 3 (Pima County), as well as president-elect, secretary and treasurer. Please submit your nominees name to Keri Silvyn at by April 5.

Legislative Update and Alert
The House Judiciary Committee will vote on two familiar measures Thursday morning, March 11, which affect the independence of the judiciary. Read more.

Lawyers on Call a Success!
The State Bar has partnered with Channel 12 to sponsor "Lawyers on Call," a monthly phone bank where volunteer attorneys provide free legal advice over the phone to the public. Last Friday, a panel of family law attorneys fielded over 100 calls during the two-hour program. More about Lawyers on Call.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two
March 4, 2004 - CR 02-0222 - State v. Vogel
Does A.R.S. � 13-415 trump A.R.S. � 13-404(B)(!) such that verbal provocation alone may justify the use of physical force in self-defense by a defendant against whom the victim has committed previous acts of domestic violence? Read opinion.

February 17, 2004 - MH 03-0005 - MH 2003-000058
Does a physician with a "one-year training permit" qualify as a "licensed physician" for purposes of conducting or supervising a psychiatric evaluation in a civil commitment proceeding? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
March 4, 2004 - No. 99-56361 - Chia v. Cambra
Four statements, made by a participant in the murder of two DEA agents, were both reliable and crucial to prisoner's defense. The trial court's decision to exclude this reliable material evidence of prisoner's innocence constitutes an objectively unreasonable application of clearly established federal law; reversed and remanded. Read opinion.

March 4, 2004 - No. 02-16525 - Leever v. City of Carson
An agreement made pursuant to 29 C.F.R. section 785.23 to compensate an officer for overtime spent caring for her assigned police dog must, at a minimum, take into account some approximation of the hours she actually worked or could reasonably be required to work. Read opinion.