Ethics Q&A
Q: Can an arbitrator be considered a "tribunal" for purposes of the ethical rules?

A: Yes. The new ethical rules have defined "tribunal" as including a court, an arbitrator in an arbitration proceeding or a legislative body, administrative agency or other body acting in an adjudicative capacity. 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.

Preserve the Record
Even experienced trial lawyers can overlook aspects of making the record that could provide powerful issues on appeal. Here are five areas to focus on in civil trials. Read the article.

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Get More Business from Referrals!
Watch for the 2004 Member-to-Member Referral Guide that will be published in the April issue of Arizona Attorney magazine. Save the issue and use the directory as a resource when referring clients to other attorneys.

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New Publication Details Time Limitations in AZ Superior Courts
This new book is a handy compilation of all applicable time limits for filing or responding to a civil motion or other civil procedures. Read more.

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Supreme Court to Decide Mandatory ID Case
Do you have to tell the police your name? The justices hear arguments in a first-of-its kind case that asks whether people can be punished for refusing to identify themselves. Read more.

Secrecy in Tax Court Proceeding Challenged
The losing parties in a major civil tax fraud case are asking the Supreme Court to hear their claims that secret reports by special trial judges in the U.S. Tax Court violate due process. Read more.

"Pledge" Challenger Goes Solo
The man taking his Pledge of Allegiance challenge to the US Supreme Court Wednesday is arguing his own case after a self-taught crash course in Supreme Court advocacy. Read more.

Legislative Update
Two House Concurrent Resolutions that were being debated by state lawmakers and were of concern to the Bar died last week as time expired for bills to be heard in their chamber of origin. Read more.

Email Virus Warning
Recently, several e-mail users have received e-mail messages that appeared to have come from the State Bar. These messages were not generated by the Bar. Some of these messages contained a virus and should be deleted from your system. Read more.

State Bar YLD Sponsors Modest Means Clinic
Arizona residents with immigration needs and a modest income will have the opportunity to receive free legal advice at a clinic on Saturday, April 3, 2004. In order to meet with an attorney at the clinic, individuals must first make an appointment by calling the Modest Means Project at 602-495-2755. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two
March 18, 2004 - CR 02-0384 - State v. Madrid
Are travel-related expenses incurred by the victim of a crime who voluntarily attends the the defendant's trial an item of "economic loss" for which the victim is entitled to receive pursuant to A.R.S. �13-603(C)? Read opinion.

March 18, 2004 - SA 03-0268 - Jackson v. State
Did the trial court err by placing Jackson on lifetime probation as a result of a conviction of public sexual indecency, a class 1 misdemeanor, even though public sexual indecency is an offense included in title 13, chapter 14 of the A.R.S.? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
March 17, 2004 - No. 02-55340 - US v. Universal Fruits & Vegetables
The Court of International Trade has exclusive jurisdiction over this False Claims Act action, arising from a Chinese importer's scheme to evade US antidumping tariffs by transshipping. Summary judgment for plaintiff is reversed. Read opinion.

March 18, 2004 - No. 01-35266 - Wilderness Society v. US Fish & Wildlife Service
Defendant's decision to permit a fish species enhancement was a reasonable interpretation of statutory ambiguities under the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. sections 1131-1136) and the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act (16 U.S.C. sections 668dd-668ee). Read amended opinion.