Ethics Q&A
Q: Do the ethical rules require a lawyer to promptly respond to ALL requests from a client for information about his/her case?

A: No. Lawyers must keep clients "reasonably informed" about the status of the matter, and promptly comply with "reasonable requests" for information. Read ER 1.4.

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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Pima Co. Public Defense Office Review is Inconclusive
A consultant's report says there's no way to tell if county-employed lawyers who represent poor defendants are overworked and if communication between agencies is poor. Read more.

Phoenix Bankruptcy Court to Move
With bankruptcy filings continuing at a torrid pace, Phoenix's U.S. Bankruptcy Court is moving downtown this fall. Read more.

9th Circuit: Companies Can Sue Over Civil Rights
A minority-run company has the same right to sue for race discrimination as a person, the 9th Circuit ruled. Read more.

State Bar Announces Annual Award Winners
Eleven individuals will receive awards of recognition at the State Bar of Arizona's annual convention at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, June 9-12, 2004. Read more.

Deadline Nears to Complete Mandatory Professionalism Course
The deadline for all Arizona lawyers admitted prior to 1992 to complete the State Bar's mandatory Professionalism Course is June 30, 2004. There's still time to attend the course in June. Read more.

Lawyers Get Reprieve from Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a letter stating that it will not bring enforcement actions against or investigate any practicing lawyer for failing to comply with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

May 25, 2004 - CV 03-0184 - Riepe v. Riepe
Can the superior court award in loco parentis visitation to a widowed stepmother pursuant to A.R.S. section 25-415(C) (2000) when the stepchild enjoyed good relationships with both legal parents before the father's death and the child is currently parented by his legal mother? Read opinion.

May 27, 2004 - 2 CA-CR 2003-0254 - State v. Smith
To enter a defendant's home to execute an arrest warrant, must a law enforcement officer possess a reasonable belief that the defendant is probably home or may the officer lawfully enter based on a mere possibility that the defendant will be found within? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
May 27, 2004 - No. 02-73220 - Sidhu v. Ashcroft
Petitioner did not make an "entry" into the United States when she was detained by authorities before exiting a controlled area at an airport. Thus, she was not entitled to deportation proceedings. Read opinion.

May 27, 2004 - No. 02-56770 - Action Embroidery Corp. v. Atlantic Embroidery Inc.
The federal district court has personal jurisdiction over the federal anti-trust claims, and it may, in its discretion, exercise pendent personal jurisdiction over the state-law claims contained in the same complaint. Read opinion.