Ethics Q&A
Q: Are there any new mandatory disclosure obligations under revised ER 1.6, the rule governing client confidences?

A: No, the rule provides only new permissive disclosure options. See ER 1.6.

Need ethics advice? Call the State Bar's Ethics Hotline at 602-340-7284.

On-Air Lawyers
If law practice keeps you busy, imagine adding news commentator to your r�sum�. Our roundtable with KAET's Michael Grant and Jos� C�rdenas explores their typical news day. Read article.

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Communicating effectively with your clients is important. The Bar offers a variety of public information brochures designed to help your clients understand specific areas of law. Order form.

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Major Revision of Jury Standards Underway
Arizona lawyers help the ABA revise nationwide jury standards, transforming jurors from passive observers to active participants. Read more.

Poll: Americans don't mind jury duty

JP Court Shuffle
The south Phoenix justice court is one of 23 being moved to six regional court centers in Maricopa County as part of a plan to streamline the lower-jurisdiction courts. Read more.

9th Circuit Strikes Diversity Program
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a school program that gave preferential treatment to minority students. The ruling could have a widespread effect on schools and other institutions that pursue diversity programs. Read more.

Bar Publishes Lawyer Regulation Annual Report
The State Bar's Office of Lawyer Regulation has published its annual report. Read more.

ABC News Documentary Features Two AZ Trials
Beginning tonight, August 10 at 9 p.m., ABC News will begin airing "In the Jury Room," a seven-part series of stories that closely follow two Arizona homicide trials, an Ohio death penalty case and several Colorado cases. Read more.

Azbar Chat to Focus on Civil RAJI
Mark your calendars! The State Bar is hosting a live online chat on August 31 at noon to discuss the Civil Revised Arizona Jury Instructions. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

August 3, 2004 - CV 03-0074 - Lincoln v. Maricopa County
Did the trial court err by applying a "doctor-bill assumption" that non-hospital charges equal a fixed percentage of hospital charges in order to "spend-down" patients' excess income and allow them to qualify as indigents under A.R.S. � 11-297(B) (1997) (repealed by 2001 Ariz. Sess. Laws, ch. 344, � 12)? Read opinion.

August 3, 2004 - 2 CA-CV 2002-0158 - State v. Shipman, Sweeney
In a special action arising from a criminal proceeding, did the trial court err in imposing a sanction of attorney fees against the state pursuant to Rule 11(a) of the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
August 4, 2004 - No. 03-70342 - Faruk v. Ashcroft
Plaintiffs' petition for asylum is granted where their testimony of harassment, beatings, and death threats compels the conclusion that they suffered past persecution on account of their mixed-race, mixed-religion marriage in Fiji. Read opinion.

August 5, 2004 - No. 02-50485 - U.S. v. Combs
Defendant's drug conviction is reversed where 1) the transfer of trace, unusable amounts of methamphetamine for the purpose of disposal in insufficient to support a conviction for "distribution," and 2) improper prosecutorial questioning and vouching prejudiced defendant's right to a fair trial. Read opinion.