Ethics Q&A
Q: Can a lawyer be disciplined for failing to exercise one of the new permissive disclosure options under ER 1.6?

A: No, the rules state that a lawyer should not be disciplined for failing to exercise a permissive disclosure option. See preamble at comment [14].

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

Straight Talk on Estate Planning
Two lawyers explain what you need to know in planning for gay and lesbian couples--or for unmarried opposite-sex couples. Read article.

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Because communicating effectively with your clients is an important to a successful relationship, 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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Law and Order -- A Morning of Ethics
Jess Lorona and a panel of experts use popular television shows to discuss three hours of the new ethics rules on September 10, 2004. Seminar info.

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Lawmakers Consider Tweaking Jury Law
Help may be on the way for Arizona seniors who are troubled by a state law that makes it difficult to be excused from jury duty. Read more.

9th Circuit Oks DNA Profiling
A fiercely divided 9th Circuit en banc panel upheld the federal government's DNA databank, saying it doesn't violate the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches. Read more.

Attorneys To Fight New Corporate Sentencing Rules
The American Bar Association voted to contest proposed new sentencing rules that reward wayward companies that surrender private legal documents to prosecutors. Read more.

August 31: Azbar Chat Focuses on Civil RAJI
The State Bar is hosting a live online chat on Tuesday, August 31 from noon - 1:30 p.m. about the proposed Arizona civil jury instructions. Read more.

Complete Your MCLE Affidavit Online
Avoid late fees and file your 2003-04 MCLE Affidavit online. Read more about MCLE.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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August 19, 2004 - CV 03-0518 - State v. Phoenix Union High School Dist. No. 210
Do the retirement plans that the Phoenix Union High School District offers its teachers discriminate on the basis of age? Read opinion.

August 10, 2004 - SA 04-0110 - State v. Dairman
May the trial court appoint a victim's representative for a minor victim when the defendant is not part of the victim's "immediate family" as provided in A.R.S. �13-4403 (C) (2001)? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
August 20, 2004 - No. 00-30306 - U.S. v. Patterson
The government's failure to specify the amount of marijuana in defendant's plea agreement does not invalidate the original plea agreement where drug quantity is not an essential element of the offense. Read opinion.

August 20, 2004 - No. 02-17278 - University Medical Ctr. v. Thompson
In order to qualifying for an additional adjustment from Medicare for serving low-income patients, the extent to which a hospital cares for low-income patients must be measured against net inpatient care revenues as a whole. Read opinion.