Ethics Q&A
Q: ER 1.8(j) prohibits the partner in a firm from representing her boyfriend in a case. Is it ethical for one of the firm's associates to take the case?

A: Yes. Conflicts under ER 1.8(j) are not imputed to other members of the firm. See ER 1.8(k).

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

Expanding a Duty's Reach
Who is "your" doctor? The Arizona Supreme Court changed that calculation in Stanley v. McCarver, expanding the duty of care to those who may not even be in a formal doctor-patient relationship. Read the article.

Client  Care Guide
This newly-revised booklet will help your clients understand the basics of working with an attorney. Order Form.

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In your law practice that is? National speaker Larry Cohen will answer all your questions at a seminar including lunch on March 4, 2005. Seminar info.

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U.S. Supremes to Review Assisted Suicide Law
The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will hear a challenge to the nation's only assisted suicide law. Read more.

Push to Stop Jury Trials in Ariz. DUI Cases
Prosecutors and Municipal Court judges in Arizona are pushing to eliminate the right to a jury trial for misdemeanor drunken-driving charges. Read more.

Ariz. High Court Tackles Workers' Benefits
Taking on an issue that divided lower courts, the Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether alcohol and drug abusing workers should receive workers' compensation benefits for on-the-job injuries. Read more.

Board Approves First Level of Discipline Information on Web Sites
In the first of two votes on the subject, the State Bar Board of Governors has approved making certain discipline information about lawyers accessible through "Member Finder" and "Find a Lawyer" on its two Web sites. Read more.

Register Now for Minority Bar Convention
Seminars geared towards "Building Stronger Communities" are on tap for this year's Minority Bar Convention, April 1-2, 2005, in Phoenix. Read more.

ABA House of Delegates Seeks Volunteers
The State Bar is currently accepting applications from active members in good standing to represent the Bar in the ABA House of Delegates. Deadline to apply is April 22, 2005. Read more.


Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

February 8, 2005 - IC 04-0016 - Kelly Services v. RSKCO
Is a workers' compensation claimant's "area of residence" necessarily limited to the community in which he resides for the purpose of determining the relevant labor market? Read opinion.

February 9, 2005 - 2 CA-CV 2004-0092 - Martin v. Schroeder
Does a violation of � 922(d)(3) of the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 (Act), 18 U.S.C. �� 921-931, which prohibits transferring a firearm to any person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance, constitute negligence per se? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

February 18, 2005 - No. 03-30387 - U.S. v. Moreno-Hernandez
Defendant's assault conviction is affirmed; however, his sentence is vacated and remanded in light of US v. Booker, 125 S.Ct. 738 (2005). Read opinion.

February 16, 2005 - No. 03-35794 - Cooper-Smith v. Palmateer
Denial of plaintiff's writ of habeas corpus is affirmed over his claims that 1)the district court declined to expand the record, and 2)the trial court violated his constitutional rights when it imposed a dangerous offender sentence without the predicate facts being proven to the jury. Read opinion.