Ethics Q&A
Q: If a lawyer merely cohabitates with, but is not married to another lawyer, may they knowingly represent opposing parties in a case?

A: No. See ER 1.8(l).

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

Avoid the Woodshed
Even if you're not a litigator, it's likely that your case and your clients' wishes will at some point have to pass muster before a judge. Read our primer on contempt of court.

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

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Judges Can't Use Unproven Reports to Add Jail Time
The U.S. Supreme Court further restricted federal judges' sentencing powers Monday, ruling that police reports and other unproven evidence cannot be used to tack on prison time. Read more.

9th Circuit Reinstates HIV Suit Against Airline
The 9th Circuit Court reinstated a lawsuit Friday filed by three men who claim they were denied flight attendant jobs because they're HIV-positive. Read more.

Is Justice Kennedy Of Out The Running For Chief?
Just two years ago, the buzz was that if Chief Justice William Rehnquist retired, Justice Anthony Kennedy had a good shot at replacing him. But two of Kennedy's controversial opinions appear to have changed that. Read more.

Deadline Extended for Committee Applications
You now have until April 15 to submit an application to serve on a State Bar Committee. If you have submitted your application and did not receive a confirmation notice please contact Nedra Brown to confirm that your application has been received. Read more.

Bar Publishes Legal Resource Guide in Phoenix Magazine
Thanks to a partnership with the State Bar, the March issue of Phoenix Magazine includes a seven-page Legal Resource Guide that promotes the value and role of attorneys. Read more.

Bar Moves in Three Weeks!
The State Bar's Phoenix office moves to its new location on March 28, 2005. Read more.


Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

February 22, 2005 - CR 03-0187 PRPC - State v. Goracke
Should the prisoner mailbox rule, holding that a document is deemed filed by a pro se prisoner when delivered to proper prison authorities, apply to petitions for review by the Arizona Supreme Court? Read opinion.

February 28, 2005 - 2 CA-CR 2001-0433 State v. Chiappetta
Did the defendant establish any violation of his due process rights to a fair and impartial trial judge based on the judge's conduct and alleged "ill will" toward the defendant after he failed to appear for trial? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

March 7, 2005 - No. 99-99030 - Hayes v. Brown
A prosecutor's knowing presentation of false evidence and failure to correct the record violate a criminal defendant's due process rights. Read opinion.

March 3, 2005 - No. 03-35093 - Lasar v. Ford Motor Co.
The district court properly levied sanctions against defendant for statements that its counsel made during his opening statement to the jury that ultimately resulted in a mistrial. Read opinion.