Ethics Q&A
Q: ER 1.10 provides that a lawyer's ethical conflicts are imputed to members of that lawyer's firm. What constitutes a "firm?"

A: "Firm" denotes a lawyer/lawyers in a law partnership, professional corporation, sole proprietorship, lawyers employed in a legal services organization or the legal department of a corporation or organization. See ER 1.0(c) and ER 1.10.

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

A Firm Apart
Law firm Hamilton and Reynolds bills itself as a "a boutique firm specializing in a general practice." We spoke with them to see what makes their unique practice tick. Read the article.

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Justices Rule IRAs Protected in Bankruptcies
The Supreme Court unanimously agreed on Monday that individual retirement accounts, like pensions, should be shielded from bankruptcy creditors. Read more.

Age-Bias Job Lawsuits May Rise Under Ruling
Older workers can sue over job practices that harm them more than younger employees, even if no evidence of deliberate age discrimination exists, the Supreme Court ruled. Read more.

Schiavo's Death Puts More Congressional Heat on Judges
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay blamed Terri Schiavo's death on what he called a failed legal system, and talked about trying to impeach some federal judges. Read more.

Directory Ads for Lawyers
Obtaining referrals from fellow lawyers may be one of the most important parts of a firm's marketing efforts. That's why Advertising in the State Bar's annual Membership Directory is a great way to keep your name in front of colleagues. Read more.

LexisNexis Offers New Benefits to Bar Members
LexisNexis is offering two important benefits to members: 10% discount on Time Matters and Billing Matters software and free headline news from Mealey's. Read more.

U.S. District Court to Require Electronic Filing Effective August 1
The United States District Court, District of Arizona, will require all filings to be done electronically, effective August 1, 2005. Read more.


Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

March 31, 2005 - CV 04-0272 - Jung v. Jung
Must a witness to a testamentary document sign the document before the testator has died? Read opinion.

April 1, 2005 - 2 CA-CR 2003-0123 - State v. Poshka
Is A.R.S. � 28-1381, which prohibits having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater within two hours of driving, unconstitutionally vague because a driver may not be able to determine the precise time when his/her blood alcohol concentration reaches .08 or, alternatively, because the statute permits arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

March 31, 2005 - No. 04-30104 - US v. Gunning
Defendant's sentence for a wire fraud conviction is vacated and remanded where he was improperly denied allocution at sentencing. Read opinion.

March 29, 2005 - No. 03-17095 - Cummings v. Connell
When nominal damages are awarded in a civil rights class action, every member of the class whose constitutional rights were violated is entitled to nominal damages. Read opinion.