Ethics Q&A
Q: May a lawyer deposit his/her own funds into a client trust account in order to cover bank service charges?
A: Yes, but only in the amount necessary for that purpose. See ER 1.15(b).

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

Arizona Jury Verdicts in 2004
One trend of law practice is the civil jury verdict. Attorney Kelly Wilkins MacHenry reviews those verdicts from 2004, county by county. Read more.

Destination Tucson!
Register online for the 2005 State Bar of Arizona convention, June 15-18, 2005, at the Westin La Paloma Resort.

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Getting Inside the Jury Mind
Learn about rules, ethics and how to persuade the 21st Century jury in this all-day seminar on May 13, 2005. Read more.

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Tort Reform May Seek Caps On Medical Malpractice Damages
Tort reform advocates in Arizona continue to work toward a ballot measure they hope could lead to caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Read more.

The War On Judges
Newsweek looks inside the heated campaign to rein in judicial clout. Read more.

U.S. Death Sentences Fall to Record Low
The number of people sentenced to death last year fell to the lowest level since the Supreme Court reinstated the penalty in 1976. Read more.

Board of Governor Candidates Run for Election
Thirteen candidates from three districts are running for election to the State Bar Board of Governors. Read about the candidates and vote by May 20.

Mandatory Arbitration Survey Results
Learn about the key findings from a study of the court's mandatory arbitration program. It's a free seminar at the State Bar convention. Read more.

Today is Deadline to Apply for Supreme Court Vacancy
Applications are being accepted for a vacancy created on the Arizona Supreme Court by the retirement of Chief Justice Charles E. Jones on June 11. Read more.


Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

April 21, 2005 - CR 03-0987 - State v. Kuck
Is entitlement to a twelve-member jury evaluated on the basis of the maximum potential sentence at the time the jury begins its deliberations? Read opinion.

April 29, 2005 - 2 CA-CR 2003-0238 - State v. Manzanedo
Does A.R.S. � 13-1207 create two separate offenses or a single offense that may be committed in alternate ways? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
April 29, 2005 - No. 03-56516 - Mustang Marketing v. Chevron
Defendant-franchisor violated the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act when it did not offer plaintiff-franchisee an option to extend the lease of a gas station. Read opinion.

April 28, 2005 - No. 04-15466 - Agster v. Maricopa County
Federal law recognizes no privilege of peer review in the context of a case involving the death of a prisoner. Read opinion.