Q: May I negotiate a dispute with a non-lawyer who claims to be representing the opposing party?

A: No. Doing so would be assisting the unauthorized practice of law. Read ER 5.5.

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

A Russian Experience
An Arizona lawyer takes us on a tour of courts and a justice system in a country learning to value both. Read more.

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Sentencing Speeches Upheld by 9th Circuit
Crime victims must be given a chance to literally have their say in court before sentencing, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. Read more.

Litigation Ensnares Outside Counsel in Shareholder Suits
In the wake of high-profile corporate meltdowns, attorneys and other professionals who advise public companies are concerned over what they see as their widening exposure. Read more.

No Sentimental Send-Off for
O'Connor - Yet

The Supreme Court can sometimes seem like an unsentimental place, and Monday was one of those times. It was probably Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's final day on the bench after 25 years, yet no one paused to note that fact. Read more.

Rules of Professional Conduct - New Online Resource
The Rules of Professional Conduct now are at your fingertips, easier to use and free. Better yet, they�re linked to Arizona ethics opinions. All thanks to a new State Bar Web page. Read more.

Stand Up For Fair Courts
To support fair and impartial courts, the State Bar has created a �Fair Courts Toolkit� for lawyers. Go there now.

Web Discipline Verification Underway
State Bar members have two more weeks to privately review their online discipline record and verify the accuracy of the information. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

January 19, 2006 � TX 04-0016/TX 04-0021 (consol.) ADOR v. Salt River
Are contributions in aid of construction ("CIAC") included in an electric utility company's original plant in service cost for valuation and taxation purposes? Read opinion.

January 11, 2006 � 2 CA-CV 2005-0072 � Wilson v. Playa de Serrano
Whether compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 and the Housing for Older Persons Act gives a homeowners� association authority to impose an age- based occupancy restriction on its units absent a valid amendment to its Declaration? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
January 17, 2006 � No. 05-55014 � Sprint PCS Assets LLC, v. City of La Canada Flintridge
Summary judgment in favor of defendant-municipality upholding certain permit denials involving wireless telecommunications facilities based on aesthetic impact is reversed where defendant overstepped its regulatory authority under state law, its wireless ordinance is invalid, and no evidence supported the permit denial. Read opinion.

January 17, 2006 � No. 04-15258 � DeRoche v. Arizona Industrial Commission
Denial of an attorney's fees request pursuant to a state statute for attorney's fees incurred in bankruptcy discharge litigation is affirmed since attorney's fees are not available for litigating federal bankruptcy issues. Read opinion.