Q: May I accept a referral fee from an automobile dealer in return for referring credit-challenged clients who purchase vehicles to the dealer?

A: No. Read Ethics Opinion 06-02.

Poetic Justice
Read the work of attorneys Joni Wallace and Christopher Dupont, who took the top honors for poetry in the magazine's Creative Arts Competition. Read more.


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Higher Pay Sought for Pima County Prosecutors
Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall asked for $15 million for salaries and wages in the next fiscal year trying to retain prosecutors, some of whom are frustrated because of incomparable salaries. Read more.

Supreme Court: Police Don't Need Warrants in Emergencies
The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that police can enter homes in emergencies without knocking or announcing their presence. Read more.

AZ Supreme Court limits TV Sex-sting charges
Reporters pretending to be teens on the Internet to lure adults may be great television. But the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday it isn't enough to get their targets arrested. Read more.

New Awards Will Recognize Accessible Workplaces
Nominate a private or public employer who has made accessible workplaces a priority for the first annual Hon. John R. Sticht Excellence in Disabilities Accessibility Awards. Read more.

Deadline Extended for Trial Practice Section Scholarships
The State Bar's Trial Practice Section has extended the deadline to apply for scholarships for the 2006 Arizona College of Trial Advocacy to June 15th. Read more.

State Bar Convention Only 2 Weeks Away!
The annual State Bar of Arizona Convention takes place June 14-17 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix. Save $50 if you register before Friday, June 2. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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May 23, 2006 – SA 05-0207 – PM v. Gould/Moore
Do the State's interests in securing an aggravated punishment at a sentencing hearing and the defendant's due process rights justify a trial court's order to disclose the victim's privileged communications with a counselor? Read opinion.

May 25, 2006 – 2 CA-CR 2005-0014 – State v. James Albert Robles
Did the trial court err in refusing to instruct the jury that driving on a suspended license is a lesser-included offense of aggravated DUI on a suspended license? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

May 24, 2006 – No. 04-15961 – Vacek v. United States Postal Service
Dismissal, for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, of plaintiff's Federal Tort Claims Act claim arising from an accident with a postal service truck is affirmed over claims that: 1) the mailbox rule should apply to claims under the Act, 2) mail carriers are representatives and mailboxes are extensions of the postal service, such that depositing a letter with either one satisfies the presentment requirement, and 3) estoppel applies. Read opinion.

May 24, 2006 – No. 03-57102 – Laws v. Sony Music Entertainment
Summary judgment for defendant-music company in a suit brought by a professional vocalist and recording artist for misappropriating her voice and name in a song is affirmed where the district court properly found that the Copyright Act preempted plaintiff's claims for violation of her common law right to privacy and her statutory right of publicity. Read opinion.

CLE by the Sea
Enjoy the beauty of San Diego's Hotel del Coronado and earn CLE credits July 12-15, 2006. Educational tracks include trial law, family law, business law, criminal law and a three-hour ethics program. Read more.

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