Q: May I accept a gift from my client?

A: A simple token gift is permitted, but substantial gifts are problematic. Read Ethics Opinion 95-05.

On Limited Representation
Columnist David Dodge answers questions you may have about what is ethically permissible in regard to providing limited representation to a client. Read more.


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High Court Affirms Defendants Right to Counsel of Choice
The Supreme Court reaffirmed defendants' right to the counsel of their choice in criminal cases. Writing for a 5-4 majority, Justice Scalia said that when the right is violated, the defendant's conviction must be reversed. Read more.

Vermont Campaign Finance Ruling May Affect Arizona
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday could set the stage for challenges to campaign finance laws in Arizona and other states. Read more.

Supreme Court Sides With Employees In Discrimination Case
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled gave broad protection under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to employees who suffer retaliation for complaining about discrimination. Read more.

Jimmie D. Smith and New Officers Lead State Bar
Jimmie D. Smith takes over as the new State Bar of Arizona president. He is the 74th Bar president and the sixth Yuma lawyer to lead the organization since 1933. Read more.

State Bar Board Votes to Withdraw Dues/ MCLE Petition
The State Bar Board of Governors voted to withdraw its petition to the Arizona Supreme Court, which sought to change dues and MCLE requirements for a variety of different membership categories. Taking into consideration the many comments members made to the Supreme Court, the Board will likely reconsider the issues, hold more discussions and may submit a new petition.

Bar Releases Updated Email Service
Now is a great time to sign up for an azbar.org e-mail account. The Bar has improved spam filtering, virus protection and increased mailbox sizes. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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June 13, 2006 – CV 05-0171 – Butch Randolph v. International Fidelity
Does the post-1991 version of A.R.S. � 32-1121(A)(4) permit recovery for materials furnished by an unlicensed contractor who does not perform any installation services when the price of the materials exceeds $750? Read opinion.

June 15, 2006 – 2 CA-CV 2005-0067 – Barth v. Cochise County
Does the Arizona Employee Protection Act of 1996 governing constructive discharge claims against employers supersede, conflict with, or affect requirements of A.R.S. � 12-821.01, governing claims against public entities? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

June 22, 2006 – No. 03-57012 – Brittain v. Hansen
Non-custodial parents with court-ordered visitation rights have a liberty interest in the companionship, care, custody, and management of their children. Read opinion.

June 22, 2006 – No. 05-30410 – US v. Juvenile
A district court may, consistent with due process, assume a juvenile's guilt of the crime charged for purposes of a motion to transfer a juvenile to adult status pursuant to 18 U.S.C. section 5032 for criminal prosecution. However, a district court that assumes the guilt of an accused juvenile may not expand that assumption beyond the offense or offenses charged in the information, and the authority of a district court to assume the guilt of the accused juvenile is permissive, not mandatory. Read opinion.

This Is Your Last Chance!
But we've given lots of alternatives -- some of the top live programs of the past year will be shown at locations throughout Arizona, to fill your MCLE needs! Read more.

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