Q: What are the acceptable ways of disbursing funds from my trust account?

A: Pre-numbered check and "electronic transfer." Read Rule 43(d)(4).

Growth in Unpublished Decisions
Dick Coffinger details the increased use of unpublished memorandum decisions at the Arizona Court of Appeals. Read more.


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Is Arizona Self-Defense Law Retroactive?
The Arizona Supreme Court will decide whether a change in state law dealing with self-defense cases is retroactive or starts from the date it became law. Read more.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Insanity Law
In a major test of the wide latitude given to states in writing their own insanity-defense laws, a divided U.S. Supreme Court upheld the murder conviction of a schizophrenic teenager who killed a Flagstaff police officer. Read more.

Ex-con Denied Entry to Arizona Bar
The Arizona Supreme Court refused to allow a Texas attorney to practice law in Arizona because he served time for attempted murder before becoming a lawyer. Read more.

Congested Court Entrances to Ease Up
A new practice goes into effect at Maricopa County court facilities that provides attorneys with express lane entrances separate from entrances for the public. Read more.

State Bar Announces Disabilities Accessibility Award Winners
The Arizona Center for Disability Law and the Office of the Arizona Attorney General are recipients of the State Bar of Arizona's "Honorable John R. Sticht Excellence in Disabilities Accessibility Award." Read more.

Applications Sought for Supreme Court's Disciplinary Commission
Openings are available for public and lawyer seats on the Arizona Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. The deadline to apply is July 14. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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July 3, 2006 – CV 05-0663 – Fry v. Garcia
Does the court continue to have authority to consider a petition for visitation filed by grandparents pursuant to ARS Section 25-409(A)(3) if the parents marry during the course of the proceedings on the petition? Read opinion.

June 30, 2006 – 2 CA-CR 2005-0248 – State v. Celaya
May a defendant who pled guilty appeal from a sentence imposed after a jury, pursuant to Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296, 124 S. Ct. 2531 (2004), determined the existence of aggravating factors? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

July 6, 2006 – No. 04-36087 – Dark v. Curry County
Summary judgment for defendant-employer on a claim by an epileptic heavy-equipment operator for a county road department under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is reversed pursuant to claims that there were genuine issues of material fact which entitled plaintiff to a jury trial, specifically, with respect to: 1) the reason given for his termination; 2) his qualifications; and 3) whether he was a "direct threat" to his fellow employees. Read opinion.

June 30, 2006 – No. 02-10318 – US v. Stewart
Congress can use its commerce power to ban possession of homemade machineguns. Congress had a rational basis for concluding that in the aggregate, possession of homemade machineguns could substantially affect interstate commerce in machineguns. Read opinion.

Earn CLE with "Bones" Doctor
Dr. Kathy Reichs, inspiration for the hit TV series "Bones," will speak at a one-hour CLE and sign her new book, "Break No Bones," on July 20, 2006. Read more.

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