Q. Can I split fees with a lawyer outside my law firm?

A. Yes, under specific circumstances, including that each lawyer involved assumes joint responsibility for the representation. Read ER 1.5(e).

Changing the Rules
Columnist Grant Woods reveals four legal changes he would make if he got to make the rules. Read more.


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Report Recommends Ariz. Death Penalty Changes
A new report sponsored by the American Bar Association recommends major changes to Arizona's death penalty. Read more.

Judges Allowed to Pack Gun Under Robes
The advisory committee on judicial ethics has ruled that it is permissible for New York judges to pack a pistol beneath their robes while on the bench. Read more.

Special Masters Can Do the Heavy Lifting for

The multitude of tasks and issues around electronic discovery can sometimes be too much for courts to bear. Fortunately, a special master can address the rules, processes and disputes that complicate e-discovery. Read more.

Lawyers Needed for Character and Fitness Committee
Applications are being accepted for vacancies on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. Apply by August 23. Read more.

2007 Bar Convention - Save the Date!
The State Bar Convention will be held June 27-30, 2007, at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale. Save the date!

MBNA No-Annual-Fee Business Credit Card
A new member benefit from MBNA allows attorneys to separate personal from business expenses with a no-annual-fee MasterCard. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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July 3, 2006 – CV 05-0677 – Schwager v. VHS Acquisition
May a lent employee bring suit against her special employer if she is injured while leaving her place of employment at the end of the work day? Read opinion.

April 20, 2006 – CR 04-0269 – State v. King
May statements made during a 9-1-1 call be "testimonial" for Confrontation Clause purposes under Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36 (2004)? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

July 21, 2006 – No. 05-10349 – US v. McWeeney
A conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm is vacated and remanded for an evidentiary hearing pursuant to defendant's claim of erroneous denial of his motion to suppress where it was not clear whether officers coerced defendant and an individual into believing that they had no right to withdraw their consent to a vehicle search. Read opinion.

July 19, 2006 – No. 04-50157 – US v. Lyons
A conviction for mail fraud involving fraudulent celebrity memorabilia is affirmed where there was sufficient evidence for a rational jury to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant sent an individual several posters bearing forged celebrity signatures fully aware that he would sell the posters as though they were genuine. Defendant's sentence is vacated pursuant to Booker. Read opinion.

Real World Ethics
This three-hour seminar on August 10th takes the ethics rules and puts them into real life situations. Read more.

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