Q: Can I participate in a legal-services program that places presumptive limits on how much I get paid for providing certain legal services to my client?

A: Yes, but you still must competently represent your client, which may mean accepting a set amount, regardless of the time spent on the matter. Read Ethics Op. 06-04.

You've Got (Someone Else's) Mail
An e-mail to another lawyer is sent to you by mistake. It's an e-mail ethical dilemma. Read more.


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Ruling Enforces Voter ID Requirements
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has Arizona election officials once again gearing up to require voters to present identification when casting ballots on Nov. 7. Read more.

Survey Shows Women Under-Represented Among Equity Partners
A recent study shows that while 45 percent of associates at large law firms are women, just 16 percent of equity partners are women. Read more.

Tucson Judges Object to Hearings in Jail
Several city magistrates are refusing to conduct defendants' initial appearances inside the county jail, saying they don't feel safe. Read more.

New Web Site, Brochure Tackle Issues Faced by Seniors
The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education has created a new brochure and Web site that address legal concerns faced by Arizona seniors and their caregivers. Read more.

Time To Get Creative
The annual Creative Arts Competition has kicked off at Arizona Attorney magazine. Here are the categories and deadline.

Lawyers Needed For Volunteer Opportunities
Apply by November 15th to serve on the Commission on Judicial Conduct or on one of the judicial nominating commissions. Two legal services boards also seek volunteers. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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October 26, 2006 – IC 05-0141 – Martinez v. Industrial Commission
Does the Court of Appeals have jurisdiction when a Petition for Special Action in an ICA case is filed in the wrong court? Read opinion.

October 27, 2006 – 2 CA-CV 2005-0209 – Cundiff v. State Farm Mutual Auto Ins.
Does A.R.S. � 20-259.01 preclude an automobile liability insurer from enforcing a policy provision offsetting an insured's workers' compensation benefits against a claim made under an underinsured motorist provision of the policy? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

October 26, 2006 – No. 03-74533 – Fernandez-Ruiz v. Gonzales
The en banc court rules that petitioner is not removable for his 2003 Arizona conviction for domestic violence since it was not a "crime of domestic violence" under a federal statute that triggers removal of a legally admitted resident alien from the U.S., and the matter is returned to the original panel for resolution of the remaining issues. Read opinion.

October 20, 2006 – No. 05-15767 – ACLU of Nevada v. City of Las Vegas
City ordinances prohibiting solicitation and the erection of tables in a five-block tract of downtown Las Vegas unconstitutionally restrict free speech. Read opinion.

Winning the Motor Vehicle Accident Case
National speaker Steven Schorr will be featured at a day-long seminar, including lunch, on Friday, Nov. 10. Read more.

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