Q: Can someone other than my client pay my legal fees?

A: Yes, with appropriate consent and disclosure. You also can't let the third person interfere with the attorney-client relationship. Read ER 1.8(f).

Politics and Lawyering
Our columnist weighs in on recent events that have shown the reach of the Executive power in the appointment and firing of prosecutors. Read more.


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AZ Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Tuition Increases
The Arizona Supreme Court is hearing a case where students at Arizona's three universities would be able to sue over any tuition increase they consider unconstitutional. Read more.

SEC Approves New Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Guidelines
The US Securities and Exchange Commission voted last week to approve new interpretive guidelines for Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Read more.

Superior Court Bench Welcomes New Judges
William "Bill" Brotherton, Samuel Thumma and Joseph Welty are the newest judges appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court. Read more.

State Bar Convention Registration
Registration for the 2007 State Bar Convention at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale is available online. Read more.

Supreme Court Introduces Automated Notification Program
The Arizona Supreme Court has instituted an automated notification program for newly released opinions and administrative orders in an ongoing effort to improve access to Court information. Read more.

Scottsdale Judicial Board Vacancy
One attorney who resides in Scottsdale will be appointed to the City's Judicial Appointments Advisory Board. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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May 24, 2007 – CV 06-0093 – Girouard v. Skyline
Under the wrongful death act, is evidence of the manner of a decedent's death admissible on the issue of damages of mental anguish suffered by the survivors? Read opinion.

May 18, 2007 – 2 CA-CV 2006-0188 - Home Builders Association v. City of Maricopa
Whether Pinal County had the statutory authority to enter into development agreements providing no development fees would be imposed on the developments and whether subsequently incorporated City of Maricopa is bound by those agreements. Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

May 24, 2007 – No. 05-16902 – Gama Puga v. Chertoff
In an action arising from removal proceedings, dismissal of Mexican citizen's habeas petition for lack of jurisdiction under the REAL ID Act is affirmed on the grounds that petitioner failed to exhaust the administrative remedies that were available to him, and thus his claim was not properly before the district court. Read opinion.

May 22, 2007 – No. 06-56774 – Abercrombie & Fitch v. Moose Creek Inc.
Denial of Abercrombie & Fitch's motion for a preliminary injunction to enjoin defendant from using newly designed moose marks pending the resolution of Abercrombie's trademark infringement suit is vacated and remanded for reconsideration where: 1) the district court abused its discretion in applying judicial estoppel to Abercrombie's arguments regarding certain factors relevant to determining the likelihood of confusion between related goods, as well as the issue of post-purchase confusion; and 2) a finding that the marks at issue were more different than similar was clearly erroneous. Read opinion.

Win Prizes! Earn Ethics!
Test your knowledge of the ethics rules in a fun way and collect those elusive three hours of ethics at this seminar on Friday, June 1. Read more.

The Complete Lawyer
In this edition, test yourself for unconscious bias. Researchers have developed a tool to help determine if you possess hidden negative prejudices or stereotypes. Read more.

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