Q: Can I have a fee agreement in which I could charge the greater of a standard contingency percentage or my standard time charges?

A: Such an agreement may result in an unreasonable fee. Read Ethics Op. 03-06.

The Visual Fourth Amendment
The Fourth Amendment, rum and molasses. Who knew? Here's a remarkable new way to picture legal history. Read more.


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ABA Says OK to Phoenix Law School
The Phoenix School of Law, Arizona's first private law school, received provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association on June 11. Read more.

Don't Let Your E-Evidence Get Trashed
The admissibility of computer-stored information is a far more complex proposition than we might first think. Will you be able to get all of that electronic material admitted at trial? Read more.

Scottsdale Aims to Block Depositions
Scottsdale is trying to prevent Mayor Mary Manross and 10 other city and state officials from answering questions under oath about the validity of a signed lease. Read more.

Web Security Updates In the Works
The State Bar is reviewing its Web site security precautions, and improvements to protect member information are on the way. Read more.

State Bar Announces 2007 Award Winners
The State Bar of Arizona will recognize 18 people and one office for their contributions to the legal profession at its annual convention, June 27-30, 2007. Read  more.

Phoenix Attorney Roxana Bacon Receives National Honor
Phoenix attorney and former State Bar President Roxana C. Bacon has received the 2007 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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May 29, 2007 – IC 06-0046 – Sunland Beef v. Delaware
In this workers' compensation proceeding, does the evidence support the finding by the administrative law judge ("ALJ") that the claimant's fall was unexplained? Read opinion.

May 31, 2007 2 CA-CR 2006-0336-PR- State v. Rachel Marie Vallejo
In post-conviction proceedings, did the trial court err in denying the defendant's claim that her trial counsel had been ineffective when counsel had failed to ask why defendant had rejected the state's plea offers, and when the former prosecutor avowed he would have accepted a different counter-offer had defendant made one? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

June 11, 2007 – No. 06-10566 – United States v. Strong
In the context of commitment orders, 18 U.S.C. section 4241(d) comports with the Due Process Clause of the Constitution. A claim that the section is unconstitutional because it requires mandatory confinement without giving the district court an opportunity to assess a defendant's individualized circumstances is rejected. Read opinion.

June 1, 2007 – No. 05-15540 – Weilburg v. Shapiro
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Heck v. Humphrey does not bar prospective plaintiffs who have not otherwise successfully challenged their underlying convictions from bringing section 1983 actions that are based upon a violation of extradition law. Read opinion.

Back to Basics on Employment Law
Learn the basics of employment law issues during this all-day seminar on Friday, June 15. 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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