Q: May I accept a gift from my client?

A: A simple token gift is permitted, but substantial gifts are problematic. Read Ethics Op. 95-05.

The Well-Pled Case
A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision raises questions about the level of detail needed for a pleading to overcome a summary judgment motion. Read this introduction, and then the contrasting viewpoints. Read more.


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Firms Sign Up for Employee Verification
Nearly 700 employers in Arizona enrolled in a federal program to screen out undocumented workers, but thousands more are waiting to see whether the law survives a legal challenge. Read more.

Tougher DUI Laws Take Effect Tomorrow
Motorists who insist on driving while drunk will find themselves facing new penalties if they get arrested beginning tomorrow. Read more.

Firm Raises Its Profile With Tony Soprano's Help
A six-lawyer Massachusetts consumer law firm is raising its profile and attempting to create a national brand through cameo appearances on popular TV shows. Read more.

Directory CoverState Bar Membership Directory Available for Pre-Order
It's time to order the new State Bar Membership Directory for your office staff. Order now to be sure you're not caught short. Order form.

Fifteen Attorneys Chosen for Inaugural Bar Leadership Program
The State Bar of Arizona has named 15 attorneys to its inaugural Bar Leadership Institute program. Read more.

Attorneys Needed for Courtworks Program
ASU's Courtworks program needs attorney volunteers to participate in a program for 8th grade students from 8 a.m. - Noon on Friday, Oct. 26. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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September 6, 2007 – IC 06-0073 – PF Chang's v. ICA/Lau
Did a claimant's injuries following a physical altercation with his supervisor arise out of his employment, where the work of the claimant and supervisor brought them together and created the conditions resulting in the altercation? Read opinion.

September 6, 2007 – 1 CA-SA 07-0065 – State v. Ditsworth/Patel
Are physician statements, made in response to an investigation by the Arizona Medical Board, privileged and therefore inadmissible in grand jury proceedings when the Board determines that a criminal violation involving the delivery of health care may have occurred? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

September 13, 2007 – No. 05-15627 - Nilsson v. City of Mesa
In a suit alleging discrimination and violation of the Constitution and state laws relating to a denial of employment by a city police department, summary judgment for defendant-city is affirmed. Read opinion.

September 11, 2007 – No. 05-16361 – DirecTV, Inc. v. Huynh
In a suit against two end-users of satellite television pirating technology, the district court's refusal to grant default judgment on plaintiff's claims under 47 U.S.C. section 605(e)(4) is affirmed where: 1) appellees' use of pirating technology did not constitute assembly and modification of piracy devices in violation of that portion of the statute, since that subsection does not apply to end-users of pirating technology; and 2) to hold otherwise would collapse the statutory distinction between end-users and manufacturers. Read opinion.

All About Fees
Fees, fee agreements and forms, in many areas of practice, are topics at this half-day program on Friday, Oct. 12. Read more.

The Complete Lawyer
This issue looks at what law schools can do to better prepare graduates for their professional lives. Read more.

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