Q: Do I need a trust account if I practice alternative dispute resolution solely as a third-party neutral and do not represent clients?

A: No. Read Ethics Op. 03-07.

Arts Competition Deadline
Creative Arts Competition submissions are due by January 14 (in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, humor and visual arts). Send entries to arizona.attorney@azbar.org More information is here.


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Judge: Jail Entry Info Must be Given to Lawyers
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has to notify the county's public defense attorneys about which jail doors are open to them for after-hours visits and post signs directing them how to get there, a judge ruled Monday. Read more.

Court Divided Over Lethal Injection Case
Supreme Court justices indicated yesterday they are deeply divided over a challenge to the way most states execute prisoners by lethal injection, which critics say creates an avoidable risk of excruciating pain. Read more.

How to Increase Traffic to Your Web Site
Many business-to-business sites, including law firms, have adopted techniques from consumer sites to provide the public with an easy, helpful user experience. Read more.

New Associate Presiding Judge Appointed
Presiding Judge Barbara Rodriguez Mundell has appointed Judge Norman Davis as the Associate Presiding Judge, effective Jan. 1. Read more.

Arizona Corporation Commission Announces Policy Change
The Arizona Corporation Commission has changed its policy regarding trusts as LLC members or managers. Read more.

Judicial Misconduct, Disability Orders Will Be Posted Online
Orders pertaining to the disposition of judicial misconduct and disability complaints against federal judges sitting in the Ninth Circuit are now available via the Internet. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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January 3, 2008 – JV 07-0076 – Steven H. v. ADES
Does the Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. �� 1901-1963 (2000), require expert testimony that parents' continued custody of Indian children would likely result in serious emotional or physical damage to the children before the court can declare the children dependent? Read opinion.

December 20, 2007 – 2 CA-CV 2007-0109 – Maria Henning v. Montecini Hospitality, et al.
Does the seller of a bar have a continuing duty of care in dispensing alcohol at that bar when the sale has not closed but the seller has contractually relinquished the right to control, operate, and profit from the bar to the buyer and when the bar is serving alcohol pursuant to the new operator's liquor license? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

December 28, 2007 - No. 05-56123, 05-56549 - Applied Info. Sciences Corp. v. eBay, Inc.
In order for an owner of a federally registered trademark to mount an infringement action against a user of the trademarked name on goods or services that are not the same as those specified in the owner's trademark registration, the plaintiff must establish a valid, protectable interest in order to proceed to the second prong of the trademark infringement analysis, the likelihood of confusion resulting from the defendant's alleged infringing use. Read opinion.

December 27, 2007 - No. 06-15344- Gadda v. State Bar of California
In a disbarred attorney's suit against the State Bar of California and various other parties challenging his disbarment and the Bar's ability to collect disbarment costs from him, grant of defendants' motions to dismiss and for judgment on the pleadings is affirmed where the retroactive application of the 2003 amendment to section 6080.10 of the California Business and Professions Code violates neither the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment nor the Ex Post Facto Clause. Read opinion.

Arizona Insurance Seminar Covers It All!
The all-day seminar on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, features expert faculty, hot topics and more. Read more.

The Complete Lawyer
No Jerks Allowed!
Create a blueprint for a "Bullying-Free" workplace in four steps. Read more.

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