Q: I got an email from someone I don't know who wants to hire me. I'm not interested, but do I have any obligations to this would-be client?

A: You do not owe a duty of confidentiality to someone who unilaterally emails information to you when the email is unsolicited.
Read Ethics Op. 02-04.

It's easy to cross a line when preparing your witness for trial or other testimony. Fire your inner "coach" and do things right. Read more.


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Arizona Voters May Have Say in Who Sits on Bench
State lawmakers weigh a proposal asking voters to decide whether Superior Court judges in Arizona's two most populous counties should be elected. Read more.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Washington Primary
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Washington's system for primary elections does not violate the First Amendment right of freedom of association. Read more.

Law Firms Across U.S. Are Boosting Paid Leave
Several of the nation's largest law firms are boosting their paid leave for lawyers who become new parents. Read more.

Bar President Hosts Web Chat on Lawyer Regulation
Dan McAuliffe, State Bar President, continues his series of Web chats. Upcoming topics include: "Lawyer Regulation: Measuring the Results" on March 20, and "Ethics and the Legal Profession," on April 24th. Read more.

Applications Sought for Vacancy on Maricopa County Superior Court
Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Maricopa County Superior Court created by the retirement of Judge Thomas O'Toole. The deadline to apply is March 28, 2008. Read more.

Asian American Bar Hosts Awards Banquet
The Arizona Asian American Bar Association celebrates its 15th anniversary with an award and installation banquet on April 10. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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March 6, 2008 – 1 CA-SA 07-0238 – Villares v. Pineda/Villares
Did the trial court err in entering temporary orders at a Resolution Management Conference after Wife objected and requested a hearing on the contested issues? Read opinion.

February 27, 2008 – 2 CA-JV 2007-0036 – In Re Reymundo F.
Whether Rule 28(C)(7)(a), Ariz. R. P. Juv. Ct., compels the juvenile court to accept the minor's admission to a delinquency petition immediately when the minor voluntarily admits the allegations at the advisory hearing. Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

March 10, 2008 - No. 07-10217 - US v. Rodriguez
The "clear statement" rule of Davis v. US, 512 U.S. 452, 462 (1994), applies only after the police have already obtained an unambiguous and unequivocal waiver of Miranda rights. Prior to obtaining such a waiver, however, an officer must clarify the meaning of an ambiguous or equivocal response to the Miranda warning before proceeding with general interrogation. Read opinion.

March 17, 2008 - No. 06-30258 - US v. Holland
A conviction and sentence for mailing threatening communications and threatening the President of the United States is affirmed over a claim that the district court judge should have recused himself where the district judge reasonably construed defendant's threatening phone message as an attempt to manipulate the court system which did not warrant his sua sponte recusal. (Superceding opinion). Read opinion.

Inner Workings of the MVD
Learn about MVD rules, hearings, policies and practices at this seminar on Friday, April 4th. Read more.

The Complete Lawyer
Women are taking matters into their own hands. Read more.

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