Q: If my client files a bar complaint against me but doesn't fire me, do I have to terminate representation?

A: Not necessarily, but the client's bar complaint could create a concurrent conflict of interest for you. Read ER 1.7.

Word on the Street
Ed Novak is the newest State Bar President. Read more about him and his goals for the year.


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Lawsuit Aims to Block Civil Rights Initiative
Foes of the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative filed suit Monday in hopes of getting a judge to block it from being on the ballot, no matter what the Secretary of State's Office concludes. Read more.

Justices Overturn Ruling in Case about Contractor
Contractors who illegally work without a license aren't always required to reimburse clients every cent they were paid, the state Supreme Court has ruled. Read more.

Spying Employers Raise Legal Hackles
A growing number of employers are spying on employees suspected of taking leave dishonestly under the Family Medical Leave Act amid claims of harassment. Read more.

Supreme Court Declines Jurisdiction in Thomas Investigation
The Supreme Court has declined special action jurisdiction in the matter of Thomas v. State Bar of Arizona. Read more

Fall 2008 Events at the James E. Rogers College of Law
The College of Law's event schedule includes lectures by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Read more.

Committee Volunteer Opportunity
The Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations has a vacancy for an experienced attorney in good standing with the State Bar. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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August 5, 2008 – CR 06-0682 – State v. Fischer
Does Arizona's constitutional prohibition of polygamy violate the First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion? Read opinion.

August 4, 2008 – 2 CA-CV 2007-0160 – Harris v. City of Bisbee
When the Bisbee city clerk refused to process referendum petitions and invalidated entire pages of signatures because it appeared the circulator had altered some petition signers' printed names and addresses outside their presence and without their permission, did the trial court err in finding the petitions legally sufficient pursuant to A.R.S. � 19-122(A) and ordering the city clerk to process them? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

August 8, 2008 – No. 06-15371, 06-15436, 06-15455 – Navajo Nation v. USFS
In a case wherein American Indians sought to prohibit the federal government from allowing the use of artificial snow for skiing on a portion of a public mountain sacred in their religion, the circuit court rules that the government-approved use of artificial snow on government-owned park land does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), or the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Read opinion.

August 12, 2008 – No. 06-55957 – Jankey v. Poop Deck
In a suit brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by an individual with a physical disability against a beer and wine bar alleging failure to remove architectural barriers at a place of public accommodation, denial of plaintiff's request for attorney's fees after the parties settled is reversed and remanded where: 1) a district court may not use a lack of prelitigation notice as a factor in determining whether to deny as unjust a request for attorney fees under the ADA; but 2) a finding that plaintiff's conduct after the lawsuit was filed unreasonably protracted the litigation could be the basis for reducing the fee award, but not eliminating it. Read opinion.

Changing Firms without Burning Bridges
Attend live in-person or live via the Internet for this seminar on August 27th and gain practical tips in transitioning from one firm to another. Read more.

The Complete Lawyer
What's Your Exit Strategy?
Get ready to get ready for retirement! Read more.

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