Q: Can my client hire me only to represent him at a deposition?

A: Yes, but be careful of whether representing him at a deposition constitutes an appearance in the case. Read Ethics Op. 06-03.

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Credit Crunch
A recent Ethics Opinion addressed whether credit cards can be used to pay legal fees. Read about the State Bar's petition, and then comment on the emergency rule adopted by the Arizona Supreme Court. myazbar.org/AZAttorney


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Ruling Redefines Police Pat-Downs
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in an Arizona case that redefines when police officers can pat down people they suspect are armed and dangerous. Read more.

Court Expands Ability to Sue in Sexual Harassment Investigations
Employees fired after cooperating in sexual harassment investigations may sue for retaliation, the Supreme Court ruled in a case concerning the scope of a federal law barring sex discrimination in the workplace. Read more.

Interest Rate Drop Has Dire Results for Legal Aid
Scores of legal aid societies that help poor people with noncriminal cases - like disputes over foreclosures, evictions and eligibility for unemployment benefits - are being forced to cut their staffs and services, even as requests for help have soared. Read more.

State Bar Seeks Public Board Member
The State Bar of Arizona's Board of Governors is accepting applications from non-lawyers, through February 20th, to fill one seat on its Board. The participation of public members is essential to the State Bar's efforts to make sure Arizona citizens have a strong voice in the legal system. Read more.

Supreme Court Expands Character and Fitness Committee
Arizona Supreme Court expands the size of its Character and Fitness Committee. Lawyers and non-lawyers can apply to serve by February 25th. Read more.

Legislation Tracking Available on MyAZBar
To help members stay informed on legislation of interest, the State Bar of Arizona's Government Relations Department provides information on MyAZbar. Read more.

Arizona Attorney March Job Ads Available Now
Job postings listed in Arizona Attorney are now available four weeks before they are published in the print magazine. Read more.

Online Subpoena Program Now Available
State Bar of Arizona members in good standing can now file subpoenas with the Maricopa County Superior Court through this online wizard. Read more.

State Bar Replaces DHL with FedEx as Member Benefit
The State Bar of Arizona has replaced DHL with FedEx as a member benefit. For details on how to use this benefit to save money (even if you already have a FedEx account), please visit our Member Benefits Web page and look under the heading: FedEx. Read more.

DNA Actual Innocence Grant
Recently, the Arizona Justice Project in conjunction with the Arizona Attorney General's Office received a National Institute of Justice grant for post-conviction DNA testing in four types of cases where biological evidence exists and testing of that evidence may help to exonerate a wrongfully convicted defendant. Please respond by March 3, 2009. Read more.

2009 Judge Learned Hand Awards Luncheon
The 2009 Judge Learned Hand Awards Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Read more.

Chief Justice to Speak at UA Law School Wednesday
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts will be at the University of Arizona Wednesday as the third speaker in the Rehnquist Center Lecture series. Video streaming will be available at //www.law.arizona.edu/. Read more.

"Ongoing Revolution in Punishment Theory" Subject of New Lecture at ASU
Paul H. Robinson, one of the world's leading scholars on criminal law, will give the First Annual Edward J. Shoen Leading Scholars Lecture at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Great Hall in Armstrong Hall on ASU's Tempe campus. Read more.

Forensic Science Conference at ASU
This international conference, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, will bring together many of the world's leading scholars of forensic science, criminalistics, and scientific evidence. The conference will be held April 3-4. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One
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Jan. 27, 2009 - CV 06-0556 - Bogard v. Cannon & Wendt
1. Whether the trial court erred in allowing plaintiff to introduce evidence and argument regarding emotional distress and unmitigated damages.
2. Whether the trial court erred in denying defendant's motions to continue trial following the denial of defendant's motion in limine.
3. Whether the trial court erred in failing to follow this court's mandate concerning the EEOC's reasonable cause determinations and granting an improper horizontal appeal.
4. Whether the trial court erred in awarding plaintiff attorneys' fees. Read opinion.

Jan. 20, 2009 - 2CA-CV-2008-0028-Frank v. Green
1. Does this court have jurisdiction to consider an appeal from a sanctions order entered pursuant to A.R.S. � 12-864?
2. Did the trial court err in sanctioning the appellant's violations of court orders by dismissing the appellant's cross-claim against appellee, striking his reply to the appellee's counterclaim, and entering default judgment in favor of the appellee?
3. Did the trial court err by entering default judgment on appellee's claims brought pursuant to A.R.S. � 10-809, 18 U.S.C. � 1030, and Title 17 of the United States Code, respectively? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Jan. 23, 2009 Blausey v. U.S. Trustee, No. 07-15955
Dismissal of a petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is affirmed where private disability insurance benefits are income that should be included in petitioners' current monthly income under the statutory means test, and with the benefits included the petitioners' current monthly income was high enough to trigger a presumption of abuse. Read opinion.

Jan. 22, 2009 - U.S. v. Mikhel, No. 07-99008
Defendant's motion is granted and special administrative measures are modified in order to allow defendant's full exercise of his Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Read opinion.


Construction Law
Construction Law seminar tackles economic issues, a full-day event with lunch. Read more.

The Complete Lawyer
Reconsider The Ways In Which You Treat Clients With Mental Disabilities
Prejudice toward these clients is largely invisible and socially acceptable. Read more.

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