Q: May a lawyer purge closed client files and store only portions the lawyer deems relevant?

A: No. Read Op. 08-02.

Save time and money by expediting the creation and processing of subpoenas.

House of Memories
The new State Archives building was a long time coming, but it's a keeper. See "Change of Venue." Read more.


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A Busy April for Civil Rights Litigation at the Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.'s original plan for the current Supreme Court term was to front-load arguments at the beginning last fall, leaving fewer cases to be argued and decided this spring. Read more.

More Than 25 Percent of Attorneys Predict Firms Will Add Personnel in Next 12 Months
More than one quarter of lawyers said their organizations would add personnel in the next 12 months, with bankruptcy and litigation anticipated to be the practice areas with the most growth potential, according to a recent survey conducted by Robert Half Legal, a legal placement firm. Read more.

Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor Announces Retirement
Chief Justice McGregor announced her retirement from the Arizona Supreme Court effective June 30, 2009. Read more.

Arizona Students to Win Cash for Lincoln YouTube Contest
Arizona students in kindergarten through high school are using their creativity to develop a YouTube video in honor of Abraham Lincoln's legacy and his bicentennial. The student who wins first place in the Law Day 2009 contest will receive $400. The deadline to enter is tomorrow, April 1. Read more.

State Bar to Hold Grand Opening of New Southern Arizona Office
The State Bar of Arizona will celebrate the grand opening of the new Southern Regional Office on April 7. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 7 at the new building, 270 N. Church Ave. in Tucson. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. that day. Read more.

Meet the Board of Governors Candidates for
District 6

Attorneys and judges in Maricopa County/District 6 should watch their mail around April 24 for a Board of Governors Election Ballot. The biographies and discipline disclosure statements for the two candidates are attached. Read more.

Resources to Deal with the Economic Crisis
The American Bar Association has a Web page to help lawyers with economic recovery resources. Read more.

Arizona Attorney May 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.

The 19th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud
The 19th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud will provide a rewarding educational experience for health care attorneys, regulators, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys and qui tam relators' counsel. The event is co-sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona. Read more.

White Named Dean at University of Miami School of Law
Patricia D. White, former dean and Jack Brown Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, has been named dean of the University of Miami School of Law. Read more.

Federal Judge to Deliver Annual Pedrick Lecture
The Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Senior Circuit Judge and Chief Judge Emeritus of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, will deliver the 13th Annual Willard H. Pedrick Lecture on April 3 at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Read more.

Morris Lecture to Focus on Significance of Obama Election
The election of America's first black president is the focus of the annual John P. Morris Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. today, March 31, in Room 105 of Armstrong Hall at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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March 26, 2009 - CV 07-0914 - Maximov v. Maximov
Did the family court err by modifying temporary family support to an effective date that was prior to the date a party filed a petition to modify support? Read opinion.

March 23, 2009 - 2 CA-CR 2007-0074 - State of Arizona v. Shawn De Nean Edmisten
When a defendant presents evidence of involuntary intoxication in an attempt to negate the culpable mental state for the offenses charged, does the burden of proof shift from the state to the defendant? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

March 25, 2009 - No. 06-16477 - Educational Cred. Mgmt. Corp. v. Coleman
In a bankruptcy proceeding where the debtor sought a finding of "undue hardship" to permit the discharge of her student loans, the Bankruptcy Court's order that such a finding was permissible prior to discharge is affirmed, where a finding of undue hardship is ripe substantially in advance of plan completion. Read opinion.

March 24, 2009 - No. 07-55873 - Maropulos v. L.A.
In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action for Defendant sheriff's alleged act of arson on plaintiffs' home, defendant's appeal from the denial of qualified immunity is dismissed, where the District Court summarily denied defendant's motion without explanation and it was better equipped to develop the record. Read opinion.

Updates in Family Law Practice
This is a beginner to intermediate program. Read more.

The Complete Lawyer
How To Integrate Legal Mentoring With Law Practice Management
Law firms often wonder whether they should implement a mentoring program. Read more.

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