Q: I withdrew from representation but now my former client insists that I talk to her new lawyer. Do I have to spend my time doing that?

A: "In most cases, the withdrawing or withdrawn lawyer is ethically obliged to brief new counsel as to the issues and status in a case with more detail than simply conveying court dates, settings, and deadlines." Read Ethics Op. 09-02.

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On Writing
Peter Baird, longtime lawyer and writer, died in August. In his last article for us, he urges those who want to write to do it and never stop. Read more.


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Illegal Housing Bidding on Rise
When foreclosure homes come up for public auction in Phoenix, a minimum opening bid is set and bidding is open to anyone. At least that is the way it's supposed to work. Read more.

Uniform Bar Exam for Lawyers Gains Support
A movement to adopt a uniform bar exam that would make aspiring lawyers' scores portable from state to state and possibly save consumers money is gaining traction in several states but encountering opposition from others. Read more.

LSAT Test-Takers Jump by Nearly 20%; Should They Consider the Alternatives?
The number of people taking the Law School Admission Test is at an unprecedented high, and the recession is a likely reason. Read more.

Submit 2010 Annual Membership Fees Online
The 2010 fee statements were mailed in early November. Members may review and submit their 2010 annual membership fees online at www.myazbar.org/fees. The fees are due on or before Feb. 1 each year. Read more.

Help Plan the Future of the State Bar of Arizona
The Long-Range Planning Committee of the Board of Governors is preparing a new Strategic Plan to guide the State Bar of Arizona during the coming five years. As part of the process of developing that Plan, the Committee is seeking input from the entire membership of the Bar by Dec. 4. Read more.

Free In-Depth Fastcase Training on Dec. 2 May Qualify for CLE Credit
Fastcase will hold online classes through March on conducting free, in-depth legal research that may qualify for CLE credit. The State Bar of Arizona offers free, unlimited access to Fastcase as a benefit to members. Read more.

Arizona Attorney January Job Ads Available Now
If you would like to access the Arizona Attorney job ads weeks before they are published in the print magazine, please visit www.myazbar.org/AZAttorney/ and click on the Online Classifieds button in the right-hand column of the page. Read more.

Phoenix Seeks Civil Service Board Legal Services The City of Phoenix Civil Service Board invites law firms or attorneys interested in providing legal services to the Board to submit a request for qualifications by Dec. 28. Read more.

Governor Appoints Two New Court Clerks
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has announced the appointments of Superior Court clerks for Navajo and Yuma counties. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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November 17, 2009 - CV 08-0392 - Gersten v. Gersten
1. Did a judge who did not preside over a trial but ultimately ruled on the issues presented fail to comply with Arizona Rule of Family Law Procedure 88 by (1) failing to certify familiarity with the entire court record, (2) failing to permit the parties an opportunity to ask for witnesses to be recalled to testify, and (3) relying on an inadequate digital recording of the trial procedures before the original judge?
2. Did the family court err by allocating a portion of Husband's firearms collection to Wife as he purchased the firearms with Federal Employees' Compensation Act funds?
3. Did the family court err by denying Husband's request for support for the parties' adult disabled son only because Husband did not serve as the son's guardian? Read opinion.

November 10, 2009 - 2 CA-JV 2009-0019 - Jordan C., Jesse C., Kailynn C., Michele C. v. ADES
Did the juvenile court err in finding by clear and convincing evidence that, despite the Arizona Department of Economic Security's diligent efforts to provide appropriate reunification services, mother had failed to remedy the circumstances causing her two youngest children to remain in court-ordered, out-of-home care for fifteen months or longer and there was a substantial likelihood she would be unable to effectively parent the children in the near future, warranting termination of her parental rights pursuant to A.R.S. � 8-533(B)(8)(c)? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

November 20, 2009 - No. 08-17384 - Reed v. Gilbert
In a First Amendment challenge to a municipal sign regulation that prohibited all signs without a permit, subject to nineteen enumerated exemptions ranging from directional signs to ideological and political signs, a denial of a preliminary injunction is affirmed in part where the regulation was content-neutral and did not impermissibly favor commercial speech. However, the order is remanded in part where the district court did not address plaintiff's claim that the ordinance unfairly discriminates among forms of noncommercial speech. Read opinion.

November 19, 2009 - No. 07-16427 - Fleming v. Yuma Reg. Med. Ctr.
In an action for employment discrimination based on plaintiff's disability, summary judgment for defendant is reversed where Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. section 794, extends to a claim of discrimination brought by an independent contractor because the Rehabilitation Act covers all individuals "subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Read opinion.


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