May a retiring lawyer transfer to another lawyer or law firm responsibility for the retiring lawyer's closed client files?
Yes, but the lawyer or law firm to whom the responsibilities are transferred must consider ethical obligations such as avoiding conflicts of interest and maintaining client confidentiality. Read Op. 08-02
A Leader's Early Years
Raul Castro was a prosecutor, judge, ambassador -- and Arizona's only Hispanic governor. Here's how he got his start.
Race & Gender of Judges Make Enormous Differences in Rulings, Studies Find
A judge's race or gender makes for a dramatic difference in the outcome of cases they hear�at least for cases in which race and gender allegedly play a role in the conduct of the parties, according to two recent studies. Read more.
It's Free Speech v. 'Material Support' for Terrorism at High Court This Week
Ralph Fertig believes in peaceful social advocacy-and he has the scars to prove it.
In 1961, he was a young social worker in Chicago when he journeyed to Alabama and rode with the Freedom Riders to integrate the interstate buses. He was arrested and beaten in a Selma jail, leaving him with broken ribs, but he calls it "one of the proudest moments of my life." Read more.
BigLaw Lawyers Jump to Small Firms, Law's Fastest Growing Sector
Smaller, more nimble law firms were at an advantage during the recession: They were able to quickly adjust. Read more.
Nominate a Colleague for Annual State Bar Awards
Nominations for the awards are being accepted through 5:00 p.m. on February 24, 2010. Read more.
Limited Space Still Available for CLE on Changes to Lawyer Discipline
There are a few seats available for the Lunch and Learn programs at SBA headquarters on Feb. 24 and March 2. Don't delay - register today! Read more.
National Conference of Bar Presidents Honors Former SBA President
Mark Harrison, who served as president of the State Bar of Arizona in 1975-1976, has been named the 2010 recipient of the NCBP Fellows Award. Read more.
Apply by April 30 for Convention Seminar Registration Fee Waiver
The State Bar is offering a limited number of seminar registration fee waivers to assist attorneys who are financially unable to attend the annual convention. Read more.
2010 Board of Governors Election
Six State Bar districts will hold elections this spring. For information on how to run for election to serve on the governing board and to download a nomination package, click here.
Apply to Serve on State Bar Committees
The State Bar of Arizona invites members to apply to serve on its 29 standing committees by May 7. Read more.
Professional Volunteer Positions Open
Apply by March 1 to serve on the Community Legal Services Board of Directors, the State Bar's Conflict Case Committee, or DNA-People's Legal Services Board of Directors. For candidate criteria and more information, click here.
Senior Lawyers to Gather for Luncheons
Senior and retired State Bar members are invited to participate in the Senior Lawyers Luncheons. The next gathering will be 11:30 a.m. on March 18 at the Arizona Italian American Club, 7509 N. 12th St. in Phoenix. Cost is $8. Read more.
American Jewish Committee to Announce Judge Learned Hands Awards
Three attorneys to be honored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Jewish Committee at a luncheon on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Read more.
Arizona Attorney April Job Ads Available Now
If you would like to access the Arizona Attorney job ads weeks before they are published in the print magazine, then please visit //www.myazbar.org/AZAttorney/ and click on the Online Classifieds button in the right-hand column of the page. Read more.
Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One | Division Two
February 2, 2010 - CR 08-0602 - State v. Ramsey
1. Is a suspect seized under the Fourth Amendment when officers pursue
him, pull up behind him onto the sidewalk with their patrol car, exit the car,
command the suspect to stop, but the suspect continues walking?
2. Is there sufficient reasonable suspicion to perform an investigative stop
of an individual in a violent, high crime area at 1:00 a.m. in the morning when
the suspect changes directions several times in effort to evade police, the suspect
places his hands in his pockets in response to seeing the officers approach him,
and the suspect refuses to stop or remove his hands from his pockets after the
officers command him to do so? Read opinion.
February 12, 2010 - 2 CA-CR 2009-0254 - State of Arizona v. Ryan Ray Olm
Did the trial court abuse its discretion in granting the defendant's motion to suppress evidence discovered when a police officer entered the defendant's unenclosed front yard to look through the defendant's vehicle's windshield? Read opinion.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals
February 9, 2010 - No. 09-10072 - USA v. Peter Vongxay
Defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm is affirmed where: 1) 18 U.S.C. section 922(g)(1) does not violate defendant's Second Amendment right to bear arms; 2) section 922(g)(1) did not violate the equal protection guarantee of the Fifth Amendment; and 3) for purposes of a claim that he was unconstitutionally searched, defendant's act of raising his hands to his head constituted implied consent to search. Read opinion.
February 8, 2010 - No. 07-16825 - Yokoyama v. Midland National
In an action alleging deceptive representations in defendant's brochures, which promoted certain annuities as appropriate for seniors, a denial of class certification is reversed where the Hawaii Deceptive Practices Act did not require individual showings of reliance on the alleged misrepresentations. Read opinion.