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A: You may disclose client information to the extent reasonably believe necessary. Depending on the circumstances, you may need to request a protective order. Read ER 1.6(d)(4).

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Law Libraries
Where did those august book vaults come from? The history of law libraries speaks volumes. Read more.


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Pressure Grows to Pick a Nonjudge for the High Court
So where, exactly, is the "judicial monastery" that Washington keeps talking about these days? And why do so many people want President Barack Obama to steer clear of it when picking a replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens? Read more.

Court to Decide if Calif. Can Regulate Video Games
The Supreme Court, wading into a clash between free-speech rights and laws protecting children, agreed Monday to decide whether California can ban the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. Read more.

Law Students Push for Transparency, More Info re Law School Employment Stats
Two Vanderbilt law students have created a new website where they hope to publish better job and salary information for all ABA-accredited law schools. Read more.

The One Book to Read to Prevent a Trust Account Overdraft
The State Bar has just released Client Trust Accounting for Arizona Attorneys. Download it or order the printed version. Read more.

Bar Seeks Volunteers For Law-Related Activities
Apply by May 5 to serve as an ABA Delegate, a Trustee on the Client Protection Fund Board, or a Supervisorial District 5 representative on the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments. Read more.

Winners of Economic Survey Prizes Announced
Congratulations to the three members randomly drawn as winners for participating in the survey - Tennie Martin of the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office, J. Scott Dutcher of the Maricopa County Office of General Litigation Services, and William Haug of Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, L.L.P.

It's Time to Look into the Bar's Future
The Long-Range Planning Committee of the Board of Governors has come up with a road map to guide the State Bar of Arizona through the coming year. After talking with members and staff, the committee's final draft of Strategic Priorities 2010 is now ready for your review. We need your advice to make sure we're headed in the right direction. Take a moment to look at the document and to tell us what you think. Read more.

Submit your comments here. Comments are due by May 15.

State Bar Annual Convention
The Capitol Steps return for the State Ban Luncheon on Friday, What's the most cost-effective way to earn a full year of CLE credit? Join us at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa on June 9-11 and find out! Read more.

Prime Office Space Available in State Bar Building
The State Bar of Arizona has 16,200 sq. ft. of prime first floor space available for lease in its Phoenix location. Read more.

Another Reason to Try Fastcase - Free Legal Research Tool
For an excellent overview of the benefits of Fastcase, including the new free iPhone app that works on both iPhones and iPads, watch this You Tube video. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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April 22, 2010 CV 09-0376 Simpson v. Simpson
If the trial court awards child support pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes section 25-320(A) at the time of a family court proceeding, must it also award child support pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes section 25-320(B) for the time period from the date of petition to the time of the proceeding? Read opinion.

April 20, 2010 2 CA-SA 2010-0008 - Pima County v. Dos Picos Land Limited Partnership; Shepard, et ux.
In an inverse condemnation action, did A.R.S. � 12-1127(B) require the county to satisfy the judgment in favor of plaintiffs, notwithstanding Rule 62(g), Ariz. R. Civ. P., while the county's appeal from the judgment was pending? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

April 22, 2010 - No. 07-72370 - Hammad v. Holder
In a petition for review of the BIA's determination that petitioner was not entitled to permanent resident status, the petition is denied where: 1) 8 U.S.C. section 1186a(b) puts the burden of proof on the government to prove that his marriage was fraudulent; 2) given the numerous inconsistencies in his testimony, petitioner failed to carry his burden to prove that his marriage was bona fide; and 3) because petitioner's extreme hardship argument was based on the effect his removal would have on a family from his second marriage, which did not exist during his two-year conditional resident status, he did not qualify for a waiver on that ground. Read opinion.

April 21, 2010 - No. 10-55269 - Int'l Union, AFL-CIO v. Shell Oil Co.
In a class action alleging that defendants' oil refineries violated various California labor laws, the district court's order remanding the case to state court is reversed where the denial of class certification did not divest federal courts of jurisdiction over cases properly removed under 28 U.S.C. section 1332(d). Read opinion.


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