Q: An associate I fired wants information about clients and matters she worked on for me. She claims to need it to check for conflicts with a firm that has offered her a job. Do I have to comply?

A: Yes, otherwise it will induce misconduct by denying her information she needs to comply with the Ethical Rules. Read OP 10-02.

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Reforming Justice
An Arizona lawyer is helping to assess and improve El Salvador's criminal justice system. Read our Q&A with Bob McWhirter. Read More.


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For Lawyers, He Sets the Bar
Bill O'Neil works out of the basement in the Arizona State Courts Building beside the state Capitol. His office window has a gopher's view of a chain-link fence masked with a green tarp. Read More.

Who needs the LSAT anyway?
Is the Law School Admissions Test the best way to gauge who will succeed in law school, or is it a barrier to diversity in the legal profession and a far too influential component of the rankings game? Read More.

Bouncing Back? Report Shows Demand for Legal Services Rose at End of 2011
The 2011 Client Advisory from consultants Hildebrandt Baker Robbins and Citi Private Bank released earlier this month predicted that this year would bring only modest gains for the legal sector, with most firms needing to get creative in order to avoid losses. Read More.

Arizona Supreme Court and the Community of Yavapai County Celebrate the Swearing In of Robert M. Brutinel
On Friday, February 4, 2011, Arizona will swear in Robert M. Brutinel as its newest justice to the Arizona Supreme Court. The investiture will take place at Yavapai Community College in the Performance Hall, located at 1100 East Sheldon in Prescott, Arizona. The program will begin at 4 pm and last approximately one hour. A reception, hosted by the State Bar of Arizona and the Yavapai County Bar Association, will take place in the lobby of the Performance Hall immediately following the program. Doors to the event will open at 3 p.m. Read More.

Governor Brewer Announces Applicants for Judicial Opening in Yavapai County
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has accepted applications to the judicial opening for the Superior Court of Yavapai County, created by the appointment of Judge Robert Brutinel to the Arizona Supreme Court. Read More.

State Bar of Arizona Suspends Attorney for Felony Convictions
In an effort to protect public interest, the State Bar of Arizona notified the Arizona Supreme Court of the felony convictions against attorney David William Curtis Jr. His conviction resulted in the automatic suspension from the practice of law effective Jan. 25, 2011. Read More.

Interested in Joining a State Bar Committee?
Applications for the State Bar's committees are now available online. To learn more about the work of each committee, visit the committees page at myazbar.org. The application deadline is April 8, 2011. More than 25 committees are currently overseeing programs, addressing current issues, and making recommendations about legal services and the administration of justice.

FREE CLE with Author Lawrence Goldstone
The State Bar of Arizona has partnered with the Scottsdale Bar Association and the Poisoned Pen bookstore to bring you a FREE CLE program with Lawrence Goldstone, author of "Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Civil Rights 1865-1903." It will be held on Feb. 9, 2011. Read More.

State Bar of Arizona Convention Exhibitor Space Now Available
Exhibit spaces are now available for the State Bar of Arizona annual convention that will be held June 15-17 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson. More than 1,400 attorneys are expected to attend the convention, the largest in-person legal event held annually in Arizona. Read More.

Diversity and Inclusion 2.0
The State Bar Committee on Minority and Women in the Law invite you to their complimentary workshop that will feature Christine French, Founder and President of Global Diversity Consulting, LLC. She will share insights on the state of diversity in the legal field. Read More.

Workshop: Public Understanding of the Courts in the Age of New Media
The day-long conference at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will consist of four panel discussions and a lunch with retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as keynote speaker. Read More.

Registration Open for Arizona College of Trial Advocacy
The Trial College is open to a select group of 48 attorneys. For more information and an application, click here.

State Bar and the University of Arizona Establish John M. Roll Memorial Fund
The State Bar, in partnership with the University of Arizona, has established the John M. Roll Memorial Fund. Money used will provide scholarships to students attending Judge Roll's alma mater, the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Read More.

Bills in 50th Legislative Session Affect Virtually Every Area of Law
To help you keep informed of new legislation that might impact your area of practice during the Legislative Session, the State Bar's Government Relations Department maintains a webpage that shows legislation of interest according to Arizona Revised Statute Title. Read More.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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December 28, 2010 - TX 09-0003 - CNL / Marriott v. ADOR
Are the requirements of Arizona Revised Statutes section 42-12009 (establishing class nine for property taxation purposes) satisfied when a taxpayer demonstrates that the government has an existing reversionary interest in improvements erected on public land, notwithstanding certain contractual rights to demolish the improvements? Read Opinion.

December 29, 2010 - 2 CA-CR 2009-0399 - State of Arizona v . Jaren Scott Davis
1. When the trial court acknowledged that the jury's verdict "could have gone either way," did the court abuse its discretion by denying the defendant's motion for a new trial based on the verdict being contrary to the weight of the evidence, pursuant to Rule 24.1(c)(1), Ariz. R. Crim. P.?
2. Did the trial court commit reversible error in limiting defense counsel's closing argument to eight minutes when the defendant raised no objection until after he had been found guilty?
3. Did the trial court abuse its discretion by requiring the defendant to register as a sex offender when he was convicted of one count of public sexual indecency, a misdemeanor offense? Read Opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

January 31, 2011-09-15768-Hrdlicka v. Reniff
In consolidated suits brought by the publisher of Crime, Justice & America, claiming that their First Amendment rights are being violated by the mail policies at two county jails in California that refuse to distribute unsolicited copies of CJA to inmates, summary judgment in favor of defendants is reversed where the court cannot hold as a matter of law under Turner that defendants have sufficiently justified their refusal to distribute unsolicited copies of CJA to jail inmates. Read Opinion.

January 31, 2011-08-35988-King v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co.
Dismissal of personal injury suit against an insurer for lack of personal jurisdiction is affirmed where the mere appointment of an agent for service of process does not subject the company to general personal jurisdiction in Montana. Read Opinion.


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