Volume 10, No. 10 | May 10, 2011

eye on ethics

Q. If a lawyer does not have a file-retention policy, may the lawyer destroy closed client files without notice to the client?

A. No. Read Op. 08-02.


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Arizona Lawyers Volunteer Help Caregivers Understand Guardianships: In an effort to provide caregivers, case workers and other care professionals with guidance in the legal aspects of guardianships and powers of attorney, a group of attorneys volunteered hours of their time to organize and conduct a free guardianship workshop. more»



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New York Attorney Pleads Guilty to Role in Swindling Celebrities: Former Winston & Strawn partner Jonathan S. Bristol pleaded guilty  to laundering millions of dollars through his attorney escrow accounts for convicted financial advisor Kenneth Starr. more»


Facebook's Impact on Compliance Codes: As Facebook has reached 500 million users, corporations have struggled with drafting policies that properly limit misuse of social media by employees. While a company's approach to social media will vary depending upon the corporate culture and industry, a look at the social media policies in the Fortune 500 companies' codes of conduct highlights how corporations are addressing the Facebook phenomenon. more»


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Online Elections Now in Progress: Board of Governors elections are underway in Maricopa, Pinal and Yavapai counties.  Ballots were emailed out May 2nd.  The election closes at midnight May 16th.  Questions?  Contact Carrie Sherman at 602.340.7201.  James J. Belanger (District 6 – Maricopa) withdrew his candidacy.  Meet the other candidates here.

You Need to Know: CLE Deadline Is June 30: Quick reminder that the CLE educational year runs from July 1 to June 30. June 30 is the deadline to complete your continuing legal education for the current cycle. more»

Comment on the proposed changes to the Fee Arbitration Rules and Forms: The Fee Arbitration Committee welcomes review and comments on the proposed changes to the Rules of Arbitration of Fee Disputes, the Petition for Arbitration form and the Agreement to Arbitration form.  To review the redline version of the Rules and forms, plus an explanation of the proposed changes click here. Please send any comments to peggy.alford@staff.azbar.org