Volume 10, No. 15 | July 19, 2011

eye on ethics


Q. If I charge my client a non-refundable fee that will entitle the client to a certain number of hours of my work, may I then also charge the client an hourly rate after I have exhausted the agreed-upon number of hours?

A. Yes, but you must discuss the changed circumstances with the client. Read OP 10-03.


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Four Attorneys Honored by Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education: Hon. Daniel Barker, John Bouma, Robert Schmitt, and Ben Smith were honored by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education at State Bar Convention. more»



In the news


Supreme Court ruling, Rising Police Presence in Schools Spur Miranda Questions: A few weeks before summer break, an eighth-grader in Fairfax County was pulled from his civics class and led into an office. An assistant principal told him that classmates had reported hearing him say he’d smoked marijuana with five other boys — days earlier, after school hours, off campus. more»


The 2011 General Counsel Compensation Survey: If last year's GC Compensation Survey showed the aftereffects—the hangover, if you will—of the deepest trough of the recession, this year's results show that chief legal officers made steady gains and recovered some momentum. more»


from the bar


Act Now: Less Than Two Weeks to Apply for Trial College: The Arizona College of Trial Advocacy is still accepting applications.  This prestigious program is limited to a select group of 48 attorneys. For more information and an application, click here.

File MCLE Affidavits Before Sept. 15 Deadline: The deadline to file your 2010-11 MCLE affidavit is September 15, 2011.  You may access your personalized CLE tracking page and MCLE affidavit on the members’ website. more»

State Bar Launches Arizona Attorney Magazine Legal News Center on AZBar.org: The State Bar of Arizona has launched Arizona Attorney Magazine's online news center, a legal news hub, at azbar.org/newscenter. more»

You Can Now See Member’s Email Addresses on the New AZBar.org: You wanted it back, and you’ve got it. We’ve changed the Find a Lawyer page so that members can now see other members email addresses. Just make sure you’re logged in and you’ll have the choice of sending a message through the form, or clicking on their email.

Chief Justice to Discuss Key Issues for Business Leaders: Hon. Rebecca White Berch and Hon. Roslyn O. Silver join a distinguished panel of lawyers for Recognizing America’s Judiciary: A Dialogue With Chief Justices on Key Issues for Leaders of Business & the Community” on July 27 from 8:30 – 10:45 a.m. at the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse. more»

John O’Connor Humor Event Coming Soon: The Phoenix Rotary 100 will host the 1st annual John O’Connor Humor event where law students, law faculty and legal practitioners around the state will compete vie for several cash prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Rotary 100 scholarship fund. more»

State Bar Announces Lisa Bormaster Fontes as Advertising Sales Manager: The State Bar of Arizona, the State's attorney regulation and consumer protection agency, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Bormaster Fontes to the position of advertising sales manager for Arizona Attorney Magazine. more»

North Carolina Added As Reciprocal Jurisdiction for Admission on Motion in Arizona: Effective June 16, the Arizona Supreme Court added North Carolina added as a reciprocal jurisdiction for admission on motion. For a complete list of reciprocal and non-reciprocal jurisdictions with Arizona for admission on motion, click here.

Hit the Ground Running and Register with the Bar Flys Today: As part of the State Bar of Arizona's Wellness Program, the State Bar has entered a team in the 2012 P.F. Chang's Arizona Rock 'n Roll Marathon and Half Marathon "Get Fit Challenge" to be held Sunday, January 15, 2012, in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale. more»

Save the Date: The Young Lawyers Division and the Solo Section of the State Bar will bring you the annual Mentor Committee kick-off event on September 22, 2011. Make sure to mark your calendars! Contact Donna Klimek