Volume 10, No. 25 | December 6, 2011

eye on ethics

Q: May I barter my legal services for payment in goods or services?

A: Yes, but there must be a clearly defined value attached to the bartered goods or services and you must comply with the strict requirements of ER 1.8(a) because it’s a business transaction.


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Attorney Volunteers Offer Free Legal Advice on 12 News: Nine volunteers give of their time to offer viewers of 12 News free legal advice on their bankruptcy and foreclosure issues. more



In the news


Supreme Court to Hear Case on Arrest at Cheney Event: A Colorado man says his 1st Amendment rights were violated when he was arrested in 2006 after criticizing the Iraq policies of then-Vice President Dick Cheney.  For information on this and other national and local news, visit Arizona Attorney News Center. more

ABA Gives Ground on Law Schools' Graduate Jobs Data Reporting: The American Bar Association is changing the way it collects graduate employment information from law schools. more


from the bar


One Test For All?: The Supreme Court is considering adopting the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) and amending Arizona’s admission rules to allow admission based on passing the UBE. Adopting the UBE admissions path would allow bar applicants who take the same test in other states – states that also have adopted the UBE - to transfer their scores to Arizona. Applicants will still have to meet Arizona Character and Fitness standards, meet the Arizona passing score, and familiarize themselves with Arizona law. It would also allow people who take the UBE here to transfer their scores to other states that have adopted the same system.

The UBE admissions path is not the same as admission on motion. Read a summary of the proposed change here.

While the Court’s official comment period on the proposed rule ended on November 15, 2011, the Bar was granted a one month extension to file an additional comment. If you would like to submit comments for the State Bar’s consideration, please send an email to John Furlong by December 15th. Click here to view the rule-change petition and read the comments already filed.

Techies Need Apply: Applications are being accepted for the Technology Committee until Feb. 1, 2012.  Click here for the application form. more

Board of Governors November Meeting Highlights Available: Are you interesting in finding out what the Bar's Board of Governors is working on? Click here to read the highlights from their November 18th meeting. more

Capital Case Litigation Training from the AZ Supreme Court Education Services: Self-study online sessions including a live webcast discussing all aspects of capital case litigation made available free to attorneys who litigate capital cases. more

Ethics Committee Publishes New Opinion: The State Bar of Arizona's Ethics Committee released its opinion on Liens; Safekeeping Client Property; Third-Party Interest in Settlement Funds on Dec. 1. more

Committee on Persons with Disabilities in the Legal Profession recognized by the ABA: The ABA's Commission on Mental and Physical Disabilities awarded the State Bar's Committee on Persons with Disabilities in the Legal Profession with the Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights. more

Bringing Lawyers and Technology Together: Register by Feb. 17 to get the early bird discount on the ABA TECHSHOW. The State Bar of Arizona is proud to be an event promoter. more

Celebrate Your Successes: The State Bar of Arizona would like to promote the good work that our members do in communities around our state. Let us feature you on the "Attorney Good News" section of azbar.org as well as the "Member News" section of eLegal . To have your good news considered for publication, send it to Alberto Rodriguez