Volume 10, No. 26 | December 20, 2011

eye on ethics

Q: My in-custody client wants a copy of the police reports in his case. Am I required to give them to him even if I think it is a bad idea for him to have them in the jail?

A: Yes. The client file is the client’s property. See ER 1.16 and Ethics Op. 08-02. While you can advise and dissuade your client from taking it, ultimately it belongs to the client and must be tendered upon demand.


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Tucson Attorney Selected as 2011 Man of the Year by Jewish Federation: The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona recognized attorney Jim Whitehill for his efforts in launching the B'nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy in Tucson. He chairs the Federation's Personnel Committee and is the Vice President/Secretary of the Jewish Community Foundation of Sothern Arizona. Whitehill was praised for his leadership in two Tucson synagogues.



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Closing arguments to be filed in Thomas Case: The independent State Bar prosecutors charged with investigating and trying the ethics charges against former County Attorney Andrew Thomas and two of his former deputies sent their closing arguments this morning to opposing counsel. more»

The 2011 Law Firm Billing Survey: It appears that modest annual billing rate increases are here to stay. For the third year in a row, law firms showed restraint with hourly rate increases, inching up at a rate only slightly higher than inflation in many cases. more»


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State Bar Offices Closed for the Holiday: The State Bar will be closed on Mon., Dec. 26. Regular business hours will resume on Tues., Dec. 27 at 8 a.m.

How Do You Feel About Being a Lawyer?: Volunteers are needed to participate in one of two focus groups on attorney well-being. Pearlette J. Ramos, a State Bar member and graduate student at Saybrook University, will facilitate discussion to gauge how attorneys feel about their lives, what it means to be a lawyer, and the impact of the legal culture on well-being. The sessions will be held in Phoenix during late January 2012, based on availability. Sessions will likely be held during lunch time and should take approximately two hours. Lunch will be provided.
If you are interested in participating in a focus group, please contact Pearlette J. Ramos at 480.213.8339 or via email