Volume 11, No. 3 | January 31, 2012

eye on ethics

Q: May I get evidence for a case off of a witness’s or party’s Facebook page?

A: If it’s publicly viewable, yes. If you have to “friend” them to get the information, no. See ER 8.4(c). Basically, you can’t use dishonest methods, such as pretextually “friending” someone, to gather information.

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College of Law to Fete Longtime Professor at Annual Pedrick Society Dinner: In the 45-year history of the College of Law at Arizona State University, only one professor has a room  Jonathan Rose dedicated to his passion, English Legal History, in the basement of the Ross-Blakley Law Library. Only one is credited with construction of the “fire escape” on the north side of the library. Only one has delivered lectures from Kalamazoo to Oxford and Cambridge, and knows both Medieval Latin and Law French. more�

In the news

The Strongest Law Firm Brands in the Land: Which law firms have the strongest brands in the United States, the world's largest legal market? According to a study released this week by Acritas, the brand research company, Skadden, followed by Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Sidley Austin, and Wachtell, lead the big firm pack. more�

The Upsides of the SEC's No-Guilt Deals for In-House Lawyers: Consider the curious case of Jay Lapine. Between 2003 and 2009, the onetime general counsel of McKesson HBOC Inc. successfully fought off two criminal indictments for financial reporting fraud. Then he settled civil charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission, agreeing to pay a $60,000 penalty and to not practice before the commission or act as an officer or director of a public company for five years. Sounds like a bitter pill to swallow. more�

from the bar

Don't Miss Tomorrow's Annual Due Payment Deadline: Your 2012 annual statement can be completed, reviewed and submitted in one easy process by clicking here. Payments can be made by credit card or E-check through the Bar's secure website. To avoid delinquency fees, your statement and fees must be postmarked or received in the State Bar office by 5 p.m. MST on Feb. 1. Online submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. MST on Feb. 1, 2012

State Bar Rules Committee Seeks Feedback for Proposed Rule Changes: This petition proposes amending ERs 1.5, 4.2, 4.3 and 6.5 as well as Rules 5.1 and 11 of the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure and would facilitate the ability of lawyers to engage in limited-scope or short-term legal representation, thus providing more access to justice for people of limited means. more�

State Bar Mourns the Passing of Arizona Supreme Court Justice Ryan (Ret.): The Board of Governors, along with the staff of the State Bar of Arizona, mourn the passing of retired Arizona Supreme Court Justice Michael D. Ryan. more�

Board of Governors Seeks Feedback for Proposed Changes to Rule 34: Arizona's three law schools are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to change its admissions rules to allow law students to take the bar exam in February of their third year. more�

Explore Azbar.org in Language of Your Choice: Did you know that every page on the State Bar's website can be translated into 52 languages by simply selecting the language of your choice on the top right-hand corner of the webpage? more�

Openings Available on Conflict Case Committee: The State Bar Appointments Committee is currently accepting applications from active and judicial members in good standing to fill the upcoming vacancy. Application forms are due at the State Bar office by Wednesday, March 14, 2012. more�

Reflections on the Holocaust and the Role of the Justice System: Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch and Dr. William Meinecke of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will join ASU Professor David Kader and Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk for a discussion that explores how the justice system failed Germany during WWII. more�

Human Trafficking - Tools to Stop the Trade: A Girl’s World is Different (AGWID) is the premier one-day conference addressing the most important issues affecting the lives of Arizona’s girls. This year, the focus is on human trafficking and how the misrepresentation of girls in the media contributes to this crime. more�

Adjunct Professor at ASU Seeks  Volunteer Attorneys for Mock Trial: Sign up today to participate in Professor Joe Epps' in-class mock trial, a component of his Forensic Accounting class in the Masters of Accountancy program at Arizona State University. Volunteers may serve the roles of trial attorney, judge, or arbitrator. The mock trial will take place on Friday, Feb. 3. Contact Professor Epps today, at 480-390-8903 or jepps@eppsforensics.com