Volume 11, No. 17 | August 14, 2012


eye on ethics

Q: I received a subpoena to testify about my representation of a former client. May I testify?

A: Generally, ER 1.6 would require you to contact your former client to obtain consent to testify. If the former client will not consent, then you need to object to the subpoena. If the court rules against your objection, you may have further obligations to appeal that ruling. See Comment 15 to ER 1.6 and Ariz. Op. 00-11 for further details.



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Attorneys Valentine Castillo and Christina Ortecho Garner Top Hispanic Leadership Award: Valentine Castillo of the Law Offices of Castillo & Camunez and Christina Ortecho of Ortecho Law and the Friendly House, were named as recipients of the 6th Annual 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Awards for their excellence in leadership and community service. They represent a group of young leaders who have already made numerous contributions to the communities they serve across the state. They will be recognized at an awards luncheon that will be held on October 6 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.


In the news

New Ombudsman to Set the Tone for Whistleblowers at DOJ: The U.S. Department of Justice is flashing a green light to whistleblowers in its own ranks. On Wednesday, the agency announced the creation of a new position in the Office of the Inspector General—that of "whistleblower ombudsperson," one of few such positions in the federal government. more»

Zimmerman's Defense Team Files Appeal to Remove Judge from Case: Lawyers for George Zimmerman, the Florida man charged with murder in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, said Monday that they are appealing a judge's decision not to step aside in the controversial case. more» 


from the bar

Applications Being Accepted for Newly Formed Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments: The newly formed five-member commission will be responsible for screening, interviewing and selecting judicial nominees for submission to the Governor of Arizona for her appointment of superior court judges in Pinal County. more»

File MCLE Affidavits Before Sept. 15 Deadline: The deadline to file your 2011-12 MCLE affidavit is September 15, 2012.  You may access your personalized CLE tracking page and MCLE affidavit on the members’ website. more»

Deadline Approaching for Public Input on Candidates for Arizona Supreme Court: August 16 is the deadline for public comment on nine candidates vying for the opening on the Arizona Supreme Court created by the nomination and confirmation of Justice Andrew Hurwitz as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will meet to interview candidates on August 20. The candidates are: Michael J. Brown, Christina M. Cabanillas, Kent E. Cattani, John C. Gemmill, Philip L. Hall, Diane M. Johnsen, Douglas L. Rayes, Ann A. Scott Timmer, and Lawrence F. Winthrop. Their applications for the office can be viewed online at the commission’s website, //www.azcourts.gov/jnc.

State Bar of Arizona Member Disbarment Stems from Same Action Taken in Nevada: The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court has issued an order imposing reciprocal discipline of disbarment for Jeanne Winkler. The action is a result of her disbarment from the practice of law in Nevada. more»

Want to Promote your Mediation/Arbitration Services? Sign up now to advertise in Arizona Attorney's 2012 ADR & Mediation Guide. It will support your new business development efforts through referrals from other attorneys. Deadline to reserve your space is August 31. Contact Kate Cortez to request more information.

Calling All Eagle Scout Lawyers: In recognition of the Eagle Award, and its 100th Anniversary, the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America is seeking to identify past Eagle Scout recipients who now live in Arizona. State Bar members who are past Eagle Scout recipients are encouraged to contact Frank Yoke at the Grand Canyon Council at 602.778.7674 or frank.yoke@scouting.org