Volume 11, No. 19 | September 11, 2012


eye on ethics

Q: May I give my current client a financial gift?

A:  So long as the gift is truly charitable in motivation, the client has already retained the attorney and there is no expectation of repayment, then an attorney may make a financial gift to their client. See Ariz. Ethics Op. 91-14.



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Arizona Trial Attorney One of the NFL's Best-Known Referees: He says he didn't have any designs on a refereeing career and didn't even know the NFL was scouting him. But it's the NFL, and he's not going to say no. He went through the FBI background check, the psychological evaluation and the interview process – all while he was still in law school. more»


In the news

L.A. Jury Awards Casino Mogul Steve Wynn $20 Million in Slander Suit: Casino owner Steve Wynn was awarded $20 million in damages on Monday in his defamation suit against "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis, whom Wynn accused of slander for falsely claiming the Las Vegas mogul wanted him killed over a gambling debt. more»

Jury Could Decide Sticky Issues of Sept. 11 Airlines Lawsuit: Most of the lawsuits arising from the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center 11 years ago have been settled, but one demanding that United Airlines and American Airlines be held liable for loss of property and business could go to trial. more»


from the bar

MCLE Deadline Around the Corner: The deadline to file your 2011-12 MCLE affidavit is September 15, 2012. Avoid paying late filing fees by visiting your personalized CLE tracking page on the State Bar of Arizona members' website. You can quickly and easily submit your affidavit today. more»

Time to Create a Tougher Password: Are you one of those people who use "password" as your password? How about "123456"? If so, it's time for a change. Members logging into their AZBar account this week to file their MCLE affidavits have noticed we're requiring you to use a tougher password. more»

One Day Left to Apply for Two Arizona Supreme Court Committees: The State Bar of Arizona is currently seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness and the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations. The application deadline is tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12.

Application Deadline for Newly Forming Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments This Friday: The State Bar of Arizona, the State's attorney regulation and consumer protection organization, is currently accepting applications to fill five lawyer openings on the Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments. Results from the 2010 U.S. Census, which reported that the population of Pinal County now exceeds 250,000, triggered the constitutional requirement to create a trial court commission. The application deadline is Friday, September 14 at 5 p.m. more»

Tell Us Your Story: The State Bar of Arizona wants to know your story on why you became a lawyer. Did you follow in your mother or father's footsteps? Did you face any obstacles? Was it a decision based on needing a career change? Whatever the case may be, we want you to share your story with us on why you're proud to be a lawyer and be considered for an upcoming video campaign featuring a diverse group of State Bar members. Contact Alberto Rodriguez for more information.

So You Wanna Be a Law Professor? On Sept. 15, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law hosts its 4th annual Aspiring Law Professors Conference. Geared toward current law professor hopefuls and attorneys thinking about moving from practice to academia, the free conference provides practical information about preparing for life as a law professor. More than a dozen professors from around the country will share their experiences in landing teaching jobs, and answer questions about the appointments process. Mock interviews and job talks also are planned. more»

Seven Generations Dinner to Honor Native American Leaders: The Native American Bar Association of Arizona (NABA-AZ) will hold their fourth annual Seven Generations Dinner on Saturday, September 29. The non-profit organization that promotes the development of Native American attorneys in Arizona will honor leaders of the Native American community at the annual event. more»

Kids to Court Program Seeks Attorney Volunteers: Judge Mary H. Murguia and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University will host more than 300 eighth grade students at the eighth annual Kids to Court program on Friday, October 26. Attorney volunteers are needed to help execute mock trials with students and serve as mentors during the activity. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Benchimol