Volume 13, No. 6 | March 18, 2014

eye on ethics

Q: My client gave me information about his company that's available to the public on a state agency's website, so I can talk about that information with my friends outside of the office, right?

A: No. ER 1.6 prevents you from disclosing your client's confidential information to others unless a specific exception applies. Confidential information encompasses absolutely everything you have learned about your client's matter during the representation, regardless whether it's privileged and regardless whether you obtained it from a public record. See ER 1.6, comment 3.


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Attorneys Offer Free Legal Help on Employment and Labor Law Issues: Eight employment and labor law attorneys came together on Tuesday, March 11 to offer free legal advice at Lawyers on Call, a public service program co-sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, 12 News, and azcentral.com. During the two-hour program, attorneys answered viewers' questions regarding their employment and labor issues. The State Bar of Arizona offers its sincerest appreciation to the volunteer attorneys who helped consumers across the Valley through this access to justice program. They include: Denise Blommel, Richard Galvan, Richard Klauer, Stephanie Leach, Leah Lewandowski, Dawn Sauer, Paul Sheston, and Sandra Shoupe-Gorga.

In the news

Even a Dog Can Figure Out the Fake Check Scam: Scammers have been known to send fake checks to babies, dead people, and now dogs, too. This case only further illustrates how easy the fake check scam is to spot and avoid. Walter is Mark Goldman's law partner. Not really, Goldman is a Scottsdale Attorney, Walter is his Bull Terrier, but you wouldn't know it from the company website. Walter's picture is all over the site, he's listed as a partner, and he even has an honorary law degree. more�

Sex Assault Charges Dropped in Rare Court-martial of U.S. General: A U.S. Army general was cleared of sexual assault charges on Monday but admitted, as part of a plea deal in the rare court-martial of a senior military officer, that he mistreated a captain during an illicit sexual relationship. more�

New Jersey Teen Drops Lawsuit Against Parents Over Tuition Money: A New Jersey teenager who drew international attention when she sued her parents for financial support after leaving home in a dispute on Tuesday dropped the case against them, according to court records. Rachel Canning, 18, filed papers to dismiss the lawsuit in New Jersey family court, saying the decision was voluntary. more�

from the bar

Next Week is the Deadline to Nominate Someone for a State Bar Award: The awards range from Member of the Year to Outstanding Jurist to the Criminal Justice Awards (both prosecution and defense). There is even an award for a non-Bar member who create a better understanding of justice and the legal profession. Take a moment to look at the list and nominate someone you know who has gone above and beyond. You can read the full list here.

Did You Miss the February 3 Deadline to File Your State Bar Annual Statement and Dues? You can still file, but late filing fees are now in effect. Your 2014 statement is available for you to complete, review and submit online at www.azbar.org/fees. A paper statement will not be mailed to you. Payment can be made by credit card or E-check through the Bar's secure website. When you submit your statement and submit dues online, your receipt will include a temporary Bar Card for use until the permanent one is mailed to you. more�

Are You Interested in Joining a State Bar Committee? We are now accepting applications for the 28 standing and ad hoc committees that advise and serve the State Bar of Arizona. Applications must be received no later than April 16, 2014. To learn more about the various committees and to fill out an application click here.

AZ Commission on Judicial Performance Review: Would you like to be involved in the performance review process for judges who must stand for retention? Three-person JPR Conference Teams will be appointed to work with appellate and superior court judges in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Counties to determine whether the judges are meeting judicial performance standards. Apply by April 11. Click here for information or to apply.

State Bar Seeks Volunteers for 2014 Law Day Legal Aid Clinics: For the third year in a row, the State Bar of Arizona will host four FREE legal aid clinics around the Valley in honor of Law Day. Volunteers will give a presenation on Saturday, April 26 on a specific practice area which include the following: family, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, and immigration. In addition, volunteers will answer audience questions and provide limited one-on-one consults. If you're interested in volunteering for this valuable community access to justice program, contact Alberto Rodriguez via email or at 602.340.7337.

Professional Volunteer Opportunities: Apply by April 2 to represent the State Bar of Arizona in the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, or to serve as a Trustee of the Client Protection Fund, or to recommend judicial candidates for the City of Scottsdale's courts. more�

National ABA Section of Litigation conference coming to Scottsdale: The 2014 ABA Section of Litigation conference will be held April 9-11 at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. Former Governor Janet Napolitano will be the keynote speaker. Sessions range from the Trial of Wyatt Earp to the Future of Action Litigation. Special rate for Arizona lawyers. Learn more by clicking here.

You Still Have Time to Weigh-In on Performance of Justices and Judges: The Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review will hold its final public hearing on March 21, 2014 in Florence. The commissions will take comments from the public about the judges on the 2014 retention election ballot. Any citizen may appear at the final public hearing or send written comments by April 11, 2014 to the Commission on Judicial Performance Review. Comments can also be sent through the Commission's web page at www.azjudges.info. more�

Board of Governors Approves Fee Increase: At its February meeting, the State Bar Board of Governors approved a fee increase that will see most active members paying $15 more per year over the next four years. The board also approved reducing the Bar's expenses by $300,000 starting next year. You can learn more about the changes by clicking here.

Spring Training for Lawyers: Spring Training for Lawyers, formerly Minority Bar Convention, is a day-and-a-half conference offering continuing legal education programming and networking opportunities for Arizona attorneys. Programs educate attendees on the latest legal developments affecting their diverse clientele and offer practical tips and skills to meet the needs of Arizona's changing legal community. more�

Have You Calendared the 2014 State Bar Convention in Tucson? This year, the State Bar of Arizona convention heads south and will be held on June 11-13 at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson. Start making plans to attend now! more�

Financial Tip from Raymond James: How do you assess and compare long-term care insurance policies? Click here for advice from The LaPorte Wealth Strategies Group of Raymond James, a State Bar Member Discount Provider offering a 5% member discount on John Hancock long-term care insurance.

Save at OfficeMax: Members save 31% to 88% off the manufacturers' list price on frequently purchased items, and receive reduced pricing on more than 12,000 in-stock products, including office equipment and office furniture. Call 800.248.6343 or email them here