Volume 13, No. 9 | April 29, 2014

eye on ethics

Q: During the course of my family law case, I have discovered evidence that indicates a person may have been wrongfully convicted of a criminal act. Do I have an ethical obligation to do anything with this evidence?

A: Yes. In Arizona, any lawyer who "knows of credible and material evidence that creates a reasonable likelihood that a convicted defendant did not commit an offense of which the defendant was convicted" is required to give that evidence to the prosecutor in the jurisdiction where the conviction occurred, and either to the person's criminal defense lawyer or the person and "the indigent defense appointing authority in the jurisdiction." Rule 3.10(a).


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Volunteer Lawyers Help to Answer Consumers' Legal Questions at Free Legal Clinics: On Saturday, April 26, 30 volunteer lawyers helped to answer consumers' questions at the State Bar of Arizona's third annual Law Day Legal Aid Clinics. More than 225 consumers received helpful legal advice at one of four free legal clinics that were held across the Valley, as well as one in Tucson. The State Bar offers its sincerest appreciation to the volunteer lawyers who helped make this access to justice event a great success. They include: Jeffrey Blackman, Florence Bruemmer, Cheryl Cayce, Kristen Coyne, Otilia Diaz, Dianne L. Drain, Janet R. Feeley, Lisette Flores, Tim M. Geiger, Gloria Goldman, Roya Habich, Ann Haralambie, Ryan Hardy, Jeff Katz, Steven Keist, Shaun Kenney, Katherine Kraus, Hugo Larios, Maya Milovic, Christina C. Ortecho, Juan L. Rocha, Javier Sobampo, Marie Splees Zawtocki, David E. Swain, Selma Taljanovic-Saracevic, Billie Tarascio, Janice Villalpando, Jim Webster, and Rachel Wilson.

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NBA bans Clippers Owner for Life Over Racist Comments: The National Basketball Association on Tuesday banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the game for life and fined him $2.5 million for racist comments that outraged everyone from players, to fans, coaches and the U.S. president. more�

War Veteran Hopes to Avoid Prison on 90th Birthday: An Indiana man who hauled cocaine across the country is a decorated World War II veteran who has dementia and shouldn't be sent to prison on his 90th birthday, his attorney said Tuesday. more�

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It's not too late to be a Convention Patron! Patronage last year ranged from $100 to $3000, and supported a host of successful programs. This year we're committed to making your convention an even bigger success and we're hoping you will help. more�

Free CLE � The Pros and Cons of Autopilot: Implicit Bias and Decision Making in the Law; Co-sponsored with the ADR Section. This CLE addresses key ideas of implicit bias; how it manifests in the day-to-day practice of the law, courtroom and ADR and how to reduce implicit bias in our decision-making. Online registration only, space is extremely limited. We cannot accommodate at-the-door registration. Click here to register for Phoenix. Click here to register for Tucson.

Capture and Share Your Moments: The State Bar of Arizona invites you to share moments "in action" that are captured while giving back to your communities. Whether you volunteer to offer free legal advice or participate in your local school's career day, we want you to share your experiences with us. Photos will be considered for the ABA's "Lawyers Giving Back" webpage. Send them to alberto.rodriguez@staff.azbar.org