Volume 13, No. 16 | August 5, 2014

eye on ethics

Q: Can I incorporate a clause into a settlement agreement with a former client that he/she will not pursue a malpractice claim against me?

A: Yes, if former client is advised in writing of the desirability of seeking and is given reasonable opportunity to seek and consult independent counsel. Read ER 1.8(h).


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member news

Disabled American Veterans Names Arizona Attorney Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year: Roger Ferland, former chair of the Bar's Military Assistance Committee, has been named the Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year by the Disabled American Veterans. Ferland will be presented the award at the organization's 93rd National Convention on August 9. more�

In the news

Judge Argues for Return of Firing Squad Executions: An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads. more�

Can Religious Pharmacists Refuse to Stock Plan B Pills? Under Hobby Lobby, a closely held corporation with religious objections can refuse to pay for insurance coverage for birth control and instead request an exemption from the Affordable Care Act's so-called "birth control mandate." more�

from the bar

File MCLE Affidavits Before Sept. 15 Deadline: You don't need to wait! Online filing for your 2013-14 MCLE affidavit is available now. Filing deadline is no later than September 15, 2014. You may access your personalized CLE tracking page and MCLE affidavit on the members' website by clicking here.

Mission and Governance Structure of the State Bar of Arizona Under Review: Task Force to The Arizona Supreme Court has organized a task force to look at the way the State Bar of Arizona is governed. The task force will look at issues ranging from the Bar's mission to the makeup of the Board of Governors and the way they are elected. more�

The State Bar Wants YOU to Become a Professional Volunteer! The State Bar Appointments Committee is currently accepting applications from active members in good standing to fill the following upcoming vacancies: Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Examinations, City of Phoenix Judicial Selection Advisory Board, and Southern Arizona Legal Aid Board of Directors. Application deadline is Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

Bar Flys Run in P.F. Chang's Arizona Marathon and Half-Marathon: As in years past, the State Bar has entered a team in the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon "Rock Corporate," to be held January 18, 2015. Rock Corporate (formerly called "The Get Fit Challenge") is a friendly competition not for which team has the fastest time but, rather, the highest participation. more�

Tempe Attorney Matthew S. Schultz Suspended for One Year: Attorney Matthew S. Schultz of Tempe was suspended from the practice of law for one year for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct. more�

Phoenix Attorney Lynn A. Keeling Reprimanded: On July 24, 2014, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court accepted an Agreement for Discipline by Consent between Lynn A. Keeling and the State Bar of Arizona and ordered that she be reprimanded. more�

Scottsdale Attorney Duane B. Okken Suspended from the Practice of Law: Attorney Duane B. Okken of Scottsdale was suspended from the practice of law for six months and one day for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct. more�

Governor Appoints Maricopa County Superior Court Judge: Governor Jan Brewer appointed Lori Horn Bustamante to the Maricopa County Superior Court. Since 2011, Bustamante has been a Commissioner for the Maricopa County Superior Court presiding over conservatorships, guardianships, mental health matters, and personal representative appointments for decedent estates. more�

Court of Appeals Judge Winthrop Provides Guidance on Judicial Ethics to the Republic of Macedonia: Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Lawrence F. Winthrop was recently invited to the Republic of Macedonia to discuss judicial ethics and the methods by which judges are disciplined in the United States and Arizona. The visit was sponsored by the US Department of State through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). more�

Financial Tip from John Driscoll & Associates: For information about how to evaluate dividend-paying life insurance contracts, click here for advice from John Driscoll & Associates, a State Bar Member Discount Provider. more�

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