Volume 13, No. 19 | September 16, 2014

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Q: May I reveal client confidences to defend myself if I get a bar complaint?

A: Yes, to the extent you reasonably believe necessary. Depending on the circumstances, you may need to request a protective order. Read ER 1.6(d)(4).


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Judge Conlogue Receives Leaders of the Year in Public Policy Award: Presiding Judge of the Superior Court in Cochise County, Judge James L. Conlogue, was selected as an honoree today for the eighth annual Arizona News Service/Arizona Capitol Times Leaders of the Year in Public Policy award. According to the news release, "Judge Conlogue has a long and distinguished history serving the bench in Cochise County. He began his service in 1995 as a Pro Tem Judge and became a Superior Court Judge when Division V was created in 2009. He pioneered and was the founder of the Early Resolution Court in 2009. He also spearheaded the court's first strategic planning process. Judge Conlogue is a visionary leader who is able to bring people together, seeking the very best for the court, those who work with the court, and the community at large." Congratulations, Judge Conlogue!

In the news

TV Stations Ask Judge to Reconsider Ruling on Arias Coverage: An attorney representing five local Phoenix television stations asked a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to reconsider her ban on video coverage of the upcoming Jodi Arias retrial. more�

Sotomayor Discusses Drones; Could SCOTUS Reshape Privacy This Term? Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in a discussion with faculty and students at Oklahoma City University's law school, sounded the alarm on privacy intrusion, by both public and private actors, reports The Wall Street Journal's Bits Blog. This alarm, of course, is one that many Americans have been hearing ever since Edwards Snowden blew the whistle on the National Security Agency's mass surveillance here and abroad. more�

Two California Judges Censured for Sex in Chambers: Two California judges who had sex in their respective chambers - one with his clerk and the other with multiple women - have been censured for those acts along with other related misconduct, a state judicial commission said on Tuesday. more�

from the bar

One Day Left to Register for "We the People: A Review of Last Term's U.S. Supreme Court Cases": This symposium will review significant cases for the October 2013 Term including the Hobby Lobby and the Town of Greece case. The program will feature scholars on the Court focusing on cases presenting important questions of law, comments on individual justices' legal perspectives, and a preview of petitions for certiorari for this coming October Term 2014. The symposium will be held September 17, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. more�

Apply Now to Become a Certified CLE Presenter: The CLE Institute is a new development program for attorneys who are interested in becoming better CLE presenters. The CLE Institute offers practical instruction and tips on a variety of topics�all with the goal of improving your presentation skills! Class size is limited and the application deadline is September 26. Please click here for more information about the program and an application.

NEW Professional Volunteer Positions Just Posted: Apply to serve on DNA-People's Legal Services, Inc. Board of Directors or on one of the four Judicial Nominating Commissions. For candidate criteria and the respective November application deadlines click here.

Apply for Vacancy on the Maricopa County Superior Court by Friday, September 19: Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the appointment of Judge Eileen Willett to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Arizona. Applications can be obtained in person from the Administrative Office of the Courts Human Resources Department, by calling 602.452.3311, by sending an email request to jnc@courts.az.gov, or downloaded at the Judicial Department website.

Arizona Supreme Court Invites Public Comment on Proposed Child Support Schedule: The Arizona Supreme Court is nearing the end of a mandatory review of child support case files and calculations. The analysis of case files and updating of the economic data for the schedule that are attached to the child support calculator featured on the courts' website has been completed. The reports can be viewed here. This now opens the public comment period, which concludes on October 9. more�

Judicial Performance Review Commission Announces Official Performance Ratings for Judges: The Arizona Judicial Performance Review (JPR) Commission has released its official findings on judicial performance for each judge whose name will appear on the General Election Ballot. Voters can find detailed information in the Secretary of State's Publicity Pamphlet, which is mailed to each voting household, or by visiting www.azjudges.info.

Arizona Gears Up to Host National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Conference: The 26th Annual NAPABA Convention will be held in Phoenix/Scottsdale from November 6-9, 2014. The conference will attract over 1,500 Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, including general counsel of Fortune 1000 companies, federal and state judges, and law professors from across the country. The convention, themed "Convergence: Collaborating for a Grand Tomorrow," will feature programing that celebrates the diversity and unity of NAPABA. You can register now by clicking here.

Join the Arizona Black Bar at Their 2014 Scholarship Award Dinner: The Arizona Black Bar is hosting the 2014 Hayzel B. Daniels Scholarship Award Dinner on Thursday, October 16, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum. Connie Rice, co-founder of the Advancement Project will provide the keynote address at the event themed, "Civil Rights 2014 � Closing the Opportunity Gap and Building Coalitions." Tickets are $125 and can be purchased via PayPal by sending an email to arizonablackbar@gmail.com. more�

Law Practice Tip from Ahern Insurance Brokerage: How to recognize the risk of representing both sides in a transaction; click here for information provided by Ahern, a State Bar Member Discount Provider offering professional liability insurance.

How to Prepare for Unexpected Accidents or Illness: State Bar of Arizona members can apply for individual long term care insurance from John Hancock at a permanent 5% discount on top of other potential discounts, through a partnership with The La Porte Wealth Strategies Group of Raymond James. To learn more contact Justin Cairns, Justin.Cairns@RaymondJames.com