Volume 13, No. 22 | October 28, 2014

eye on ethics

Q: If I sell my entire legal practice to another attorney am I required to provide every client written notice regarding the transfer of their representation to purchasing attorney?

A: Yes. If a client cannot be given notice, the representation of the client may be transferred to purchaser only upon entry of a court order by a court having jurisdiction. See ER 1.17(c).


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Judge Song Ong Honored with National Award for Contributions to Judicial Education: The Honorable Roxanne Song Ong, presiding judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court, earned an award from the American Judges Association for significant contributions to judicial education. The 2014 Judge Bob Jones Memorial Award was presented to Judge Song Ong on October 7 at the annual conference of the American Judges Association. more�

Justice Rebecca White Berch Honored by Arizona State University: Arizona Supreme Court Justice Rebecca White Berch will receive the Alumni Service Award during halftime at the November 1 Homecoming game against the University of Utah. Justice Berch earned her undergraduate degree in sociology, her law degree and a master's degree in English from Arizona State University. She has also taught at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. more�

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Tempe Man Exonerated of Rape Conviction Accused in Child-Porn Case: A Tempe man exonerated of a sexual-assault conviction four years ago now faces 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after police say he recently admitted to accessing child pornography on his work computer. more�

Millions in Social Security for Expelled Nazis: Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate. Then the Nazi hunters showed up. In 1989, as the U.S. government prepared to strip him of his citizenship, Denzinger packed a pair of suitcases and fled to Germany. He later settled in this pleasant town on the Drava River, where he lives comfortably, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. He collects a Social Security payment of about $1,500 each month, nearly twice the take-home pay of an average Croatian worker. more�

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You Have Seven Days to Help your friends and Family Finish the November Ballot: The November election is just one week away and soon your friends and family will be asking you the same question they ask every election: How should they vote for the judges on the ballot? We want to help, so this election we've come up with a way for you to answer that question. Watch our Finish the Ballot video and share it with your friends and family. We also have a fun way to promote our Finish the Ballot campaign with our Instagram "Finish the Ballot" contest where you'll have chance to win $250. more�

Rally your Kids, Rally their Schools with the 2014 Kids Voting Arizona Election! Together their voices can speak loudly about the future of our state and who should be leading Arizonans. But not unless they vote! Tell their teacher to register today. They will receive Voter IDS, "I Voted" stickers, Family Activity Booklets, and more. Check it out here.

Give to Legal Charities and Earn a Tax Credit at the Same Time! How would you like to donate money to help legal services in Arizona and then get all that money back? You can do it by making a donation to legal aid organizations that qualify for the Working Poor Tax Credit. Qualifying organizations that provide access to justice to the working class poor are: Arizona Women's Education & Employment Inc. (Legal Advocacy); Christian Legal Aid of Arizona; Community Legal Services Inc.; Defenders of Children; DNA People's Legal Services; Southern Arizona Legal Aid Inc. (SALA); Tucson Family Advocacy Program (SALA); and the William E. Morris Institute for Justice. more�

Judicial Nominees Announced: The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments has recommended seven candidates to Governor Jan Brewer for an opening on the Maricopa County Superior Court. more�

Public Comment Sought on Superior Court Applicants: The public is invited to comment on 40 applicants for three vacancies on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the addition of Divisions 96, 97 and 98. more�

Application Deadline for Professional Volunteer Positions Rapidly Approaching: 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.

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.

Major Medical Coverage Available Through State Bar of Arizona: This Health Insurance Exchange can help provide members, their employees, and families with comprehensive major medical insurance coverage. The program is brought to you by AHIX, a division of JLBG Health, the largest health insurance provider to associations in the US. more�

Prosecutors and Public Defenders Encouraged to Apply JRJ Grant Program by Friday: The Administrative Office of the Courts is pleased to announce the approval of Arizona's application for funding through the John R. Justice Program. The goal of the JRJ Program is to recruit and retain qualified prosecutors and public defenders by lessening the burden of student loan obligations. The Bureau of Justice Assistance has authorized a funding allotment of $34,273 to Arizona for this program. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, October 31. Information about eligibility, the application process and required materials can be found here on the Arizona Judicial Branch website.

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.

Practice Management Tip from John Driscoll & Company, Inc.: For tips about how to calculate the possible length of your retirement proportionate to your working years, click here for a brief article from John Driscoll & Company, Inc., a State Bar Member Discount Provider.

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