Volume 13, No. 24 | November 25, 2014

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Q: What happens if I write an insufficient-funds check on my client-trust account?

A: By being an approved financial institution, your bank has agreed to report any insufficient-funds checks on client-trust accounts to the State Bar. The report will be investigated as a bar complaint. Refer to Rule 43(f).


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Consumers get Clarity from Volunteer Attorneys Regarding President Obama's Executive Order on Immigration: Nine attorneys came together last Friday, November 21 for a special edition of the State Bar of Arizona and Univision 33's Abogados a Su Lado (attorneys on your side) public service program. In response to the executive order issued by President Obama on Thursday, November 20, both the Bar and Univision organized a phone bank that would help clarify consumers' questions regarding immigration law, as well as inform them of the initial details regarding the President's executive order. 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: Emilia Banuelos, Banuelos Law Office; Tony Colon, Colon & Associates; Seth B. Draper, Salvatierra Law Group; Mark Egan, Gunderson Denton & Peterson; Magaly Fontes, Law Office of Magaly Fontes; Bruno Gitnacht, Law Office of Bruno Gitnacht; Ray Ybarra Maldonado, Law Office of Ray Ybarra Maldonado; Christina Ortecho, Ortecho Law; and Matthew Thomas, Thomas Law Firm.

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Darren Wilson Explains Why He Killed Michael Brown: It's a scene that has played out repeatedly across America--A white cop stops a black teen. Sometimes there is an exchange of profanities. Maybe an arrest follows. Mostly, these events are forgotten, except perhaps by those involved. But a handful are not. That's the case in Ferguson, Mo., where an August 9 encounter between Michael Brown and officer Darren Wilson ended in death, explosive violence, protest and another bout of national soul-searching about race. More.

New Website Uses Crowdfunding to Finance Lawsuits: A new website unveiled Wednesday uses crowdfunding to finance potentially high-value commercial lawsuits. The new venture, LexShares, connects accredited investors with plaintiffs in commercial lawsuits, according to the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.), the Boston Globe and a press release. More.

from the bar

State Bar Closed for Thanksgiving: The State Bar of Arizona will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, December 1 at 8:30 a.m.

12 Judicial Nominees Announced: The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments has recommended 12 candidates to Governor Jan Brewer for three openings on the Maricopa County Superior Court. More.

Arizona High School Mock Trial Program Needs You! The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education and the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Arizona are seeking volunteer attorneys for the 2015 Mock Trial Tournament. If you would like to share your expertise about the law, along with your skills and experience as an attorney, the mock trial competition welcomes you! To coach a team or serve as a judge at either the March 7 or March 28 tournaments, please contact susan.nusall@azflse.org