Volume 13, No. 25 | December 9, 2014

eye on ethics

Q: If I have given my clients copies of all documents throughout the representation may I charge them for complete copies of the file at the termination of representation?

A: No. Regardless of what has been provided during representation, clients are entitled to one, full, free copy of the client file at termination. See Ethics Op. 08-02.


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Consumers Get Free Legal Advice from Volunteer Attorneys in Elder, Mental Health, and Disability Law: Six attorneys will come together this evening for the final 2014 edition of Lawyers on Call, a public service campaign sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, 12 News, and azcentral.com. The phone bank is organized to help clarify consumers' questions regarding elder, mental health and disability law, as well as details associated with guardianship. The State Bar of Arizona offers its sincerest appreciation to the volunteer attorneys who will help consumers across the Valley through this access to justice program. They include: Robbin M. Coulon, Area Agency on Aging; Marsha Goodman, Frazer, Ryan, Goldberg & Arnold, LLP; Michelle M. Lauer, John C. Lincoln Law Offices; Joshua Mozell, Frazer, Ryan, Goldberg & Arnold, LLP; Joan Sacramento; and Brian S. Starr, Starr Law Firm, PLC.

In the news

Protesters Blocking Streets - What Are the Legal Consequences? When protestors take to the streets, in many instances they also take over the streets by blocking traffic. But by doing so, these protestors may be inviting more than just attention to their cause, but also potential legal consequences. More.

Court - No Pay for Amazon Warehouse Security Checks: The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts. More.

U.S. Sues Deutsche Bank, Other Banks for $190 Million: Federal authorities in New York have sued Deutsche Bank and other financial entities, alleging they dodged more than $100 million in taxes with some fancy financial footwork. More.

from the bar

State Bar Holiday Hours: The State Bar of Arizona will close at noon on Wednesday, December 24 in observance of the Christmas holiday. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, December 29 at 8:30 a.m.

File Your State Bar Annual Statement and Dues Online: Your 2015 statement is available now for you to complete, review and submit online at www.azbar.org/fees. A paper statement will not be mailed to you. Payment can be made by credit card or E-check through the Bar's secure website. When you submit your statement and submit dues online, your receipt will include a temporary bar card for use until the permanent one is mailed to you. To avoid delinquency fees, your statement and fees must be postmarked or received in the State Bar office by 5 p.m. MST on February 2, 2015. Online submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. MST on February 2, 2015. More.

If You Encounter an Impaired Lawyer, What Should You Do? With the demands and stresses of the profession increasing every day, lawyers have an increased risk of suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. This Friday, December 12, learn how to identify the warning signs of alcohol or substance abuse, mental health and stress-related issues and your ethical responsibilities under ER 8.3 to report them, among other topics. More.

Become Involved in the Merit Selection Process: Apply for one of the Judicial Nominating Commissions and help select judicial candidates for appointment to the trial bench in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Counties, or judicial candidates for appointment to the appellate bench. The application deadline has been extended to February 6, 2015. More.

Court of Appeals Announces Pro Bono Representation Program for Civil Cases: The Arizona Court of Appeals launched a new program that seeks to improve access to justice for self-represented litigants while also creating opportunities for attorneys to brief and argue cases in the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals will identify specific civil cases in which one or more parties are self-represented and offer the litigant(s) in those cases an opportunity to be paired with a volunteer lawyer. Attorneys interested in arguing a case at the Court of Appeals are being recruited as volunteers for this pro bono program. More.

Arizona High School Mock Trial Program Needs You! 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. You can read more about the program at www.azflse.org/mocktrial.

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. Among the qualifying organizations that rely on funding from Arizona's legal community are: Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 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); William E. Morris Institute for Justice. More.

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.

Are You Linked In With the Bar? Need a little more legal news and information outside of the Bar's biweekly eLegal Newsletter? Get your fill by adding the State Bar of Arizona on LinkedIn. Once you're there, you'll get your daily dose of legal news. Add us now by clicking here.

Ladder Down Program Now Accepting Women Lawyer Applicants: Ladder Down is a year-long program that provides direct training and career development through a combination of coaches, sponsors, and participants to empower women lawyers in three critical areas: leadership, business development, and mentoring. For more information about the program and its benefits, please visit their website here. If you would like an application and a brochure for the 2015 Ladder Down class, please contact Alison Christian at AChristian@cdslawfirm.com