Volume 14, No. 2 | January 20, 2015

eye on ethics

Q: What constitutes informed consent?

A: Informed consent denotes the agreement by a person to a proposed course of conduct after the lawyer has communicated adequate information and explanation about the material risks of and reasonably available alternatives to the proposed course of conduct. ER 1.0(e).


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Six Arizona Judges Earn Accolades From National Organization at the End of 2014: The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) selected six Arizona judges for entry into its Hall of Fame. Membership in the CLEO Hall of Fame is exclusive to judges, honoring CLEO alumni who have reached the highest levels of the profession, and are some of the nation's most distinguished current and former members of the judiciary. Read the news release here to see which judges were selected.

In the news

Justices Weigh Judicial Candidates' Appeal for Campaign Cash: A divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with whether states can prohibit personal appeals for campaign contributions by candidates for elected judgeships. The justices heard arguments in a case from Florida, five years after the court's Citizens United ruling freed corporations and labor unions from limits on spending in elections for Congress and president. More.

Supreme Court Says Muslim Prisoner Can Keep Beard: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of the religious freedom claims of a prisoner in Arkansas who wanted to grow a beard in accordance with his Muslim faith, but was blocked by the Department of Corrections' policy that forbids beards except for diagnosed dermatological problems. More.

Jury Selection Begins in Colorado Movie Theater Shooting Trial: The first step in the trial of James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 more inside a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012, began Tuesday afternoon with the start of jury selection. More.

from the bar

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.

Don't Miss the St. Thomas More Society of Phoenix's 45th Annual Red Mass this Evening: The event commemorates the start of the legislative session. Join in this evening, January 20 at Saint Mary's Basilica in Phoenix. The Mass begins at 5:30 p.m. People of all faiths are invited to attend.

You Still Have Time to Register for the Insurance Law Institute: Keep up with the latest cases, legislation and other developments in insurance law at the second annual Insurance Law Institute. Experienced lawyers and judges explore UM/UIM, cyber liability, workers' compensation bad faith, construction, intentional acts and bad faith. The program will be held on January 29 and 30 and promises to provide practical instruction on important topics and opportunities, as well as discuss cutting-edge legal strategy with leading practitioners and judges alike. Learn more or register by clicking here.

Human Trafficking - Modern Day Slavery in Arizona: With Super Bowl XLIX taking place in Glendale in February, offering this unique program focusing on the growing trend of human trafficking in Arizona and throughout our country is more important and relevant than ever. Attendees will get an overview of human trafficking, discuss its prevalence at the Super Bowl, learn of its telltale signs, and discuss laws associated with it, among other topics. Click here to learn more or to register for this program scheduled for January 27, 2015.

Have You Weighed In on Superior Court Applicants?: The public is invited to comment on 25 applicants for two vacancies on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the vacated seats of Judges Benjamin Norris and Emmet Ronan. 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.

State Bar Committees Want You. Are You Ready? Beginning February 1, the State Bar is accepting applications for the 28 standing and ad hoc committees that advise and serve the State Bar of Arizona. Applications must be received no later than April 2, 2015. To learn more about the various committees and to fill out an application click here.

Volunteers Sought for City Judicial Selection Boards: Help screen and recommend candidates to serve as presiding and associate municipal court judges for the City of Glendale and the City of Peoria. Apply by March 6. Learn more by clicking here.

Ship and Save with UPS�: State Bar members can save up to 34% on UPS shipping services, including UPS Next Day Air�. To enroll and start saving today, visit www.savewithups.com/azbar, or call 1.800.MEMBERS (1.800.636.2377), M-F, 8 a.m. � 6 p.m.

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