Arizona

460 ABA Journal Arizona articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Self-driving car crash leads to charge; ABA center will monitor trial of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero

Backup driver for self-driving car is charged after crash death

A backup driver for an Uber self-driving test vehicle has been charged with negligent homicide for a March 2018 crash…

Arizona approves nonlawyer ownership, nonlawyer licensees in access-to-justice reforms

Arizona has become the second state in recent weeks to approve opening its doors to nonlawyer ownership or investment in law firms, concepts that previously have faced strong resistance in the United States.

Fennemore Craig announces merger; it’s not the time to ‘curl up in a ball,’ CEO says

Fennemore Craig will merge with California law firm Dowling Aaron, creating a law firm with 180 lawyers. Fennemore Craig CEO James Goodnow said the merger will make the combined firm “a dominant player in agriculture business and water law” in the U.S.

2020 state of the profession report shows dearth of lawyers in rural areas, attorney debt struggles
Some states with the highest amount of lawyers per capita also have rural areas with few, if any, attorneys, according to the 2020 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession.
Despite an increase in coronavirus cases, Arizona keeps plan for in-person July bar
Despite public health concerns, Arizona is going forward with its plans for an in-person bar exam on July 28 and 29, but it will also offer a remote bar in October, the state supreme court announced Wednesday.
Trump can’t transfer military funds to build border wall, 9th Circuit rules
A federal appeals court in a pair of rulings held Friday that the Trump administration’s diversion of military money to build a wall between the United States and Mexico was illegal.
Judges in 3 states testify in favor of continued use of remote proceedings post-COVID-19
A former California state and federal trial judge told Congress Thursday that COVID-19 has opened the judiciary to new technology, and he doesn’t expect that “we’re ever going back to where we were before.”
Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer pleads guilty in adoption scheme; prosecutor who quit in Roger Stone case gets new job

Lawyer pleads guilty in illegal adoption scheme

A lawyer and former assessor in Maricopa County, Arizona, pleaded guilty Friday to human smuggling and communications fraud in connection with an

Proposal would require New Jersey lawyers to reveal client information showing wrongful conviction
An ethics proposal in New Jersey would create an exception to the duty of client confidentiality when a lawyer has information that an innocent person has been wrongly incarcerated.
Convicted murderer eligible for parole after judge misapplies state law, court says
The Arizona Supreme Court said on Thursday a man sentenced to prison for life will be eligible for parole, despite a state law that eliminated the privilege in 1993.
‘Remain in Mexico’ policy allowed to continue pending Supreme Court review, 9th Circuit says
On Wednesday, a federal appeals court granted the Trump administration’s request to allow the “remain in Mexico” policy to stay in effect while also reaffirming that it ruled correctly when it deemed the policy to be unlawful last week.
Training for nonlawyers to provide legal advice will start in Arizona in the fall

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law has started a two-year pilot project that licenses a small group of nonlawyers to give limited legal advice on civil matters stemming from domestic violence. The individuals will be known as licensed legal advocates.

Afternoon Briefs: SCOTUS lacks State of the Union majority; judge reverses No More Deaths convictions

Which Supreme Court justices attended the State of the Union?

Only four justices attended the State of the Union on Tuesday. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was there, even…

Lawyer is reprimanded for lifting quotes from Supreme Court justices on her judicial application
An Arizona lawyer has been reprimanded for lifting quotes from U.S. Supreme Court justices on her application for a seat on the state’s court of appeals.
Afternoon Briefs: Political climate motivates would-be lawyers; Avenatti trial begins

Is the ‘Trump Bump’ still a thing?

Politics continue to play a role in law school applicants’ decision-making processes, according to recent surveys from Kaplan Test Prep, but less so…

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