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As the pandemic became undeniable and understandings of its infectious nature grew, most courts adjusted to remote arguments, and many trial courts experimented with Zoom juries. In March 2020, I had a live argument in another state. My family, concerned about my well-being, loaded me up with trial-sized hand sanitizer, KN95 masks, and nitrile powder gloves. I recall feeling reassured when my departure airport was empty, only to discover that my connecting airport was a madhouse of largely unmasked travelers. Once in the courtroom, the presiding judge asked everyone to keep social distances, especially from the bench, as well as
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Car accidents in Arizona happen for a variety of reasons. In many cases, the cause of a car accident is driver error, such as speeding or distracted driving. Sometimes, however, an investigation finds that mechanical failure caused an accident. If you get into a car accident involving mechanical failure, find out who may be at fault and responsible for paying for your bills.
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If you get arrested in Arizona, hiring a criminal defense lawyer is the best way to protect your legal rights. An experienced criminal defense attorney can work to minimize the effects of the arrest on your life and future. What many people don’t realize is that it is possible – and beneficial – to hire an attorney even before they receive any charges. Acting as soon as you suspect you might be charged with a crime can benefit you in many ways.
Your Lawyer Can Influence the Charges That Are Brought Against You
One of the main reasons to hire
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Children spend a large portion of their time on school grounds. It is no surprise, therefore, that many child injuries occur at schools every year. Depending on the circumstances of the accident and injury, the parents of an injured child may be able to file a lawsuit against the school or the school district for financial compensation. Learn when it is possible to sue a school district in Arizona.
Common Types of Accidents on School Grounds
A school in Arizona can contain various injury risks – especially if staff members, janitors and maintenance crews have failed to properly maintain a
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Parking lots are common locations for motor vehicle accidents and pedestrian collisions. Drivers failing to look before backing out of parking spots or ignoring pedestrian rights-of-way cause many of these accidents. If you get injured in a parking lot accident in Arizona, there are steps that you should take to protect your legal rights. Taking the correct actions in the aftermath of a crash can improve your odds of a successful insurance claim against an at-fault party. Here are five steps that you should take after a parking lot accident, if possible. 
Put Your Safety First
Stay where you are
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Being attacked by a dog in Arizona is a traumatic experience. You may be frightened, overwhelmed and unsure of what to do as a dog bite injury victim. It is important to take the correct steps, however, if you wish to hold the pet owner liable, or financially responsible, for your injury and related expenses. Here’s what to do if you get attacked by a dog in Arizona.
Stay Calm
Do your best to remain calm and in control of the situation. First, make sure you are safe from further injury by the dog. Avoid shouting at the pet owner
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I have been a bit remiss on blogging about Volume 21, Issue 2 of the Journal of Appellate Practice & Process.  Honestly, it has been a busy semester.  But, this issue is important, so I thought I would highlight a few articles in case folks have extra time to read during the holidays. As just a reminder, Volume 21, Issue 2 addresses the thorny issue of what judges and lawyers can do ameliorate the divisions in our country. I have previously blogged on the prefaces and on articles by Chief Justice JoAnn B. JayneLance B. WickmanErwin
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Assume as you conduct your legal research that you come up with a decision that says exactly what you are hoping for and that the precedent, though rarely cited, remains good law. As you write, confident that the holding puts…
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Are you in Arizona wondering how far 1000 feet within a school area is in miles? Phoenix criminal defense lawyer Craig Orent explains what you need to know.
Calculating 1000 feet from a school needs to be done carefully and methodically. A mile is 5,280 feet. This means that 1000 feet is just under .2 miles (i.e. one-fifth of a mile). Arizona law requires Level III sex offenders to live more than 1000 feet from any real property comprising a school or childcare facility.    
Determining where you can and cannot live is far too serious to risk getting it wrong.
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