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Ruben Teran
, an attorney in Douglas, Cochise County,
is the subject of an Arizona Bar Association Order
finding probable cause that Teran
committed unethical misconduct in two cases.

The Bar Association's "Order Of Diversion" -- online at
-- says that probable cause exists for finding that Teran violated Ethical Rules 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.16, and 3.2.

Ethical Rule 1.3 says "A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client."

Ethical Rule 1.4 requires a lawyer to at least reasonably "consult with the client about the means by which the client's objectives are to be accomplished," inform a client "about the status of the matter," "promptly comply with reasonable requests for information," and "explain a matter ... to permit the client to make informed decisions ...."

Ethical Rule 1.5 says, among other things, that "A lawyer shall not make an agreement for, charge, or collect an unreasonable fee or an unreasonable amount for expenses."

Ethical Rule 1.16 says that an attorney who withdraws or is fired "must comply with applicable law requiring notice to or permission of a tribunal," and "take steps to the extent reasonably practicable to protect a client's interests ...."

Ethical Rule 3.2 says "A lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to expedite litigation consistent with the interests of the client."

For the Bar Association's own discussions of what constitutes unethical conduct, see

Teran got his Arizona law license in 1977.  He is sometimes known as Ruben Teran-Sonoqui.