EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the second of a two-part article examining the professionalism movement, and current attitudes and efforts directed towards improvement of legal professionalism.
In Part I of this article, I briefly discussed some basic underpinnings of the current professionalism movement. This continuation is intended to provide more discussion of the concept of professionalism, some theories on the commonly perceived decline in lawyers' professionalism, and a general outline of efforts and proposals to rectify this decline.
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On January 24, 2002, an attorney was admonished by the Chair of the Ethics and Discipline Committee of the Utah Supreme Court for violation of Rules 1.3 (Diligence); 1.4 (Communication) and 8.4(a) (Misconduct) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
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In honor of “Legal Assistants Day”, the Legal Assistant Division of the Utah State Bar and the Legal Assistants Association of Utah are pleased to sponsor three Legal Assistant Day luncheons, listed below. All three luncheons will qualify for one hour CLE credit. Invitations will be sent in April to all members of the Legal Assistant Division and the Legal Assistants Association of Utah based on geographic location. However, all legal assistants, legal secretaries and their supervising attorneys are invited to attend any of the luncheons.
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The legal profession in Utah is not as rich as it was just one month ago. We have lost one of our finest teachers and exemplars of the law: Professor Lionel Frankel. Some of us spent a few hours in the classroom with him some time during Lionel's long tenure. Maybe we learned enough Criminal Law or Commercial Code to get us through the Bar Exam. But more importantly, those of us who have known Lionel through the years have learned something about how one should live.
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DENISE A. DRAGOO, ESQ.,
Denise A. Dragoo, Esq., is a partner with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., Salt Lake City, Utah. Ms. Dragoo received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado in 1973 with honors, is a 1976 graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and received a Masters of Law in Environmental Law in 1977 from the University of Washington, School of Law, in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Dragoo is the Utah State Bar's Trustee to the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Prior to joining Snell & Wilmer, Ms. Dragoo was in private practice for eighteen years and served as a Special Assistant Utah Attorney General for the Department of Natural Resources.
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You have all dealt with the universally accepted Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, which was adopted in the United States and many territories in 1972. Some subsequent changes were enacted in UCA ¤70A-2a-101 et seq. (leases) and UCA ¤70A-8-101 et seq. (investment securities). In 1998, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws along with the American Law Institute, approved a revised version of Article 9. The Utah Legislature passed Revised Article 9 in 2000, effective July 1, 2001. Although the revisions streamline methods of perfecting security interests and where to file, as well as other clarifications, it does not alter the basic structure established for security interests. You must still file a financing statement with the filing office.
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The advent of the printing press in 1455 by Johannes Gutenberg heralded a new era for the world. Some have said that Gutenberg, thanks to his invention, was the most significant person of the past millennium.
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During its regularly scheduled meeting January 25, 2002, which was held in Salt Lake City, the Board of Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.
1. Scott Daniels asked the Commission to pay close attention to the calendar and to get their RSVP's in early for the Park City Commission meeting and retreat to be held May 30, 31 & June 1. Scott also encouraged the Commissioners to attend the Western States Bar March 13 - 16, in Las Vegas. Felshaw King said he would attend the National Conference of Bar Examiners held in Chicago, April 11 - 13. John Adams said he was attending the ABA Bar Leadership, and V. Lowry Snow and Randy Kester attended the ABA Mid year.
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There are few, if any, business clients who will not need trademark consultation and advice at some time during the course of their representation. Trademarks1 are the labels under which all goods and services are marketed and constitute valuable assets that can be assigned, licensed, or otherwise transferred. A business may spend substantial time and money in developing a trademark and marketing its products under the mark only to be found liable for unknowing infringement of a prior mark; or, may see the goodwill associated with its mark injured by the infringement of its mark by another. For a lawyer, the terrain of trademark issues is varied and extensive. This article serves to familiarize non-trademark lawyers with trademark law basics.
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