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President-Elect & Bar Commission Candidates

President-Elect & Bar Commission Candidates

President-Elect Candidate

Retention of President-Elect
Nate Alder has been nominated by the Bar Commission to serve as President-Elect in 2007-2008 and as President in 2008-2009, subject to a retention election submitted to all lawyers on active status. No other candidates petitioned the Commission to run for the office.

To the Members of the Bar:

It is an honor to be nominated by the Bar Commission as a candidate for Bar President. I greatly appreciate the Commission’s trust in me. I promise to diligently serve you as President and I respectfully ask for your support.

I have served on the Bar Commission for nearly five years now. I have enjoyed this experience very much. We have successfully dealt with a range of interesting and complicated issues. I know that the Commission will continue to address and resolve many issues and concerns.

I believe in collaborative leadership. The President sets the tone for the Commission and helps to develop consensus and achievement toward important outcomes. As an integrated Bar, we are fortunate in that we have had tremendous individuals serve as Bar President and they have contributed much to our profession, to the judiciary, and our community. I have been mentored and encouraged by some of these great people and I, too, seek to serve and contribute.

Please fill out and mail in your ballot. Although this is an uncontested election, our bylaws require that an election take place. I very much appreciate your support in this regard.

I look forward to serving and working with you. The Bar can and should make a difference for members. Let’s improve the value and service it provides to you. Please feel free to call or write: (801)323-5000; nathan.alder@chrisjen.com. Again, thank you for your support.

Shareholder, Christensen & Jensen, P.C.

Judicial Clerk, Hon. J. Thomas Greene, U.S. District Court, District of Utah

Indiana University, School of Law, JD

Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, MPA

Utah State University, BA

Dixie College, AA

Board of Bar Commissioners (2001-2002, 2003-2007)

Bar Commission Executive Committee (2004-2006)

Chair, Commission’s Subcommittee on Self Representation (2006-2007)

Commission’s Subcommittee on Mentoring (2007)

Commission’s Subcommittee on Bar Operations Review (2006)

Admissions Committee (2001-2006)

Bar Examiner (2004-2007)

Co-Chair, Bar Exam’s Performance Test Committee (2004-2007)

Chair, Dispute Resolution Section (2003-2004)

President, Young Lawyers Division (2001-2002)

Special Task Force on Legislative Appropriation for Judicial Compensation (2005)

Fundraising and Planning Committees, Utah Minority Bar’s “First 50” Celebration

Advisory Board, Utah Minority Bar Association

Special Bar Projects Review Committee

Governmental Relations Committee

Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism (2002-2007)

Western States Bar Leadership Conference (2005, 2006)

Pro Tem Judge, Salt Lake City Justice Court (2002-2007)

Board, Utah Council on Conflict Resolution, Inc. (2004-2007)

Board, Friends of Utah’s Children’s Justice Centers (2005-2007)

Second Division Candidate
Uncontested Election: According to the Utah State Bar Bylaws, “In the event an insufficient number of nominating petitions are filed to require balloting in a division, the person or persons nominated shall be declared elected.”

Felshaw King is running uncontested in the Second Division and will therefore be declared elected.

It has been my privilege to serve as a Bar commissioner since 2001. During the past five years I have become familiar with the opportunities, problems and challenges and which we lawyers face as we move further into the 21st century.

The mission of the Utah State Bar is: “To represent lawyers in the State of Utah and to serve the public and the legal profession by promoting justice, professional excellence, civility, ethics, respect for and understanding of the Law.”

Many praiseworthy goals are included in this mission statement and progress has been made in each area. As commissioner I would place greater emphasis on the goal “To represent lawyers in the State.” We have a responsibility to ourselves and the public, and that responsibility can best be met by maintaining a strong and viable legal profession uniquely suited to avoid and solve legal issues. The public is not well-served by a proliferation of non-lawyer providers and legal “do-it-yourself” programs.

Ours is a noble and honorable profession, the strength of which is a vital element for a successful society. Strengthening our profession depends on the effort of each of us as we interact with the Judiciary, the Legislature and the public. The Bar plays an important role in this process.

My experience gives me tools to serve as commissioner to lead the process of strengthening our profession.

• Practicing lawyer since 1962
• Former majority whip and chairman of Judiciary Committee, Utah House of Representatives
• Appointed by Governor to serve as Chairman of Utah Committee of Consumer Services (1977-1989)
• President, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (1985-1987)
• President, American Inns of Court VII, 1997
• Admitted United States Supreme Court, Tenth Circuit and Fifth Circuit
• Commander, U.S. Navy Reserve (JAGC-Ret.)
• University of Utah, Certificate in Conflict Resolution (2001)

I would appreciate the challenge and the opportunity to serve as commissioner of the Bar and I ask for your support and confidence.

Third Division Candidates
Uncontested Election: According to the Utah State Bar Bylaws, “In the event an insufficient number of nominating petitions are filed to require balloting in a division, the person or persons nominated shall be declared elected.”

Yvette Donosso Diaz and Scott Sabey are running uncontested in the Third Division and will therefore be declared elected.

Yvette Donosso Diaz
• Born in Los Angeles, California to Colombian immigrants.
• Mother of three children.
• B.S. Anthropology, BYU (University Honors).
• Graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School.
• Clerked for Judges Bohling, Dever, Medley and Thorne in Utah’s Third Judicial District Court, and Justice Christine M. Durham in Utah’s Supreme Court.

Employment Experience:
• Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar LLC, employment defense litigation;
• Christensen and Jensen, PC., personal injury;
• State of Utah, Executive Director, Department of Community & Culture; and
• Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, general civil litigation.

Service Experience:
As a former President of the Utah Minority Bar Association, helped launch a Diversity Pledge to highlight the need for Utah’s legal employers to recruit, hire and promote attorneys of color, and lobbied to ensure that all judicial nominating commissions for the Wasatch Front have at least one ethnic minority representative. Other activities include being Past Chair of the Governor’s Hispanic Advisory Council, and member of the Partnership Board for the University of Utah College of Humanities.

Statement of Candidacy:
It has been an honor to serve as a Bar Commissioner for the Third Division for the past four years. In that capacity I have worked to: 1) improve outreach and mentoring efforts to young lawyers, law school faculty and law students; 2) support the Bar’s efforts to deliver adequate legal services to low and middle class individuals; and 3) increase visibility and accountability of services funded by the Bar. I believe the Bar has an important role in proactively providing services to all our members, including solo practitioners, lawyers in small firms and lawyers practicing outside of the Wasatch Front. Likewise, I believe the public’s perception of our profession and the legal system is derived from their everyday experiences. I have an open mind and am committed to advancing the needs and interests of all members of the Bar in a professional manner. I would appreciate your vote and welcome your input at ydiaz@joneswaldo.com.

Scott Sabey
Mr. Sabey is a shareholder at the law firm of Fabian & Clendenin. He focuses his practice in real estate law and development, business law, and related litigation. He has been involved in both residential and commercial real estate developments and transactions since 1985. Mr. Sabey is past Chair of the Real Property Section and past Chair of the Business Law Section of the Utah State Bar. He has served on the Bar’s Governmental Relations Committee since 1997, and is currently its Co-Chair. Mr. Sabey is also a registered lobbyist and has lobbied on behalf of the Bar on legislation affecting its members. He served on the Rules Committee for Small Claims Court, served on the Committee reorganizing the Judge Pro Tempore system, wrote the Small Claims Judge’s Benchbook, and currently teaches the classes for new Small Claims Judges and Justice Court Judges. Mr Sabey is also the Bar’s designated representative on the Supreme Court’s Judicial Council through October 2009.

Mr. Sabey received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University, a degree from the University of Florence, Italy, and later his Law Degree from Golden Gate University, School of Law in San Francisco, California. During law school he was on the Dean’s Honor List, and acted as Chairman of the Graduation Committee.

During my past 3 years on the Bar Commission, we have made significant strides in improving our relationship with the Legislature (my primary concern when I ran 3 years ago). We have instituted several programs that have led to that improvement, including an annual New Legislators’ Constitutional Law class and regular offering of assistance to legislators with proposed legislation and with problems their constituents are experiencing. We have improved that line of communication but there is still more to be accomplished. The importance of the effect that the Legislature can have on us is demonstrated by the passage (and later repeal) of the House Bill which defined the practice of law as only appearing in a court of record. Every year we see bills that attempt to modify the Rules of Practice or Evidence by statute rather than by the Court’s Rules Committee, or to make the judicial nomination process and the judicial review process more and more political. We also see attempts to bring our profession under the Legislature’s control through regulation by the Department of Occupation and Professional Licensing. The Bar Commission needs to be vigilant in defending our rights and I want to help.

While I recognize the natural tension which exists between the different branches of government, I would like to see the relationship between the Bar and Legislature continue to improve. An improved relationship would allow for more constructive input by the Bar on the laws with which we all must deal. It would also reduce the amount of negative legislation directed at the Bar and Courts, and I would like to continue this work as a Bar Commissioner.

It is your Bar. Please take the time to vote, and I hope I can count on your support.


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