President Elect's Message Archives

March 6, 2012

President-Elect & Bar Commission Candidates

Candidate for President-Elect

Retention of President-Elect: Curtis Jensen has been nominated by the Bar Commission to serve as President-Elect in 2012-2013 and as President in 2013-2014, subject to a confirmation ballot submitted to all lawyers on active status. No other candidates petitioned the Commission to run for the office.


It is an honor to be nominated by the Bar Commission as the next Bar President-Elect. For the past five years I have had the pleasure to serve with talented colleagues on the Bar Commission and within the Bar Office. These individuals love our profession and bring great energy, experience, judgment, and dedication with their many hours of service. The Bar President has always set the tone for the Commission and, through collaboration, develops a consensus in setting goals and objectives to better serve the Bar and its membership. This is a charge that I will not take lightly. We will continue to focus on the core functions of the Bar and continue through our collective effort in nurturing civility and professionalism in our practice of law, improving and providing affordable and practical CLE, developing and implementing programs to improve the efficiency of legal services and access to justice, educating our members and the public about available resources and opportunities, and continuing fiscal prudence in Bar operations and expenditures.

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September 13, 2010

Reflections on the Past, Image of the Future

by Robert L. Jeffs

The Annual Convention at Sun Valley was a refreshing pause with friends, family, and colleagues before my year of service to you as Bar President. Justice Clarence Thomas’s keynote address provided a rare opportunity to glimpse the inner workings of the highest level of our third branch of government, to see the personal side of the members of the Court, their collegiality, and their ability to make decisions that guide our nation free from the political wrangling that is so pervasive in the other branches of government. At the Family Barbeque, I was able to visit with Justice Durham about the many benefits of an Annual Convention where Bar members can interact with Judges, other attorneys, and their families free from the pressures of advocacy in a particular case or transaction.

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May 13, 2010

The Dreaded Letter from OPC

by Stephen W. Owens

The Bar’s efforts can be broken down into four categories: Admissions, Discipline, Education, and Services. I would like to talk about the unpleasant topic of Discipline. Nothing can ruin a lawyer’s day like receiving a letter from the Office of Professional Conduct (OPC) advising the lawyer of a Bar Complaint.

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March 5, 2009

Group Health Insurance Options

by Stephen W. Owens

One of the primary functions of The Utah State Bar is to identify and provide members with programs and services which improve opportunities and quality of life for our members. One of the most common frustrations for our membership has been the ever increasing cost of providing healthcare for attorneys, employees, and families.

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April 8, 2001

President-Elect & Bar Commission Candidates

President-Elect Candidates


John A. Adams is a shareholder at the law firm of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker where he has practiced since 1982. Mr. Adams received his B.A. degree in Economics from Brigham Young University and then attended Brigham Young University Law School. Following graduation from law school in 1981, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable George E. MacKinnon of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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