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December 11, 2009

Researching the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

by Mari Cheney

If you are a civil attorney in Utah, you may have already encountered
the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), see 50 U.S.C. app. §§
501-96, if your client, opposing party, or a third party to your
case is on active duty in the military or is otherwise affected by
the SRCA. If you are new to the SCRA, this article will provide
information about the basic provisions of the SRCA and secondary
sources that provide detailed analysis and sample forms.

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January 14, 2009

Commission Highlights

Commission Highlights

The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during the October 24, 2008 Commission meeting held at the Law & Justice Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1. The Commission approved Professionalism Awards to be given to Ellen Maycock and Don Winder. The Pro Bono Award was given to Ruth Lybbert, Paul Simmons, and David Olsen. Carma Harper was selected to receive the Community Member Award for her work on the Wills for Heroes Project and Troy Booher was awarded the Heart and Hands honor. The Commission also recognized the lifetime service of Judge J. Thomas Greene, Joseph Novak, Reed Martineau, and M. Dayle Jeffs. These awards were presented at the Fall Forum.

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November 10, 2008

Commission Highlights

Commission Highlights

The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during the September 12, 2008 Commission meeting held at the Law & Justice Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1. The Commission approved a Distinguished Service Award for “and Justice for All” in recognition of their outstanding service toward the creation of a better public understanding of the legal profession and the administration of justice.

2. The Commission approved appointments to the Bar Operations Review Committees for evaluations of the Office of Professional Conduct, Continuing Legal Education, Fee Dispute Resolution, the Fund for Client Protection, and the Law & Justice Center. Evaluations of these Bar programs are set to begin in October 2008.

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Whistle-Blower Policy

Whistle-Blower Policy

Bar Commissioners, Bar staff, and any member of the Bar may anonymously report concerns regarding fraud, violations of law, conflicts of interest, other breakdown in internal controls, financial reporting issues, and other areas of major governance concern to the Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court for investigation and action as is deemed by the Chief Justice to be appropriate.

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Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners

Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Divisions
Pursuant to the Rules for Integration and Management of the Utah State Bar, nominations to the office of Bar Commission are hereby solicited for two members from the Third Division, one member from the Fourth Division, and one member from the Fifth Division, each to serve a three-year term. To be eligible for the office of Commissioner from a division, the nominee’s mailing address must be in that division as shown by the records of the Bar.

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Notice of Election of Bar President-Elect

Notice of Election of Bar President-Elect
Any active member of the Bar in good standing is eligible to submit his or her name to the Bar Commission to be nominated to run for the office of president-elect in a popular election and to succeed to the office of president. Indications of an interest to be nominated are due at the Bar offices, c/o Executive Director John Baldwin, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111 or via e-mail at director@utahbar.org by 5:00 p.m. on January 2, 2009.

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Mandatory CLE Rule Change

Mandatory CLE Rule Change

Effective January 1, 2008, the Utah Supreme Court adopted the proposed amendment to Rule 14-404(a) of the Rules and Regulations Governing Mandatory Continuing Legal Education to require that one of the three hours of “ethics or professional responsibility” be in the area of professionalism and civility.


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Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by Cheri K. Gochberg

Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by Cheri K. Gochberg

Pursuant to Rule 14-525(d), Rules of Lawyer Discipline and Disability, the Utah State Bar’s Office of Professional Conduct hereby publishes notice of the Verified Petition for Reinstatement of Cheri K. Gochberg (Petition) filed by Francis J. Carney, counsel for Cheri K. Gochberg, in In the Matter of the Discipline of Cheri K. Gochberg, Third Judicial District Court, Civil No. 080901793. Any individuals wishing to oppose or concur with the Petition are requested to do so within thirty days of the date of this publication by filing notice with the District Court.

Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by Charles C. Brown

Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by Charles C. Brown

Pursuant to Rule 14-525(d), Rules of Lawyer Discipline and Disability, the Utah State Bar’s Office of Professional Conduct hereby publishes notice of the Verified Petition for Reinstatement of Charles C. Brown (Petition) filed by John A. Snow, counsel for Charles C. Brown, in In the Matter of the Discipline of Charles C. Brown, Third Judicial District Court, Civil No. 970905495. Any individuals wishing to oppose or concur with the Petition are requested to do so within thirty days of the date of this publication by filing notice with the District Court.

Announcing the formation of the new Communications Law Section of the Utah Bar

Announcing the formation of the new Communications Law Section of the Utah Bar

The communications industry is evolving rapidly, spurred by innovations in technology as well as recent and pending regulatory changes. The new Communications Law Section is intended to bring together attorneys with experience in the communications industry to better serve clients in the Utah market. The purposes of the Section are broadly defined and the Section’s meetings and CLE presentations will encompass everything from legal issues encountered by traditional broadcast companies to First Amendment issues.

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Pro Bono Honor Roll

Pro Bono Honor Roll

Fred Anderson – Guadalupe Clinic
Andres Alacon – Family Law Clinic
Lauren Barros – Family Law Clinic
Joseph Beane – Divorce Case
Nelda Bishop – Custody Case
Matt Boley – Housing Case
Sasha Brown – Family Law Clinic
Bryan Bryner – Guadalupe Clinic
Heather Carter-Jenkins – Housing Case
Danielle Dallas – Guadalupe Clinic
Annie Deprey – Divorce Case
Sandy Dolowitz – Domestic Manual

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Mentors Needed for the New Lawyer Training Program

Mentors Needed for the New Lawyer Training Program

Join the best and the brightest group of Utah lawyers and become a mentor for a new attorney through the New Lawyer Training Program (NLTP)

What is Required:
1. Submit the mentor volunteer form
2. Approval by the Utah Supreme Court Committe on Professionalism
3. Meet with your new lawyer a minimum of two a month.

The rewards that come from mentoring are priceless, but as an added bonus you will receive 12 hours of CLE credit for your work.

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Bar Thank You and Welcome to New Admittees

Bar Thank You and Welcome to New Admittees

Over 300 new admittees were welcomed into the Utah State Bar at the October 23, 2008 admission ceremony, held at the Salt Palace. A sincere thank you goes to all the attorneys who donated their time to assist with the July 2008 Bar exam. Over 86 attorneys volunteered their time to review the Bar exam questions and grade the exams. The Bar greatly appreciates the contribution made by these individuals and gives a big thank you to the following:

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Bar Thank You and Welcome to New Admittees

Bar Thank You and Welcome to New Admittees

Over 300 new admittees were welcomed into the Utah State Bar at the October 23, 2008 admission ceremony, held at the Salt Palace. A sincere thank you goes to all the attorneys who donated their time to assist with the July 2008 Bar exam. Over 86 attorneys volunteered their time to review the Bar exam questions and grade the exams. The Bar greatly appreciates the contribution made by these individuals and gives a big thank you to the following:

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September 25, 2008

Commission Highlights

Commission Highlights

The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during the July 16, 2008 Commission meeting held in conjunction with the 2008 Summer Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho.

1. The Commission approved the minutes of the May 30, 2008 Commission meeting by consent.
2. The amendments to Senior Bar Section By-laws to permit membership at age 55 were approved by consent.

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Mandatory CLE Rule Change

Mandatory CLE Rule Change

Effective January 1, 2008, the Utah Supreme Court adopted the proposed amendment to Rule 14-404(a) of the Rules and Regulations Governing Mandatory Continuing Legal Education to require that one of the three hours of “ethics or professional responsibility” be in the area of professionalism and civility.

Rule 14-404. Active Status Lawyers
(a) Active status lawyers. Commencing with calendar year 2008, each lawyer admitted to practice in Utah shall complete, during each two-calendar year period, a minimum of 24 hours of accredited CLE which shall include a minimum of three hours of accredited ethics or professional responsibility. One of the three hours of ethics or professional responsibility shall be in the area of professionalism and civility. Lawyers on inactive status are not subject to the requirements of this rule.


2008 Fall Forum Awards

2008 Fall Forum Awards

The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2008 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 15, 2008. The award categories include:

  • Distinguished Community Member Award

  • Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

  • Professionalism Award
  • View a list of past award recipients at: http://www.utahbar.org/members/awards_recipients.html


    President-Elect and Bar Commission Election Results

    President-Elect and Bar Commission Election Results

    Steve Owens was elected President-Elect of the Utah State Bar. He received 1,674 votes to Scott Sabey’s 1,048 votes. There were 2,748 ballots cast for President-Elect out of 7,245 mailed out to active lawyers.

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    Law Firm Retention and Advancement of Attorneys

    Law Firm Retention and Advancement of Attorneys

    Law firms, despite efforts over the last ten years to provide better maternity/paternity leave, part time schedules, and the like, are increasingly frustrated by the constant departure of their attorneys. Many perceive the departures to be mostly of women attorneys. Others believe the attrition results from generational differences and unwillingness to work the number and type of hours a private firm requires.

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    Lawyer Referral Service

    Lawyer Referral Service

    On July 1, 2008, the Utah State Bar created a new directory for lawyer referrals. Participation in the introductory “Find a Utah Lawyer Directory” is voluntary and free of charge. The directory provides potential clients with an on-line listing of each lawyer’s name, address, admission date, law school, and telephone number within specific geographic areas and practice types as identified by the search criteria. It includes a lawyer’s email address only if specifically authorized. Lawyers are permitted to list up to five practice types. You may sign up for the Find a Utah Lawyer Directory at www.utahbar.org/LRS.


    “And Justice For All” Receives Prestigious Award

    “And Justice For All” Receives Prestigious Award

    The American College of Trial Lawyers presented its 2008 Emil Gumpert Award to “And Justice For All” for its truly unique program. This prestigious award, consisting of a $50,000 grant, recognizes programs whose principal purpose is to maintain and improve the administration of justice. The Gumpert Award recognizes the incredible leadership of Utah’s legal community that led to the success of And Justice For All. During the past decade, the number of disadvantaged Utahns helped by the participating programs has increased from 16,280 in 1998 to more than 34,000 last year. According to the American College of Trial Lawyers:

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    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Fred Anderson – Guadalupe Clinic
    Andres Alarcon – Family Law Clinic
    Jeremy Atwood – Family Law Clinic
    Lauren Barros – Family Law Clinic
    Janell Bryan – Consumer Case
    Bryan Bryner – Guadalupe Clinic
    Danielle Dallas – Guadalupe Clinic
    Julie Edwards – Tax Issue for NonProfit DV Matter
    Jared Fields – Housing Case
    Lisa Fine – Family Law Clinic
    Craig Galli – Protective Order Case
    Kass Harstad – Guadalupe Clinic
    Rori Hendrix – QDRO Case

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    July 16, 2008

    Highlights from the 2008 Legislative Session

    Highlights from the 2008 Legislative Session
    by Nancy J. Delacenserie

    As in most years, the 2008 legislative session was full of controversy. Subjects as diverse as immigration and water were hotly debated. The following is a brief summary of a variety of bills that were enacted during the 2008 legislative session. With the volume of bills passed, no attempt is being made here to provide the reader with more than a taste of several bills of general interest to Utah lawyers. While the bills discussed herein may not directly affect your legal practice, they may very well impact your life in other ways.

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    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during the April 25, 2008 Commission meeting held in Logan, Utah.

    1. Lowry Snow, Nate Alder, Rob Jeffs, Lori Nelson, and Steve Owens reported on their recent attendance at the Western States Bar Conference. Nate reported that he learned that the Bar’s reserve could easily be depleted if an “issue” arose, e.g., citizens’ referendum on judicial retention, which required our opposition. He also learned about the Nevada Bar’s efforts to curb inappropriate lawyer advertising and would like to see something similar adopted here. Rob reported that he found that most lawyer referral programs have incorporated a low bono component. Lori reported that some bars are facilitating the availability of health insurance to their members. Steve reported that we should consider hosting a “Utah State Bar Day” to address prominent current legal issues. He further reported that some bars have term limits for their board members.

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    Mailing of Licensing Forms

    Mailing of Licensing Forms

    The licensing forms for 2008-09 have been mailed. Fees are due July 1, 2008; however fees received or postmarked on or before July 31, 2008 will be processed without penalty.

    It is the responsibility of each attorney to provide the Bar with current address information. This information must be submitted in writing. Failure to notify the Bar of an address change does not relieve an attorney from paying licensing fees or late fees. Failure to make timely payment will result in an administrative suspension for non-payment after the deadline. You may check the Bar’s website to see what information is on file. The site is updated weekly and is located at www.utahbar.org.

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    Lawyer Referral Service

    Lawyer Referral Service

    On July 1, 2008, the Utah State Bar created a new directory for lawyer referrals. Participation in the introductory “Find a Utah Lawyer Directory” is voluntary and free of charge. The directory provides potential clients with an on-line listing of each lawyer’s name, address, admission date, law school, and telephone number within specific geographic areas and practice types as identified by the search criteria. It includes a lawyer’s email address only if specifically authorized. Lawyers are permitted to list up to five practice types. You may sign up for the Find a Utah Lawyer Directory at www.utahbar.org/LRS.

    2008 Fall Forum Awards

    2008 Fall Forum Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2008 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 15, 2008. The award categories include:

    1. Distinguished Community Member Award
    2. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
    3. Professionalism Award

    View a list of past award recipients at: http://www.utahbar.org/members/awards_recipients.html


    2008 Award Recipients

    2008 Award Recipients

    During the Utah State Bar’s 2008 Summer Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho the following awards were presented:

    Judge of the Year
    Judge Glenn K. Iwasaki

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    Ethics Opinions OPINION NO. 08-01

    Ethics Opinions
    OPINION NO. 08-01
    MAIN OPINION
    Issued April 8, 2008

    Issue: May an attorney provide legal assistance to litigants appearing before a tribunal pro se and prepare written submissions for them without disclosing the nature or extent of such assistance? If so, what are the attorney’s obligations when full representation is not undertaken?

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    Ethics Opinions OPINION NO. 08-02

    Ethics Opinions

    Opinion No. 08-02
    Issued March 11, 2008

    Issue: Under what circumstances may an attorney who has represented a party in conjunction with a proceeding to appoint a guardian for an adult incapacitated person represent the guardian that is subsequently appointed as a result of that proceeding?

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    May 19, 2008

    Notice of Legislative Rebate

    Notice of Legislative Rebate
    Bar policies and procedures provide that any member may receive a proportionate dues rebate for legislative related expenditures by notifying the Executive Director, John C. Baldwin, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111


    2008 Fall Forum Awards

    2008 Fall Forum Awards
    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2008 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 15, 2008. The award categories include:

    1. Distinguished Community Member Award
    2. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
    3. Professionalism Award

    View a list of past award recipients at: www.utahbar.org/members/awards_recipients.html

    Mail List Notification

    Mail List Notification
    The Utah State Bar sells its membership list to parties who wish to communicate via mail about products, services, causes or other matters. The Bar does not actively market the list but makes it available pursuant to request. An attorney may request his or her name be removed from the third party mailing list by submitting a written request to the licensing department at the Utah State Bar.


    Mandatory CLE Rule Change

    Mandatory CLE Rule Change
    Effective January 1, 2008, the Utah Supreme Court adopted the proposed amendment to Rule 14-404(a) of the Rules and Regulations Governing Mandatory Continuing Legal Education to require that one of the three hours of “ethics or professional responsibility” be in the area of professionalism and civility.

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    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Pro Bono Honor Roll
    Andres Alarcon – Family Law Clinic
    Kenneth Allsop – Divorce Case
    Erin Arnold – Guadalupe Clinic
    Lauren Barros – Family Law Clinic
    Jonathan Benson – Guadalupe Clinic
    M. James Brady – Divorce Case
    Janell Bryan – Consumer Case
    Bryan Bryner – Guadalupe Clinic

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    Mailing of Licensing Forms

    Mailing of Licensing Forms
    The licensing forms for 2008-09 have been mailed. Fees are due July 1, 2008; however fees received or postmarked on or before July 31, 2008 will be processed without penalty.

    It is the responsibility of each attorney to provide the Bar with current address information. This information must be submitted in writing. Failure to notify the Bar of an address change does not relieve an attorney from paying licensing fees or late fees. Failure to make timely payment will result in an administrative suspension for non-payment after the deadline. You may check the Bar’s website to see what information is on file. The site is updated weekly and is located at www.utahbar.org.

    If you need to update your address information, please submit the information to Jeff Einfeldt, Utah State Bar, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-3834. You may also fax the information to (801)531-9537, or e-mail the corrections to Jeff.Einfeldt@utahbar.org.

    Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by Russell T. Doncouse

    Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by Russell T. Doncouse
    Pursuant to Rule 14-525(d), Rules of Lawyer Discipline and Disability, the Utah State Bar’s Office of Professional Conduct hereby publishes notice of Respondent’s Verified Petition for Reinstatement and Affidavit of Compliance (“Petition”) filed by Russell T. Doncouse in In the Matter of the Discipline of Russell T. Doncouse, Second Judicial District Court, Civil No. 020900608. Any individuals wishing to oppose or concur with the Petition are requested to do so within thirty days of the date of this publication by filing notice with the District Court.


    Request for Comment on Proposed Bar Budget

    Request for Comment on Proposed Bar Budget
    The Bar staff and officers are currently preparing a proposed budget for the fiscal year which begins July 1, 2008 and ends June 30, 2009. The process being followed includes review by the Commission’s Executive Committee and the Bar’s Budget & Finance Committee, prior to adoption of the final budget by the Bar Commission at its May 30, 2008 meeting.
    The Commission is interested in assuring that the process includes as much feedback by as many members as possible. A copy of the proposed budget, in its most current permutation, is available for inspection and comment at www.utahbar.org.
    Please contact John Baldwin at the Bar Office with your questions or comments.
    Telephone: (801) 531-9077
    Email: jbaldwin@utahbar.org

    March 31, 2008

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during the January 25, 2008 Commission meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    1. The Commission voted to hold the 2011 Annual Convention at a beach location other than the Newport Beach Marriott site.

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    Notice of Legislative Rebate

    Notice of Legislative Rebate

    Bar policies and procedures provide that any member may receive a proportionate dues rebate for legislative related expenditures by notifying the Executive Director: John C. Baldwin, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.

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    2007 Utah Bar Journal Cover of the Year Announced

    2007 Utah Bar Journal Cover of the Year Announced

    The winner of the Utah Bar Journal Cover of the Year award for 2007 is Cristina Pianezzola, of Orem, Utah. Her photo, taken at South Fork in Provo Canyon, was featured on the cover of the September/October issue.

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    Notice of Open Board of Director Position and Notice of Annual Meeting for the Utah Bar Foundation

    Notice of Open Board of Director Position and Notice of Annual Meeting for the Utah Bar Foundation

    The Utah Bar Foundation is a non profit organization that acts as the collection point for IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) funds and distributes those funds for law related education and legal services for the poor and disabled.

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    Recognition for Southern Utah Bar Association

    Recognition for Southern Utah Bar Association

    The legitimate object of governments is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all or cannot, so well do for themselves – in their separate and individual capacities.

    Abraham Lincoln

    The same can be said for the legitimate object of the Bar, that is, to do for a community of people, that which they cannot do at all or so well for themselves. The Southern Utah Bar Association (SUBA) appears to have taken to heart the sentiments of Lincoln, forging a rich tradition of service to the community. SUBA has taken upon itself the mission to provide legal services to those most in need in their community.

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    Juvenile Law Section Organizational Meeting

    Juvenile Law Section Organizational Meeting

    Join us to elect officers and plan future CLE events. Martha Pierce of the Guardian Ad Litems Office and Carol Verdoia Assistant Attorney General Child Protection Division will provide a case law and legislative update.

    April 23, 2008 • 12:00–1:00 pm
    1 hour CLE (pending bar approval)
    $15 Lunch will be provided
    Register by April 18 by e-mail: sections@utahbar.org
    or by fax at: (801) 531-0660

    Notice of Ethics & Discipline Committee Vacancies

    Notice of Ethics & Discipline Committee Vacancies

    The Bar is seeking interested volunteers to fill four vacancies on the Ethics & Discipline Committee of the Utah Supreme Court. The Ethics & Discipline Committee is divided into four panels, which hear all informal complaints charging unethical or unprofessional conduct against members of the Bar and determine whether or not informal disciplinary action should result from the complaint or whether a formal complaint should be filed in district court against the respondent attorney. Appointments to the Ethics & Discipline Committee are made by the Utah Supreme Court.

    Please send a resume, no later than May 2, 2008, to:

    Utah Supreme Court
    c/o Matty Branch, Appellate Court Administrator
    P.O. Box 140210
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-0210

    2008 Annual Convention Awards

    2008 Annual Convention Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2008 Annual Convention Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111, no later than Friday, April 18, 2008. The award categories include:

    1. Judge of the Year
    2. Distinguished Lawyer of the Year
    3. Distinguished Section/Committee of the Year


    Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by Harold J. Dent

    Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by Harold J. Dent

    Pursuant to Rule 14-525(d), Rules of Lawyer Discipline and Disability, the Utah State Bar’s Office of Professional Conduct hereby publishes notice of Respondent’s Verified Petition Requesting Reinstatement to the Practice of Law (“Petition”) filed by Harold J. Dent in In re Dent, Fifth Judicial District Court, Civil No. 040500436.  Any individuals wishing to oppose or concur with the Petition are requested to do so within thirty days of the date of this publication by filing notice with the Fifth District Court.

    Mandatory CLE Rule Change

    Mandatory CLE Rule Change
    Effective January 1, 2008, the Utah Supreme Court adopted the proposed amendment to Rule 14-404(a) of the Rules and Regulations Governing Mandatory Continuing Legal Education to require that one of the three hours of “ethics or professional responsibility” be in the area of professionalism and civility.

    Rule 14-404. Active Status Lawyers
    (a) Active status lawyers. Commencing with calendar year 2008, each lawyer admitted to practice in Utah shall complete, during each two-calendar year period, a minimum of 24 hours of accredited CLE which shall include a minimum of three hours of accredited ethics or professional responsibility. One of the three hours of ethics or professional responsibility shall be in the area of professionalism and civility. Lawyers on inactive status are not subject to the requirements of the rule.

    Steve Kaufman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    Steve Kaufman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Weber County Bar Association has awarded Ogden attorney Steve Kaufman its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2007 in recognition of his invaluable service to the legal community. During his 30 year career Mr. Kaufman has mentored many young attorneys, founded the largest law firm in Weber and Davis Counties, and has always been very active in bar functions. In addition Mr. Kaufman served as the 1981-82 Weber County Bar President, was a Utah State Bar Commissioner from 1992 through 1998, and was the 1996-97 President of the Utah State Bar.

    January 1, 2008

    Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine M. Durham Named William H. Rehnquist Award Recipient

    Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine M. Durham Named William H. Rehnquist Award Recipient
    Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court Christine M. Durham has been named recipient of the 2007 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence by the National Center for State Courts. One of the most prestigious judicial honors in the country, the Rehnquist Award is presented annually to a state court judge who exemplifies the highest level of judicial excellence, integrity, fairness, and professional ethics. Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts presented the award to Chief Justice Durham at a ceremony on November 15 in Washington, D.C.

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    ABA Names Utah Lawyer as National Outstanding Young Lawyer

    ABA Names Utah Lawyer as National Outstanding Young Lawyer

    The American Bar Association has named Salt Lake City lawyer, Sean Reyes, as the 2007 National Outstanding Young Lawyer. Reyes, a 36-year-old litigation attorney at Parsons Behle & Latimer, was chosen over 24 other nominees nationwide for his legal skills and professionalism, local and national bar leadership, and commitment to public service. Reyes will be the first recipient of this newly established award.

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    Utah State Lawyer Legislative Directory

    Utah State Lawyer Legislative Directory
    59th Legislature 2008

    The Utah State House of Representatives

    Greg J. Curtis
    Speaker of the House

    Republican – District 49
    Education: Brighton High School; B.S., Accounting, Brigham Young University, 1984; J.D., University of Utah College of Law, 1987

    Elected to House: 1994
    Legislative Assignments: Executive Appropriation Committee; Administrative Rules Review Committee; Legislative Managment Committee; Utah Constitutional Revision Commission
    Practice Areas: Real Estate and Land Use and Development

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    Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners – Second and Third Divisions

    Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners – Second and Third Divisions

    Pursuant to the Rules of Integration and Management of the Utah State Bar, nominations to the office of Bar Commission are hereby solicited for three members from the Third Division and one member from the Second Division. To be eligible for the office of Commissioner from a division, the nominee’s mailing address must be in that division as shown by the records of the Bar.

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    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Lois Baar
    Alan Bell
    David Broadbent
    Nate Brower
    Brad Demile
    Sam Gardiner
    Jennie Garner
    Ronald Goodman
    Jason Grant


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    2008 Spring Convention Awards

    2008 Spring Convention Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two Bar awards to be given at the 2008 Spring Convention. These awards honor publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and public dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the improvement of the profession. Award applications must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, January 11, 2008. You may also fax a nomination to (801) 531-0660 or email to cabad@utahbar.org.

    1. Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award – For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.
    2. Raymond S. Uno Award – For the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.

    2008 Annual Convention Awards

    2008 Annual Convention Awards
    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2008 Annual Convention Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, April 18, 2008. The award categories include:

    1. Judge of the Year,
    2. Distinguished Lawyer of the Year,
    3. Distinguished Section/Committee of the year.

    Fall Forum Award Recipients

    Fall Forum Award Recipients

    Fall Forum Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the following distinguished attorneys who were honored with awards at the 2007 Fall Forum:

    Francis J. Carney – Professionalism Award
    Christina L. Micken – Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
    Kelly J. Latimer – Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
    Matthew Wride – Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
    David R. Hall – Special Recognition

    Thank You

    Thank You…

    Thank you to all participants and volunteers for their assistance and support in the 18th Annual Lawyers & Court Personnel Food and Winter Clothing Drive. We were able to deliver a large truck load of donated items, along with just over $7,000 in cash donations to specific shelters. We thank you all for your kindness and generosity.

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during the November 9, 2007 Commission meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    1. The Commission approved website posting of the Commission’s draft for the Long-Range Plan for a 30-day comment period.

    2. The Commission approved a “Communications Planning Guide” line item funding for an enhanced public relations campaign.

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    November 2, 2007

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during their regularly scheduled September 21, 2007 Commission meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    1. The Commission approved the creation of a Juvenile Law Section. The Juvenile Law Section bylaws were also approved.

    2. The Commission selected Frank Carney for the Professionalism Award and Dan Becker for Community Service Award. The Tuesday Night Bar Co-chairs (Matthew Wride, Kelly Latimer, and Christina Micken) were chosen for the Pro Bono Award. These awards will be presented at the Fall Forum on November 16, 2007 in the Salt Palace Convention Center.

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    November 1, 2007

    Notice of Election of Bar President-Elect

    Notice of Election of Bar President-Elect

    Any active member of the Bar in good standing is eligible to submit his or her name to the Bar Commission to be nominated to run for the office of president-elect in a popular election and to succeed to the office of president. Indications of an interest to be nominated are due at the Bar offices, c/o Executive Director John Baldwin, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111 or via e-mail at john.baldwin@utahbar.org by 5:00 P.M. on January 2, 2008.

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    2008 Spring Convention Awards

    2008 Spring Convention Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two Bar awards to be given at the 2008 Spring Convention. These awards honor publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and public dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the improvement of the profession. Award applications must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, January 11, 2008. You may also fax a nomination to (801) 531-0660 or email to cabad@utahbar.org.

    1. Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award – For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.

    2. Raymond S. Uno Award – For the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    William Adams
    Heidi Alder
    Erin Arnold
    Brett Benson
    Jonathan Benson
    Scott Broadhead
    Bryan Bryner
    Gary Buhler
    Mary Cline
    Derek Coulter
    David Day
    Anne Deprey
    Michael Eward
    Shellie Flett
    Frederick Green
    Lou Gehrig Harris
    Joseph Hatch
    April Hollingsworth
    John Holt
    Jeffrey Howe
    J. Bryan Jackson
    David Jensen
    Nathan Kunz
    Michael Martinez
    Adelaide Maudsley
    John McCoy
    Richard Medsker
    William Morrison
    Langdon Owen Jr.
    Christopher Parker
    Philip Patterson
    Kara Pettit
    Anthony Rippa
    Raymond Rounds
    Lauren Scholnick
    Brad Smith
    Kathryn Steffey
    Steven Stewart
    Mark Tanner
    Travis Terry
    Chris B. Turner
    Shawn Turner
    Kimberly Washburn
    Orson West Jr.
    Lamar Winward
    Michael Zundel

    Utah Legal Services and the Utah State Bar wish to thank these volunteers for their time and assistance during the months of August and September. Call Brenda Teig at (801) 924-3376 to volunteer.


    Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

    Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules
    Under its expedited rulemaking authority, the Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendments are effective when indicated but subject to further change after the comment period. The comment deadline is August 30, 2007.

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    Bar Welcomes New Admittees

    Bar Welcomes New Admittees

    Two hundred sixty nine new admittees will be welcomed into the Utah State Bar at an admission ceremony to be held at the Salt Palace on October 30, 2007. Family and friends of the new admittees will gather to listen while Michael J. Wilkins, Associate Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, addresses the audience. Christine Durham, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court will conduct the event.

    A sincere thank you goes to all the volunteers who donate their time to assist with the admission process. Over 100 attorneys volunteer their time to assist the Bar in this endeavor. Attorney volunteers on the Character and Fitness Committee review applications to see that applicants meet character and fitness requirements and conduct character and fitness hearings. The Bar Examiner Committee drafts and reviews Bar exam questions and grade the exams. The Special Accommodations Committee reviews requests for test accommodations. The Bar greatly appreciates the contribution made by these individuals. THANK YOU!

    Thank You!

    Thank You!

    The Law and Aging Committee would like to thank the following attorneys for volunteering their time to the Senior Center Legal Consultation project. Many Salt Lake City seniors have benefitted from this valuable program. If you would like to help out with this project please call Christine Critchley at (801) 297-7022 or e-mail ccritchley@utahbar.org.

    Richard Aaron
    Jim Baker
    Sharon Bertelsen
    Richard Bird
    R.F. Bojanowski
    Douglas Cannon
    David Castleton
    Steven Crawley
    John Diamond
    Phillip Ferguson
    Marianne McGregor Guelker
    Laurie Hart
    Jason Hunter
    Mike Jensen
    Joyce Maughan
    Harry McCoy
    Thomas Mecham
    Kara Pettit
    Kathie Roberts
    Jane Semmel
    Jeannine Timothy


    First (Annual?) Appellate Practice Section Poetry Contest Winners

    First (Annual?) Appellate Practice Section Poetry Contest Winners

    Winning Limericks

    First Place

    A Thankless Task
    When the Court an opinion doth send –
    Much considered and carefully penned,
    Painstakingly crafted,
    Repeatedly drafted –
    The attorneys skip right to the end.
    - Scott M. Ellsworth

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    September 1, 2007

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during their regularly scheduled July 18, 2007 Commission meeting held in Sun Valley, Idaho.

    1. Commissioners designated specific goals for the Commission’s work during the short term 2007-2008 year.

    2. Ex-officio members of the Commission were appointed: (1) The immediate past president of the Bar; (2) the Bar’s representative to the American Bar Association; (3) the representative to the ABA’s House of Delegates elected by the Utah Members of the ABA; (4) a representative from the Young Lawyers Division; (5) a representative from the Paralegal Division; (6) a representative from the Utah Minority Bar Association; (7) a representative from the Women Lawyers of Utah; (8) the Dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law; and (9) the Dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School.

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    2007 Fall Forum Awards

    2007 Fall Forum Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2007 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 17, 2007. The award categories include:

    1. Distinguished Community Member Award,
    2. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, and
    3. Professionalism Award.


    Modification of Rules and Regulations Governing Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Effective September 1, 2007

    Modification of Rules and Regulations Governing Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Effective September 1, 2007

    Rule 14-414
    (b) Filing fees, late fees, and reinstatement fees.
    Each lawyer shall pay a filing fee in the amount of $15.00 at the time of filing the certificate of compliance. Any lawyer who fails to complete the MCLE requirement by the December 31 deadline shall be assessed a $100.00 late fee. Lawyers who fail to comply with the requirements and file within a reasonable time, as determined by the Board in its discretion, and who are subject to an administrative suspension pursuant to Rule 14-415, after the late fee has been assessed shall be assessed a $200.00 reinstatement fee, plus an additional $500.00 fee if the failure to comply is a repeat violation within the past 5 years.

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    Attn: State Bar Associations within the Tenth Circuit

    Attn: State Bar Associations within the Tenth Circuit

    Effective January 1, 2008, the court will amend its local rules. In addition, there is one change to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure which will take effect on December 1, 2007. Attached below are links to our website and specifically to a memo regarding the proposed rules changes, as well as redlined and non-redlined versions of the proposed amendments. Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the proposed changes to the Clerk of Court. The comment period will extend through the close of business on Wednesday, October 10, 2007. Comments may be submitted in writing to the Tenth Circuit Clerk’s Office care of 1823 Stout Street, Denver, Colorado, 80257, or via email to 10th_Circuit_Clerk@ca10.uscourts.gov.

    www.ca10.uscourts.gov/downloads/2008_rules_memo.pdf
    www.ca10.uscourts.gov/downloads/2008_Proposed_Rules.pdf
    www.ca10.uscourts.gov/downloads/2008_Proposed_Rules_Redlined.pdf

    Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

    Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

    Effective September 1, 2007
    Under its expedited rulemaking authority, the Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendments are effective when indicated but subject to further change after the comment period. The comment deadline is August 30, 2007.

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    Nominations Sought for the Peter W. Billings Sr. Award for Excellence in Dispute

    Nominations Sought for the Peter W. Billings Sr. Award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution

    To honor the memory of Peter W. Billings, Sr., a pioneer and champion of alternative dispute resolution in our state, the Dispute Resolution Section of the Bar annually awards the Billings’ Award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution. The DR Section is seeking nominations for this award, which will be presented at the Fall Forum on November 16th. The award may be given to a person or an organization.

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    July 1, 2007

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during their regularly scheduled April 27, 2007 Commission meeting held in Vernal, Utah.

    1. The Commission awarded Judge of the Year to Judges Gregory K. Orme and Sandra N. Peuler. Oscar W. McConkie, Jr. was selected as Lawyer of the Year. Committee of the Year was awarded to the Bar Journal Committee and the Paralegal Division was selected as Section of the Year.

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    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during their regularly scheduled April 27, 2007 Commission meeting held in Vernal, Utah.

    1. The Commission awarded Judge of the Year to Judges Gregory K. Orme and Sandra N. Peuler. Oscar W. McConkie, Jr. was selected as Lawyer of the Year. Committee of the Year was awarded to the Bar Journal Committee and the Paralegal Division was selected as Section of the Year.

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    Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by J. Keith Henderson

    Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by J. Keith Henderson

    Pursuant to Rule 14-525(d), Rules of Lawyer Discipline and Disability, the Utah State Bar’s Office of Professional Conduct hereby publishes notice of a Verified Petition for Reinstatement (“Petition”) filed by J. Keith Henderson in In re Henderson, Third District Court, Civil No. 040903585. Any individuals wishing to oppose or concur with the Petition are requested to do so within thirty days of the date of this publication by filing notice with the District Court.

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    Retention Election Results

    Retention Election Results
    Nate Alder ran unopposed for the position of President-Elect of the Utah State Bar. Bar bylaws require that, in the event a candidate for President-Elect is unopposed, a retention election must be held. The results of the vote was 1,582 for retention, 79 against.

    Mailing of Licensing Forms

    Mailing of Licensing Forms

    The licensing forms for 2007-08 have been mailed. Fees are due July 1, 2007; however fees received or postmarked on or before August 1, 2007 will be processed without penalty.

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    2007 Fall Forum Awards

    2007 Fall Forum Awards
    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2007 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 17, 2007. The award categories include:

    1. Distinguished Community Member Award

    2. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

    3. Professionalism Award

    2007 Utah State Bar Award Winners

    2007 Utah State Bar Award Winners

    The Annual Awards of the Utah State Bar were presented at the Bar’s 77th Annual Convention by the Board of Bar Commissioners, on behalf of the entire Bar membership. Recipients are selected on the basis of achievement; professional service; and exemplification of the highest standards of professionalism. Awards given at the annual meeting were for Section of the Year, Committee of the Year, Judge of the Year, and Lawyer of the Year.

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    Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee Opinion No. 07-02

    Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee Opinion No. 07-02
    Issued June 10, 2007

    Issue: If an attorney guardian ad litem is appointed by a court for a person, may another attorney communicate with the person about the subject of the representation without the prior consent of the attorney guardian ad litem?

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    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Andres Alarcon
    James Baker
    Lauren Barros
    Charles Brown
    Russell Cannon
    Shelly Coudreaut
    Roberto Culas
    Meredith Dinkins
    Peter Donaldson
    H.D. Gailey
    Jason Grant
    Brent Hall
    Lincoln Harris
    Michael Johnson
    Louise Knauer
    Rick Lundell
    John Maddox
    Michael Mohrman
    Allen Moore
    William Morrison
    Todd Olsen
    Adam Price
    Stewart Ralphs
    Robin Ravert
    Jon Rogers
    Leslie Schaar
    Linda Smith
    Matthew Storey
    Virginia Sudbury
    Pam Thompson
    Carrie Turner
    Renon Warner
    Tracey Watson

    Utah Legal Services and the Utah State Bar wish to thank these volunteers for their time and assistance during the months of April and May. Call Brenda Teig at (801) 924-3376 to volunteer.

    May 24, 2007

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights
    The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during their regularly scheduled March 8, 2007 Commission meeting held in St. George, Utah.

    1. After review of the Grant Thornton Bar Governance Report, the Commission acted on the specific recommendations as follows:

    Recommendation #1 (Consider Changing Board Meeting Attendance Policies to Emphasize Transparency). In light of the discussion that the current Board composition works well, this recommendation was not adopted, particularly as it applied to proposal to limit ex-officio members’ attendance and participation. Commission will consider current policy of continuing to fund both ABA delegates, one of whom is chosen by the Commission and the other who is designated by the ABA. Suggestion made to make more use of a consent calendar to free up more time for more substantive issues.

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    Notice of Legislative Rebate

    Notice of Legislative Rebate
    Bar policies and procedures provide that any member may receive a proportionate dues rebate for legislative related expenditures by notifying the Executive Director, John C. Baldwin, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

    Request for Comment on Proposed Bar Budget

    Request for Comment on Proposed Bar Budget
    The Bar staff and officers are currently preparing a proposed budget for the fiscal year which begins July 1, 2007 and ends June 30, 2008. The process being followed includes review by the Commission’s Executive Committee and the Bar’s Budget & Finance Committee, prior to adoption of the final budget by the Bar Commission at its June 1, 2007 meeting.

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    Mailing of Licensing Forms

    Mailing of Licensing Forms
    The licensing forms for 2007-08 are scheduled to be mailed during the last week of May and the first week of June. Fees are due July 2, 2007; however fees received or postmarked on or before July 31, 2007 will be processed without penalty.

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    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Stanley Adams
    Karen Allen
    Deb Badger
    Judy Barking
    Lauren Barros
    Jon J. Bunderson
    Shelly Coudreaut
    Jeanne Dickey
    Brent Hall
    Neil Harris
    Bret Hicken
    Kyle Hoskins

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    Committee on Law & Aging Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Committee on Law & Aging Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Professor Richard Aaron
    Kent Alderman
    James Baker
    Sharon Bertelsen
    Richard L. Bird, Jr.
    John Borsos
    Douglas Cannon
    David Castleton
    Mary Jane Ciccarello

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    2007 Fall Forum Awards

    2007 Fall Forum Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2007 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 17, 2007. The award categories include:

    1. Distinguished Community Member Award
    2. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
    3. Professionalism Award

    April 27, 2007

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during their regularly scheduled January 26, 2007 Commission meeting held at the Law & Justice Center.

    1. Gus Chin reported on the Constitutional Law class for legislators and the breakfast held for lawyer-legislators and legislative leadership.

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    Notice of Legislative Rebate

    Notice of Legislative Rebate

    Bar policies and procedures provide that any member may receive a proportionate dues rebate for legislative related expenditures by notifying the Executive Director, John C. Baldwin, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

    2007 Annual Convention Awards

    2007 Annual Convention Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2007 Annual Convention Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, April 21, 2007. The award categories include:

    Judge of the Year
    Distinguished Lawyer of the Year
    Distinguished Section/Committee of the Year

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Michael S. Anderson
    Nick Angelides
    Keith Backman
    James Baker
    Lauren Barros
    Emilie Bean
    David Berceau
    David Blaisdell
    James M. Brady
    David Broadbent
    Brian Cannell
    Shelly Coudreaut
    Roberto Culas
    Kenyon Dove
    Christopher Edwards
    Sam Gardiner
    Chad Gladstone
    Frederick Green
    Brent Hall
    David Hamilton
    Joseph Hatch
    Bill Heder
    Rori Hendrix
    Kyle Hoskins
    Jeffrey Howe
    Nicholas Huntsman
    Daniel Irvin
    Troy Jensen
    Nathan Jeppsen
    Asa Kelley
    Thomas King
    H. Ralph Klemm
    Louise Knauer
    Stephen Knowlton
    Sharee Laidlaw
    Larry Larsen
    Chris Laurence
    Jose Loayza
    Craig McArthur
    Paul MacArthur
    Kenneth Margetts
    Suzanne Marelius
    Sally McMinimee
    Christina Micken
    Russell Minas
    Walter Merrill
    Stewart Ralphs
    Michael Shaw
    Jeremy Sink
    Jane Semmel
    Carrie Turner
    James Mitch Vilos
    Frank Warner
    Tracey Watson
    Carolyn Zeuthen
    Michael Zundel

    Utah Legal Services and the Utah State Bar wish to thank these attorneys for their donation of time and skills during the months of October, November, December and January. Call Brenda Teig at (801) 924-3376 to volunteer.

    Distinguished Paralegal of the Year Nominations Now Being Accepted

    Distinguished Paralegal of the Year Nominations Now Being Accepted

    The Paralegal Division of the Utah State Bar and Legal Assistants Association of Utah are seeking nominations for “Distinguished Paralegal of the Year.” Nomination forms and additional information are available online at http://www.utahbar.org/sections/paralegals or you may contact Suzanne Potts at spotts@clarksondraper.com The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 16, 2007. The award will be presented at the Paralegal’s Day Luncheon on Thursday, May 17, 2007.

    Notice of Utah Bar Foundation Open Board of Director Positions and Notice of Annual Meeting

    Notice of Utah Bar Foundation Open Board of Director Positions and Notice of Annual Meeting

    The Utah Bar Foundation is a non profit organization that acts as the collection point for IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) funds and distributes those funds for law related education and legal services for the poor and disabled.

    The Utah Bar Foundation is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors, all of whom are active members of the Utah State Bar. The Utah Bar Foundation is a separate organization from the Utah State Bar.

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    Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee Opinion No. 06-05

    Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee

    Opinion No. 06-05

    Issued December 30, 2006
    Issue: Do the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct1 preclude a lawyer from participating in an ad hoc legal advisory group to a private, nonprofit, public interest legal organization, if the persons served by the legal services organization have interests adverse to the interests of a client of the lawyer or the lawyer’s law firm?

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    2006 Utah Bar Journal Cover of the Year

    2006 Utah Bar Journal Cover of the Year

    The 2006 Utah Bar Journal cover of the year comes from the special Professionalism and Civility issue that was published in Nov/Dec of last year. The cover featured an image of Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in a scene from the film To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the landmark novel by Harper Lee. An emblem of legal professionalism and courage, Atticus Finch was an apt image to represent the message of this special Bar Journal issue.

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    2007 "Spring Convention in St. George" Award Winners

    2007 “Spring Convention in St. George” Award Winners

    Irene Warr
    Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award
    For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession

    Irene Warr, a native of Erda, Tooele County, Utah, began her law-related career as a legal secretary for the Utah State Tax Commission Inheritance Tax Division on March 1, 1949, after graduating from Tooele High School. She enrolled in Westminster College in 1950, when she also began working in the law office of the late Dan B. Shields. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1954, cum laude in biology, chemistry and pre-med., and then entered the University of Utah College of Law, receiving her Juris Doctor in 1957. Since 1957 she has been engaged in private practice in Salt Lake City.

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    April 25, 2007

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during their regularly scheduled September 21, 2006 Commission meeting held at Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School.

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    Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners – Second Division

    Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners – Second Division

    Pursuant to the Rules of Integration and Management of the Utah State Bar, nominations to the office of Bar Commission are hereby solicited for one member from the Second Division to serve a three-year term. To be eligible for the office of Commissioner from a division, the nominee’s mailing address must be in that division as shown by the records of the Bar.
    Applicants must be nominated by a written petition of ten or more members of the Bar in good standing and residing in their respective Division. Nominating petitions may be obtained from the Bar office on or after January 1, and completed petitions must be received no later than February 10. Ballots will be mailed on or about April 1 with balloting to be completed and ballots received by the Bar office by 5:00 p.m. May 1. Ballots will be counted on May 2.
    In order to reduce out-of-pocket costs and encourage candidates, the Bar will provide the following services at no cost.

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    Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners – Third Division

    Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners – Third Division

    Pursuant to the Rules of Integration and Management of the Utah State Bar, nominations to the office of Bar Commission are hereby solicited for two members from the Third Division, each to serve a three-year term. To be eligible for the office of Commissioner from a division, the nominee’s mailing address must be in that division as shown by the records of the Bar.
    Applicants must be nominated by a written petition of ten or more members of the Bar in good standing and residing in their respective Division. Nominating petitions may be obtained from the Bar office on or after January 1, and completed petitions must be received no later than February 10. Ballots will be mailed on or about April 1 with balloting to be completed and ballots received by the Bar office by 5:00 p.m. May 1. Ballots will be counted on May 2.
    In order to reduce out-of-pocket costs and encourage candidates, the Bar will provide the following services at no cost.

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    2007 Annual Convention Awards

    2007 Annual Convention Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2007 Annual Convention Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, April 21, 2007. The award categories include:

    1. Judge of the Year
    2. Distinguished Lawyer of the Year
    3. Distinguished Section/Committee of the year

    Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by Sheryl L. Gardner Bunker (a.k.a. Sheryl Rose)

    Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by Sheryl L. Gardner Bunker (a.k.a. Sheryl Rose)

    Pursuant to Rule 25(d), Rules of Lawyer Discipline and Disability, the Utah State Bar’s Office of Professional Conduct hereby publishes notice of a Verified Petition for Reinstatement (“Petition”) filed by Sheryl L. Gardner Bunker in In re Bunker, Third District Court, Civil No. 040916336. Any individuals wishing to oppose or concur with the Petition are requested to do so within thirty days of the date of this publication by filing notice with the District Court.

    2007 Spring Convention Awards

    2007 Spring Convention Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two Bar awards to be given at the 2007 Spring Convention. These awards honor publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and public dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the improvement of the profession. Award applications must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, January 12, 2007.

    1. Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award – For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.

    2. Raymond S. Uno Award – For the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.

    Encourage Your Paralegals to Join the Paralegal Division

    Encourage Your Paralegals to Join the Paralegal Division

    Lawyers are encouraged to have their paralegals review the criteria for membership in the Paralegal Division of the Bar and to support and encourage them to join. Division members are qualified by education, experience or training that can assist members of the Bar in improving the quality and efficiency of the delivery of legal services and the practice of law. In addition, your paralegal’s membership in the division assists the Bar in the protection of the public from unqualified persons engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, and will increase the availability of low-cost legal services through the increased utilization of paralegals.

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    March 6, 2007

    2007 Spring Convention Awards

    2007 Spring Convention Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two Bar awards to be given at the 2007 Spring Convention. These awards honor publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and public dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the improvement of the profession. Award applications must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, January 12, 2007.

    1. Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award - For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.

    2. Raymond S. Uno Award - For the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.

    Spanish Translators Needed

    Spanish Translators Needed

    The Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee (UPL) is in dire need of Spanish speakers to help translate UPL complaints into English and/or to speak with complainants over the telephone to gather additional information once a UPL complaint has been received. There would be no further involvement in the matter. Also, the UPL Committee is seeking Spanish speaking committee members. If you are interested, please contact Victoria Kidman at 257-7200 or Katherine Fox at 297-7047.

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Lauren Barros
    Merlin Calver
    Mary Pat Cashman
    Lori Cave
    Elaine Cochran
    Shelly Coudreaut
    Sharon Donovan
    Lorie Fowlke
    Randall Gaither
    Ronald Goodman
    Kyle Hoskins
    R Clayton Huntsman
    Brent Johns
    Bill Kadarusman
    Louise Knauer
    Stephen Knowlton
    Vinh Ly
    Holly Mahoney
    Ramona Mann
    Sally McMinimee
    Michael Mohrman
    Richard Mrazik
    Bruce Nelson
    Raymond Rounds
    Travis Terry
    Carrie Turner
    Olivia Uitto
    Frank Warner
    Tracey Watson

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    United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah Standing Order Number 3

    United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah Standing Order Number 3

    This Standing Order Number 3 is issued by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah pursuant to Local Rule 1001-2. It is effective for all cases or adversary proceedings filed on or after October 16, 2006, and for any claims transferred on or after October 16, 2006.

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    Answers to Professionalism Quiz on page 24

    Answers to Professionalism Quiz on page 24, by Wayne Klein

    Each scenario corresponds to the same-numbered professionalism standard, and the answer is clear - or at least pretty clear - from the text of the standard. A copy of the Utah Standards of Professionalism and Civility can be found on page 10 of this issue.

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    Applicants Sought for the Fourth District Trial Court Nominating Commission

    Applicants Sought for the Fourth District Trial Court Nominating Commission

    The Bar is seeking applications from lawyers to serve on the Fourth District Trial Court Nominating Commission. The Commission nominates judges to fill vacancies on the district court and the juvenile court within the Fourth Judicial District. Two lawyers are appointed by the Governor from a list of six nominees provided be the Bar.

    Continue reading "Applicants Sought for the Fourth District Trial Court Nominating Commission" »

    Notice of Direct Election of Bar President

    Notice of Direct Election of Bar President

    In response to the task force on Bar governance the Utah Supreme Court has amended the Bar's election rules to permit all active Bar members in good standing to submit their names to the Bar Commission to be nominated to run for President-Elect in a popular election and to succeed to the office of President. The Bar Commission will interview all potential candidates and select two final candidates who will run on a ballot submitted to all active Bar members and voted upon by the active Bar membership. Final candidates may include sitting Bar Commissioners who have indicated interest.

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    Applicants Sought for the Third District Trial Court Nominating Commission

    Applicants Sought for the Third District Trial Court Nominating Commission

    The Bar is seeking applications from lawyers to serve on the Third District Trial Court Nominating Commission. The Commission nominates judges to fill vacancies on the district court and the juvenile court within the Third Judicial District. Two lawyers are appointed by the Governor from a list of six nominees provided be the Bar.

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    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during their regularly scheduled August 25, 2006 Commission meeting held at the University of Utah, S. J. Quinney Law School.

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    September 22, 2006

    Standard 20 - Just Doing the Right Thing

    Standard 20 - Just Doing the Right Thing
    by Judge John Baxter

    Lawyers shall not authorize or encourage their clients or anyone under their direction or supervision to engage in conduct proscribed by these Standards.

    "Remove all antitrust materials."

    The bright yellow sticky note stared back at me. I was a contract hire, just out of law school and engaged as a discovery mole in a multi-district, multi-plaintiff, multi-defendant, class action and individual plaintiff lawsuit. My colleagues and I had spent literally weeks at the headquarters of major national companies and at the offices of the international law firms who represented them, sifting through box after box - thousands of them - of seemingly irrelevant material seeking documents relating to, you guessed it, an antitrust lawsuit. And here it was, the reason we were not finding much. Someone in authority had instructed someone else to, "Remove all antitrust materials."

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    2006 Fall Forum Awards

    2006 Fall Forum Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2006 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 18, 2006. The award categories include:

    1. Distinguished Community Member Award
    2. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
    3. Professionalism Award

    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
    Utah Minority Bar Association

    The Utah Minority Bar Association has promoted the professional advancement of minority lawyers and the social and civic standing of people of color in the state since 1991. UMBA has made great strides in promoting the interests of Utah's minority lawyers and raising awareness of their significant contributions to our system of justice. The association brought esteem and honor to those pioneers of the legal profession last November through its historic First Fifty Celebration, which recognized the profession's rich and diverse cultural heritage. UMBA will receive an award for their efforts from the American Bar Association at its annual convention later this month.

    DISTINGUISHED JUDGE OF THE YEAR

    DISTINGUISHED JUDGE OF THE YEAR

    Hon. Gordon J. Low - Judge Gordon J. Low received his undergraduate education at Utah State University and a law degree from Arizona State University in 1973. He practiced law in Logan Utah, principally in litigation, both civil and criminal law. Governor Norman S. Bangerter appointed Judge Low to the First District Court bench in 1987 where he served as presiding judge for seven years. He has served as a member of the State Board of Parks and Recreation, a member of the Utah State Bar Commission, a member and chair of the Utah Board of District Court Judges, member and chair of the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission, and currently as the chair of the Standing Committee on Judicial Branch Education. Judge Low and his wife Stephanie, have seven children and thirteen grandchildren.

    DISTINGUISHED LAWYER OF THE YEAR

    DISTINGUISHED LAWYER OF THE YEAR

    Max D. Wheeler - Mr. Wheeler was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Weber State University in 1965, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah, College of Law in 1968. His first years as a trial lawyer began in Washington D.C. where he joined the Criminal Section of the Tax Division, United States Department of Justice. In that position, he traveled throughout the United States prosecuting criminal tax cases in many different federal courts.

    Continue reading "DISTINGUISHED LAWYER OF THE YEAR" »

    DISTINGUISHED SECTION OF THE YEAR

    DISTINGUISHED SECTION OF THE YEAR
    Utah State Bar Litigation Section
    Elaina Maragakis, Chair

    The Litigation Section, with some 1700 members, is the largest and one of the most active sections of the Utah State Bar. Over the years, the Section has instituted a number of programs and resources that serve litigators throughout the State of Utah. The Litigation Section sponsors numerous CLEs throughout the year, including the weeklong NITA Trial Seminar. Additionally, it hosts a quarterly CLE luncheon for members. The section is an active participant in and sponsor of events including the Utah State Bar Annual Convention, Mid-Year Meeting, and Fall Forum. The section has also joined with other sections of the Bar to co-sponsors a number of CLEs.

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    DISTINGUISHED COMMITTEE OF THE YEAR

    DISTINGUISHED COMMITTEE OF THE YEAR
    Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee
    Craig R. Mariger, Chair

    The Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee (EAOC) responds to requests for advisory opinions concerning the ethical propriety of professional or personal conduct of members of the Bar under the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct. The EAOC responds to requests by either issuing a formal Ethics Opinion or by issuing an informal Letter Response. The Ethics Opinions of the EAOC are summarized in the Utah Bar Journal and in the ABA/BNA Lawyer's Manual on Professional Conduct and are published in full on the Utah State Bar website and on Westlaw.

    Continue reading "DISTINGUISHED COMMITTEE OF THE YEAR" »

    August 7, 2006

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of April 28, 2006, which was held in Provo, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    Continue reading "Commission Highlights" »

    Mailing of Licensing Forms

    Mailing of Licensing Forms

    The licensing forms for 2006-07 were mailed during the last week of May and the first week of June. Fees are due July 1, 2006; however, fees received or postmarked on or before August 1, 2006 will be processed without penalty.

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    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Angela Adams
    Stanley S. Adams
    Heidi Alder
    Fred Anderson
    Selina Andrews
    Lauren Barros
    Erika Birch
    John Black Jr.
    Matthew Boley
    James Brown
    Charles Carlston
    Mary Pat Cashman
    Thomas Crowther
    Shelly Coudreaut
    Mary Cline
    Clark Fetzer
    Jonathan Grover
    Brent Hall
    George Hunt
    Laura Hansen
    April Hollingsworth
    Kyle Hoskins
    Bill P. Kandarusman
    Anthony Kaye
    Jay Kessler
    Louise Knauer
    D. David Lambert
    Larry Larsen
    Robert Lovell
    Brandon Mark
    Sean McBride
    Chad McKay
    Jack Molgard
    Matt Moncur
    Lawrence Peterson
    Ken Reich
    Boyd Rogers
    Richard J. Rowley
    Lauren Scholnick
    Elizabeth Schulte
    Steve Stewart
    Scott Thorpe
    Stewart Ralph
    Frank Warner
    Tracey Watson
    John Zidow

    Utah Legal Services and the Utah State Bar wish to thank these attorneys for either accepting a pro bono case or volunteering at clinic during the months of April and May. Call Brenda Teig at (801) 924-3376 to volunteer.

    2006 Fall Forum Awards

    2006 Fall Forum Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2006 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 18, 2006. The award categories include:

    1. Distinguished Community Member Award
    2. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
    3. Professionalism Award

    Nominations for the Peter W. Billings, Sr. Outstanding Dispute Resolution Service Award

    Nominations for the Peter W. Billings, Sr. Outstanding Dispute Resolution Service Award

    In memory of the great contributions of Peter W. Billings, Sr. to alternative dispute resolution in our state, the ADR Section of the Utah State Bar annually awards the Peter W. Billings, Sr. Outstanding Dispute Resolution Service Award to the person or organization that has done the most to promote alternative dispute resolution in the State of Utah. The award is not restricted to an attorney or judge. The ADR Section is currently seeking nominations for this award, which will be presented at the Bar's Annual Fall Forum.

    Please submit nominations for this award by October 13, 2006 to Peter W. Billings, Jr., P. O. Box 510210, Salt Lake City, UT 84151.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The Bar Journal has been requested to clarify that the Jonathan Pace whose disciplinary action was reported in the May/June edition is not lawyer John P. Pace of the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association.

    May 30, 2006

    President-Elect & Bar Commission Election Results

    President-Elect & Bar Commission Election Results

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    V. Lowry Snow was elected President-Elect of the Utah State Bar. He received 1,109 votes to Felshaw King's 1,078 votes.

    Nate Alder and Christian W. Clinger ran unopposed in the Third Division, Robert L. Jeffs was unopposed in the Fourth Division, and Curtis M. Jensen ran unopposed in the Fifth Division. Under the Utah State Bar bylaws, these uncontested candidates were declared elected. Yvette Donosso Diaz has agreed to fill Gus Chin's unexpired one-year commissioner term in the Third Division.

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of January 27, 2006, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. David Bird reviewed the priority items of the June 2005 Bar Commission Retreat Governance Resolutions. David Bird also discussed the Commission priorities adopted in July 2005 by the Commission: Relations with Legislature and Courts, Performance Review, Lawyers Assistance Program and Relations with Law School Faculty and Law Students.

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    Applicants Sought for Second District Trial Court Nominating Commission

    Applicants Sought for Second District Trial Court Nominating Commission

    The Bar is seeking applications from lawyers to serve on the Second District Trial Court Nominating Commission. The Commission nominates judges to fill vacancies on the district court and the juvenile court within the Second Judicial District. Two lawyers are appointed by the Governor from a list of six nominees provided by the Bar.

    Commissioners must be citizens of the United States and residents of the Second District (Davis, Morgan and Weber Counties). Commissioners are appointed for one term of four years and may not serve successive terms. No more than four of the seven members of the nominating commission may be of the same political party.

    Please identify your political party or if you are politically independent.

    Submit resumes to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, by e-mail at john.baldwin@utahbar.org, or by mail at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

    Resumes must be received by Tuesday, August 1, 2006

    American Bar Association Representative

    American Bar Association Representative

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve a two-year term as the Bar's representative to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. The term would begin at the conclusion of the ABA's Annual Meeting in August, and run through the August, 2008 Annual Meeting.

    Please send your letter of application and resume no later than Friday, June 2, 2006 to:

    John C. Baldwin
    Executive Director
    Utah State Bar
    jbaldwin@utahbar.org
    645 South 200 East
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

    2005 Utah Bar Journal Cover of the Year Announced

    2005 Utah Bar Journal Cover of the Year Announced

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    The winner of the Utah Bar Journal Cover of the Year award for 2005 is Marva Match of Cannon & Match in Salt Lake City. Her photo of Thousand Peaks Ranch on the Weber River east of Oakley, Utah was featured on the cover of the July/Aug 2005 issue of the Utah Bar Journal.

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    Notice of the Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division Elections

    Notice of the Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division Elections

    Nominations are being accepted for the 2006-07 President-Elect, 2006-07 Secretary and 2006-07 Treasurer for the Young Lawyers Division (ÒYLDÓ). Each nomination must be accompanied by a written statement which contains the candidate's biography, qualifications and platform. The written statement shall be no longer than the equivalent of two pages, typewritten and double-spaced. For more information regarding the elected offices and duties, please visit the YLD website (http://www.utahbar.org/sections/yld/Welcome.html) and review sections 2 and 3 of the YLD Handbook. Nominations for the offices listed above must be signed by three members of the YLD who are in good standing and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2006 by Ruth Hawe, VanCott Bagley Cornwall & McCarthy, 50 South Main Street, #1600, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111; Fax: 534-0058.; Email: rhawe@vancott.com

    The YLD General Election will be conducted by electronic ballot June 26-30, 2006. In order to vote, the YLD needs your email address. If the Utah State Bar does not currently have your correct email address, please send it to arnold.birrell@utahbar.org by 5:00 p.m. on June 20, 2006.

    Mailing of Licensing Forms

    Mailing of Licensing Forms

    The licensing forms for 2006-07 are scheduled to be mailed during the last week of May and the first week of June. Fees are due July 1, 2006; however fees received or postmarked on or before August 1, 2006 will be processed without penalty.

    It is the responsibility of each attorney to provide the Bar with current address information. This information must be submitted in writing. Failure to notify the Bar of an address change does not relieve an attorney from paying licensing fees or late fees. Failure to make timely payment will result in an administrative suspension for non-payment after the deadline. You may check the Bar's website to see what information is on file. The site is updated weekly and is located at www.utahbar.org.

    If you need to update your address information, please submit the information to:

    Arnold Birrell, Utah State Bar
    645 South 200 East
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111-3834

    You may also fax the information to (801)531-9537, or e-mail the corrections to arnold.birrell@utahbar.org.

    2006 Fall Forum Awards

    2006 Fall Forum Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2006 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 18, 2006. The award categories include:

    1. Distinguished Community Member Award
    2. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
    3. Professionalism Award

    Notice of Legislative Rebate

    Notice of Legislative Rebate

    Bar policies and procedures provide that any member may receive a proportionate dues rebate for legislative related expenditures by notifying the Executive Director, John C. Baldwin, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

    Request for Comment on Proposed Bar Budget

    Request for Comment on Proposed Bar Budget

    The Bar staff and officers are currently preparing a proposed budget for the fiscal year which begins July 1, 2006 and ends June 30, 2007. The process being followed includes review by the Commission's Executive Committee and the Bar's Budget & Finance Committee, prior to adoption of the final budget by the Bar Commission at its June 2, 2006 meeting.

    The Commission is interested in assuring that the process includes as much feedback by as many members as possible. A copy of the proposed budget, in its most current permutation, will be available for inspection and comment at the Law & Justice Center. You may pick up a copy from the receptionist.

    Please call or write John Baldwin at the Bar Office with your questions or comments.

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Lois Baar
    Lauren Barros
    Richard Bird
    Rex Bushman
    Merlin Calver
    Dee Chambers
    Shelly Coudreaut
    Lou Harris
    D. Rand Henderson
    George Hunt
    Jarrod Jennings
    Jonathan Jaussi
    Brent Johns
    Louise Knauer
    David Lambert
    Suzanne Marelius
    Suzanne Marychild
    Colin McMullin
    Richard Medsker
    Scott Moore
    William Morrison
    William Ormond
    William Parsons
    James Peters
    Stewart Ralphs
    Kevin Sheff
    V. Lowry Snow
    Scott Thorpe
    Tracey Watson
    Weston White
    Timothy Williams
    Lamar Winward
    Carolyn Zeuthen
    John Zidow

    Utah Legal Services and the Utah State Bar wish to thank these attorneys for either accepting a pro bono case or volunteering at clinic during the months of February and March. Call Brenda Teig at (801) 924-3376 to volunteer.

    April 11, 2006

    2006 Annual Convention Awards

    2006 Annual Convention Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2005 Annual Convention Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, April 22, 2005. The award categories include:

    1. Judge of the Year

    2. Distinguished Lawyer of the Year

    3. Distinguished Section/Committee of the year

    Notice of Ethics & Discipline Committee Vacancies

    Notice of Ethics & Discipline Committee Vacancies

    The Ethics & Discipline Committee of the Utah Supreme Court is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Committee. The Ethics & Discipline Committee is divided into four panels which hear informal complaints charging unethical or unprofessional conduct against members of the Bar and determine whether or not informal disciplinary action should result from the complaint or whether a formal complaint shall be filed in district court against the respondent attorney. Appointments to the Ethics & Discipline Committee are made by the Utah Supreme Court upon recommendations of the Chair of the Ethics and Discipline Committee. Please send your resume to Lawrence E. Stevens, Chair of the Ethics and Discipline Committee, Parsons, Behle & Latimer, 201 South Main Street, #1800, P. O. Box 45898, Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0898 no later than May 2, 2006.

    Notice of Legislative Rebate

    Notice of Legislative Rebate
    Bar policies and procedures provide that any member may receive a proportionate dues rebate for legislative related expenditures by notifying the Executive Director, John C. Baldwin, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

    April 4, 2006

    Call for Historical Bar Photos

    Call for Historical Bar Photos

    In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Utah State Bar, the Bar Journal board is considering placing a montage of historical Utah Bar photos on the Bar Journal cover for a special issue scheduled for publication in the fall. Examples of old photos we have in mind would be early group photos of bar members, judges, and photos of bar offices, court houses, and the like.

    Continue reading "Call for Historical Bar Photos" »

    Utah State Bar Request for 2006-07 Committee Assignment

    Utah State Bar Request for 2006-07 Committee Assignment

    The Utah Bar Commission is soliciting new volunteers to commit time and talent to one or more of 18 different committees which participate in regulating admissions and discipline and in fostering competency, public service and high standards of professional conduct. Please consider sharing your time in the service of your profession and the public through meaningful involvement in any area of interest.

    Continue reading "Utah State Bar Request for 2006-07 Committee Assignment" »

    Utah Bar Foundation

    Utah Bar Foundation

    Notice of Annual Meeting & Open Board Position

    The Utah Bar Foundation is currently soliciting nominations for an open position on the Board of Directors. All attorneys licensed in Utah and currently in good standing are welcome to apply. A nomination form must be completed and submitted to the Foundation offices by Friday, April 28, 2006. Nomination forms can be obtained from the Foundation offices at (801) 297-7046 or on the website at www.utahbarfoundation.org.

    The Utah Bar Foundation will hold its Annual Meeting on Friday, July 14th between 8-9am at the Marriott Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. For additional information, please contact the Foundation offices.

    Paralegal Division Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    Paralegal Division Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    The Paralegal Division is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The Division was created by the Utah Supreme Court on April 6, 1996, pursuant to petition by the Utah State Bar and the Board of Bar Commissioners. The Paralegal Division is planning a celebration event on the evening of April 6, 2006 at Rice Eccles Stadium in the Scholarship Reception Room. Please watch for your invitation and plan to join them at this milestone event.

    Seeking Nominations

    Seeking Nominations

    The Paralegal Division of the Utah State Bar and Legal Assistants Association of Utah are seeking nominations for "Distinguished Paralegal of the Year". Nomination forms and additional information are available online at http://www.utahbar.org/sections/paralegals or you may contact Suzanne Potts at (435) 634-1940 or spotts@clarksondraper.com. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2006. The award will be presented at the Paralegal Day luncheon on May 18, 2006.

    American College of Trial Lawyers Announces Induction

    American College of Trial Lawyers Announces Induction

    The Utah Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers are proud to announce that Walter F. Bugden has been inducted into the College.

    The American College of Trial Lawyers strives to improve the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics, civility, and collegiality of the trial profession. Invitation to Fellowship is extended only after careful investigation to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality.

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    January 24, 2006

    2006 Spring Convention Awards

    2006 Spring Convention Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two Bar awards to be given at the 2006 Spring Convention. These awards honor publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and public dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the improvement of the profession. Award applications must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, January 16, 2006.

    1. Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award - For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.

    2. Raymond S. Uno Award - For the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.

    2006 Annual Convention Awards

    2006 Annual Convention Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2006 Annual Convention Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, April 21, 2006. The award categories include:

    * Judge of the Year

    * Distinguished Lawyer of the Year

    * Distinguished Section/Committee of the year

    January 23, 2006

    Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners

    Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners

    Third, Fourth & Fifth Divisions
    Pursuant to the Rules of Integration and Management of the Utah State Bar, nominations to the office of Bar Commission are hereby solicited for two members from the Third Division, one member from the Fourth Division and one member from the Fifth Division, each to serve a three-year term. To be eligible for the office of Commissioner from a division, the nominee's mailing address must be in that division as shown by the records of the Bar.

    Continue reading "Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners" »

    2005 Fall Forum Awards

    2005 Fall Forum Awards

    Reverend Mr. France A. Davis
    Distinguished Community Member of the Year

    James S. Jardine
    Distinguished Lawyer of the Year

    Su J. Chon
    Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

    Hon. Richard C. Howe
    Professionalism

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Pro Bono Honor Roll

    Stanley Adams
    Richard Armstrong
    Lauren Barros
    M. Paige Benjamin
    James Blakesley
    Mary Brown
    Robert Cosson
    Martin Custen
    Jerald Engstrom
    Dana Farmer
    Angela Fonnesbeck
    Samuel Gardiner
    Nathan Hult
    Jonathan Jaussi
    Chase Kimball
    H. Ralph Klemm
    D. David Lambert
    Deanna Lasker-Warden
    Michelle Lesue
    Robert Lovell
    Vinh Ly
    Ramona Mann
    Daniel McKay
    Suzanne Marychild
    Stephen Mayfield
    Sam Meziani
    Russell Minas
    William Morrison
    Stephen Oda
    Lester Perry
    Candice Ragsdale-Pollock
    Chen Shen
    Emily Smoak
    Kirsten Sparks
    Steven Stewart
    Sidney Unrau

    Utah Legal Services and the Utah State Bar wish to thank these attorneys for their time and willingness to help those in need. Call Brenda Teig at (801) 924-3376 to volunteer.

    Appointments

    Appointments

    The Bar appoints or nominates for appointments to various state boards and commissions each year. The following is a listing of positions which will become vacant in the next twelve months. If you are interested in being considered for one or more of these positions, please send a letter of interest and resume to John C. Baldwin, Utah State Bar, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City UT 84111 or e-mail john.baldwin@utahbar.org.

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    Utah State Lawyer Legislative Directory 57th Legislature 2006-2007

    Utah State Lawyer Legislative Directory
    57th Legislature 2006-2007

    The Utah State Senate

    Patrice Arent
    Democrat - District 4

    Education: B.S., University of Utah, 1978; J.D., Cornell Law School, 1981

    Committee Assignments: Executive Office of Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee; Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee

    Elected to House of Representatives, 1996; Elected to Senate, 2002

    Area of Practice: Commercial Litigation

    Continue reading "Utah State Lawyer Legislative Directory 57th Legislature 2006-2007" »

    January 20, 2006

    Appointments

    Appointments

    The Bar appoints or nominates for appointments to various state boards and commissions each year. The following is a listing of positions which will become vacant in the next twelve months. If you are interested in being considered for one or more of these positions, please send a letter of interest and resume to John C. Baldwin, Utah State Bar, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City UT 84111 or e-mail john.baldwin@utahbar.org.

    Continue reading "Appointments" »

    Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee Seeks Members

    Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee Seeks Members

    The Utah State Bar's Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee is seeking a volunteer member of the Utah State Bar to fill a vacancy on the Committee. The Committee responds to requests for opinions concerning ethics matters. The Committee is particularly interested in applicants who practice outside of Salt Lake County. Committee appointments are for a term of three years. Meetings are held at 4:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Utah Law & Justice Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Members undertake individual research and writing assignments. Please send your resume to Craig Mariger, Chair of the Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough PC, 170 S. Main Street, Suite 1500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 no later than November 30, 2005.

    Supplementation to Local Rules/ U.S. Bankruptcy Court/Utah

    Supplementation to Local Rules/ U.S. Bankruptcy Court/Utah

    Pursuant to Standing Order #1: Effective for all cases filed and also for existing cases converted to Chapter 13 after July 2005, new requirements for Local Rules 2003-1; 2083-1; 5005-1 and 6070-1 are available at: www.utb.uscourts.gov.

    New Interim Rules and Forms/ U.S. Bankruptcy Court/Utah

    New Interim Rules and Forms/ U.S. Bankruptcy Court/Utah

    Pursuant to Standing Order # 2: Effective for all cases filed on or after the effective date of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, newly approved official forms and approved rules designed to implement the substantive and procedural changes mandated by the Act are available at: www.utb.uscourts.gov.

    October 16, 2005

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of July 13, 2005, which was held in Sun Valley, Idaho, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

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    The Utah Minority Bar Association Presents:'Celebrating Diversity in the Law'

    The Utah Minority Bar Association Presents:
    'Celebrating Diversity in the Law'
    Banquet and Program Honoring the First 50 Minority Attorneys in Utah

    October 15, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.
    Grand America Hotel ¥ Salt Lake City, Utah

    Since the Utah Minority Bar Association ('UMBA') first announced its upcoming 'First 50' event, excitement has been building rapidly. If you have not already heard, UMBA is hosting a celebration to honor and recognize the First 50 minority lawyers admitted to practice law in the State of Utah. This will be a gala event and everyone is invited. Many firms, organizations, and individuals have already committed to attend. I hope you do too.

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    2005 Fall Forum Awards

    2005 Fall Forum Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2005 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Tuesday, September16, 2005. The award categories include:

    1. Distinguished Community Member Award
    2. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
    3. Professionalism Award

    Grant Program Seeks Requests

    Grant Program Seeks Requests

    'and Justice for all' annual grant program seeks requests to support civil legal aid programs in Utah. Grants are made to non-profit organizations in Utah providing direct legal aid, especially those who face barriers due to income, disability, age, geography, race or ethnicity. The agency expects to award three to six grants totaling approximately $25,000. Grants are due September 30, 2005. For an application please contact kaiwilson@lasslc.org.

    Utah Attorney Swims English Channel

    Utah Attorney Swims English Channel

    Richard Barnes, a Utah attorney, has accomplished something no other Utahn has done before. On August 6, 2005 he swam the English Channel. The swim from England to France was completed in sixteen hours and forty-three minutes.

    Known as the 'Mount Everest' of swimming because of its difficulty, the English Channel is 21 miles straight across, but because of the very strong currents, tides, and weather conditions, swimmers must swim much further than that. Richard Barnes' swim was approximately 36 miles.

    Richard entered an elite group of swimmers who have successfully made the crossing. Out of thousands of attempts, only approximately 680 people have completed the swim, less than half of the number of people who have climbed Mr. Everest.

    The English Channel is known as the most difficult open water swim because of the extreme cold water, averaging only 60 degrees at its warmest season. Other obstacles are jellyfish stings, strong currents, and six-foot swells, not to mention the occasional passing freighter creating even larger waves. It is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world with 600 tankers passing through and 200 ferries and other vessels going across daily.

    In order to be officially recognized by the Channel Swimming Association, swimmers are not allowed to wear a wet suit or anything that will aid in buoyancy or thermal protection. The only exception is that swimmers are allowed to apply 'Channel Grease' (a mixture of Vaseline and lanolin) before the swim.

    Mr. Barnes has been practicing law for five years and works as an insurance defense attorney for Paul H. Matthews & Associates, P.C.

    Utah State Bar Presents Awards At 2005 Annual Convention

    Utah State Bar Presents Awards At 2005 Annual Convention

    The Annual Awards of the Utah State Bar were presented at the Bar's 75th Annual Convention by the Board of Bar Commissioners, on behalf of the entire Bar membership. Recipients are selected on the basis of achievement; professional service to clients, the public, courts and the Bar; and exemplification of the highest standards of professionalism to which all judges and lawyers aspire.

    Judge of the Year
    Hon. Andrew A. Valdez
    Judge Andrew A. Valdez was appointed to the Third District Juvenile Court in June of 1993 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1977.

    Prior to his appointment, Judge Valdez was a commissioned captain in the U.S. Army J.A.G. Corp and trial counsel with the Legal Defenders Association Felony/Homicide Division.

    Awards include Board of Youth Corrections Distinguished Service Award; American Red Cross Lifesaver Award; Minority Bar Association Leadership Award; Lillian Smith 'Youth Advocate of the Year' Award; 'Peace in the Streets' Award given by the Salt Lake Area Gang Project; U.C.L.R. Leadership Award; Catholic Community Service Award; and Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters, Salt Lake Community College.

    Judge Valdez has developed a court-based mentoring program, partnerships with community education schools, and opportunities for female juvenile offenders to work off restitution obligations.

    Judge Valdez has served as chair of the statewide Youth Parole Authority, and has served on the Utah Sentencing Commission, Board of Trustees for Primary Children's Medical Center, Juvenile Justice Task Force, Board of Juvenile Court Judges, and the Judicial Council. He is currently a member of the National Youth Gang Center and was honored January 2003 with the Martin Luther King Civil Rights Award by the N.A.A.C.P. Judge Valdez was awarded the Footprinter's Association Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award and the Utah Children Child Advocate of the Year award in May 2005.


    Distinguished Committee of the Year
    Governmental Relations
    Lori W. Nelson & Scott R. Sabey, Co-Chairs
    The Bar's Governmental Relations Committee assists the members of the Bar by monitoring activity at the offices of the Governor, Senate and the House of Representatives. Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 4 of the Utah Constitution, and as set out in Rule III, Section O of the Supreme Court Rules of Professional Practice and State Bar Integration and Management, the Utah Supreme Court has directed the Governmental Relations Committee to study and provide assistance on public policy issues, and advise the Bar Commission on positions to adopt on public policy issues and pending legislation. This includes issues involving: the courts of this state; rules of procedure and evidence in the courts; the administration of justice; the practice of law; and matters of substantive law on which the collective expertise of lawyers has special relevance and/or which may affect an individual's ability to access legal services or the legal system as defined by the Utah Supreme Court.

    The Committee also uses the broad participation of the Bar by seeking participation in the Governmental Relations Committee by each of the other Sections and Committees of the Bar. The Committee's members also review and analyze pending or proposed legislation and provide technical assistance to the Legislature, the Governor, the Judicial Council and other public bodies upon request.

    The greatest challenge the Governmental Relations Committee has faced over the last few years has been to improve the Bar's relationship with the Legislature. A better working relationship is necessary to assist in improving the quality and clarity of laws that are passed. To that end Constitutional Law classes by professors of both law schools have been offered for new legislators, presentations on the available services of the Governmental Relations Committee have been made to the caucuses of both parties, and meetings have been held with key members of the House and Senate. The Committee has also assisted the Bar Commission in the effort to ensure the Bar's representations to the Legislature are consistent with the views of its members.

    The degree of success enjoyed to date in Governmental Relations Committee's overall goals of improving the practice of law for lawyers and the impact of the laws on the public could not be accomplished without the tremendous contributions of Bar member John T. Nielsen, to whom we all owed a debt of thanks.


    Distinguished Section of the Year
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Michelle M. Roybal, Chair
    At 136 members, the ADR Section may well be one of the smallest of our Bar. We have found, however, that the membership is vocal, strong, and committed to supporting events advocating for dispute resolution throughout our community.

    The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Utah State Bar is pleased to welcome attorneys and non-attorneys as its members. We are one of the few Sections of the State Bar authorized to allow non-attorney members to join. We believe this is indicative of the collaborative work that we do as conflict resolution practitioners and we hope that the professional diversity represented in our Section improves the quality of the education programs we offer as a Section.

    Some of the accomplishments of the ADR Section over this past year include the establishment of the ADR Academy as our flagship event, co-sponsoring the Utah ADR Symposium Seeking Just Resolutions with the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution, and holding sessions at the Midyear Conference, Annual Convention and Fall Forum. As well, annually, the Section honors a community member who has significantly contributed to the field of dispute resolution with the Peter W. Billings, Sr. Outstanding Service Award.

    In addition to these CLE and professional development programs, our members have become increasingly involved in outreach and education efforts regarding conflict resolution. We have been involved with the review of legislation mandating mediation in domestic law disputes in Utah, as well as the in the establishment of a volunteer mediation program at the Sandy Division of the Third District Court. One of the primary goals of the Section leadership over the coming years is to increase the exposure of students in public schools to the ADR process and to their own abilities to resolve conflicts in an effective manner.

    We are honored by this award from the Board of Bar Commissioners and are pleased to be involved in the recognition of the importance of the role of lawyer as problem solver.

    August 6, 2005

    Seeking Nominations for the Peter W. Billings, Sr. Outstanding Dispute Resolution Service Award

    Seeking Nominations for the Peter W. Billings, Sr. Outstanding Dispute Resolution Service Award

    In memory of the great contributions of Peter W. Billings, Sr. to alternative dispute resolution in our state, the ADR Section of the Utah State Bar annually awards the Peter W. Billings, Sr. Outstanding Dispute Resolution Service Award to the person or organization that has done the most to promote alternative dispute resolution in the State of Utah. The award is not restricted to an attorney or judge. The ADR Section is currently seeking nominations for this award, which will be presented at the Bar's Annual Fall Forum.

    Please submit nominations for this award by September 30, 2005 to Peter W. Billings, Jr., P. O. Box 510210, Salt Lake City, UT 84151.

    2005 Fall Forum Awards

    2005 Fall Forum Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2005 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 19, 2005. The award categories include:

    1. Distinguished Community Member Award

    2. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

    3. Professionalism Award

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of April 22, 2005, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

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    President-Elect and Bar Commission Election Results

    President-Elect and Bar Commission Election Results

    Gus Chin was elected President-Elect of the Utah State Bar. He received 1,307 votes to Rusty Vetter's 1,008 votes. Rodney G. Snow and Stephen Owens were elected to the Commission in the Third Division. Rodney received 968 votes and Stephen received 862 votes. With 772 votes in the Third Division, Lori W. Nelson was elected to fill the unexpired term of David R. Bird.

    Herm Olsen ran unopposed in the First Division.

    June 11, 2005

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of March 10, 2005, which was held in St. George, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

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    2005 Fall Forum Awards

    2005 Fall Forum Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2005 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Tuesday, September16, 2005. The award categories include:

    1. Distinguished Community Member Award

    2. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

    3. Professionalism Award

    West Jordan Courthouse to Open Doors in June

    West Jordan Courthouse to Open Doors in June

    A new West Jordan Courthouse is scheduled to open its doors for business at 8080 Redwood Road on Monday, June 20, 2005. The 112,000 sq. ft. courthouse will be the second largest courthouse in Utah - next to the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse - with a 12-courtroom configuration. The courthouse will administer cases from the south end of the Salt Lake valley and will expand operations to execute court functions that previously have not been available at the Sandy and West Valley City courthouses.

    Since the ground breaking on the courthouse took place November 2003, work has been steady to build the $19.3 million facility. The courthouse will include six Third District courtrooms - including two unfinished courtrooms - and six Third District juvenile courtrooms - one of which will be unfinished. In addition, Alternative Dispute Resolution and mediation rooms will be located in the courthouse and are designed to minimize the formality of the courtroom setting. Offices for the District Attorney's office will also be located in the courthouse.

    "The West Jordan Courthouse will allow the public from the south end of the valley convenient access to court services," said Dan Becker, Utah State Court administrator. "The West Jordan facility will offer all of the services available at the Matheson Courthouse, but not currently available at the Sandy or West Valley City courthouses."

    Employees of the Sandy and West Valley City courthouses will move into the West Jordan Courthouse during the week of June 13. The Sandy Courthouse will close for business on June 10 at 5:00 p.m. and the West Valley City Courthouse is expected to completely close fall 2005. The West Jordan Courthouse phone numbers and additional information will be posted on the Utah State Courts' website at www.utcourts.gov when available.

    GSBS Architects designed the West Jordan Courthouse. The firm also designed the Logan Courthouse. Okland Construction Company is the project contractor.

    December 18, 2004

    Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners

    Notice of Election of Bar Commissioners

    First and Third Divisions
    Pursuant to the Rules of Integration and Management of the Utah State Bar, nominations to the office of Bar Commission are hereby solicited for one member from the First Division and two members from the Third Division, each to serve a three-year term. To be eligible for the office of Commissioner from a division, the nominee's mailing address must be in that division as shown by the records of the Bar.

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    Notice of Direct Election of Bar President

    Notice of Direct Election of Bar President
    In response to the task force on Bar governance the Utah Supreme Court has amended the Bar's election rules to permit all active Bar members in good standing to submit their names to the Bar Commission to be nominated to run for President-Elect in a popular election and to succeed to the office of President. The Bar Commission will interview all potential candidates and select two final candidates who will run on a ballot submitted to all active Bar members and voted upon by the active Bar membership. Final candidates may include sitting Bar Commissioners who have indicated interest.

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    2005 Spring Convention Awards

    2005 Spring Convention Awards
    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two Bar awards to be given at the 2005 Spring Convention. These awards honor publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and public dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the improvement of the profession. Award applications must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, January 17, 2005.

    1. Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award - For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.

    2. Raymond S. Uno Award - For the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.

    Karin Hobbs Receives the 2004 Peter W. Billings, Sr. Award

    Karin Hobbs Receives the 2004 Peter W. Billings, Sr. Award
    Karin Hobbs, long-time mediator and ADR mentor, received the 2004 Peter W. Billings, Sr. Award for Excellence in ADR at the State Bar's recent Fall Forum on Friday, October 22nd at the Marriott-University Park Hotel. The award honors the legacy of Peter W. Billings, Sr., a pioneer and a champion of the collaborative dispute resolution process and mediation in Utah.

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    2005 Annual Convention Awards

    2005 Annual Convention Awards
    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2005 Annual Convention Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, April 22, 2005. The award categories include:

    1. Judge of the Year
    2. Distinguished Lawyer of the Year
    3. Distinguished Section of the Year
    4. Distinguished Committee of the Year

    Bar Welcomes New Admittees

    Bar Welcomes New Admittees
    242 new admittees were welcomed into the Utah State Bar at an admission ceremony held at the Salt Palace on October 21, 2004. Family and friends of the new admittees gathered to listen while Matthew B. Durrant, Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, addressed the audience. Michael J. Wilkins, Associate Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court conducted the event and a large gathering of judges from both the Utah Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the District of Utah were in attendance. Refreshments were provided after the ceremony.

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    Fund for Client Protection Seeks Five new Committee Members

    Fund for Client Protection Seeks Five new Committee Members
    The Utah State Bar Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection Committee is seeking five new committee members. The purpose of the Fund for Client Protection is to promote public confidence in the administration of justice and the integrity of the legal profession by reimbursing losses caused by the dishonest conduct of lawyers admitted and licensed to practice law in the State of Utah, occurring in the course of the lawyer/client or fiduciary relationship between the lawyer and the claimant.

    Appointments to the committee shall be for a term of three (3) years, or the term uniformly determined for all Committee members by the Utah State Bar. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the President of the Utah State Bar, with the approval of the Board of Commissioners, for the term.

    If you are interested in serving on this committee please contact:

    Christine Critchley
    Utah State Bar
    645 South 200 East
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-3834
    (801) 297-7022
    e-mail: ccritchley@utahbar.org

    UMBA Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet

    UMBA Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet
    The Utah Minority Bar Association celebrated its Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet on October 29, 2004. The UMBA honored some of Utah's best lawyers, activists and students dedicated to serving minority interests. This year, UMBA's Honoree of the Year Award went to Maynard Phyl Poulson who, along with Henry Adams and Judge Ray Uno, drafted the Utah Anti-Discrimination Act and introduced it as a bill and was influential in its passage by the Utah legislature. Mr. Poulson also headed the Utah Anti-Discrimination Division. Upon accepting the award, Mr. Poulson told the audience, "I did what my heart told me to do."

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    UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS

    UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS

    In re:

    Electronic Submission of Selected
    Documents


    EMERGENCY GENERAL ORDER
    FILED October 20, 2004


    Before TACHA, Chief Judge, SEYMOUR, EBEL, KELLY, HENRY, BRISCOE, LUCERO, MURPHY, HARTZ, O'BRIEN, McCONNELL and TYMKOVICH Circuit Judges.

    In order to evaluate the usefulness of documents in electronic form the Court adopts this interim order effective December 1, 2004.

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    Lawyers Face Off on Opposing Sides of the (Pool) Table & Raise Funds for "and Justice for all"

    Lawyers Face Off on Opposing Sides of the (Pool) Table & Raise Funds for "and Justice for all"
    The Utah State Bar's Young Lawyers Division with "and Justice for all" held their third annual Bar Sharks for Justice Pool Tournament - an event to raise operating funds for "and Justice for all." The event was a great success, raising $2,764.

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    October 24, 2004

    Commission Highlights

    Commission Highlights
    During its regularly scheduled meeting of June 4, 2004, which was held at the Pete Suazo Building, Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

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    August 27, 2004

    Utah State Bar Presents Awards At 2004 Annual Convention

    Utah State Bar Presents Awards At 2004 Annual Convention

    The Annual Awards of the Utah State Bar were presented at the Bar's 74th Annual Convention by the Board of Bar Commissioners, on behalf of the entire Bar membership. Recipients are selected on the basis of achievement; professional service to clients, the public, courts and the Bar; and exemplification of the highest standards of professionalism to which all judges and lawyers aspire.

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    Sun Valley Golf

    Sun Valley Golf
    2004 Annual Convention Golf Tournament Sun Valley, Idaho

    Richard Bird, right, posing with his son, David Bird during the 2004 Annual Convention Golf Tournament in Sun Valley, Idaho. Richard and David practice law with the firm of Richards, Bird & Kump. Richard Bird, a graduate of Harvard Law School, has been a member of the Utah State Bar since 1933. Upon returning to Utah in 1939, Richard has been a regular attendee at the Bar's Annual Conventions. At 97 years young, Richard was the oldest participant at this year's golf tournament. Congratulations!

    June 1, 2004

    State Bar News

    President-Elect and Bar Commission Election Results

    David R. Bird was elected President-Elect of the Utah State Bar. David received 1,171 votes to Gus Chin's 1,151. David R. Bird, Gus Chin and Scott R. Sabey were elected to the Commission in the Third Division. Gus received 1,014 votes, Scott received 848 votes, David 717 votes, Christian Clinger 637, Clayton A. Simms 569, and Irshad A. Aadil 525.

    Felshaw King ran unopposed in the Second Division.

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    May 6, 2004

    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of March 11, 2004 which was held in St. George, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

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    April 2, 2004

    Discipline Corner

    ADMONITION
    On January 16, 2004, 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(a) (Communication), 1.5(a) (Fees), 1.16(d) (Declining or Terminating Representation), and 8.4(a) (Misconduct) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

    In summary:
    An attorney was retained to represent a client in a divorce case. The client paid the attorney a retainer fee. The attorney failed to promptly file the divorce action consistent with the client's instructions, failed to complete the case, and failed to keep the client informed of the status of the case. The attorney also failed to perform meaningful legal services for the retainer fee collected, failed to return the unearned portion of the fee, and abandoned representation of the client.

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    State Bar News

    Appointments
    The Bar appoints or nominates for appointments to various state boards and commissions each year. The following is a listing of positions which will become vacant in the next twelve months. If you are interested in being considered for one or more of these positions, please send a leter of interest and resume to John C. Baldwin, Utah State Bar, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 or e-mail john.baldwin@utahbar.org.

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    March 2, 2004

    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of January 23, 2004, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

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    January 2, 2004

    A Tribute to Dean W. Sheffield

    I met Dean Sheffield in 1960 before I took the Bar examination when he was Executive Director of the Utah State Bar. He was encouraging. He was direct. He was pleasant.

    After being a member of the Bar for several years, I met Dean again when I joined the Bonneville Kiwanis, of which he was a member. Some years later, when Dean was President of the club and I was a prosecutor in the County Attorneys office, I received a call from Dean at the office. After announcing who he was, he said, "Barney, you are a lousy member of our club. You have missed meetings, you have a bill on the books for lunches you haven't eaten. At the board meeting last night, we discussed your situation, your trial schedule for the County, and decided you could stay in the club if you would pay half of what you owed for lunches and dues, and become a good member. What do you want to do?" I was a little shocked, but said I wanted to remain a member in good standing. But for Dean's caring way and interest, I would have been out. My opportunity to serve in Kiwanis over the years only existed due to Dean's invitation to retain my membership.

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    Discipline Corner

    Discipline Corner

    RESIGNATION WITH DISCIPLINE PENDING
    On December 10, 2003, the Honorable Christine M. Durham, Chief Justice, Utah Supreme Court, entered an Order Accepting Resignation with Discipline Pending concerning Clay Harrison.

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    State Bar News

    UMBA Awards Banquet Honorees

    The Utah Minority Bar Association is Proud to Recognize the Following Individuals Who Were Honored at UMBA's Annual Awards Banquet November 21, 2003:

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    December 2, 2003

    Discipline Corner

    Discipline Corner

    ADMONITION

    On October 23, 2003, an attorney was admonished by the Chair of the Ethics and Discipline Committee of the Utah Supreme Court for violation of Rule 8.1(b) (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

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    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights
    During its regularly scheduled meeting of October 24, 2003, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

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    November 3, 2003

    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights
    During its regularly scheduled meeting of September 19, 2003, which was held in Logan, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. Victoria K. Kidman, Chair of the UPL Committee and Marsha Thomas, past Committee Chair appeared to update the Commission on their work. Vicky summarized the caseload work and Marsha summarized the sub-committee's marketing efforts which is designed to prevent the unauthorized practice of law before it occurs, particularly among members of the minority community.

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    October 3, 2003

    Discipline Corner

    INTERIM SUSPENSION
    On July 14, 2003, the Honorable Gary D. Stott, Fourth Judicial District Court, entered a Ruling on Motion for Interim Suspension Pursuant to Rule 19, placing Dean N. Zabriskie on interim suspension.

    In summary:
    Mr. Zabriskie was convicted of two federal offenses that directly reflect on his honesty and fitness as a lawyer.

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    State Bar News


    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of July 13, 2003, which was held in Sun Valley, Idaho the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. John Adams welcomed the commissioners and commissioners-elect and reviewed the schedule of events for the convention.

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    August 3, 2003

    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of June 6, 2003, which was held in Park City, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. John Adams introduced the new Commissioners-elect: Yvette Diaz (Third Division), Nate Alder (Third Division), and Rob Jeffs (Fourth Division). He welcomed these individuals who will be sworn in at the July Commission Meeting.

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    June 4, 2003

    State Bar News

    President-Elect and Bar Commission Election Results

    N. George Daines was elected President-Elect of the Utah State Bar. George received 1,089 votes to Randy S. Kester's 1,033. Nathan D. Alder and Yvette D. Diaz were elected to the Commission in the Third Division. Nate received 908 votes, Yvette received 787, to Brian Burnett's 611 votes and Nanci Snow Bockelie's 557. In the Fourth Division, Robert L. Jeffs was elected to the Commission. Robert received 102 votes to Thomas W. Seiler's 78 and Brent H. Bartholomew's 75. In the Fifth Division, V. Lowry Snow ran unopposed.

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    May 4, 2003

    Discipline Corner

    ADMONITION
    On March 10, 2003, an attorney was admonished by the Chair of the Ethics and Discipline Committee for violation of Rules 1.1 (Competence), 5.5 (Unauthorized Practice of Law), and 8.4(a) (Misconduct) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

    In summary:
    An attorney was retained to represent a client in a divorce matter. The divorce complaint was filed first by the client's spouse in another state. The attorney filed a Notice of Appearance, Memorandum in Support of Special Appearance, and Motion to Dismiss in the other state. The attorney was not licensed to practice law in that state, and did not file a motion to appear pro hac vice. The attorney's Motion to Dismiss was dismissed.

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    May is National Elder Law Month- A Report by the Needs of the Elderly Committee

    The Needs of the Elderly Committee (NOE) is dedicated to the mission of ensuring the delivery of quality legal services for the elderly and of advocating for their rights. As part of that mission, we join NAELA, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, in recognizing May as National Elder Law Month.

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    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of March 13, 2003, which was held in St. George, Utah, the Board of Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. John T. Nielsen, the Bar's long time lobbyist, reported on H.B. 349 and other bills relating to courts, judges and lawyers. He also outlined the Governor's veto process, stating that the Governor has 20 days after the General Session ends to sign or veto a bill. If the veto is exercised, it can be overridden by a 2/3's majority of the Senate.

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    April 4, 2003

    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of January 31, 2003, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. Steve Waterman, co chair of the Admissions Committee, presented the Committee's recent and unanimous recommendation to modify proposed Admission rule 10.4 to eliminate averaging and for the Bar to implement a rounding policy on the scaled written component that is consistent with the rounding methodology used by the NCBE on the equated MBE. He further recommended that because scores will not be combined and averaged, that the reappraisal grading guideline be implemented for scores falling between 258 and 260. The motion passed .

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    Discipline Corner

    ADMONITION
    On February 25, 2003, an attorney was admonished by the Chair of the Ethics and Discipline Committee for violation of Rules 1.3 (Diligence), 1.5(b) (Fees), and 8.4(a) (Misconduct) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

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    March 4, 2003

    State Bar News

    2003 Annual Meeting Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2003 Annual Meeting Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nomination must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, April 25, 2003. The award categories include:

    1. Judge of the Year
    2. Lawyer of the Year
    3. Young Lawyer of the Year
    4. Section/Committee of the Year
    5. Community Member of the Year

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    What's That on the Runway

    Darkness was falling over the sprawling Rwandan capital of Kigali as Sabena Flight 465 descended through 10,000 feet. The flight from Brussels had been just over eight hours. Added to connecting flights from Salt Lake City to Atlanta and Atlanta to Brussels, I'd been flying for nearly 20 hours, not including layovers of several hours at each stop. Aside from its duration, the flight had been uneventful. Having spent time in the Balkans, I recognized some of the geography as we flew southeast of Europe and over Croatia's beautiful Dalmatian coastline. Leaving the Balkans and Greece with its islands nestled in the dark blue Aegean Sea, the plane traversed the Mediterranean, then crossed over Egypt. I was awestruck by the vastness of the African Continent and the stark contrast between the lush, fertile valley of the Nile and the lifeless expanse of northern Sudan's sun-baked desert extending far into the distance.

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    January 4, 2003

    Robert Wayne Swenson, University of Utah College of Law

    Robert Wayne Swenson, legendary law professor for 50 years at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, died suddenly and unexpectedly on November 17, 2002 during a family dinner surrounded by the people who he loved most and who cherished him as a gentle, loving father, grandfather and husband.

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    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of December 6, 2002, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. The Commission held a discussion regarding Legal Aid's request on using the lawyers' lounge in the Matheson Courthouse for a pro bono conference area. The Commission voted to refer the request to the Courts & Judges Committee for their recommendations.

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    December 7, 2002

    Discipline Corner

    RESIGNATION WITH DISCIPLINE PENDING
    On November 1, 2002, the Honorable Christine M. Durham, Chief Justice, Utah Supreme Court, entered an Order Granting Verified Petition for Consent to Resignation with Discipline Pending in the matter of Martin S. Tanner. In the Petition for Resignation with Discipline Pending, Mr. Tanner did not dispute the essential facts which provide a basis that he violated Rules 3.3(a) (Candor Toward the Tribunal), 3.4(b) (Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel), and 8.4(a), (c) and (d) (Misconduct) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

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    Remembering Ron Boyce - Teacher, Judge and Friend

    Editor's Introduction: Ron Boyce's death brought sadness to our legal community. The Utah Bar Journal thanks Judge David Winder, Judge Dee Benson, Professor John Flynn and Dean Scott Matheson for allowing us to share excerpts from remarks they made at public and private memorial services. (The Journal has made minor transitional edits to convert the speakers' notes into this format, and chosen stories and commentary about Ron Boyce in preference to the speakers' personal feelings expressed in the privacy of the services.)

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    State Bar News


    Notice of Proposed Admissions Rule Changes

    In 1997, the Admissions Committee of the Bar was assigned to comprehensively overview all aspects of the admission process. Since December 1999, the Commission has held approximately six commission meetings in which various changes to the admissions process have been recommended or adopted. Some additional changes are anticipated to be approved by the Bar Commission at its December 6th meeting. The purpose of this article is to outline major changes in the Rules Governing Admission to the Utah State Bar and to solicit comments from members of the Bar before submitting the changes to the Utah Supreme Court. Comments may be emailed to rulecomments@utahbar.org or mailed to the Utah State Bar, attention Katherine Fox, General Counsel, Utah Law and Justice Center, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-3834. Comments should be received by January 17, 2003.

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    Thirteenth Annual Lawyers & Court Personnel Food & Winter Clothing Drive for the Less Fortunate

    The holidays are a special time for giving and giving thanks. Please share your good fortune with those who are less fortunate.

    Selected Shelters:
    The Rescue Mission
    Women & Children in Jeopardy Program
    Volunteers of America Utah Detox (non-profit alcohol & drug detox center)

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    November 7, 2002

    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights
    During its regularly scheduled meeting of September 27, 2002, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. Don Roney of the Continental Insurance Group Malpractice Coverage distributed an underwriting and claim statistics report to the Commission. It was noted that Westport has an eight-year history with the Bar and approximately 50% of all eligible Utah attorneys buy professional liability through Westport.

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    October 7, 2002

    In Discharge of a Self-Imposed Sentence


    One advantage of being the Judicial Advisor to the Bar Journal's Board of Editors is that I can seize this space any time I want and write whatever's on my mind. Of course, this is mostly a theoretical advantage. For one thing, it's hard to find the time to write something that I don't really have to write. For another, extra writing for an appellate judge is something of a "busman's holiday." So why me; why now? Well, I have a confession to make. For a variety of perfectly valid reasons, I had missed a couple of meetings of the Board of Editors. Maybe three. In a row. Come the August meeting, I had PROMISED I would be there. The meeting fell in one of those occasional summer weeks that are pretty dead - entire days with no meetings, no hearings, no commitments. Just nice blank calendar pages. Perfect for catching up. On one of those days, I left my planner at home. I remembered all those blank pages. I went on with my life and it didn't hit me until just after five: "The Bar Journal meeting was at noon today, you idiot!" Because the Bar Journal is always looking for material, and I have primary responsibility for "Views from the Bench," there was only one way to conclude my e-mailed apology: "For being such a flake, I will write something for “Views from the Bench”' by the end of the month." That left one problem. And it is the main reason I have difficulty getting judges to write these things: What to write about? Fortunately, the August issue of the Bar Journal arrived just as I was about to resort to plagiarism and gave me lots of ideas.

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    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of August 2, 2002, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. The Board approved the minutes of the June 26, 2002 Commission meeting via the consent agenda.

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    August 7, 2002

    Discipline Corner

    DISBARMENT
    On May 24, 2002, the Honorable Douglas Cornaby, Eighth Judicial District Court, entered Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Judgment of Disbarment disbarring Alan Williams from the practice of law for violation of Rules 1.1 (Competence), 1.3 (Diligence), 1.4 (Communication), 3.3(a) (Candor Toward the Tribunal), 8.1(b) (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters), and 8.4(a), (c) and (d) (Misconduct) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

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    State Bar News

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of April 26, 2002, which was held in Farmington, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. Randy Dryer reported to the Commission on the Utah Bar Foundation's involvement with the "and Justice for All" Foundation and the recent acquisition of a new building. He requested an additional $40,000 donation towards payment for the new facility. The Commission approved the donation with a mechanism for members to "opt-out" from their pro-rata share of Bar dues.

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    June 7, 2002

    State Bar News

    A Tribute to Norman Johnson
    by Scott Daniels

    Norman Johnson, a former president of the Utah State Bar died on May 4, 2002 at the age of 71. The following is reprinted from the December 1999 issue of the Utah Bar Journal.

    About 25 years ago, when I was a first-year law school graduate and an associate in a small law firm, I was given an assignment to research an area of securities law. At that time, Worsley, Snow & Christensen didn't do much securities law and we didn't have any resource material in our library. One of the lawyers suggested that I might call a lawyer who officed a few floors upstairs by the name of Norm Johnson. He said that mr. Johnson did securities work and would have some looseleaf services or other books about securities in his library. he told me that Norm was a good guy and would probably let me use his books.

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    May 7, 2002

    State Bar News


    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting March 21, 2002, which was held in St. George, the Board of Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1.John T. Nielsen reported on the Legislative Session. He told the Commission that the Bar had recommended supporting sixteen bills in the last legislative session. Of those bills, fifteen passed and one bill failed. Of the seven bills which the Commission opposed, only two passed. John T. Nielsen thanked David Bird for his help with mitigating the severity of problems relating to the revisions in the JCC provisions. John concluded his report by informing those present that the Legislature had increased various court filing fees approximately $15-20 which will raise nearly $2.8 million in state revenues. John also updated the Commission on several recent items of interest. Alicia Suazo will not be running for election and Nisa Sisneros, a Hispanic woman lawyer at Salt Lake Legal Defenders, has been slated as Alicia's successor to run for that seat. Utah Bar member Greg Bell is seeking Senator Terry Spencer's seat and attorney Patrice Arent will be running against Steve Poulton in the Holladay area

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    April 7, 2002

    Discipline Corner

    ADMONITION
    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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    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    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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    March 7, 2002

    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting December 7, 2001, which was held in Salt Lake City, the Board of Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. Scott Daniels encouraged Commission attendance at the upcoming NCBP Midyear Meeting, Western States Bar Convention and the Jack Rabbit Bar Conference.

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    Utah Multijurisdictional Practice Rule

    In October of 2000, the Multijurisdictional Practice ("MJP") Task Force was established by the Board of Bar Commissioners to examine whether or not the present practice of admitting lawyers to the Utah State Bar was serving the public, the legal profession, and the needs of clients. Another factor prompting the formation of the Task Force was the fact that Utah had been invited to join with the neighboring states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to participate in a "Pacific Northwest Coalition" which would cooperate on licensing issues and streamline the admission of attorneys practicing in Coalition states. The Board asked the MJP Task Force to investigate whether or not it made sense for Utah to participate in the Pacific Northwest Coalition.

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    What About the Supreme Court’s Advisory Rules Committees?

    Article VI, Section 4 of the Utah Constitution provides the Supreme Court with the authority to adopt rules of procedure and evidence to be used in the state courts as well as rules governing the practice of law. To assist the Court with these responsibilities, the Court established a Supreme Court Advisory Committee in each of the following areas: civil procedure, criminal procedure, juvenile court procedure, appellate procedure, evidence, and the rules of professional practice.

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    January 7, 2002

    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting October 26, 2001 which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. Scott Daniels updated the Commission on the activities of the Bar's special committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law and the Delivery of Legal Services.

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    December 7, 2001

    State Bar News

    2002 Mid-Year Convention Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two Bar awards to be given at the 2002 Mid-Year Convention. These awards honor publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the improvement of the profession. Award applications must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, January 18, 2002.

    1. Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award - For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.

    2. Raymond S. Uno Award - For the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.

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    November 7, 2001

    Supreme Court List of October 2001 Utah State Bar Admittees

    Angela W. Adams
    Ronald Z. Ahrens
    Cara L. Anderson
    Charles P. Archer
    Andrew L. Armstrong
    Christian D. Austin
    Tyler B. Ayers
    Daniel H. Bailey
    Samuel S. Bailey
    Derek J. Barclay

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    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting September 27, 2001 which was held at the Brigham Young University Law School, Provo, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1.Scott Daniels updated the Commission on some legal developments relating to the events of September 11th. The Commission highly endorsed the new pro bono program assisting military personnel who are in need of immediate and certain legal assistance consisting of powers of attorney, estate planning and the like.

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    October 8, 2001

    and Justice for all

    The "AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" 2001 Campaign is very glad to announce that Utah's legal community has successfully met the challenge of contributing $300,000 to "AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" this year, triggering a generous $100,000 matching grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation. Including the Burton Foundation grant, the 2001 "AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" Campaign has raised over $430,000 this year to support civil legal services to the disadvantaged. "AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" is grateful to the supporters of the 2001 Campaign who made this remarkable achievement possible with their commitment to creating access to justice for all Utahns.

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    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting August 24, 2001 which was held in Salt Lake City, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. Scott Daniels reported that he along with Lowry Snow, Frank Carney and Billy Walker had recently visited with Justices Durrant and Howe on the issue of improving professionalism in the Bar.

    2. Scott Daniels gave a summary of the unauthorized practice of law status. He noted that there would be a meeting of the Special ad hoc Bar Committee and Legislators on September 11.

    3. Mary Gordon, President of Women Lawyers of Utah, has been appointed to the Admissions Committee.

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    August 8, 2001

    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of June 8, 2001 which was held at the Pack Creek Ranch, Moab, Utah the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. Scott Daniels reported on Mid-Year and Annual Conventions.

    2. Denise Dragoo discussed the Bar Journal and the reduction of costs by publishing nine rather than ten issues per year.

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    June 8, 2001

    Utah State Bar News

    President-Elect and Bar Commission Election Results

    John A. Adams was elected President-Elect of the Utah State Bar in the first popular election of the position in the Bar's history. John received 1,424 votes to Denise A. Dragoo's 1,063 votes. Felshaw King was elected Bar Commissioner in the Second Division, receiving 123 votes to David R. Hamilton's 108 votes. Felshaw joins new Third Division Commissioners David R. Bird, Gus Chin and Karin Hobbs, who ran unopposed.

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    May 8, 2001

    State Bar News

    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights
    During its regularly scheduled meeting March 15, 2001 which was held in St. George, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

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    State Bar News Utah State Bar Request for 2001-2002 Committee Assignment

    Utah State Bar Request for 2001-2002 Committee Assignment

    The Utah Bar Commission is soliciting new volunteers to commit time and talent to one or more of 20 different committees which participate in regulating admissions and discipline and in fostering competency, public service and high standards of professional conduct. Please consider sharing your time in the service of your profession and the public through meaningful involvement in any area of interest.

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    April 8, 2001

    Legal Assistant Division

    The Utah State Bar and guests will recognize Law Day 2001 on May 1st, highlighted by a luncheon at 12:00 noon at the new Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

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    State Bar News

    Notice of Amendments to Rules

    The following rule changes have been adopted by the Supreme Court or Judicial Council with an effective date of April 1, 2001. The information is intended to alert Bar members to changes that may be of interest and is not an inclusive list of all changes made.

    Digest of Amendments

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    March 8, 2001

    Ethics Opinion No. 01-01

    Issued January 26, 2001

    Issue: Under the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct, may an attorney representing a client in a divorce case assert a statutory attorney's lien under Utah Code Ann. ¤78-54-51 against property awarded to the client in the divorce settlement?

    Conclusion: First, the invocation of an attorney's lien under Utah Code Ann. ¤78-51-41 does not require the attorney to meet the requirements of rule 1.8(a) of the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct, which generally governs business transactions between lawyers and their clients. Second, where the Utah courts have not squarely addressed issues concerning the applicability of an attorney's lien on particular types of property awards in domestic-law cases, this Committee does not have the jurisdiction nor the authority to interpret the applicable statute or the holdings of the Utah appellate courts on related issues. Nevertheless, a lawyer is not subject to discipline if she attempts to assert the statutory attorney's lien in a domestic-law situation so long as there continues to be a supportable, good-faith legal basis to do so.

    Third Annual Campaign - “New Partners”

    "and Justice for all" kicked off its third annual campaign on January 23, 2001 at the Rotunda of the Utah State Capitol. The Campaign took this opportunity to recognize its supporters in the Utah legal community which have helped "and Justice for all" preserve and increase the provision of civil legal services to disadvantaged and disabled citizens throughout Utah. After the first two years of the Campaign, a full 36% of the state's attorneys have supported "and Justice for all." The Campaign's goal is to increase annual participation to 50% of lawyers state-wide to create a stable source of funding for the provision of legal services to needy individuals and families. Alan Sullivan, a partner with Snell & Wilmer and Chair of the Campaign said, "Guaranteeing equal access to the courts for people without the financial means to hire a lawyer is the obligation of each one of us. Utah's lawyers are making sure the words Ôand Justice for all' have real meaning in our state."

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    Discipline Corner

    Discipline Corner

    With this issue of the Utah Bar Journal, the Utah State Bar's Office of Professional Conduct resumes its publication of the discipline summaries in the monthly feature denominated the "Discipline Corner." Publication of the Discipline Corner ceased in 1999, pending resolution of a defamation action brought against the Utah State Bar by Gary W. Pendleton. The case was recently resolved in favor of the Bar through an interlocutory appeal to the Utah Supreme Court, and the Discipline Corners will once again be published on a regular basis. See Pendleton v. Utah State Bar, 2000 UT. 77.

    Members should be aware that the Discipline Corner summaries are intended not only to alert members of the Bar and Bench that a particular lawyer has been disciplined, but also to help educate others as to potentially problematic conduct. The entries are, of necessity, summaries, and readers are cautioned that individual cases differ in their particular details and in the weight accorded aggravating and mitigating circumstances.

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    Cover of the Year

    The winner of the Cover of the Year award for 2000 is the June/July issue, featuring a beautiful photograph taken by E. Craig McAllister of Orem, Utah. The photograph is of Candlestick formation, taken from Potato Bottom, Canyonlands National Park.

    This is the fourth photograph by Mr. McAllister that has been featured on a Bar Journal cover. His other photographs appeared in November and December 1993, and March 1997.

    Mr. McAllister is one of 39 attorneys or members of the legal assistant division of the Bar whose photographs of Utah scenes have appeared on at least one cover since August 1988. Covers of the year are framed and displayed, along with winners from prior years, on the upper level of the Law and Justice Center. Congratulations to Mr. McAllister, and thanks to all who have participated in this program.

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting January 26, 2001, which was held in Salt Lake City, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. Dr. Theresa A. Martinez conducted a racial and cultural diversity training session.
    2. The Commission had lunch with the Board of the Minority Bar.
    3. The Commission unanimously approved the previously submitted revisions to the Rules Governing the Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee including amendments to Article VII Section (b).

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    January 1, 2001

    State Bar News

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting December 1, 2000, which was held in Salt Lake City, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1.Nanci Bockelie presented the proposed Client Security Fund disbursements and the Commission voted to approve the claims. The Commission also approved a motion to file a petition with the Utah Supreme Court to increase the Client Security Fund corpus to $200,000, which would allow the Commission the authority to assess members up to the amount of $20.00 per year.

    2.Tim Shea from the AOC, gave a report on Jury Reform.

    3.Gary Sackett of the Ethics Advisory Committee, explained the additional modifications to Ethics Advisory Opinion 00-05. A minor change was requested that footnote 2 be modified. The Opinion was approved and it was noted that the Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee had done an outstanding job in carefully drafting the opinion.

    4.A discussion was held on the proposed amendments to Ethics Advisory Committee Rules.

    5.The names of Nanci Bockelie, Cal Gould and Randy Kester were given to Tim Shea for the open slot on the Judicial Council's Standing Committee.

    6.The Commission had lunch with lawyer Legislators and was given a Legislative preview.

    7.Discussion was held on the appointment of a Multi-Jurisdictional Practice Committee.

    8.Herm Olsen was re-appointed to the DNA Board.

    A full text of minutes of this and other meetings of the Bar Commission is available for inspection at the office of the Executive Director.

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    December 13, 2000

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting October 27, 2000, which was held at Brigham Young University Law School, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

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    Utah Lawyers in Office and Lawyer Candidates

    Over 30 Utah lawyers sought national or state office in the 2000 election. The most prominent was Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who was an early candidate for President of the United States. He was unsuccessful in that quest but was re-elected as Utah’s senior Senator. Twelve other Utah lawyers were elected to state or national office, including several new members of Utah’s legislature. Among these, Bar President Elect Scott Daniels was elected as a member of the Utah House. Eighteen other Utah attorneys were unsuccessful candidates in the primary election or general election. We recognize all the Utah lawyer candidates for their dedication and contribution to the political process.

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    November 13, 2000

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of September 29, 2000, which was held in Salt Lake City, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated:

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    October 1, 2000

    Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of August 18, 2000, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

    1. The Commission met with all members of the Supreme Court. They reviewed the MDP Task Force Report, discussed Pro Hac Vice fees, reviewed cash flow projections and reviewed the Task Force on Bar Governance.

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    August 2, 2000

    State Bar News - Commission Highlights

    During its regularly scheduled meeting of July 12, 2000, which was held in San Diego, California, the Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated.

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