NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR LEHI CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Utah State Bar Webmaster : December 2, 2016 2:30 pm : Bar News

Lehi, UT—The Utah County Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Lehi City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Douglas Nielsen who resigned effective Sep. 23, 2016.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:

  • Morgan Laker Cummings, J.D., Lehi City Prosecutor/Assistant City Attorney, resident of American Fork
  • Steven Travis Densley, J.D., Senior General Attorney at Union Pacific Railroad, resident of  American Fork
  • Susan White Griffith, J.D., Executive Director of Timpanogos Legal Center, resident of Highland
  • Alexander M. Ludlow, J.D., Deputy Utah County Attorney, resident of Orem
  • Stephen Howells Schreiner, J.D., Provo City Chief Prosecutor, resident of Springville

A comment period will be held through Dec. 12, 2016, before a final candidate is selected by the Mayor of Lehi City, Bert Wilson, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Lehi City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, at melisses@utcourts.gov.

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR HIGHLAND/ALPINE CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Utah State Bar Webmaster : December 2, 2016 2:27 pm : Bar News

Highland, UT—The Utah County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Highland/Alpine City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Douglas Nielsen who resigned effective Sep. 23, 2016.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:

  • Leslie Ann Gallacher, J.D., Law Partner at Wood, Lindsay, Gallacher LLC, resident of Spanish Fork
  • Kelly Nicole Schaeffer-Bullock, J.D., Saratoga Springs City Prosecutor, resident of Lehi
  • Honorable Brook Jason Sessions, J.D., Wasatch County Justice Court Judge, Attorney at Law, resident of Herriman

A comment period will be held through Dec. 12, 2016, before a final candidate is selected by the Mayors of Highland and Alpine City, who have 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Highland and Alpine City Councils. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, at melisses@utcourts.gov.

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NOTICE OF BAR COMMISSION ELECTION

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 30, 2016 1:38 pm : Bar News

First and Third Divisions

Nominations to the office of Bar Commissioner are hereby solicited for one member from the First Division and three members from the Third Division, each to serve a three-year term.  Terms will begin in July 2017.  To be eligible for the office of Commissioner from a division, the nominee’s business 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 whose business mailing addresses are in the division from which the election is to be held.  Nominating petitions are available at http://www.utahbar.org/bar-operations/leadership/.  Completed petitions must be submitted to John Baldwin, Executive Director, no later than February 1, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

NOTICE: Balloting will be done electronically.  Ballots will be e-mailed on or about April 3rd with balloting to be completed and ballots received by the Bar office by 5:00 p.m. April 17th.

In order to reduce out-of-pocket costs and encourage candidates, the Bar will provide the following services at no cost:

  1. space for up to a 200-word campaign message plus a color photograph in the March/April issue of the Utah Bar Journal.  The space may be used for biographical information, platform or other election promotion.  Campaign messages for the March/April Bar Journal publications are due along with completed petitions and two photographs no later than February 1st;
  2. space for up to a 500-word campaign message plus a photograph on the Utah Bar Website due February 1st;
  3. a set of mailing labels for candidates who wish to send a personalized letter to the lawyers in their division who are eligible to vote; and
  4. a one-time email campaign message to be sent by the Bar.  Campaign message will be sent by the Bar within three business days of receipt from the candidate.

If you have any questions concerning this procedure, please contact John C. Baldwin at (801) 531-9077 or at director@utahbar.org.

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NOTICE OF BAR ELECTION

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 30, 2016 1:35 pm : Bar News

President-elect

Nominations to the office of Bar President-elect are hereby solicited.  Applicants for the office of President-elect must submit their notice of candidacy to the Board of Bar Commissioners by January 3, 2017.  Applicants are given time at the January Board meeting to present their views.  Secret balloting for nomination by the Board to run for the office of President-elect will then commence.  Any candidate receiving the Commissioners’ majority votes shall be nominated to run for the office of President-elect.  Balloting shall continue until two nominees are selected.

NOTICE:Balloting will be done electronically.  Ballots will be e-mailed on or about April 3, 2017 with balloting to be completed and ballots received by the Bar office by 5:00 p.m. April 17, 2017.

In order to reduce out-of-pocket costs and encourage candidates, the Bar will provide the following services at no cost:
1) space for up to a 200-word campaign message* plus a color photograph in the March/April issue of the Utah Bar Journal. The space may be used for biographical information, platform or other election promotion. Campaign messages for the March/April Bar Journal publications are due along with two photographs no later than February 1st;

2) space for up to a 500-word campaign message* plus a photograph on the Utah Bar Website due February 1st;

3) a set of mailing labels for candidates who wish to send a personalized letter to Utah lawyers who are eligible to vote;

4) a one-time email campaign message* to be sent by the Bar.  Campaign message will be sent by the Bar within three business days of receipt from the candidate; and

5) candidates will be given speaking time at the Spring Convention; (1) 5 minutes to address the Southern Utah Bar Association luncheon attendees and, (2) 5 minutes to address Spring Convention attendees at Saturday’s General Session.

If you have any questions concerning this procedure, please contact John C. Baldwin at (801) 531-9077 or at director@utahbar.org.

*              Candidates for the office of Bar President-elect may not list the names of any current voting or ex-officio members of the Commission as supporting their candidacy in any written or electronic campaign materials, including, but not limited to, any campaign materials inserted with the actual ballot; on the website; in any e-mail sent for the purposes of campaigning by the candidate or by the Bar; or in any mailings sent out by the candidate or by the Bar.  Commissioners are otherwise not restricted in their rights to express opinions about President-elect candidates.  This policy shall be published in the Utah Bar Journal and any E-bulletins announcing the election and may be referenced by the candidates.

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR WASHINGTON CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 28, 2016 12:53 pm : Bar News

Washington City, UT—The Washington County Nominating Commission has selected four nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Washington City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Lee Bunnell who will retire effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:

  • Honorable K. Jake Graff, J.D., Hildale City Justice Court Judge, Attorney at Bangerter, Frazier & Graff, PC, resident of Washington City
  • Honorable Ronald L. Read, J.D., Washington County Justice Court Judge, resident of St. George
  • Thad Don Seegmiller, J.D., General Counsel at Sunwarrior (Sun Brothers, LLC), resident of Washington City
  • Kristin Kate Woods, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of St. George

A comment period will be held through Dec. 8, 2016, before a final candidate is selected by the Mayor of Washington City, Ken Neilson, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Washington City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, at melisses@utcourts.gov.

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR OGDEN CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 28, 2016 12:38 pm : Bar News

Ogden, UT—The Weber County Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Ogden City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Dee William Smith, who will resign effective Jan. 2017.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:

  • Michael Sam Junk, J.D., Ogden, Harrisville and Riverdale City Prosecutor, Adjunct Professor at Weber State University, resident of Ogden
  • Trent Dee Nelson, J.D., Roy City Assistant Attorney/Prosecutor, resident of Kaysville
  • Paul H. Olds, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of Pleasant View
  • Clay Willard Stucki, J.D., Stucki & Rencher, resident of Ogden
  • Padma Veeru-Collings, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of Kaysville

A comment period will be held through Dec. 8, 2016, before a final candidate is selected by the Mayor of Ogden City, Mike Caldwell, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Ogden City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, at melisses@utcourts.gov.

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR ROY CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 28, 2016 12:38 pm : Bar News

Roy, UT—The Weber County Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Roy City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge R. Scott Waterfall who retired effective Oct. 31, 2016.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:

  • Christopher George Davis, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of Roy
  • Trent Dee Nelson, J.D., Roy City Assistant Attorney/Prosecutor, resident of Kaysville
  • Paul H. Olds, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of Pleasant View
  • Laura Kaye Thompson, J.D., Utah Attorney General’s Office, resident of Ogden
  • Padma Veeru-Collings, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of Kaysville

A comment period will be held through Dec. 8, 2016, before a final candidate is selected by the Mayor of Roy City, Willard S. Cragun, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Roy City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, at melisses@utcourts.gov.

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR OGDEN CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 28, 2016 12:24 pm : Bar News

Ogden, UT—The Weber County Nominating Commission has selected four nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Ogden City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Andrea W. Lockwood who will retire effective March 1, 2017.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:

  • Michael Sam Junk, J.D., Ogden, Harrisville and Riverdale City Prosecutor, Adjunct Professor at Weber State University, resident of Ogden
  • Trent Dee Nelson, J.D., Roy City Assistant Attorney/Prosecutor, resident of Kaysville
  • Paul H. Olds, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of Pleasant View
  • Padma Veeru-Collings, J.D., Attorney at Law, resident of Kaysville

A comment period will be held through Dec. 8, 2016, before a final candidate is selected by the Mayor of Ogden City, Mike Caldwell, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Ogden City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, at melisses@utcourts.gov.

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Utah Sentencing Commission Seeks Representative

admin : November 23, 2016 4:00 pm : Notice

The Utah State Bar is seeking a representative to serve a one-year term on the Utah Sentencing Commission.  The Utah Sentencing Commission is a legislatively created body charged with establishing sentencing guidelines and developing policy recommendations regarding the sentencing and release of adult and juvenile offenders. The Sentencing Commission is comprised of 27 members representing all facets of the justice system, including judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, legislators, victims, law enforcement, treatment specialists, corrections officials, parole authorities and others.  The representative must be an attorney in private practice who is a member of the Bar and experienced in adult criminal defense.  Submit resumes to Christy Abad by email at christy.abad@utahbar.org.

Resumes must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2017.

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JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 21, 2016 9:44 am : Bar News

Highland, UT— The Utah County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 29, 2016, to select candidates for the Highland/Alpine City Justice Court to replace Judge Douglas Nielsen who has resigned. The commission will begin the meeting at 8 a.m. at the Highland City Offices located on 5400 W Civic Center Drive in Highland.

The early portion of the meeting is scheduled for public comment about issues facing the Utah judiciary and refinements or improvements to the system. Public comments will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a slate of three to five candidates for the vacancy.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

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NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL MIDVALE CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 17, 2016 3:59 pm : Bar News

Midvale, UT— The Salt Lake County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of George Vo-Duc to fill the Midvale City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Ronald Wolthuis who will retire effective Jan. 1, 2017.

George F. Vo-Duc is a veteran of the United States Navy and a graduate of the University of Utah, where he received a Bachelors of Philosophy in 1996 and a Juris Doctorate in

  1. Since 2002, he has been a Deputy District Attorney for Salt Lake County, where he has prosecuted narcotics, gang, special victim, and violent felony cases.

Vo-Duc’s appointment to the bench is subject to completion of the court’s new judge orientation and certification by the Utah Judicial Council.

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EAST CARBON JUSTICE COURT VACANCY EXTENDED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 17, 2016 3:58 pm : Bar News

East Carbon, Utah — The deadline for applications for a Justice Court judge position in East Carbon has been extended until Nov. 22, 2016. The position will replace Judge Linda Murdock who retired on Sept. 30, 2016.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Carbon County, candidates must be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a Utah resident for at least three years, and have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. In addition, candidates must be a resident of the county in which the court is located—or an adjacent county—for at least six months.

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Courts’ website at www.utcourts.gov. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the courts’ website (www.utcourts.gov/admin/jobs). Please note that the application has been updated since June 2016. The annual salary for the position is $10,608.00 with no benefits. For additional information about East Carbon, contact Mayor Doug Parsons or City Recorder Liz Holt at (435)888-6613.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or more information, email melisses@utcourts.gov.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Mayor of East Carbon, Doug Parsons within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Parsons then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

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FOUNTAIN GREEN JUSTICE COURT VACANCY EXTENDED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 17, 2016 3:58 pm : Bar News

Fountain Green, UT — The deadline for applications for a Justice Court judge position in Fountain Green has been extended until Nov. 22, 2016. The position will replace Judge Ivo Peterson, who resigned July 1, 2016.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Sanpete County, candidates must be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a Utah resident for at least three years, and have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. In addition, candidates must be a resident of the county in which the court is located—or an adjacent county—for at least six months.

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Courts’ website at www.utcourts.gov. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the courts’ website (www.utcourts.gov/admin/jobs). Please note that the application has been updated since June 2016. The annual salary for the position is between $3,181.00 and $5,725.80 with no benefits. For additional information about Fountain Green, contact Michelle Walker at (435)445-3453 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or more information, email melisses@utcourts.gov.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Mayor of Fountain Green, Ron Ivory within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Ivory then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

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Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 17, 2016 3:57 pm : Bar News

The Utah Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following court rules. The amendments are effective November 14, 2016.

Rules of Appellate Procedure

URAP022 Amended Appellate Rule 22 is a technical and conforming amendment to the changes to Appellate Rule 2, which took effect on November 1, 2016. The amendment to Rule 22 simply provides that it does not authorize the court to extend the jurisdictional deadlines specified by any of the rules listed in Rule 2.

To see approved rule amendments, click on the rule number above, or click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/. Then click on the rule number.

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SPRING CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 17, 2016 3:51 pm : Bar News

Spring City, Utah — The deadline for applications for a Justice Court judge position in Spring City has been extended until Nov. 22, 2016. The position will replace Judge Ivo Peterson, who resigned July 1, 2016.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Sanpete County, candidates must be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a Utah resident for at least three years, and have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. In addition, candidates must be a resident of the county in which the court is located—or an adjacent county—for at least six months.

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Courts’ website at www.utcourts.gov. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the courts’ website (www.utcourts.gov/admin/jobs). Please note that the application has been updated since June 2016. The annual salary for the position is $4,032.00 with no benefits. For additional information about Spring City, contact Lyndsey Zeeman at (435) 445-3453.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or more information, email melisses@utcourts.gov.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Mayor of Spring City, Jack D. Monnett within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Monnett then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

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