Brower Named as Clearfield Justice Court Judge

staff : August 7, 2015 9:57 am : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

August 6, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

BROWER NAMED TO FILL CLEARFIELD JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Clearfield, UT—The Davis County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Brian Edward Brower to the Clearfield Justice Court. He will replace Judge John L. Sandberg who retired June 30, 2015.

Brower has practiced law for 15 years in the 2nd and 3rd judicial districts where he has represented three cities and one county. In addition to being a member of the Utah State Bar, Brower is admitted to practice law for the U.S. District Court-District of Utah. Brower graduated from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1999 and a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University in 1996.

Brower’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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Judge Skanchy Named Presiding Judge for 3rd District Court

staff : July 30, 2015 1:51 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 30, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell:(801) 712-4545

JUDGE SKANCHY NAMED PRESIDING JUDGE IN THIRD DISTRICT COURT

Salt Lake, UT—District Court Judge Randall Skanchy has been named presiding judge for the Third Judicial District for a two-year term. Judge Skanchy replaces Judge Royal Hansen who completed his term in July. Judge Ryan Harris has been named associate presiding judge.

The presiding judges are responsible for the effective operation of their courts. According to court Rule 3-104, presiding judges are responsible for implementation and enforcement of statutes, rules, policies and directives of the Utah Judicial Council as they pertain to the administration of the courts. The presiding judge is responsible for assigning cases and judges.
Presiding judges and associate presiding judges are elected by a majority vote of the judges of their court. When the presiding judge is unavailable, the associate presiding judge assumes his or her responsibilities.

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Salina City Justice Court Nominees Named

staff : July 23, 2015 4:39 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Nancy Volmer
July 23, 2015

(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545


NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR SALINA CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCIES

Salina, UT—The Sevier County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for the vacancy at the Salina City Justice Courts. The position will replace Judge Les Scott who will retire effective December 31, 2015

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

-Honorable Mark Kay McIff, Sevier County Justice Court judge, Piute County Justice Court Judge, The McIff Firm. P.C., Richfield

-Cordell Pearson, Sevier County School District varsity soccer coach, Piute Deputy Sherriff, Circleville

-Lee Jay Crysel, self-employed, Butch Cassidy Campground & R.V. Park, Salina

A comment period will be held through August 3rd, 2015, before the final candidate is selected by the Mayor of Salina City, Dustin Deaton, who will have 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Salina City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointments. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, melisses@utcourts.gov.

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Aurora City Justice Court Nominees Named

staff : July 23, 2015 4:37 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nancy Volmer
July 23, 2015

(801) 578-3994

Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR AURORA CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Aurora, UT—The Sevier County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for the vacancy at the Aurora City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Les Scott who will retire effective December 31, 2015.

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

-Honorable Mark Kay McIff, Sevier County Justice Court judge, Piute County Justice Court Judge, The McIff Firm. P.C., Richfield

-Cordell Pearson, Sevier County School District varsity soccer coach, Piute Deputy Sherriff, Circleville
-Lee Jay Crysel, self-employed, Butch Cassidy Campground & R.V. Park, Salina

A comment period will be held through August 3rd, 2015, before the final candidate is selected by the Mayor of Aurora City, Scott R. Gurney, who will have 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Aurora City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointments. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, melisses@utcourts.gov.

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Clearfield City Justice Court Nominees Named

staff : July 22, 2015 2:26 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 21, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR CLEARFIELD CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Clearfield, UT—The Davis County Nominating Commission has selected four nominees for an upcoming vacancy at the Clearfield City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge John L. Sandberg who retired on June 30, 2015.

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

·Brian Edward Brower, J.D., Clearfield City Attorney, West Point
·Honorable Catherine Jean Hoskins, J.D., Syracuse Justice Court, Hoskins Legal, Layton
·Trent Dee Nelson, J.D., attorney at law, Roy City prosecutor, Kaysville
·Colin Reed Winchester, J.D., executive director of the Judicial Conduct Commission, Clinton

A comment period will be held through July 31, 2015, before a final candidate is selected by Clearfield City Mayor Mark Shepherd, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Clearfield 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, melisses@utcourts.gov.

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Sessions Appointed to Wasatch County Justice Court

staff : July 17, 2015 1:22 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 16, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL WASATCH COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Heber, UT—The Wasatch County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Brook Jason Sessions to the Wasatch County Justice Court. Sessions will replace Judge Orson Lane McCotter who will retire on July 29.

Since 1992, Sessions has worked as an attorney in private practice in Utah. He is admitted to practice law in the state and federal court systems in Utah and Oregon. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Utah State Bar and the Utah Trial Lawyers’ Association. Sessions has a bachelor’s degree in business from Utah State University and a law degree from the University of Oregon.

Sessions’ 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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Dedication Ceremony Planned for Ogden Courthouse

staff : July 17, 2015 1:14 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 15, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

DEDICATION PLANNED FOR OGDEN JUVENILE COURTHOUSE

WHAT:          Dedication ceremony for the Second District Juvenile Courthouse.

A new juvenile courthouse has been constructed to replace the existing juvenile courthouse, which was located at 444 26th Street.

The new courthouse is 85,000 sq. feet, has five floors and six finished juvenile courtrooms. In addition, the courthouse has office space for the juvenile court staff/probation as well as the Weber County Sheriff’s Office security staff. Construction on the project began November 2013. Contractors on the project are VCBO Architecture and Jacobsen Construction.

WHEN:          Monday, July 20 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:       165 20th Street, courtroom 3B, third floor

WHO:            Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant, Utah Supreme Court
Presiding Judge Jeffrey Noland, 2nd District Juvenile Court

Public tours of the courthouse will be provided following the ceremony.

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Meeting Planned to Select Aurora and Salina Justice Court Judge

staff : July 13, 2015 5:08 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 13, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell:(801) 712-4545

JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Sevier County, UT—The Sevier County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on July 23, 2015, to select a candidate for the Aurora and Salina justice courts to replace Judge Les Scott who will retire Dec. 31, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at 1 p.m. at the Aurora City Offices, 20 South 120 East.

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 are being accepted from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.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 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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Top 10 Great Things About Being a Utah Lawyer

admin : July 13, 2015 9:38 am : President's Message, Utah Bar President

election2013_JGilsonIn Dave Letterman-like fashion, for my final “President’s Message,” I would like to share ten great things about being a Utah lawyer. It’s good to remind ourselves about the positive side of our profession.

10. The attorney-to-population ratio is (slightly) higher in Utah than the teacher-to-student ratio and higher than the national average.

As of May 31, 2015, there were 11,838 licensed attorneys in Utah (9,148 active; 2,690 inactive). This is an increase of 201 from May 31, 2014. The population in Utah is about 3 million. So, there is approximately one Utah lawyer for every 253 Utah residents. There are approximately 1,294,000 lawyers in the
United States, with a national population of 319 million (1 to 247 ratio).

9. Utah is the only state where you can try a case and be related to both the plaintiff and the defendant, opposing counsel, the judge, the bailiff, and half the jury pool.

Okay, this point (from Bar Commissioner Susanne Gustin) may be a slight exaggeration, especially in Salt Lake County. But if you try a case in a rural county, it often takes a while to pick a jury because so many people either know each other or are related. (Those aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive categories; many don’t know their relatives.)

8. Two excellent law schools.

We are very fortunate and can be proud of our two top ranked Utah law schools. The Bar enjoys a very positive working relationship with both law schools. Dean Bob Adler of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and Dean Jim Rasband of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University are both great assets and are active ex-officio members of the Bar Commission.

7. Great public outreach programs such as Wills for Heroes, And Justice for All, Tuesday Night Bar, the Pro Bono Commission, and the Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program.

We have a great tradition in our Bar of being generous with our time and money to help provide legal services to those who can’t afford to hire counsel. Mike Walch put it this way: “Utah lawyers are more concerned with clients and community and less concerned with themselves than lawyers from the other two states where I’m licensed.” Lou Callister gave this reflection after fifty-four years of practicing law in Utah: “Because of the legal training we receive in law school we are better able to make contributions to society, outside the practice of law, that benefit the community at large and people in particular.”

6. Wonderful clients.

Utah Lawyers get to meet and interact with some amazing people in challenging problem-solving situations. Brian Burnett observed that we have the “opportunity to evaluate life in six-minute increments.” Most clients exhibit great courage and dignity when facing their legal troubles. It’s a privilege to help clients resolve their problems. It’s inspiring to watch them do so with their head held high. As problem-solving partners with our clients, we share ownership in their legal problems, victories, and defeats. Being an advocate may add gray hairs, but observing firsthand the positive traits of our clients makes it worthwhile.

5. Great mentors.

Our Bar was one of the first in the country to implement a mentoring program for new attorneys. Utah’s “New Lawyer Training Program” began in 2009 and has been a great success. New lawyers are paired with experienced attorneys to meet one-on-one at least once a month to work through a CLE curriculum highly relevant to new attorneys. The program benefits both the mentees and the mentors. Much informal mentoring also occurs within our Bar. I learned invaluable lessons from excellent attorney mentors at the beginning of my career – Tom Greene, Dee Benson, Paul Warner, Bill Fowler, and David Greenwood – to name just a few. Mentors model and teach aspects about the practice of law that you cannot learn in law school.

4. Great Bar conventions and CLE opportunities.

The Utah Bar and its sections sponsor some truly outstanding conventions and CLE events. Our Bar is unique in sponsoring three statewide conventions: the Spring Convention in St. George; the Summer Convention – this year in Sun Valley Idaho with keynote speaker Justice Anthony Kennedy; and the Fall Forum in downtown Salt Lake. This year the Fall Forum is going to be expanded to two days given the ever increasing number of lawyers attending this event. I highly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity to learn from and socialize with other Utah lawyers and judges by attending at least one of these conventions every year.

3. An independent judiciary.

Unlike about half the other states, Utah is fortunate to have its judges appointed rather than elected by popular vote. Electing judges compromises the integrity of the judicial process because judges in those states are inherently motivated to decide cases based on the perceived popularity of their decisions instead of focusing on the legally correct result. Utah judges do stand for retention election, which provides a mechanism to remove a judge who is unable to garner at least 50% approval. In this regard, the survey feedback that Utah lawyers provide to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is critical, because those survey results are published to the electorate shortly before election day. Moreover, our judiciary is excellent. Bar Commissioner Dickson Burton said: “At least half of my cases the past twenty years have been in other states, and we have more consistently good judges here in Utah than in any other state I know.”

2. Professionalism and civility.

I’ve previously written about the generally high degree of professionalism and civility manifested by Utah lawyers. The Standards of Professionalism and Civility that were adopted in 2003 by the Utah Supreme Court contain great guiding principles to remind us of our duty to be fair and courteous in our interactions with opposing counsel. Happily, it’s second-nature for most Utah lawyers to abide by these standards. I’m glad they are in writing, though, as a helpful reminder about how we should behave.

1. It’s better than working as a gandy dancer.

The summer before my senior year of high school my dad got me a job working for the Utah Railway Company on the track section crew in Hiawatha (Emery County), Utah. It was hot, back-breaking work. Working with those tough men that summer not only exposed me to a new vocabulary, but it reinforced my commitment to get an education. Whenever I think that practicing law is hard, I think about the summer of 1979, and the truly difficult jobs that people do to earn a living. It’s been a privilege to serve as your Bar President this past year. Thank you for your support of our noble profession.

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Bar Convention in Sun Valley – please come!

admin : July 9, 2015 9:33 am : Bar News

Dear Colleagues:

election2013_JGilsonIt’s not too late to register to attend the Bar’s Summer Convention in Sun Valley on July 29 – August 1: great location, great CLE and recreation opportunities, and a chance to socialize with colleagues and meet new ones.

This year has been an immersion in the history and influences of Magna Carta, and two keynote speakers will continue that discussion.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will speak about Magna Carta on July 30, and has agreed to a Q&A session.  Justice Thomas referred to Magna Carta extensively in his recent dissent in the same sex marriage case Obergefell v. Hodges (in defining “liberty”), so there could be some very current questions about this 800 year-old document.

Thomas Lund, Professor of Law at the S. J. Quinney College of Law, will speak on “Magna Carta: The Rule of Law in Early Common Law Litigation” on August 1.  Professor Lund wrote The Creation of the Common Law: The Medieval Year Books Deciphered.  About this recently-published book, Prof. Stephen Presser of Northwestern wrote: “This amazing and delightful book will be of profound interest to anyone who has ever believed that the rule of law is about more than the arbitrary machinations of politicians.  Simply stated, Thomas Lund has given us one of the most important works on law in this generation.”

Also, on July 31, Utah State Climatologist Dr. Robert Gillies will speak about climate change and water issues in the West.

For more on the keynote speakers and the entire CLE schedule, lodging, and registration, see http://summerconvention.utahbar.org/.

I hope to see you in Sun Valley!

Jim Gilson
Bar President

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Meeting Set to Select Clearfield Justice Court Candidates

staff : July 6, 2015 12:13 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

June 29, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Clearfield, UT—The Davis County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on July 15, 2015, to select a candidate for the Clearfield Justice Court to replace Judge John L. Sandberg who will retire June 30, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Clearfield Municipal and Justice Center, 55 South State St.

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 are being accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 9 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 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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Clinton City Justice Court Judge Named

staff : June 25, 2015 11:20 am : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 25, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL CLINTON CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Clinton, UT—The Davis County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Judge Catherine Jeane Hoskins to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Clinton City Justice Court. Judge Hoskins will replace Judge John L. Sandberg who will retire on June 30, 2015.

Judge Hoskins was appointed to Syracuse Justice Court in Sept. 2014. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2001, with a Juris Doctorate degree, from the University of Utah in 1999, with a bachelor’s degree in History, and from Brigham Young Idaho with an associate’s degree in 1996.

Judge Hoskins currently works for Hoskins Legal Solutions. She serves as co-chair of the Second Judicial District Pro Bono Committee and is a member of the Second District Nominating Committee, the Rex E. Lee Inns of the Court, the Divorce Procedures Subcommittee and the Justice Court Board of Public Trust and Confidence. In addition, Judge Hoskins has served as president of the Davis County Bar.

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Wasatch County Justice Court Nominees Named

staff : June 25, 2015 10:41 am : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 24, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR WASATCH COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Heber, UT—The Wasatch County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for an upcoming vacancy at the Wasatch County Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Orson Lane McCotter who will retire effective July 29, 2015.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence: Joanie Kyoko Low, J.D., attorney, Heber; Brook Jason Session, J.D., Brook Sessions, PC, Herriman City; and James Mark Smedley, J.D., J. Mark Smedley Law Office, PC, Heber City prosecutor, Heber City attorney, Charleston Town attorney, Heber.

A comment period will be held through July 6, 2015, before a final candidate is selected by

Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Wasatch County 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, melisses@utcourts.gov.

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Clearfield Justice Court Vacancy Announced

staff : June 8, 2015 2:45 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 8, 2015

Contact:  Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

CLEARFIELD JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Clearfield, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Clearfield. The position will replace Judge John L. Sandberg who will retire June 30, 2015.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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 Court’s website at www.utcourts.gov under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s website. The salary range for the position is $69,683 to $104,525, plus benefits. For additional information, contact Summer Palmer at (801) 525-2741.

The deadline for applications is June 26, 2015 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, or faxed to (801) 238-7828. For an application or more information, email melisses@utcourts.gov.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to Clearfield Mayor Mark Shepherd within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Shepherd 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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e.Bulletin for June 2015

staff : June 4, 2015 11:03 am : Announcement, e.Bulletin, President's Message, Utah Bar News

election2013_JGilsonMESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JIM GILSON

Don’t miss the Summer Convention in Sun Valley July 29-August 1. See the schedule for the motivating keynote speakers, informative CLE, and numerous opportunities to interact with colleagues, friends, and family. Register online by June 26 for the early discount. Sun Valley Lodge and Inn are filling up fast: call 800-786-8259 for reservations (8 am to 9 pm). Also see the many other close lodging options. Convention highlights include:

  • US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s keynote on Thursday morning
  • Judges & Lawyers Mixer on Friday evening
  • Sun Valley now offers the best of the old and new with a major remodel

The Bar Commissioners are seeking nominations for the 2015 Bar Awards. These awards have a long history of publicly honoring those whose professionalism, public service, and personal dedication has significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the profession in general. Please submit your nominations to Christy Abad, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 or adminasst@utahbar.org, to be received no later than Wednesday, June 10, 2015. View a list of past award recipients.

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

The Bar has an Access to Justice Director position opening. The director is responsible for managing, supporting, and growing the Bar’s Pro Bono Commission, the Modest Means Lawyer Referral program, and other activities. The director will coordinate with other legal providers, recruit lawyers to provide services, and promote the programs to the public. The position requires a law degree from an ABA-approved law school. A current Utah Bar License, experience in the Utah legal system, and nonprofit experience would be pluses. See the position description. Those interested should submit a resume and letter by June 22 to the Assistant Executive Director: richard.dibblee@utahbar.org.

The 800 year anniversary of Magna Carta is June 15! Here is a recent article that explains Magna Carta’s unusual legacy in the United States. (The Bar staff—experts that they have become—noted one minor error: the 1225 version didn’t expand liberties to those other than freemen; see http://lawday.utahbar.org/ for a complete explanation.)

CLE Highlights for June:

  • June 11: TechEthics, 8:30-11:45, 3 Hrs. CLE (2 Ethics). Register here.
  • June 11: New and Improved Ways of Reaching Underserved Clients, 12:00-1:00 (lunch provided), 1 Hr. Ethics CLE, $30 for YLD & WLU and $35 for non-members. This CLE will be held at Parsons Behle & Latimer, 201 S. Main Street #1800, SLC, Utah 84111. Register here.
  • June 17: Resolving Conflict: Be Ethical. Be Professional. Be Wise., 9:00-12:20, 3 Hrs. CLE (2 Ethics, 1 Prof./Civ.). Register here.
  • June 19: Annual Lawyers Helping Lawyers: Sober as Justices, 8:30-1:00, 4 Hrs. CLE (2.5 Ethics and 1.5 Prof./Civ.). Register here.
  • June 23: Programming an Engagement Letter, 12:00-1:00, 1 Hr. CLE self-study telephone/web seminar. Register here.
  • June 26: The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet: Master Google & Other Web Sites for Investigative Research, 9:00-4:30, 6 Hrs. CLE (4 Reg. and 2 Ethics). Register here.
  • June 30: The “Best of” Series: 4 sessions; chose one or more, 8:30-12:45, 4 Hrs. CLE (1 Ethics and 1 Prof./Civ.). Register here.

Odd Year Mandatory CLE (MCLE) Reporting Cycle (7/1/13 to 6/30/15)—Active Status Lawyers complying this year need to submit a Certificate of Compliance for 24 hours of approved CLE (with two hours of legal ethics and one hour of professionalism/civility) by July 31. You can download MCLE forms. If you have questions, please visit www.utahbar.org/mcle or contact MCLE Director, sydnie.kuhre@utahbar.org, 801-297-7035 or MCLE Assistant, ryan.rapier@utahbar.org, 801-297-7034.

Is your business prepared for a disaster? Are you aware of your ethical obligations regarding disaster planning? The Disaster Legal Response Committee is offering a 1 hour ethics CLE on disaster planning, Wednesday, June 17, noon, at the Bar. This event is free to those who are willing to be a volunteer with the committee; $25 for all others; online registration. Learn more about developing plans for providing pro bono legal services to low-income individuals and small businesses following a disaster with these useful materials.

Visit the Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Facebook page for upcoming training courses, convention information, and CLE updates. “Like” this page to receive the latest feeds.

Calling young lawyers: Want to get more involved in your local community, expand your professional network and raise your legal profile while meeting professional ethical obligations? Join the Emerging Legal Leaders for a $35 donation to “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” and receive discounted CLEs, networking opportunities, and the good feelings that come from giving back. Join Emerging Legal Leaders.

Is your firm one of the thirty that are participating in the Utah Minority Bar Association’s annual community donation competition? This year the fundraiser will benefit Family Promise, an organization celebrating its 20th year of operations. Family Promise – Salt Lake (a local affiliate of Family Promise National) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, interfaith, non-proselytizing organization that provides shelter, case management and housing services to homeless families. The competition will take place from June 5-19, 2015, and the winner of the fundraiser will be announced at UMBA’s Juneteenth event on June 19th at 5pm at Maxwell’s. All firms are invited to join the competition; email Kate Conyers at kconyers@sllda.com for more details.

See the Bar’s group benefits and current deals (the first time you click on a “View Deal” you will be logged into benefits and subsequent clicks will take you to the specific offer).

Please let me know if you have a question or comment.
UtahBarPresident.JamesDGilson@utahbar.org

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