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June 3, 2005

June e.Bulletin

June e.Bulletin

2005 Annual Convention in Sun Valley – July 13-16
Licensing Season – Online Option
Bar Election Results
UMBA 'First 50' Dinner
E-Discovery Resource
Administrative Office Of The Courts RFP for non-profit legal assistance.
Member Benefit Highlight: T-Mobile Specials

2005 Annual Convention in Sun Valley – July 13-16

This year’s Annual Convention features some excellent keynote speakers. On Thursday morning we start off with Sean Carter, a lawyer turned legal humorist who will share his experiences about life in the law and the never-ending battle to find the work-life balance. Friday we will hear from the esteemed Kermit Hall, President, University of Albany, State University of New York (and former President of Utah State University). Mr. Hall will share with us his views on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the challenge of openness in the federal government. These session and many timely breakout programs and events make the Annual Convention a great CLE value and a fun getaway for you and your family. To sign up or read more about the Annual Convention go to: www.utahbar.org/cle/annualconvention/welcome.html.

Licensing Season – Online Option

The last of the annual Licensing Forms will be mailed out June 13. On June 10th the online forms will be available for use. These online forms will allow you to complete your annual licensing over the Internet. You will need your login and password that you currently use for the Casemaker service. To secure a login and password you need to have an e-mail address on record with the Bar. You can provide or update address information with the Bar online at: www.utahbar.org/forms/member_address_change.html. If you have any difficulties accessing the online form from the web site (www.utahbar.org), you can contact the Bar at onlineservices@utahbar.org.

Bar Election Results

The Utah State Bar is pleased to announce the results of the recent elections for President-Elect and for Bar Commission seats in the First and Third Divisions. Augustus (Gus) Chin will assume the office of President-Elect for 2005-2006 and will be sworn in one year later as the Utah State Bar President for 2006-2007. Lori W. Nelson, Stephen W. Owens and Rodney G. Snow from the Third Division have each been elected to serve on the Bar Commission for three-year terms. Herm Olsen ran uncontested in the First Division and will assume the three-year seat for that Division in July.

UMBA First 50 Dinner

The Utah Minority Bar Association is proud to announce that it will host a gala dinner and program on the evening of October 15, 2005 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City to honor the first fifty lawyers of color (the "First 50") to practice law in the State of Utah. This will take the place of the annual UMBA scholarship banquet. As this is a truly statewide celebration, UMBA is sending this announcement via the e-bulletin and Bar Journal to reach all members of the Bar. The First 50 honorees hailed from, and practiced in, many communities throughout Utah. The list compiled to date, along with other opportunities to participate, can be found at: http://www.utahbar.org/news/umba_first_50.htm Please visit the site and review the list to help us make sure that all are honored and assist us by providing us the name(s) of any honorees you believe we may have omitted.

For ticket prices, sponsorship opportunities, venue / lodging details, information on any of the First 50 honorees, or if you want us to send you or your business/organization an informational letter, please call, fax or e-mail Sean Reyes at sreyes@parsonsbehle.com (801) 536-6663 (direct line) 801-536-6111 (fax) or Cheryl Mori at Moric@sec.gov (801)524-3141 (direct line). Your attendance and participation will help us celebrate the contributions of these individuals who were/are pioneers in the legal field, minority communities, and Utah at large.

E-Discovery Resource

A great resource for lawyers dealing with e-discovery issues is available at: www.discoveryresources.org/index.html. This site includes news, articles and links to other e-discovery content. Currently included is a link to the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. These proposed rules were posted on May 11, 2005 and include numerous modifications related to the discovery of electronically stored information.

Administrative Office Of The Courts RFP for non-profit legal assistance.

During the 2005 special session, the Utah Legislature passed H.B. 1003, which directs the Administrative Office of the Courts to solicit requests for proposals and award grants to nonprofit legal assistance providers to provide legal assistance throughout the state to: (1) low to moderate income victims of domestic violence; and(2) low to moderate income individuals in family law matters.

The Legislature appropriated $100,000.00 to implement the legislation. The funds may be awarded through a single grant or to multiple grantees.

The Administrative Office of the Courts has prepared a Request for Proposal (RFP #LAG1001) to solicit proposals from those who meet the criteria of the statute. Interested legal assistance providers may obtain a copy of the RFP by contacting either Mark Jones (578-3971, markj@e-mail.utcourts.gov) or Brent Johnson (578-3817, brentj@email.utcourts.gov). Proposals are due by June 10, 2005 at 5:00 p.m.

Member Benefit Highlight: T-Mobile Specials

Announcing a T-Mobile exclusive offer for Utah State Bar members. For a limited time, you can select one of these great promotions with a new activation, plus pay NO activation fee! This offer expires June 30th so you’ll want to act soon. The offer includes the following phones: BlackBerry 7100t (a phone that really emails) for only $199.99, regularly priced at $299.99, Samsung x475, FREE - regularly priced at $119.99. Make sure to reference the promotional code: 80DPUSB405. To sign up or learn more, go to: [link] or call 1-866-464-8662.

June 9, 2005

Casemaker Comes to Utah

Casemaker Comes to Utah

On April 30th the Utah State Bar signed to join the Casemaker Consortium. The implementation plan will have the service coming online for Utah Bar members in late 2004.

On April 30th the Utah State Bar signed to join the Casemaker Consortium. The implementation plan will have the service coming online for Utah Bar members in late 2004.

What is Casemaker?

Casemaker is an online legal research tool built specifically for lawyers. Its simple-to-use interface allows lawyers to easily search and retrieve legal information on the Internet through a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer). The library of information focuses on primary law, which includes state cases, codes and federal equivalents.

Casemaker was initiated by the Ohio State Bar Association in 1999 and has grown to include 15 additional states.

Casemaker will be provided free to active members of the Utah State Bar.

What is the Consortium?

A unique aspect of Casemaker is the consortium approach. Currently there are 16 states signed into this consortium. Each state selects its own state content, but then this content is shared with the other consortium members. This means Utah lawyers will have free access to the libraries of the other state bar members. Currently this list includes: Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas & Vermont. Casemaker originated in the east, but has recently been gaining a presence in western states that should continue to grow.

In addition to providing access to other state’s content, the Consortium gives member state bars a seat at the development table. Member bars have direct input into future features and developments for the Casemaker service. So far this arrangement has proven valuable for the member bars and the service itself.

What will the Utah Library Include?

The Utah Library was selected with two goals in mind. First, we wanted to cover the most valuable primary law for Utah. This would obviously include Utah cases and the Utah code. Second, we needed to balance the amount of content with the cost of the system. Hopefully our initial library has achieved this balance. Going forward we will work with various government agencies to add further content, continuing to increase the value of the Casemaker service to our members.

The initial library will include:

Utah Supreme Court Decisions from 1939
Utah Court of Appeals Decisions since inception (1987)
Utah Code
Utah Administrative Rules
Court Rules

Utah Rules of Court – Annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution
Utah Rules of Civil Procedure
Utah Evidence Rules
Utah Rules of Civil Procedure
Utah Criminal Rules of Procedure

Utah Bar Rules and Opinions
Utah Bar Journal
CLE Materials (selected)
BYU and Utah Law Reviews (as permitted)

Federal Law includes:

US Supreme Court opinions from 1935
US Circuit Court opinions (generally from 1995)
US Code
US CFR – 2003 to date
Federal Court Rules
(Including Circuit court rules)

When will Casemaker be Available?

Based on our contract, we have a 6 to 9 month implementation time frame. This will put Casemaker online in Utah likely in late 2004. Since Utah’s legal history is relatively shorter (compared to eastern states) we hope to be running closer to the six month timing.

Questions about Casemaker?

If you have questions about the Casemaker system or the implementation progress, please send a note to casemaker@utahbar.org or call 801.297.7027.

If you would like a demo of Casemaker for your group, these can be arranged.

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