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July 3, 2008

Utah State Bar 2008 Elections

Utah State Bar 2008 elections are now complete. Stephen Owens has been elected as our new President-elect. Elected in the Third Division are Lori Nelson, Rodney Snow and Rusty Vetter. We want to thank the fine lawyers who were willing to campaign and serve. We also want to thank all who voted and participated in the process. It is our duty now to get behind our representatives and get involved in the Bar programs and services. We will benefit greatly from your input.

V. LOWRY SNOW

July e.Bulletin

LowerySnow.jpgMESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT V. LOWRY SNOW

Election Results

Utah State Bar 2008 elections are now complete. Stephen Owens has been elected as our new President-elect. Elected in the Third Division are Lori Nelson, Rodney Snow and Rusty Vetter. We want to thank the fine lawyers who were willing to campaign and serve. We also want to thank all who voted and participated in the process. It is our duty now to get behind our representatives and get involved in the Bar programs and services. We will benefit greatly from your input.


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July 20, 2008

Deseret News: 3rd District judge is honored

3rd District judge is honored
By Linda Thomson
Deseret News
Published: July 19, 2008
The Utah State Bar this week honored 3rd District Judge Glenn Iwasaki as "Judge of the Year" at its annual summer convention.

Iwasaki was appointed to the bench in 1992 in the state court's 3rd District, which includes Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit counties. He received his law degree from the University of Utah and previously worked as deputy Salt Lake County attorney. Iwasaki also has been a partner in the law firm of Collard, Pixton, Iwasaki & Downs.

Among other things, Iwasaki has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Utah, served on the Utah Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Judicial System, and also was part of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Iwasaki, whose family was held in an Idaho internment camp for people of Japanese ancestry during World War II, was the 13th ethnic minority admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1971.

He has said in an interview with the Deseret News that he decided to become a lawyer at age 14 because he saw this career as a way to help other people. He also was guided by his family's strong work ethic and the high expectations that his parents held for him and his siblings: Iwasaki became a lawyer and then a judge, his brother became an engineer and his sister became a nurse.

"We all went to college," Iwasaki said. "We never sat down and talked about it, but that was something that was expected of us."

The Utah State Bar also extended other honors at its achievement awards gathering on Friday.

• Charles R. Brown is the group's "Lawyer of the Year." Brown is a tax attorney and director with Clyde Snow Sessions & Swenson, a Salt Lake City firm. He often provides free legal help to low-income people, and also helps those in the military and their families with disputes over federal and state taxes.

• The Young Lawyers Division of the Bar, which is headed by attorney Stephanie Wilkins Pugsley, was recognized for its community service efforts, which most recently include the "Wills for Heroes" program to help those in the military. The group also has held a toy drive, provided school supplies for low-income children, and co-hosted a mentoring marathon offering interview advice to more than 60 law students.

• The Admissions Committee, headed by Judge James Z. Davis and Steven T. Waterman, also was recognized for its efforts to improve the rules involving admission to the bar, the application process, the bar exam and the reviews to assess an individual's character.

July 22, 2008

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules: USB, URCrP, CJA

The Supreme Court and the Judicial Council invite comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires September 9, 2008.

Summary of proposed amendments

Rules Governing the Utah State Bar

Petition to amend the bar’s fee dispute rules governing mediation. Revisions requested to Utah State Bar's Fee Dispute Rules (formerly Fee Arbitration Rules) to further clarify the mediation process approved by the Supreme Court last year. The proposed amendments provide additional details, such as what qualifies for mediation, how mediation can be requested, how mediators are selected, confidentiality, mediation procedures.

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July 26, 2008

Salt Lake Tribune: Judge, lawyer of the year named

Judge, lawyer of the year named

The Salt Lake Tribune
- Stephen Hunt

Third District Judge Glenn Iwasaki was named "Judge of the Year" last week during the Utah State Bar Achievement Awards ceremony in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Salt Lake tax attorney Charles R. Brown was voted "Lawyer of the Year."

Utah State Bar President V. Lowry Snow was presented the bar's highest honors in recognition of outstanding service to the profession and the public, according to a news release.

Iwasaki was appointed in 1992 to the 3rd District Court, serving Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1971 and served as a deputy Salt Lake County attorney.

Prior to his judicial appointment, Iwasaki was a partner in the law firm of Collard, Pixton, Iwasaki & Downes. Iwasaki has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Utah, he has served as a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Utah Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Judicial System.

Brown is a director with the Salt Lake City firm of Clyde Snow Sessions & Swenson. He is regularly involved in providing pro bono legal services, primarily in assisting those of limited means and military personnel and their families in the resolution of disputes with federal and state taxing authorities, according to a news release.
Brown received his juris doctor from the University of Utah College of Law in 1971.

Stephanie Wilkins Pugsley was recognized for her role as president of The Young Lawyers Division of the Bar, which brought the Wills for Heroes program to Utah and provided more than 200 wills to Utah's first responders.

The Young Lawyers also served more than 1,000 people through Tuesday Night Bar, held a toy drive to benefit dozens of family support centers from St. George to Logan, held a school supplies drive for low income children and co-hosted the second annual Mentoring Marathon, which provided hands-on interview advice to more than 60 law students.

The bar also honored Judge James Davis and Steven T. Waterman, co-chairs of the Bar's Admissions Committee, which oversees the organization's application and admission process.

- Stephen Hunt

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