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January 5, 2009

Notice of Approved and Proposed Rule Amendments

Approved Rule Amendments

The Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following rules governing the Utah State Bar.

Summary of amendments

Amendments to establish a new lawyer training program.

USB 14-0402. Definitions.
USB 14-0404. Active status lawyers: MCLE, NLTP and admission on motion requirements.
USB 14-0415. Failure to satisfy MCLE requirements; notice; appeal procedures; reinstatement; waivers and extensions; deferrals.
USB 14-0417. Miscellaneous fees and expenses.
USB 14-0705. Admission on motion.
USB 14-0801. Definitions.
USB 14-0808. New lawyer training program.

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January 7, 2009

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court invites comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires February 25, 2009.

Summary of proposed amendments

Rules Governing the Utah State Bar
Petition to shorten voting period for commission elections from 30 to 15 days.
USB 14-0205. Board. Exhibit A.
USB 14-0206. Officers. Exhibit B.

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Nominations for the 2009 Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year Award

WLU seeks nominations for the 2009 Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year. This award recognizes an outstanding woman lawyer who exemplifies professionalism, excellence and a dedication to furthering opportunities for women in the law. The 2009 award will be presented by Chief Justice Durham at WLU’s annual Fireside event in the spring.

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January 9, 2009

January e.Bulletin

New Mentoring Program

nate_alder_color.jpgI am excited to announce that on December 18, 2008 the Utah Supreme Court approved the New Lawyer Training Program. Now, most new lawyers will need to complete a one-year plan with his or her mentor following specific required activities and learning opportunities. The Bar admits between four-hundred and five-hundred attorneys per year. These new lawyers often express that they do not feel well-prepared for the practical aspects of practicing law. The NLTP is designed to bridge the gap.

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January 13, 2009

State Law Library Offers Classes to Assist Self-Represented Parties

Salt Lake City, UT—The Utah State Law Library is now offering monthly classes for self-represented parties on how to access court resources. The classes will begin in February and are scheduled from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 and Feb. 27 at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State.

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Legislative Proposal to Tax Legal Services

Dear Bar Member:

I am sending this special announcement to let you know that on Thursday, January 15th, the Utah Tax Review Commission will be receiving a report from its Sales and Use Tax Working Group which essentially recommends that the State impose a tax on professional services, including legal services. The meeting is at Room 445 of the State Capitol and begins at 9:00 am and may run until noon. It is likely that an interim subcommittee of the Legislature (Revenue and Taxation) will take up this issue later in 2009 for further study.

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January 16, 2009

Group Health Insurance for the Utah State Bar

Bar President-Elect Steve Owens introduced Moreton & Co. the Broker of Record for the Innovative Staffing group heath insurance plan and individual plans for Utah State Bar members on January 20, 2009 at the Utah Law & Justice Center.


  • Application Process Presentation

  • Altius Network

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Health Savings Account Benefit Summary

  • Innovative Staffing Pricing
  • Contact Information
    Moreton & Company
    Jeff Winter
    Phone: 801-715-7024
    Toll-free: 800-594-8949

    Janna Clark
    Phone: 801-715-7080
    Toll-free: 800-594-8949

    Innovative Staffing
    Laurie Snarr
    Phone: 801-984-0252
    Fax: 801-984-0254

    Shane M. Loftus
    Phone: 801-984-0252
    Fax: 801-984-0254

    January 20, 2009

    Taylorsville Justice Court celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Drug Court Program

    A Decade of Healing

    Taylorsville Justice Court celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Drug Court Program

    Taylorsville, UT, January 20, 2009: Taylorsville Municipal Justice Court will celebrate 10 years of serving the community through its DUI/Drug Court Program on January 29, 2009. A graduation ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Holladay City Hall, 4580 South 2300 East. The cities of Holladay and Taylorsville have hosted joint graduation ceremonies for the past eight years to save costs. Past participants from the past 10 years have been invited to speak about their lives since graduation. Chief Justice Christine M. Durham will make opening remarks at the graduation and Governor Jon M. Huntsman has been invited to make the keynote address. Holladay Justice Court Judge Daniel B. Gibbons will host the ceremony.

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    January 23, 2009

    January Commission Agenda

    Utah State Bar Commission
    Friday, January 30, 2009
    Law & Justice Center
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    PDF Version


    1. 9:00 a.m. Utah State Court Report: Dan Becker

    2. 10:00 a.m. President's Report: Nate Alder

    25 mins. 2.1 Update on Meetings with Legislature Leaders and Governor
    25 mins. 2.2 Update on Professional Service Tax (Tab 1)
    05 mins. 2.3 Report on Meeting with Past Bar Presidents
    05 mins. 2.4 Review Calendar

    3. 11:00 a.m. Action Items

    15 mins. 3.1 Dorathy Merrill Brothers and Raymond Uno Awards (Tab 2)
    15 mins. 3.2 Nomination of President-elect Candidates

    4. 11:30 a.m. Executive Director's Report: John Baldwin

    05 mins. 4.1 Mentor Program Update
    05 mins. 4.2 Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy Claim Update (Tab 3)
    05 mins. 4.3 Group Insurance Update (Tab 4)
    10 mins. 4.4 Property Tax Appeal Update
    05 mins. 4.5 Notice of Nominations to Appellate Court Nominating Committee

    12:00 Noon Break for Lunch

    05 mins. 4.6 Status of E-Filing in State Courts
    05 mins 4.7 Status of "and Justice for All" License Plate (Tab 5)
    10 mins. 4.8 Request for Creation of Clean Energy Section (Tab 6)

    5. 12:40 p.m. Executive Session

    1:00 p.m. Adjourn

    Consent Agenda (Tab 7)

    1. Minutes of December 5, 2008 Commission Meeting
    (Approved without discussion by policy if no objection is raised)

    Attachments (Tab 8)

    1. December Financials
    2. Status of Bar Petitions to Utah Supreme Court
    3. Newspaper Articles
    4. Judicial Council Meeting Agenda - January 26, 2009



    February 3 Legislative Teleconference 4:00 p.m. via Telephone
    February 5 Utah Bar Day at the Capitol 9:00 a.m. Capitol Complex Auditorium
    North Office Building
    February 10 Election Petitions Due
    February 10 Legislative Teleconference 4:00 p.m. via Telephone
    February 17 Legislative Teleconference 4:00 p.m. via Telephone
    February 24 Legislative Teleconference 4:00 p.m. via Telephone
    February 24-25 Bar Examination 8:00 a.m. Salt Palace

    March 3 Executive Committee 12:00 Noon Law & Justice Center
    March 3 Legislative Teleconference 4:00 p.m. via Telephone
    March 10 Legislative Teleconference 4:00 p.m. via Telephone
    March 12 Commission Meeting 12:00 Noon St. George
    March 12-14 Spring Convention 8:00 a.m. St. George

    April 14 Executive Committee 12:00 Noon Law & Justice Center
    April 24 Commission Meeting 9:00 a.m. Ogden

    May 15 Admissions Ceremony 12:00 Noon Salt Palace
    May 19 Executive Committee 12:00 Noon Law & Justice Center
    May 29 Commission Meeting 12:00 Noon Law & Justice Center
    May 30 Commission Retreat 8:00 a.m. Salt Lake City, TBA

    June 4-6 Jackrabbit Bar Santa Fe
    July 7 Executive Committee 12:00 Noon Law & Justice Center
    July 15 Commission Meeting 1:00 p.m. Sun Valley
    July 15-18 Annual Convention 8:00 a.m. Sun Valley
    July 28-29 Bar Examination 8:00 a.m. TBA

    Chief Justice Durham to Present State of the Judiciary Address

    WHAT: 2009 State of the Judiciary Address.
    WHO: The Honorable Christine M. Durham, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will address the House and Senate in a joint session.
    WHEN: Monday, January 26 at 2:15 p.m.
    WHERE: Utah State Capitol, House of Representatives.

    SPEECH: Copies of Chief Justice Durham’s speech will be distributed to reporters at the Capitol prior to the address. An electronic copy will be available at http://www.utcourts.gov/media/news/ following the address.

    January 26, 2009

    Casemaker 2.1 – New tools, New Federal Libraries, New Services, New Look

    Since 2004, Casemaker has provided the Utah State Bar (UTAH BAR) members with free, unlimited access to legal research. From case law to codes to federal materials, Casemaker has become one of, if not the, most valued member benefit. And it is now better.

    Over the last 6 months, several Casemaker Consortium States have been working with Casemaker to create and release a new version of the program. Casemaker 2.1, which is currently available in its beta phase to UTAH BAR members, is more user-friendly, faster, and comprehensive than the current 2.0 version.

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    January 27, 2009

    Utah State Bar President's Message RE: State of the Judiciary Address


    As president of the Utah State Bar, I have been closely monitoring the impact the State’s current budget crisis will have on the Judicial Branch. On Monday, January 26, 2009, Chief Justice Christine Durham gave her State of the Judiciary Address before the Utah Legislature. I encourage you to read her speech by downloading the PDF copy from http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/reports/statejudiciary/2009-StateOfTheJudiciary.pdf. You may also listen to the session by downloading the mp3 file from http://recordings.le.state.ut.us/mp3/House/rhouse-0126092.mp3

    Please join with me in doubling our efforts to support our Judiciary and its hundreds of employees in this critical time. It is incumbent upon all members of the Bar to support our Judiciary the best we can during this budget crisis. We must work together to find positive collaborative solutions as we face the effects that the budget cuts will have on access to the courts and cases being heard. Thank you for your continued support.


    Nathan D. Alder
    President, Utah State Bar

    January 29, 2009

    Utah State Courts Expands Self-Help Center Services

    Center Now Assisting Self-Help Parties in Seventh Judicial District

    Salt Lake City, Utah— The Utah State Courts has expanded the Self-Help Center services to the Seventh Judicial District. The Self-Help Center assists individuals who are representing themselves in court to better understand court processes. The Self-Help Center program was launched in December 2007 in the Second and Eighth Judicial Districts as part of a pilot project.

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