MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LORI NELSON
December is upon us. I love this time of year. There is so much happening and so many opportunities for doing good that the whole world seems happier. Many of you may be participating in the annual law firm competition to donate to the Utah Food Bank. Many others may be participating in Sub-for-Santa programs, or other similar programs to help those in need. Thank you for all you do to give back.
I wanted to report on the contribution to the S.J. Quinney School of Law building the commission voted to approve. The Bar will be donating approximately $49,500 to the law school building after counting the 113 individuals that opted out (which totaled $500.28 in reduction in the contribution). This building will provide many benefits to Bar members and to the Bar itself in providing space that is more conducive to our large activities with significant technological benefits. We are hoping to be able to use the building’s services to provide live, real-time CLE state wide. This will assist those in rural areas to participate in CLE programs based in Salt Lake.
Also, watch for a message in the next few weeks regarding Modest Means. That program is designed to match attorneys who agree to work for a reduced rate with individuals who do not qualify for a pro bono attorney but cannot afford legal services without assistance. The Bar is looking for attorneys to participate in the program and for others to be a Modest Means Mentor. This is not the mentoring program, but a separate program that allows an experienced attorney to provide mentoring on a one-time, or short-term basis to assist a Modest Means attorney in working through a case.
I hope everyone has the Spring Convention calendared. The dates are March 14-16 and I know the committee has been working hard to put together a great program for you. Also, mark your calendars for the annual Summer Convention in Snowmass/Aspen. The dates for that convention are July 17-20. We are working to put together CLE and activities that will make the event memorable for attorneys and their entire families.
December 2012 E-News
• Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
• Annual Food & Clothing Drive 12.14.12
• CLE Calendar
• Nominations for Bar President-elect
• Bar Commission Openings