MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LORI NELSON
Attorney Public Relations
The survey conducted by Dan Jones for the Bar concluded many things, one of which was that 44% (a majority of responses) of us believe the public views us negatively. Given your responses and the need to change the ongoing negative view the public holds of attorneys, the Bar has hired Sean Toomey to handle not only our advertising needs but also our public relations. The view to this hire was two-fold: improve the quality of our public relations and advertising outreach and decrease the cost to the Bar. I remain convinced that if the public knew of how much good attorneys do in the community it would go a long way to changing the view of attorneys overall. We have all heard that everyone hates all lawyers except their own. We also all know that attorneys are out in their communities serving in countless unrecognized ways. I’m renewing my request that you send in your stories, or the stories of those you know, who are serving in their communities, from coaching their kids teams to serving on planning and zoning committees. If you want to remain anonymous that is fine. But your efforts to improve the world you live in are valuable and deserve recognition, and getting the information out will serve all members in changing the overall view of lawyers in the public. You can send those stories to me at UtahBarPresident.LoriNelson@utahbar.org or to Sean at Sean.Toomey@utahbar.org.
Don’t forget to register and make accommodation arrangements for the Spring Convention in St. George, March 14 - 16, 2013. We look forward to seeing all of you and having you join us for an exciting and eventful convention!
March 2013 E-News
• e-filing is Mandatory April 1 for civil and domestic cases
• Court will use your Bar e-mail address not your e-Filing e-mail address
• Fireside Chat with Justice Durham, April 18
• Realizing the Dream: Equality for All, Law Day, May 1
• Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program
• 2013 Summer Convention at Snowmass Village, July 17-20
• Odd Year Mandatory CLE (MCLE) Reporting Cycle (7/1/11 to 6/30/13)
• March CLE
e-filing is Mandatory April 1 for civil and domestic cases. If you don’t already have an e-filing account, please see utcourts.gov/efiling (and check this site regularly for program updates). Also, see e-filing requirements and exceptions at rules. You may now e-file probate cases; mandatory July 1.
Court will use your Bar e-mail address not your e-Filing e-mail address - It is critical that you keep your business e-mail address of record with the Bar current, even though you provide the same or different e-mail address to your e-filing service provider (EFSP). That email address is used only by the EFSP, and is not provided to the Court. The Court will continue to use your Bar e-mail address for: 1) docketed notices regarding discovery, hearings, and other events, in cases in which you have appeared as counsel of record, 2) other communications regarding cases in which you have appeared as counsel of record, and 3) other court communications regarding changes in court rules or other matters unrelated to a specific case. The fact that you are reading this e-mail is a good sign, but please be aware that the court will be using your “business” e-mail address, which may be different from the “preferred” e-mail address you have designated for use by the Bar. Please verify that your business e-mail address is correct at myutahbar.org, and in the future, please update your listing immediately if it changes. Please help us spread the word to your colleagues who may not be receiving these e-mails. If you need your log-in information, please e-mail your name and Bar number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Online Elections, April 1-15 - A link to the Utah State Bar elections will be e-mailed to you at this address. Please follow above steps if you change your e-mail address. If you prefer a paper ballot please contact Christy Abad at email@example.com.
Fireside Chat with Justice Durham, April 18 - Join the Women Lawyers of Utah for the annual Fireside Chat with Justice Durham and the announcement of the 2013 Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year Award winner. The event will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Zions Bank Founders Room (18th floor of the Zions Bank Tower at One South Main Street). Heavy appetizers and beverages will be served. The event is FREE to Women Lawyers of Utah members; join today, WLU. RSVP by Wednesday, April 10: firstname.lastname@example.org
Realizing the Dream: Equality for All, Law Day, May 1 - This year, Law Day will provide an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact it has had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law; see law day. The Bar is calling for nominations for the 2013 Pro Bono Publico Awards to be presented at the Law Day celebration at the Little America Hotel. For information and a nomination form, please see awards; the deadline is March 15. The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News are publishing a special Law Day edition on April 28; please contact email@example.com for story ideas or Ken for advertising, firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-204-6382.
Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program - You can receive free client referrals from the Bar by offering clients with modest means a discounted rate (recommended maximum of $50 or $75 per hour depending on income); sign up at utahbar.org/modestmeans and plan on attending a free CLE on April 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. The Modest Means program targets middle-class people who can afford to pay something for legal services, but who may not realize how important a lawyer can be in many situations. This includes families of four making nearly $70,000 without excessive assets—teachers, fire fighters, and nurses—educated, stable people who could become good, long-term clients. You can provide full-representation to Modest Means clients, but you may consider limited-scope representation as an alternate entry point to people currently not using attorneys. Limited representation could start with a few-hour consultation that might be sufficient to launch a client successfully, but may also lead to additional work, such as document review, coaching for appearances, appearances, and, in some cases, full representation. The ABA just released a resolution to “…encourage practitioners, when appropriate, to consider limiting the scope of their representation as a means of increasing access to legal services;” visit americanbar.org/108.
2013 Summer Convention at Snowmass Village, July 17-20 - You can do it all in Snowmass this summer, and with lodging beginning at $99 a night, it can be the perfect working vacation. Learn the latest about your practice area (and earn CLE credit for the 2011-2013 reporting year), catch “mammoth” fever at the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, hear Justice Scalia, and enjoy amazing GOLF, fly fishing, paragliding, four-wheeling, hot air ballooning, and river rafting with your colleagues and family. Snowmass/Aspen has consistently been rated the #1 resort in North America for dining. With nearly 100 restaurants to choose from, you'll find menus to please every palate. Registration will begin following the Spring Convention. Book your lodging and adventures early at Snowmass.
Odd Year Mandatory CLE (MCLE) Reporting Cycle (7/1/11 to 6/30/13) - Keep your skills sharp and stay in touch with your colleagues with Continuing Legal Education. Active Status Lawyers complying in 2013 need to complete a minimum of 24 hours of approved CLE, including at least three hours of accredited ethics, with one of the three in professionalism and civility. A minimum of twelve hours must be earned by attending live CLE presentations. A Certificate of Compliance needs to be submitted by July 31, see certificate. If you have questions, please visit utahbar.org/mcle or contact MCLE Director, email@example.com, 801-297-7035 or MCLE Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-297-7034.
March CLE - See the Bar’s numerous CLE seminar offerings, including Ben Franklin on Ethics, utahbar.org/cle/events/ and the Section luncheons, section luncheons.
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