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March 7, 2013

e.Bulletin for March 2013


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!
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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
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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 onlineservices@utahbar.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 adminasst@utahbar.org.

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: neville.kimberly@dorsey.com

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 sean.toomey@utahbar.org for story ideas or Ken for advertising, kstowe@mediaoneutah.com or 801-204-6382.

Continuing E-News:

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, sydnie.kuhre@utahbar.org, 801-297-7035 or MCLE Assistant, ryan.rapier@utahbar.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.

"Please let me know if you have a question or comment."
UtahBarPresident.LoriNelson@utahbar.org

February 7, 2013

e.Bulletin for February 2013


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LORI NELSON

Modest Means Program
The Utah Courts are currently seeing an explosion of cases with pro se litigants. They cannot afford full-priced legal assistance, but do not qualify for pro bono legal services either. Programs and services like public defenders, Utah Legal Services, Legal Aid of Utah, the Disability Law Center, and legal clinics throughout the state admirably provide limited legal representation for the poorest members of our community but, for a large segment of the middle class, obtaining affordable legal services is more difficult. To an increasing segment of society, we are viewed as being out of reach. We also have attorneys who are experiencing a downturn in their practices given the economy, or new lawyers looking to create or expand their practices. The Bar Commission has created a program to match the unmet need of clients and the available time of attorneys. The Utah State Bar Modest Means Program is designed to bridge the gap and match paying clients with attorneys who want to supplement their clientele, but are willing to charge lower fees to these modest means clients. The program will focus on needs most commonly encountered at the courts, including family, landlord/tenant, consumer, and criminal law. We have started taking referrals through the program and are in need of more attorneys, both to work for clients and to advise younger attorneys in need of experienced assistance; please join us at http://www.utahbar.org/modestmeans/

Thank you!
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February 2013 E-News
• Bar Day at the Legislature
• 2013 Spring Convention in St. George
• 2013 Elections - Notice of Online Balloting
• 2013 Summer Convention at Snowmass Village
• MCLE Reminder of Odd Year MCLE Reporting Cycle
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1.Bar Day at the Legislature - The Utah State Bar is presenting its Annual Bar Day at the Legislature CLE on Tuesday, February 19th from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm at the State Office Building Auditorium. Presenters include Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, House Speaker Becky Lockhart, Lt. Governor Greg Bell and Chief Justice Matthew Durrant. Topics will cover current issues facing the state government, Utah's financial environment, the legislative process and communication with legislators. The event is approved for 3 hours of CLE. Early registration will be $50 and must be received by Friday, February 15th. (Registration will increase to $75 for those registering after the 15th.) Attendance is limited to the first 100 registrants. Registration is available online and can be found at: https://utahbar.org/cle/events/registration/day_at_legislature.html
2.2013 Spring Convention in St. George - Register and make accommodation arrangements for the Spring Convention in St. George, March 14 - 16, 2013. Our keynote speakers include Paula E. Litt who is a co-founder of Schopf & Weiss, a Chicago business litigation boutique where she serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Litt has been named as one of the Top Ten Super Lawyers in Illinois and will be speaking to us on how to get and retain business. We will also be please to hear from George M. Feiger, Ph.D. Dr. Feiger heads Contango Capital Advisors, a subsidiary of Zions Bancorporation and also serves as Executive Vice President of Zions Bank. Dr. Feiger is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and has lectured in that institution’s Department of Economics, before moving to the Stanford University Graduate School of Business as an associate professor of finance. Join us for an exciting and eventful convention! Book early for the best rooms and rates. http://www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/Welcome.html
3.2013 Elections - Notice of Online Balloting - Utah State Bar elections will begin April 1 and conclude April 15, 2013. A link to the online election will be supplied in an email sent to your email address of record. Please check the Bar’s website at http://www.utahbar.org/forms/members_directory_search.html to see what email information you have on file. You may update your email address information by using your Utah State Bar login at http://www.myutahbar.org. (If you do not have your login information, please contact onlineservices@utahbar.org and our staff will respond to your request.) Upon request, the Bar will provide a traditional paper ballot by contacting Christy Abad at adminasst@utahbar.org.
4.2013 Summer Convention at Snowmass Village - July 17-20, 2013 - 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 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. http://www.utahbar.org/cle/summerconvention/Welcome.html
5.MCLE Reminder of Odd Year MCLE Reporting Cycle - July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2013 Active Status Lawyers complying in 2013 are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of Utah approved CLE, which shall include a minimum of three hours of accredited ethics. One of the ethics hours shall be in the area of professionalism and civility. (A minimum of twelve hours must be live in-person CLE.) For more information and to obtain a Certificate of Compliance, please visit our website at www.utahbar.org/mcle. If you have any questions, please contact Sydnie Kuhre, MCLE Director at sydnie.kuhre@utahbar.org or (801) 297-7035 or Ryan Rapier, MCLE Assistant at ryan.rapier@utahbar.org or (801) 297-7034.
6.See the numerous CLE seminar offerings through the Utah State Bar CLE Department: http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/ and/or the Section lunches: http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/html/section_luncheons.html

"I have a question or comment for the Bar President" - UtahBarPresident.LoriNelson@utahbar.org

January 14, 2013

e. Bulletin for January 2013


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LORI NELSON

Utah's Lawyer Legislators
Not many of us are aware of the tremendous personal and financial sacrifices associated with being a lawyer-legislator. Long hours, limited family time and the difficulty of juggling demands make it prohibitive for most lawyers to run for office. Add time-consuming campaigns every other year, and becoming a legislator loses much of its appeal. Lawyers pay a big price, both personally and professionally, to serve in the legislature. Most claim a huge loss in time available for their families and a diminished earning capacity because of the tremendous amount of time required at the legislature and at the law office. Nonetheless, attorneys play a vital role in the legislature by virtue of the fundamental training they receive in law school. An attorney comes into the job with the knowledge and experience of the law and a lawyer’s unique ability helps them to watch for language in legislation that may be misconstrued and lose its original intention. Utah’s citizenry is well-served having 22 lawyers work as legislators.

“Thank You” Utah’s Lawyer Legislators

Representatives
Patrice Arent, Derek E. Brown, LaVar Christensen, Spencer Cox, Brian Greene, Craig Hall, Kenneth R. Ivory, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Daniel McCay, Kay L. McIff, Mike McKell, Merrill Nelson, Kraig J. Powell, V. Lowry Snow, Keven J. Stratton, Earl Tanner.

Senate
Lyle W. Hillyard, Mark B. Madsen, Stephen H. Urquhart, John L. Valentine, Todd Weiler.

January is also the time we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. I would invite each of you to do at least one of the following, which ideas were given to me by Judge Lynn Davis of the 4th district court: Read the life changing speeches of Dr. King; participate in a march or candlelight vigil; take a few moments to reflect upon the amazing life of Dr. King; watch tributes on television; take time to teach children and youth about Dr. King's life; write a letter of support to a struggling person of color; join or support the Utah Minority Bar Association; perform any kind of service in the community; Do more, Do something, Serve!
There are several local events which may also be of interest to you. Those include: UVU's annual celebration hosted by the Martin Luther King Advisory Board; the NAACP luncheon; BYU's annual candle light march/vigil, and events at the University of Utah.
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January 2013 E-News
• Bar Commission Openings
• 2013 Spring Convention in St. George
• 2013 Spring Convention Awards
• Call for Nominations
• Member Benefits
• Check out the numerous CLE seminar offerings through the Utah State Bar CLE Department
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1. Bar Commission Openings - Nominations to the office of Bar Commissioner are hereby solicited for two members from the Third Division, one member from the Second Division, each to serve a three-year term. Terms will begin in July 2013. To be eligible for the office of Commissioner from a division, the nominee's business mailing address must be in that division as shown by the records of the Bar. Applicants must be nominated by a written petition of ten or more members of the Bar in good standing whose business mailing addresses are in the division from which the election is to be held. Nominating petitions are available at http://www.utahbar.org/elections/commission_elections.html. Completed petitions must be submitted to John Baldwin, Executive Director, no later than February 1, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.

2. 2013 Spring Convention in St. George - Register and make accommodation arrangements for the Spring Convention in St. George, March 14 - 16, 2013. Our keynote speakers include Paula E. Litt who is a co-founder of Schopf & Weiss, a Chicago business litigation boutique where she serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Litt has been named as one of the Top Ten Super Lawyers in Illinois and will be speaking to us on “Letting it Rain how to get and retain business. We will also be pleased to hear from George M. Feiger, Ph.D. Dr. Feiger heads Contango Capital Advisors, a subsidiary of Zions Bancorporation and also serves as Executive Vice President of Zions Bank. Dr. Feiger is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and has lectured in that institution’s Department of Economics, before moving to the Stanford University Graduate School of Business as an associate professor of finance. Join us for an exciting and eventful convention! Book early for the best rooms and rates! Visit http://www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/Welcome.html.

3. 2013 Spring Convention Awards - The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two Bar awards to be given at the 2013 Spring Convention. Award applications must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, February 4, 2013. You may also fax a nomination to (801) 531-0660 or email to adminasst@utahbar.org. A complete list of award recipients can be found at http://www.utahbar.org/members/awards_recipients.html.
o Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award - For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.
o Raymond S. Uno Award – For the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.

4. Call for Nominations- Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer Of The Year Award - The Woman Lawyers of Utah is seeking nominations for the 2013 Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year award. The award will be presented at the annual Fireside Chat with Justice Durham this April (date TBD). Nominations should focus on the nominee’s achievements and the intent of the award, which is to recognize an outstanding woman member of the Utah State Bar for her professionalism, integrity, excellence, and dedication to furthering opportunities for women in the law. Nominees should be actively involved in a law-related activity, including but not limited to: government work, education, the judiciary, private practice, or corporate work. All nominations must be received by Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Please submit nomination as a PDF to nsudbury@zjbappeals.com. All 2012 Nominees who were not selected will be considered again this year. There is no need to re-nominate 2012 nominees, but any additional information will be considered. The prior winners of the award will decide the 2013 recipient. You may view a list of past recipients at: http://utahwomenlawyers.org/wlu-women-of-the-year/

5. Member Benefits - Please visit the Bar website for periodic updates to your member benefits, including Casemaker, Blomquist Hale, Group Health Insurance¸ and discounts on automotive needs, law practice management services, technology, and office needs. Information on member benefits is located at http://www.utahbar.org/members/Welcome.html.

6. Check out the numerous CLE seminar offerings through the Utah State Bar CLE Department: http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/ and/or the Section lunches: http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/html/section_luncheons.html. If you have specific ideas for CLE please send those to cleideas@utahbar.org.

"I have a question or comment for the Bar President" - UtahBarPresident.LoriNelson@utahbar.org

December 7, 2012

e.Bulletin for December 2012


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

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November 1, 2012

e.Bulletin for November 2012


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LORI NELSON

Fall Forum

Please make plans to join us at the Fall Forum the evening of Thursday, November 8th, and all day Friday, the 9th, at the Little America Hotel. On Thursday evening, Ellyn S. Rosen, Counsel to the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline will speak on Ethics 20/20 and the likely changes to the model rules. Professor Jeffrey J. Rachlinski will be our keynote speaker on Friday speaking on implicit bias. Professor Rachlinski holds a B.A. and an M.A. in psychology from the Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford. The Fall Forum offers 8 hours CLE, including up to 2 hours of Professionalism and Civility credit and up to 5 hours of Ethics credit. Click here for a full Fall Forum schedule: http://www.utahbar.org/cle/fallforum/Welcome.html. To register, please click here: https://utahbar.org/cle/fallforum/2012_ff_registration.html. If you have already registered, you should have received a confirmation email. Please let cle@utahbar.org know if you have not received your confirmation. Thanks to our Fall Forum Committee Co-chairs, Susan B. Peterson and Richard M. Hartvigsen for their excellent work.

Snowmass Minute: Get your Summer getaway exactly the way you want it at Snowmass Village, Colorado! Enjoy enlightening CLE in the morning and fly fishing, rafting, or mountain biking in the afternoon. So much to choose from! Everything from fine dining or family fare can be found in the village and accommodations range from a luxurious room for two to mountain homes that have room for everyone in the clan. Mark July 17 – 20, 2013 on your calendar and visit
http://www.utahbar.org/cle/summerconvention/Welcome.html to book your Summer getaway with the Utah State Bar!



November 2012 E-News

-Nominations for Bar President-elect
-Bar Commission Openings
-In Memoriam - Judge Glen Edward Clark
-Utah State Bar Energy, Natural Resources & Environmental Law Section Award Recipients Named and Officers Elected
-CLE Calendar

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October 2, 2012

e.Bulletin for October 2012


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LORI NELSON

A BIG 'THANK YOU'

I am so pleased to report that we exceeded by nearly two-fold our goal of 100 class rooms on Constitution Day, September 17th. Our 174 volunteers taught 193 lessons to classrooms, assemblies, and community youth councils in 15 counties statewide. We estimate that over 15,000 students were able to receive this valuable information about our system of government and the part they can play in its evolution, growth, and stability. We greatly appreciate the volunteer judges, attorneys, and law school students who shared their knowledge and experience with the children in our communities. The time these volunteers graciously gave will benefit us and our society exponentially. We also want to thank the teachers who invited members of the Bar into their classrooms and we hope that the experience their students had with our Constitution program demonstrated our commitment to the education of our children. Rusty Taylor, Principal at Desert Hills High School in St. George sent a note in gratitude to one of the attorneys who taught at his school, saying “Community support for education is essential if we want to accomplish our goals with our students.” We agree!

Our Constitution Day kick-off had a built-in bonus for us, too. Attorney volunteers had a great time! One lawyer wrote in, “(d)one teaching 7 classes. At least I can say there are some two or three-hundred students who are a little less confused about the Constitution, Separation of Powers, and what lawyers really do for a living. If you need any help like this in the future, let me know - I'd do it again.” This is good to hear because we do plan to call on our volunteers again and we are asking for more Utah lawyers to join in. Hopefully having attorneys in classrooms on Constitution Day will become an annual event. We have invited teachers whose students have not yet heard our lesson to allow us to come into their classrooms sometime in the coming year, when our materials on the Constitution may fit into their planned curriculum. If you would like to join our list of volunteers or, if you know a teacher who would like to have us visit their students, please link to http://www.utahbar.org/highschoolcivics/welcome.html. Read more about the success of the Utah State Bar Constitution program at http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/54883608-200/constitution-students-government-percent.html.csp.


October 2012 E-News

2012 Fall Forum
Blomquist Hale, Lawyers Helping Lawyers and other Member Benefits
Utah Celebrates Pro Bono
Check out the numerous CLE seminar offerings through the Utah State Bar CLE Department:

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September 7, 2012

e.Bulletin for September 2012


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LORI NELSON

Never Too Early to Plan Ahead

I am so pleased to announce that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be our keynote speaker at our 2013 Summer Convention in Snowmass, Colorado. Justice Scalia was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States in 1986. We are honored to have him speak to us.

In addition to Justice Scalia’s visit, we are making exciting plans for our 2013 Summer Convention. Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado something new and different for our Bar members in a charming mountain setting! With an Ice Age Discovery Center for the kids, golf, fly fishing, paragliding, four-wheeling, hot air ballooning, and river rafting for attendees along with affordable lodging and great food, there is so much to like about this venue?

In October 2010, while excavating for the expansion of the Ziegler Reservoir, a juvenile Columbian mammoth was discovered. The dig that followed uncovered more mammoths, a Jefferson ground sloth (think Manny and Sid from Ice Age, the movie), mastodons, gigantic ice age bison, a small deer, and an ancient camel. A website describing the find is www.snowmassiceage.com.

You’ll be hearing more about this new venue and our plans as the year progresses, and I think you’ll be excited as you learn about all the activities available for every family member and the affordable lodging costs. It is never too early to plan ahead! Please visit these links to learn more:

• http://aspensnowmass.com/en/ski-and-snowboard-schools/treehouse-kids-adventure-center
• http://www.blazingadventures.com/
• http://www.snowmasslodging.com/

Attorney Spotlight: This Month I wanted to spotlight two local attorneys: Brent Johnson, General Counsel for the courts/judges and George Pratt, Jones Waldo.

Brent volunteers with Volunteers of America. Each Monday he goes to the Homeless Youth Resource Center and cooks, serves and cleans up lunch for between 20-30 kids. He is also mentoring a refugee family from Iraq, helping them with the culture and navigating the system to have their needs met.

I also want to spotlight George Pratt, attorney at Jones Waldo and my partner. Each year George goes to Haiti to work with Healing Hands for Haiti at his own expense. He does this to ensure Haitians are able to have access to necessary medical care and the hope that care can provide.



September 2012 E-News• Civics Education VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
• Bar Representative to the ABA
• Fall Forum Award Nominations Sought
• Office of Professional Conduct Annual Report Now Online
• e.Filing Update
• CLE Seminar Offerings

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August 3, 2012

e.Bulletin for August 2012


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LORI NELSON

New Beginnings


Let’s look at all Rod Snow was able to accomplish during his year as our Bar President! Rod’s accomplishments are truly inspired and far-reaching – The Pro Bono Project was designed by Rod to ensure that there is pro bono coverage in each judicial district. Under the leadership of the pro bono committee headed by Rob Rice, James Backman, and Sue Crismon, the new pro bono commission, chaired by Judge Michele Christiansen and Judge Royal Hansen, is prepared to get services to those in our society most in need. Rod also moved forward the modest means project to match underemployed lawyers with low income individuals who do not qualify for a pro bono attorney. This project begun by Rob Jeffs, is also designed meet the needs of the under-served population. Books from Barristers, a project which is the brain-child of Elaina Maragakis, and Civics Education which will put a lawyer or judge into high school classrooms for a day beginning with Constitution Day on September 17th are also notable projects launched by Rod. Our Bar and the public owe a huge debt of gratitude to Rod Snow for his wisdom and persistence in seeing the needs and finding solutions.

A new Bar year is beginning. I am excited, humbled, and honored to serve as your President and I am eager to work with you as we improve the practice of law for every member of the Utah State Bar and the perception of law in the public. One of my goals this year is to work on changing the public image of lawyers and the law. Attorneys have always played a pivotal role in shaping communities by working and serving in a variety of ways. It is hoped that making this information public will do much to assist in changing the public perception of lawyers as well as letting us know more about the incredible individuals we work with every day.

I also want to offer benefits to our profession in a review of the services the Bar provides. Not only do members of the public and indeed many attorneys, view lawyers negatively, lawyers view the Bar negatively. The Bar presently provides services to the members that are unknown or inefficient. The Bar Commission is focused on increasing the benefits the Bar can provide to its members. The members of the Bar contribute so much to society, the Bar can do more to not only acknowledge those contributions, but provide benefits that bring real value to our members.

Serving you as Bar President is not going to be “business as usual” for me. It is daunting as so many of the lawyers I will be serving are of the highest caliber, not only in terms of the legal acumen, but in the way they conduct their lives. Please feel free to contact me with questions, ideas, and viewpoints at UtahBarPresident.LoriNelson@utahbar.org.

August 2012 E-News

• Annual Award Recipients
• Member Benefits
• Looking Ahead at Bar Conventions
• Bar Representative to the ABA
• Bar Staff Position Opening - Assistant to the Access to Justice Coordinator
• Upcoming CLE Events

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June 4, 2012

e.Bulletin for June 2012


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW

Lend a Learned Hand – “Check Yes” to Volunteer for a Pro Bono Opportunity

As many of you know, the Bar’s “Check Yes” campaign is now in full swing. Members of the Pro Bono Commission, the Bar’s pro bono coordinator and the pro bono director at Utah Legal Services are in the process of meeting with members of various law firms and government offices to assist in the development of written pro bono policies and to encourage lawyers to “check yes” on their bar license renewal application for the opportunity to volunteer to take a pro bono case, if called.

The state is being organized by judicial districts. Each of the judicial districts will have a panel of local attorneys who have volunteered to take a pro bono case. Committees will be organized for each judicial district (PBC) and many of the districts will be chaired or co-chaired by a member of the judiciary. Cases will be assigned as determined by the committees. You may also volunteer to serve on the PBC for your district. Both litigation and transaction lawyers are needed. Free CLE will be offered to those who have volunteered and panels will be organized by experience and expertise where possible.

Please “check yes” on your license renewal application to be assigned to a panel in your respective district. There is a significant unmet need for our services to assist those who are at or below 125% of poverty level. Our motto, as coined by the co chair of the Bar Commission’s Pro Bono Committee, Rob Rice, is “Lend a Learned Hand.” Judge Hand stated, “Thou shalt not ration justice.”

As Justice Lewis Powell noted, “Equal Justice Under the Law is not merely a caption on the façade of the Supreme Court building; it is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society. It is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status.” Alexander Hamilton said, “The first duty of society is justice.” And Dickens said, “There is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice.”

Approximately 62% of the funding for Utah’s legal service organizations has come from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) which is funded by Congress. Since 2008 the funding for the LSC has been cut from 420 million dollars to 348 million dollars for FY 2012.

At the end of 2011 LSC conducted a survey to assess the impact of funding reductions on their operations. In 2012, LSC grantees project a total loss of 1,226 full time employees between December of 2010 and 2012. This includes 582 attorneys, 250 paralegals and 394 support staff. LSC estimates 81,000 fewer low-income Americans will receive assistance from the programs it funds during 2012 than received assistance in 2011.
We can no longer stand idly watching a growing number of our low income friends and neighbors denied access to justice where there is a critical need. As professionals and lawyers, we are duty-bound to make a difference, and now is the time. This is our time and our opportunity to step forward and make a difference by “checking Yes.”

These cuts have translated into funding losses for Utah of $678,328 since 2009. Consequently Legal Aid and ULS helped 4,864 fewer individuals in 2010/2011 than in 2009/2010. The need is great and rising. “Lend a Learned Hand” is calling all of us to “Check Yes” on this year’s license application.

So much good work goes on quietly, without fanfare or notice, by so many members of our Bar. Over 70% of you responded last year to the Bar Survey that you engage in pro bono work on a weekly basis. We recognize what you are doing and thank you for your efforts. The Bar’s “Check Yes” campaign and program is simply a reorganization and revitalization of our efforts, facilitating the delivery of pro bono services to qualified individuals and families in an efficient manner.

As Sandra Day O’Connor has stated, “Certainly, life as a lawyer is complex today. The ever-increasing pressures of the legal marketplace, the need to bill hours, to market to clients, and to attend to the bottom line, have made fulfilling the responsibilities of community service quite difficult. But public service marks the difference between a business and a profession. A profession must devote itself first to the community it is responsible to serve. And I can imagine no greater duty than fulfilling this obligation. And I can imagine no greater pleasure.”

Please join us in “Checking Yes” on this year’s license renewal application and “Lend a Learned Hand.”



June 2012 E-News

Online License Renewal Now Open
2012 Summer Convention - Register Now
MCLE Compliance Notification
CLE Calendar

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May 11, 2012

e.Bulletin for May 2012


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW

Election Results and Summer Convention


The Utah State Bar 2012 elections were over on the 15th of April. Thank you to all who exercised their opportunity to vote and have a say in how your Bar is operated. Curtis Jensen of Snow Jensen and Reese in St. George has been elected as our new President-elect. He will follow Lori Nelson, who will take over as Bar president in July. Angelina Tsu has been elected as a new Commissioner and Jim Gilson will continue to serve, both as representatives from the Third Division. Tom Seiler will continue to represent lawyers in the Fourth Division and Mike Leavitt will take over representing the Fifth Division.

We want to thank the fine lawyers who were willing to campaign and serve. Congratulations to those who have won the special opportunity to be of service to all of us. Change and new blood are always invigorating and healthy and we look forward to working with a newly-constituted Commission. We extend a warm thank you to Christian Clinger who has served as a Bar Commissioner for many years. Christian has worked hard and accomplished much during his tenure. He has chaired or worked on a number of critical Commission assignments and committees. Christian is moving on now to new opportunities as a partner in the Institute of Advanced Mediation. His enthusiasm and encouragement will be missed by the Commission. We have a strong and terrific Bar. I encourage all of you to find ways to participate in Bar programs. Choose a section or a committee and offer to participate. You will find satisfaction in your service, make a difference and find new friends and opportunities.

The 2012 Summer Convention is just around the corner. Please make your plans now for what is sure to be a memorable time July 18th – 21st in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. Our keynotes are presenting timely and valuable messages. For example, the future of the practice of law in the United States will be addressed by Professor Tom Morgan from the George Washington University Law School. You do not want to miss the keynote presentations. View the accommodation arrangements at http://www.utahbar.org/cle/summerconvention/accommodations.html.


May 2012 E-News

Books From Barristers
First Annual Mentor of the Year Award
The New Casemaker™
Summer Convention Awards
MCLE Notice
Online Licensing

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April 5, 2012

e.Bulletin for April 2012


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW

Disaster Recovery

Very doubtful it could ever happen here. Disasters happen elsewhere, not here of all places. After all, “this is the place.” Wishful thinking? Probably. We live in a state that is vulnerable to natural disasters, potential government debacles and man-made threats. On April 17th, our state will participate in the Be Ready Utah emergency preparedness campaign. This campaign is managed by the Division of Homeland Security under the direction of Lt. Governor Greg Bell. Be Ready Utah provides valuable information for individuals and families, public safety professionals, business and civic leaders, school administrators and volunteers. The Red Cross reports that only 7 percent of Americans have taken the recommended actions to prepare for disasters. If you are in the remaining 93 percent, like I am, it may be time to start thinking about getting ready. Consider what needs to be done at home. What about your law office, files and computer data? Have you assessed potential risks and vulnerabilities? Do you have a plan to reestablish normal business operations? Consider your community. There will not be sufficient emergency services to take care of all of us.

Ed Rutan, Salt Lake City Attorney, was appointed by the Utah State Bar Commission in 2010 to create a Disaster Legal Response Committee. The idea for our committee came from the problems that people were having in collecting on their insurance policies after hurricane Katrina and the shock Katrina and certain destructive tornados caused to law firms and the communities they serve. The resulting delay in the availability of private capital arguably delayed New Orleans' recovery efforts. One well-respected attorney from Texas (President of their Bar), knowing his building was hit by a tornado, decided what he should do was go to Lowes and buy all the industrial vacuums they had on site. When he discovered his entire office had been destroyed, the vacuums had little use and he and members of his firm had to start thinking about the numerous client issues, billings, files and computers that had been rendered totally useless. Do you have off-site backup for your files and accounting data? Utah attorneys continue to volunteer for our Disaster Legal Response Committee in every region of our state, have created master plans and contingency plans, and are coordinating efforts with Bar sections and regional Bar associations. Many Utah attorneys will be ready to step in when a disaster occurs in our state. We thank those of you who have worked so hard on this project. If you would like to volunteer your services to this important committee, please visit www.utahbar.org/committees/disasterresponse/volunteer.html.

Make it a priority to prepare yourself, your home, your business, and your community. Visit www.BeReadyUtah.gov for more information on how you can get started with simple, basic steps to preparedness.

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March 7, 2012

March 2012 e.Bulletin


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW

High School Education Committee seeking volunteers to teach an important course on government in the state high schools

In July of last year, the Bar Commission authorized the creation of a committee to study and develop a one-hour course to be taught in our high schools, emphasizing the role of the three independent branches of government and the importance of an independent judiciary. We are fortunate in Utah that civics is a required course in our high schools. However, in 2011, the American Bar Association in conjunction with the Annenberg Public Policy Center conducted a survey in which only one-third of Americans could name all three branches of government; one-third couldn’t name any. An educated citizenry is critical to good government. To that end, our HSEC developed curriculum for at least one course a year on this topic to be taught on a volunteer basis by attorneys and judges. The co-chairs of this committee are Rich McKeown of Leavitt Partners, Christian Clinger of Advanced Mediation & Problem Solving and Angelina Tsu, Assistant General Counsel at Zions Bank. The HSEC is now in the process of advertising the availability of this program to the high schools and our Education Boards. The pilot programs have been successful. We are now in need of volunteer lawyers and judges to teach the course. We encourage you to volunteer. It will be an enjoyable and worthwhile experience which will not take much of your valuable time. To volunteer, please call or e-mail Angelina Tsu at Angelina.Tsu@zionsbancorp.com or (801) 844-7689. Or you may contact Christy Abad at adminasst@utahbar.org or (801) 297-7031. Thank you!

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February 13, 2012

EBulletin for February 2012


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW

Spring Convention

Friends, colleagues, jurists and the like, I send you early spring greetings. We hope you have enjoyed the enlightening ideas generated by this year’s political season. By way of announcement, we are looking for a chairperson for our New Moon Law Section. We are pleased to inform you that former Bar president V. Lowry Snow has been appointed by the Governor to the House of Representatives. Congratulations to Lowry.

2012 Spring Convention in St. George - I am pleased to announce that American Bar President William. T. (Bill) Robinson will be our keynote speaker at the Spring Convention in St. George, March 15 - 17, 2012. Throughout his 40-year career, Robinson has been a volunteer leader in his profession and in his community. An ABA member since 1972, he has been active in the Association for more than 25 years in various leadership roles, including three years as ABA Treasurer, eight years on the ABA Board of Governors and nine years as Kentucky State Delegate on the ABA Nominating Committee. Robinson has served as a President of the Kentucky Bar Association, President of the Kentucky Bar Foundation, Founding Chair of Kentucky’s Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and President of the National Caucus of State Bar Associations. As ABA President, he has made the work of the Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System one of his primary areas of focus for the 2011-2012 year. The Task Force is addressing some of the most critical issues facing the legal profession today, including the severe underfunding of our justice system, depletion of resources, and the courts’ struggle to render their constitutional function and provide access to justice for countless Americans. We will also hear from Utah’s Businessman of the Year, Ron Vandermyde and, President and Chief Executive Officer of the World Trade Center Utah, Lew Cramer. Register now and book early for the best rooms and rates! Visit http://www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/Welcome.html.

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January 11, 2012

EBulletin for January 2012


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW

Lend a "Learned" Hand

We know that thousands of Utahns face significant legal issues impacting their personal and professional lives on a daily basis and in some instances face real harm to their safety and welfare. Ranging from domestic tragedies to employment threats and housing risks, too many are simply not financially able to get the legal assistance that they sorely need when they need it.

In our recently completed survey of Bar membership, we were thankful to learn that 70% of our lawyers are providing pro bono services on a monthly basis and 36% of you are making financial contributions to And Justice for All and other critical legal service organizations. We appreciate the great work being done by so many. While our economy has strained many of us since the middle of 2008, we have not felt the pain many of our citizens who are just above the poverty line have felt when they needed competent legal assistance,

The Bar’s Pro Bono Committee is nearing completion of its study of how legal services in the state can be better coordinated and how opportunities for pro bono work can be more directly identified and directed to attorneys who have volunteered to take a pro bono case. Our survey also suggested some of you felt you were not able right now to do more pro bono work. Many identified the pressures of billable hours as the greatest obstacle in keeping you from doing pro bono work. In the months to come, the Bar will be announcing our comprehensive statewide plan to get more pro bono help to more needy Utahns. We are excited about our work and hope it will help you find it easier to lend a “Learned” hand.

To quote from current ABA President, Bill Robinson, “Pro bono work helps our communities grow stronger, and it makes us better lawyers. We learn about fields outside our expertise. We develop new skills and sharpen those we already have. Then there are intangible things we learn, like leadership, judgment and empathy. When we volunteer time and expertise to assist the most vulnerable in our society, we help fulfill the promise of justice for all.” We also give real meaning to the phrase engraved on the front of our United States Supreme Court building, “Equal Justice Under the Law.”

Thank you for your service to those in need.

Postscript: The recent Bar Journal included a President’s Message on the important topic of diversity and inclusion. A photograph of Judge Raymond S. Uno was attached to the article, with a caption which should have stated that Judge Uno, “was interned at the Heart Mountain, Wyoming concentration camp.” Judge Uno is alive and well. We apologize for the error.

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December 13, 2011

e.Bulletin for December 2011


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW

Commission Actions on Fairness, Diversity and Inclusion

The Utah State Bar Commission has, in recent months, engaged in several discussions to identify and eliminate barriers to fairness including racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, economic, and other biases to support the fundamental principle of not only equitable treatment but inclusion. To that end, the Commission has adopted the following statement on diversity and inclusion, which reads:

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November 9, 2011

e.Bulletin for November 2011


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW
The Millennial Generation

On Monday, October 31st, the Utah courts administered the attorneys’ oath to over 320 new graduates. We extend a warm welcome and congratulations to each new Utah attorney. They join our ranks during challenging economic times. They will need our support and guidance. In the spirit of our New Lawyer Training Program, I hope each of you will take some time to mentor our new lawyers.

Most of our new lawyers are “Millennials” – the generation born between 1980 and 2000. The Millennial Generation is emerging in the legal workplace as our associates and employees. Some observers of this generation have suggested they are the most difficult group with which to work. However, as a group, I find the Millennials are bright, optimistic, yearn for meaning in their work and for work-life balance. They have an unprecedented ability to use technology and multi-task. Working with them can produce excellent results for clients. They are willing to tackle most any project, even if it is beyond the scope of their experience and/or knowledge. And when that is the case, more often than not, they do a good job. Most appreciate guidance and they all work well where collaboration is required. Please link to http://www.utahbar.org/barjournal/2011/11/baby_boomers_meet_millennials.html to read more of my thoughts on how spirited Millennials enliven the workplace.

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November 2011 E-News

Fall Forum (Early registration deadline ends 11/13/11)
Applicants Sought for the First, Second, Sixth and Seventh District Trial Court Nominating Commissions
Notice of Bar Commission Election
Christmas Food and Clothing Drive
WSU Survey on Stress in the Profession
Upcoming Events to Calendar Now

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October 6, 2011

e.Bulletin for October 2011


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW

Utah Celebrates Pro Bono

The University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law will kick off the “Utah Celebrates Pro Bono” week on October 24th with a special lunchtime event featuring keynote speaker Pamela Atkinson. The event is free and open to the public. Atkinson is a longtime advocate for Utah’s homeless and a proponent of community service. She was a member of the Utah State Board of Regents for ten years, and also served on the State Board of Education and the Utah College of Applied Technology Board. She now serves on the State Homeless Coordinating Committee, Envision Utah, BMW Bank of North America Board, the Alliance for Unity, and the University of Utah’s School of Business National Advisory Board. Atkinson also works with Governor Gary Herbert as an advisor on various projects and has recently been involved in the restructuring of the State Office of Ethnic Affairs. The event is sponsored by the Utah State Bar, Utah Legal Services, and the College of Law, and will serve as the kick-off for a week celebrating pro bono legal service throughout the state. It will take place on Monday, October 24th from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at the College’s Sutherland Moot Courtroom. Free parking is available in the Rice-Eccles Stadium lot. I will also be honored to speak at this event along with Dean Hiram Chodosh. For more information, contact JoLynn Spruance, 801-581-5418 jolynn.spruance@law.utah.edu.

Other events have been planned throughout the state to celebrate Pro Bono. These activities include a Legal Clinics Blitz on Tuesday, October 25th; a Pro Bono Social with the Judges at the Utah State Bar on Thursday, October 27th, 4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.; a Pro Bono Jam at Trolley Square on Friday, October 28th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the south-side foyer. Visit www.utahbar.org to learn more.

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October 2011 E-News

Fall Forum
Bar Sharks for Justice
Minority Bar Association Banquet and Silent Auction
Third Annual Walk Against Violence
Upcoming Events

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September 12, 2011

e.Bulletin for September 2011


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW

R E G I S T E R E A R L Y
2011 Fall Forum - Salt Lake City - November 17 - 18
A former client of mine who was a CEO of a well-known Utah company would often say, “A rising tide lifts all ships.” As we continue to increase our service to the community, including the poor and underprivileged, we will not only “lift” our community, we will lift the Bar and, ultimately, our individual practices.

“A [profession] refers to a group . . . pursuing a learned art as a common calling in the spirit of public service – no less a public service because it may incidentally be a means of a livelihood. Pursuit of the learned art in the spirit of public service is the primary purpose.” - Dean Roscoe Pound

Please make plans to join us at the Fall Forum the evening of Thursday, November 17th, and all day Friday, the 18th, at the Little America Hotel. On Thursday evening, we will be entertained and educated as we observe and participate in “A Mediation Tragedy” as presented by several of our notable mediators and actors. Friday, we will have cutting-edge breakout sessions and terrific key note speakers, Kerry Lee Chlarson and Stephen Mikita. They will offer their unique perspectives on the path to social justice. Mr. Chlarson, while an officer in the Marine Corps, was seriously burned in an automobile accident. After years of surgeries and physical therapy, Kerry enrolled in the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, graduating in 1991. Kerry is an Administrative Law Judge for the Utah Labor Commission. Stephen Mikita was born with spinal muscular atrophy. He was the first wheelchair freshman in the history of Duke University and the first wheelchair student admitted to J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. Stephen is an Assistant Attorney General representing state agencies providing services for those with disabilities. His indomitable spirit and wisdom have touched and motivated many. The Forum will also feature a panel on 60 Legal Sites and Tips in 60 Minutes.

The early registration deadline for the Fall Forum is Sunday, November 13th. The Fall Forum offers 8.5 hours CLE or NLCLE, including up to 2.5 hours Ethics Credit. Click here for a full Fall Forum schedule: https://utahbar.org/cle/fallforum/Welcome.html. To register, please click here: https://utahbar.org/cle/fallforum/registration.html. Thanks to our Fall Forum Committee Co-chairs, Grace Acosta and Virginia Sudbury for their excellent work.

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August 10, 2011

e.Bulletin for August 2011

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW


We are beginning a new Bar year and I want you to know how honored I am to serve as your President. I have served on the Bar Commission for over five years and I am eager to work with you as we continue to provide service and leadership to our members and the community
I have great respect and admiration for Bar leaders who have served in the past and their many accomplishments. I express my appreciation for the leadership and dedication shown by our past President Rob Jeffs and I look forward to working with President-elect Lori Nelson. Lori was honored last week at the ABA convention by their Family Law Section with the Outstanding Service Award and was elected as the secretary to that section. We have an exemplary Young Lawyers Division that has established valuable services like Wills for Heroes, Serving Our Seniors, legal clinics for the public, and fundraisers for abused women and children. Our Women Lawyers of Utah has been on the cutting edge of encouraging diversity in the bar and in providing service to the community. I am proud of our New Lawyer Training Program. Utah is one of the first states to implement a one-on- one mentoring program for first year attorneys.

Going forward, I am committed to Bar service for you and the community. I look ahead with an energized effort to implement a program to deliver legal services to those of modest means, to study lawyer advertising and how the public finds legal help. We will encourage civic education in public schools and establish a commission to better coordinate the pro bono efforts provided in our state. I ask Bar members to become more involved in these and other Bar activities and efforts. By engaging we will approach the ideal of a professional as defined by Dean Roscoe Pound: “[one] pursuing a learned art as a common calling in the spirit of public service—no less a public service because it may incidentally be a means of a livelihood. Pursuit of the learned art in the spirit of public service is the primary purpose.”

We will all benefit from your energy and service.



August 2011 E-News
• Annual Award Recipients
• CasemakerElite Beta
• Fall Forum Awards
• Unbundling Legal Services


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July 18, 2011

e.Bulletin for July 2011


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT L. JEFFS
Parting Thought

The theme of my final Bar Journal President’s Message is repeated in this E-bulletin because I believe it is an integral part of our role as lawyers. We are uniquely suited to provide service and leadership to the community. Our training, experience, and ability to carefully analyze problems to formulate solutions can benefit every level of government. We have too few members of the Bar who sit on City councils or Planning Commissions, too few members serve as Senators or Representatives in the state legislature. While I recognize that few Bar members are able to devote the significant time commitment it takes to serve as a state legislator, there are plenty of other opportunities. As many of you know, Utah relies on a local and state caucus system for choosing candidates. With the Republican party enjoying significant political control, many elections are determined through the voting of the delegates rather than at a primary or general election. Bar members should become active in the local and state caucus process. As a delegate, you have the opportunity to have some positive influence in the shaping of the face of our State. In addition, a delegate is in a better position to communicate concerns about pending legislation to his or her respective representative. I claim no power to divine the future. I believe in the future, Bar members will likely see proposed legislation attempting to re-define the practice of law, taxing legal services, or affecting the public’s access to justice. Attorneys have always played a pivotal role in shaping our national and local politics. Utah will benefit from increased participation of lawyers in this process to lend their wisdom and expertise in working for legislation that supports rather than detracts from the Rule of Law. Please consider my “parting thought” and how you might find your place in this process. Thank you for the privilege of serving you as Bar President.



July 2011 E-News

Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission
Online Licensing
Debtor’s Counseling Clinic
2011 National Pro Bono Celebration
CLE EVENT: Effective Use of Voice, Tips and Techniques for Lawyers

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June 7, 2011

June 2011 e.Bulletin


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT L. JEFFS
LAST CHANCE - 2011 Summer Convention in San Diego

Time is slipping away to book your July 6 – 9 Summer Convention getaway to San Diego, California. Our room block will expire on June 15th. White sand beaches, sunny weather and sparkling CLE are the ingredients for a great Summer escape. Disneyland is offering special half-day tickets, allowing us to get our CLE in the morning and have an afternoon and evening of family fun. Tickets to other San Diego area attractions are also available through our website. Among our convention highlights is the Honorable Dale A. Kimball who will speak to us on the importance of lawyers and judges in American life. Other keynote speakers include Dr. Kelly K. Matthews who will discuss the economic outlook and Dr. Noel C. Gardner who will regale us on personality disorders in the legal arena. View the convention program, room arrangements and local attraction tickets at http://www.utahbar.org/cle/summerconvention/Welcome.html. Don’t miss out – please plan to join us at this memorable event!

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May 10, 2011

EBulletin for May 2011


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT L. JEFFS
2011 Bar Elections and Online Licensing

The Utah State Bar 2011 elections are now complete. Lori W. Nelson has been elected as our new President-elect. She will follow Rod Snow, who will take over as Bar president in July. Elected in the Third Division are H. Dickson Burton, Evelyn J. Furse and Robert O. Rice. Herm Olsen will continue to represent lawyers in the First Division. 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

The annual Bar licensing renewal process will begin in June and will be done only on-line. Sealed cards will be mailed the first week of June and will include a login and password to access the renewal form and the steps to re-license. No separate form will be sent in the mail. Licensing forms and fees are due July 1st and will be late August 1st. If you need to update your email address of record, please contact onlineservices@utahbar.org. If you do not have an e-mail address or do not use e-mail, you may receive a printed licensing form by contacting licensing@utahbar.org.

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April 1, 2011

April 2011 e.Bulletin


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT L. JEFFS

2011 Bar Elections and Spring Convention Award Winners

The 2011 Bar elections begin April 1st. Attorneys with an "Active", "Active Under 3", and "Active Emeritus" license status will receive an email from electionsonline.us. Please vote! Christian Clinger and Lori Nelson have been nominated by the Bar Commission to run for the position of President-elect in 2011-2012 to become President in 2012-2013. Seeking the three open Third Division seats are H. Dickson Burton, John K. Johnson, Eve Furse, and Robert Rice. Please read all the candidates’ statements at: http://www.utahbar.org/elections/. The Bar provides a vital role in leading society in the creation of a justice system that is understood, valued, respected and accessible to all. The Bar represents lawyers in the State of Utah and serves the public and the legal profession by promoting justice, professional excellence, civility, ethics, respect for and understanding of the law. I can attest to the importance of having capable, caring and committed leaders of the Bar and I encourage you to learn about the candidates to make your informed vote.

If you do not receive an electronic ballot at your email address of record, please contact onlineservices@utahbar.org. Upon request, the Bar will provide a traditional paper ballot by contacting Christy Abad at adminasst@utahbar.org. Balloting will conclude at 5:00pm MST on April 15, 2011.

Finally, I want to congratulate Lauren Scholnik who has been awarded with the Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award for the advancement of women in the legal profession and Nathan D. Alder who was awarded the Raymond S. Uno Award for the advancement of minorities in the legal profession. Each has a long history of professionalism, public service and personal dedication to the building up of the legal profession and the awards were well-deserved.

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March 7, 2011

March 2011 e.Bulletin


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT L. JEFFS

Free and Discounted Services for Lawyers

Hopefully you are aware that the Bar has contracted with 32 different companies to provide free and discounted goods and services to help you in your practice. Those services include free legal research through Casemaker to help reduce the cost of running your practice. If you or members of your family are struggling with issues of stress, anxiety, depression, drug or alcohol dependency, personal financial management difficulties or eldercare challenges, you have the free professional counseling services from Blomquist Hale Consulting and experienced peer to peer counseling from Utah Lawyers Helping Lawyers available to assist you. The Bar’s Member Benefits provides a broad spectrum of services to its members, from practice management tools, litigation support, technology solutions, to insurance products. The Bar wants to help provide the tools to confront the unique set of challenges lawyers face. The Member Resources Committee (Blake D. Miller and Matthew L. Anderson, Co-chairs) meets regularly to review and promote group benefits Please take advantage of the benefits available to you! A link to group benefits is available at http://www.utahbar.org/members/

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February 7, 2011

February 2011 e.Bulletin


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT L. JEFFS
Making "Paperless" a Priority

Chief Justice Christine M. Durham let us know in her January 24th State of the Judiciary speech that going paperless is a primary objective of the Utah court system. “We are in the process of making fundamental changes in almost every part of our court system.” The most significant change the Utah courts are making is the move to electronic filing. Every business day the court receives 4,500 new filings, over 950,000 new cases every year. To keep pace, “We are changing how cases are filed, how clerks process them, how judges view them, how we communicate about them, and how they are litigated, heard and resolved” by electronic filing, she said. Many professions are seeking to reduce costs by handling business electronically. According to a recent Salt Lake Tribune article, nearly 74 percent of Utah’s health clinics are paperless, compared to 51 percent nationally.

The Bar is also making its own electronic efforts and is encouraging the paperless priority. The E-bulletin you are reading now, the availability of E-filing through our website, online licensing and online elections are some of our electronic updates and more are on the way. Advances in modern business technology have yielded innovative tools to manage our business processes. The Bar held a CLE recently highlighting how new technology can streamline your law practice and help you become paperless. Keep an eye out for similar Bar-sponsored CLEs in the future. Going paperless is environmentally responsible and cost conscious. Join the movement!

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January 7, 2011

January 2011 e.Bulletin


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT L. JEFFS
Legal Services to Aid Middle Class

Real or imagined, attorneys are increasingly perceived by consumers as a service only available to the wealthy. Programs and services like public defenders, Utah Legal Services, Legal Aid of Utah, the Disability Law Center, and Tuesday Night Bars throughout the state provide some limited legal representation for the poorest members of our community. For a large segment of the middle class, obtaining affordable legal services is more difficult. To an increasing segment of society, we are becoming less relevant. I believe that our profession has an obligation to provide a means for the public to obtain more affordable legal services, and to assist the public in accessing the judicial system. Society is better served if our profession provides counsel and direction in the formation of business arrangements, in the formulation of estate plans, and in the myriad of other services that we provide. Creative fee structures such as contingent fees or blended fees of reduced hourly rates combined with a contingent fee component, flat fees, and discounted legal services have long been a part of how we serve our core clientele. The Bar Commission has now appointed a committee chaired by Commissioner Su Chon to explore how the profession might expand the availability of affordable legal services to the members of the public with modest means. We look forward to sharing the findings of the Committee and ask for your comments and suggestions on presenting more creative options in offering legal services to aid the middle class.

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December 6, 2010

December 2010 e.Bulletin


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT L. JEFFS
Lawyers and Court Personnel Food and Winter Clothing Drive

With the great need in our community at the forefront of our minds and hearts, we are seeking ways that we can help. Utah Food Bank Services has had a 30% increase this year in requests for food without an increase in food donations. There are three ways we can assist those in our neighborhood.

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November 1, 2010

November 2010 e.Bulletin


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT L. JEFFS
Unbundling Legal Services

Many people cannot afford to hire a lawyer for help with legal problems and many lawyers are looking for work. Limited scope representation or unbundled legal services is an affordable alternative for clients who are able to hire lawyers to provide pre-established specific services and enables lawyers to do meaningful work for some compensation. You can currently sign up to be listed on the Find a Utah Lawyer Directory and designate your willingness to provide limited legal work in up to four practice areas: Contracts, Divorce, Family Law, and Estate Planning. The directory will be expanded soon to include other areas. Limited scope representation has been approved by the Utah Supreme Court and is slowly becoming more popular as pro se litigants are seeking some outside help and clients recognize their ability to pay a limited amount for a discrete task. Rule 75 of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure outlines the requirements for unbundled representation. Further, the Utah State Bar is providing a live CLE event on using unbundling to enhance your practice at this year’s Fall Forum and, additional unbundling information may be found at:


1.http://www.utahbar.org/LRS/limited_representation.html,
2.http://webster.utahbar.org/barjournal/2003/03/unbundle_your_practice_increas.html, and
3.http://webster.utahbar.org/barjournal/2008/11/unbundled_in_utah.html
4.3 hour online self study CLE program: Limited Scope Representation Training (10/02/2009)

You may sign up for the Find a Utah Lawyer Directory at: http://www.utahbar.org/LRS/attorney_signup.html. Please consider providing limited scope representation. It will help you build your practice and will provide valuable services to a segment of the public who may otherwise be unable to employ an attorney.

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October 1, 2010

October 2010 e.Bulletin


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT L. JEFFS
R E G I S T E R E A R L Y
2010 Fall Forum - Salt Lake City - November 18 - 19

Make plans to join us at the 2010 Fall Forum the evening of Thursday, November 18th and all day Friday the 19th at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. There are cutting edge breakout sessions and terrific keynote speakers including Sean Carter, a Harvard Law School graduate and humorist who will regale us with his thoughts on legal ethics, stress management, and legal marketing. William J. Chriss is a teacher, author, media commentator, and scholar, holding graduate degrees in law, theology, and political science will speak in defense of the noble lawyer. The early registration deadline is Friday, November 5th. The Fall Forum offers 8.5 Hrs. CLE or NLCLE, including up to 2 hours ethics and 1 hour of professionalism/civility. Click here for a full Fall Forum schedule: https://utahbar.org/cle/fallforum/schedule.html. To register, please click here: https://utahbar.org/cle/fallforum/registration.html. Thanks to our Fall Forum Committee Co-chairs Jonathan Hafen and Steven Chambers.


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September 9, 2010

2010 September e.Bulletin


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT L. JEFFS
RESULTS - Annual Bar Programs and Services Survey

Thank you to the 551 lawyers who participated in the Annual Bar Programs and Services Survey. Your responses will help us determine how we can do things better to serve your needs and those of the public and how we can be more efficient in performing our regulatory responsibilities for the Utah Supreme Court.

Many of those responding suggested that the Bar could enhance certain services and improve the way we communicate the Bar's goals and operations. I want you to know that the Bar Commission believes in conducting the Bar's dealings with absolute transparency. The Bar's website is our primary outlet to get this information to you on a more timely basis and a great deal of information is available online. You will also now find the 2009-2010 Annual Report posted at: http://www.utahbar.org/documents/2009_2010_operations.pdf; the 2010-2011 Budget is available at: http://www.utahbar.org/documents/2010_2011_budget.pdf.
In the near future we will begin to more specifically address recurring topics and suggestions from the survey. The commissioners, volunteers and Bar staff are committed to serving the profession and the public.

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August 4, 2010

e.Bulletin August 2010


MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT L. JEFFS
Annual Bar Survey of Programs and Services

The Bar Commission is interested in your feedback on the programs and services being provided by the Bar. Your responses will help us determine how we can do things better to serve your needs and those of the public and how we can be more efficient in performing our regulatory responsibilities for the Utah Supreme Court. If you would like to take the survey please email onlineservices@utahbar.org with your bar number, first and last name, and we will send you the link to the survey.

The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and your input will help us tremendously.

Summer Convention in Sun Valley was a marvelous success! Thank you to our speakers and presenters for an educational and motivating summer getaway. In Justice Clarence Thomas' keynote address, he spoke about his duties and the isolation the nine justices feel as they serve on the nation's high court. He said that speaking to groups like ours, "allow(s) me to come out and see the people who really matter in our government, and that is you all." Justice Thomas was refreshingly humorous and upfront in his address. Truly, the bar has been set high as we plan future events. We fully expect that you are making plans now to join us at the 2011 Summer Convention July 7th through July 9th in San Diego, California. Convention planners are already busy putting together another stellar group of speakers and CLE events that you won't want to miss.

August 2010 E-News

* Annual Award Recipients
* Utah Supreme Court Committee Vacancy
* 2010 Fall Forum Awards
* Change to Utah Rules of Civil Procedure 64D. Writ of garnishment
* Bar Election Information Available on the Web

1. Annual Award Recipients - The Bar wishes to congratulate Judge Robert Hilder who was selected as Judge of the Year and Judge Pam Greenwood who was recognized with a Distinguished Judicial Service Award. Randy Dryer was awarded Lawyer of the Year. Each of these award recipients has a long history of professionalism, public service and personal dedication to the building up of the legal profession. Also given awards at the 2010 Summer Convention were the Bar Examiner Committee and the Military Law Section as Committee and Section of the year, respectively.

2. Utah Supreme Court Committee Vacancy - The Supreme Court is seeking applicants for an attorney to serve on the Civil Procedures Committee. Applicants should be experienced in civil litigation and the rules of procedure. To apply, submit a letter of interest and a brief resume to Tim Shea at tims@email.utcourts.gov or Administrative Office of the Courts / P.O. Box 140241 / Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-0241. The deadline for applications is August 30th. To help stagger the terms of all committee members, the initial appointment will be for two years and for four years thereafter. The committee meets about nine times per year, usually on the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 4:00 to 6:00 in the Administrative Office of the Courts at the Matheson Courthouse. If you would like more information about the committee, please visit the committee's webpage http://www.utcourts.gov/committees/civproc/.

3. 2010 Fall Forum Awards - The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2010 Fall Forum Awards. Award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 3, 2010. The award categories include Distinguished Community Member Award, Professionalism Award, Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. View a list of past award recipients at: http://www.utahbar.org/members/awards_recipients.html

4. Change to Utah Rules of Civil Procedure 64D. Writ of garnishment - Effective July 1, 2010 garnishees are no longer required to file a copy of completed answers to interrogatories with the clerk of the court. Answers to interrogatories must still be filed with the plaintiff/judgment creditor and defendant/employee as well as any other person shown by the records of the garnishee to have an interest in the property. To see the revised rule, visit http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/urcp/urcp064d.html.

5. Bar Election Information Available on the Web - Nominating petitions for Commission elections in the First and Third Divisions for the 2011 election may be obtained on the Bar's website at http://www.utahbar.org/elections/commission_elections.html. Completed petitions must be received no later than February 1, 2011.


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June 4, 2010

e.Bulletin for JUNE 2010

Steve Owens

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STEPHEN W. OWENS Liberty Day Service Opportunity

The nonprofit organization Liberty Day is working with the Utah State Bar to recruit volunteer attorneys to spend one hour in fifth grade classes on or around Constitution Day, September 17, 2010. Liberty Day will provide teaching materials for you, the teacher, and the kids at $1.00 per student, plus shipping, to be paid by the volunteer lawyer. Liberty Day (www.LibertyDay.org) is a national effort dedicated to providing fifth grade teachers with volunteers and a Complete Educational Resource designed to help them effectively introduce their students to the contents of the U.S. Constitution. This resource consists of a full, succinct lesson plan, a multiple choice assessment, and a booklet consisting of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and 24 perforated Q&A flashcards on the contents of the Constitution. To volunteer, visit Liberty Day online at www.LibertyDay.org or contact Andy McKean, President of Liberty Day, at:

(Toll-Free) 866-718-3434, or
(E-mail) Andy@LibertyDay.org

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May 13, 2010

SUPREME COURT SEEKS AN ATTORNEY TO SERVE ON ITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

The Utah Supreme Court is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on its Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct. The committee researches and debates issues related to proposed rule changes and prepares written recommendations to the Supreme Court. Meetings are usually held monthly. Appointments are for a four year term. Interested attorneys should submit resume and letter indicating interest and qualifications to Pat Bartholomew, Clerk of the Court, Utah Supreme Court. Applications must be received no later than June 11, 2010.

Pat H. Bartholomew
Clerk of the Court
Utah Supreme Court
450 South State Street
P.O. Box 140210
Salt Lake City, Utah 84110-0210
801-238-7974
pathb@email.utcourts.gov

May 5, 2010

e.Bulletin for May 2010

Steve Owens

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STEPHEN W. OWENS
Election Results and Online Licensing

The Utah State Bar 2010 elections are now complete. Rodney G. Snow has been elected as our new President-elect. He will follow Rob Jeffs, who will take over as Bar president in July. Elected in the Third Division are Su Chon and John R. Lund. Felshaw King will continue to represent lawyers in the Second Division. 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

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April 6, 2010

e.Bulletin for April 2010

Steve Owens

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STEPHEN W. OWENS

Justice Clarence Thomas to Speak at the 2010 Summer Convention

We are gearing up for another headline-making Summer Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho. Justice Clarence Thomas will be our keynote speaker. He has served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since 1991 and is the second African-American to serve on the Court, after Thurgood Marshall, whom he succeeded. We are honored to have Justice Thomas join us on the heels of Justice O'Connor's visit last year. Please make your plans now for what is sure to be a memorable time July 14th - 17th. View the accommodation arrangements at http://www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/assets/Sun_Valleyroomratecard2010.pdf.

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March 4, 2010

e.Bulletin for March 2010

Steve Owens

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STEPHEN W. OWENS

Volunteer Legal Services Committee for Help in the Event of a Disaster

The Utah State Bar is creating a committee of attorney and paralegal volunteers who would be available in the event of a major disaster to provide pro bono legal advice and services to low income individuals and small businesses on issues such as insurance coverage, landlord / tenant obligations, and business rights. The idea came from the problems that people had in collecting on their insurance policies after hurricane Katrina. We want to do all that we can to prepare in case Utah is hit by an earthquake or other disaster.

We would like to set up a coordination committee in the coming weeks. The immediate purpose of the committee would be to recruit volunteer attorneys in every region of our state, create master plans and contingency plans, and to coordinate efforts with Bar Sections and regional bar associations.

Thank you to Salt Lake City Attorney Ed Rutan for his pioneering efforts in creating a legal services plan in the event of a disaster. If you would like to volunteer to serve on this important coordinating committee, please contact Christy Abad at adminasst@utahbar.org by March 30, 2010.

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February 5, 2010

e.Bulletin for February 2010

Steve Owens

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STEPHEN W. OWENS

Free CLE for Underemployed Lawyers

The Utah State Bar along and the Young Lawyers Division will co-sponsor a free workshop, “A New Lawyer ‘s Survival Guide” on Friday, April 9th for all unemployed and underemployed Utah lawyers. Given the current economic climate, the seminar will cover essential issues which will hopefully assist the unemployed lawyer to be more marketable. The seminar will focus on the art of networking, including a session planned to interact with volunteer practicing lawyers. This free CLE will also provide information on Utah job prospects, tips on opening your own practice, building a safety net in legal and practice management, and finding clients. Alternative practice areas such as contract work and limited representation will also be discussed. The workshop will be followed by “Lunch and Learn” brownbags, providing more details on the areas covered in the workshop. More information is available at http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/new_lawyer_survival_guide.html. Thanks to Past-president Nate Alder for taking the lead in these efforts!

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Februrary 2010 E-News

Utah Law Day at the Legislature
Spring Convention
Judicial Vacancy
J. Reuben Clark Law Society Annual Conference
Notice of Electronic Balloting

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January 8, 2010

e.Bulletin for January 2010

Steve Owens

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STEPHEN W. OWENS
Successful Annual Food & Clothing Drive!

One in eight Utah children lives in poverty. To help combat this sad statistic, Leonard Burningham and Lincoln Mead ramped up the Annual Food & Clothing Drive this year, asking Utah attorneys to provide the cash equivalent of one holiday meal in addition to clothing or household good donations. You responded in a BIG way! We filled a 21 foot trailer full of with clothing, furniture, toys, and household goods AND we collected over $22,000 in cash donations, enough to feed 1200 families this holiday season. Thanks to all who participated!




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January 2010 E-News
Petition to Raise Licensing Fees Filed
Judicial Performance Evaluations are Going Online
Are Your Legal Notices Online?
Dealing With Atrocity; A Public Lecture
2010 Spring Convention
2010 Spring Convention Awards
Notice of Electronic Balloting
Notice of Election - Bar Commission

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December 7, 2009

December2009 e.Bulletin

Steve Owens

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STEPHEN W. OWENS
In Tough Economic Times, Try Unbundling Your Legal Services

Many potential clients cannot afford to hire us to handle their legal issues from a - z. Unbundled Legal Services, also known as Limited Scope Representation, is a growing trend in the legal profession where a lawyer may provide specific legal tasks for a client, while the client remains self-represented in the matter as a whole. A lawyer and client may agree to limit the lawyer's services to things like appearing in court for a specific hearing, counseling on legal rights, advising the client about procedures, or helping to draft documents. The relationship must be by specific, informed agreement. These limited relationships are permitted under the Rules of Professional Conduct if they follow specific guidelines and provide a way for greater access to the courts by those who need legal assistance but cannot afford more comprehensive help. There are great resources available from the ABA and the Bar at http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/delivery/ and http://www.utahbar.org/LRS/limited_representation.html.

December 2009 E-News
2010 Spring Convention
2010 Spring Convention Awards
CLE Calendar for the Final Month of 2009
Notice of Electronic Balloting
Notice of Election - Bar President-elect
Notice of Election - Bar Commission
Attention New Lawyers! - The New Lawyer Training Program
Christmas Food Drive Challenge - Provide one meal for the Holidays

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November 5, 2009

November 2009 e.Bulletin

Steve Owens

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STEPHEN W. OWENS
Successful Pro Bono Event

I want to offer an earnest “thank you” to the wonderful attorneys and paralegals who graciously gave of their time and expertise at the free legal clinic last week at the St. Vincent de Paul Community Center. On a cold and snowy day, we served a hardy hot lunch and distributed mittens to hundreds of homeless and low income people and we remained at the Center well into the afternoon, providing free legal assistance to 50-60 individuals. Local newspapers and television news acknowledged our efforts. http://webster.utahbar.org/news/2009/10/ksl_news_attorneys_volunteer_t.html
Thanks to our event co-chairs, Candice Vogel and Dave Hall.

Try to always have a pro bono case. You will be a hero to someone. Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct establishes an aspirational goal of 50 hours per year or a contribution in the equivalent of ten dollars per hour to organizations that represent our needy, such as “…and Justice for All.” Pro Bono work provides additional benefits for those of us who are currently underemployed to stay involved



November 2009 E-News

  • 2009 Fall Forum

  • State Courts Announce Voluntary E-filing

  • The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission needs your input!

  • Bookmark this! http://litigation.utahbar.org/
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    October 6, 2009

    October e.Bulletin

    Steve Owens


    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STEPHEN W. OWENS
    Celebrate Pro Bono Week
    October 25 - 31, 2009

    The Utah State Bar along with the American Bar Association is launching a “Celebrate Pro Bono” week to draw focus to the increasing need for pro bono services during these unstable economic times and the unprecedented response of attorneys to meet this demand. A recent study suggests that 75% of lawyers donate at least 50 hours per year to pro bono services. This celebration provides an opportunity for the Utah legal community to recognize the contributions of our lawyers and to recruit additional volunteers to meet the growing need. Goals for our week-long celebration include:

    1. Recognizing the pro bono efforts of Utah's lawyers

    2. Recruiting more pro bono volunteers

    3. Mobilizing community support for pro bono>/li>

    We have an opportunity to serve lunch to low income and homeless individuals at the St. Vincent dePaul Resource Center (235 S. Rio Grande Street) in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, October 27, 2009. Following the meal, lawyers will offer a free legal clinic, answering questions regarding a variety of legal topics. If you are interested in participating in this event please contact Christy Abad at adminasst@utahbar.org or register online at http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/pro_bono_week.html.

    Also on October 27th, there will be a free legal clinic at Utah Valley University from 6-8 p.m. in the Timpanogos Room of Utah Valley University Library (800 W. University Parkway, Orem). Utah County attorneys available to give their time and expertise should contact the Legal Studies Office 801-863-8134 or email Jill.Jasperson@byulaw.net.

    More information on these and other events is available on the Bar’s website at
    http://www.utahbar.org/assets/pro_bono_chart.pdf. We hope that you will find a way to serve!



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    September 3, 2009

    September e.Bulletin

    Steve Owens


    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STEPHEN W. OWENS
    Bar Member Breakfast with the Bar President


    The Board of Bar Commissioners and I would like to hear from you. We are planning a series of breakfast meetings each Friday morning at the Bar offices from 8 - 9 a.m. throughout the year where Bar members can walk in or phone in with questions or comments related to administration of finance and accounting, member resources, facilities, event support, and information technology functions of the Utah State Bar. We are looking for meaningful contributions to Bar management, direction, leadership and strategic planning that will help us better serve the Bar's mission to advance the principles of justice, the practice of law, the image of the profession, and public understanding of the law. Please stop in and chat with me and grab some coffee, juice and a light continental breakfast on your way to the office. Or, you may phone in your questions if you prefer by dialing 801-531-9077. Breakfasts are planned for:

    • September 18, 2009

    • September 25, 2009

    • October 02, 2009

    • October 09, 2009

    • October 23, 2009

    • October 30, 2009


    September 2009 E-News


    • Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission's to pretest its surveys of litigants and witnesses

    • National Pro Bono Celebration

    • Banter with The Bench

    • Court Electronic Filing

    • Utah Sentencing Commission Representative

    • American Bar Association Representative

    • 2009 Fall Forum Awards

    • Bar Election Information Available on Web



    1. The sharp-eyed litigators among you may notice a bit of additional activity in courtrooms around the state in the upcoming few weeks. The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is beginning to pretest its surveys of litigants and witnesses. To help the Commission figure out the logistics of this surprisingly complicated task, several district, juvenile, and justice court judges have volunteered to participate in the pretests, working as a team with the Commission to develop the least intrusive means for surveying litigants and witnesses. Following a critical analysis of pretest results, the commission will establish final survey protocols. Towards the end of September, midterm evaluation of the 31 judges standing for retention election in 2012 will finally begin. These evaluations will run until the end of the year. Attorneys can help the process function smoothly by telling their clients and witnesses to expect a survey in the course of their litigation. Further questions? Contact Joanne Slotnik, JPEC Executive Director, at jslotnik@utah.gov .


    2. National Pro Bono Celebration
       
      As one of many events in Utah celebrating National Pro Bono Week, members of the Utah State Bar will serve lunch at the St. Vincent dePaul Resource Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, October 27, 2009. Following the meal, lawyers will offer a free legal clinic, answering questions regarding a variety of legal topics. If you are interested in participating in the event at St. Vincent dePaul Resource Center, please contact Christy Abad at christy.abad@utahbar.org or register online at http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/pro_bono_week.html


    3. Court Electronic Filing - The U.S. District Court has required for some time that the filer redact sensitive information from public pleadings and other papers. Since April 1, the state courts have required the filer to omit or redact private information from a public record and to certify that they have done so. Rule 4-202.09(9). As long as papers sat quietly in an obscure filing cabinet, the presence of sensitive information in a public record was a dormant issue. Although public, few people bothered to make the trip to the courthouse to view the record. With electronic filing, the internet will be the courts' filing cabinet, and public records will be available to the public in a very real sense. Respect your clients' privacy and the privacy of the other parties; leave private information out of public records. The courts have developed 4 forms that can be used to provide required non-public information to the court. The forms are available on the court's website at: http://www.utcourts.gov/howto/filing/non-public/


    4. Utah Sentencing Commission Representative - The Utah Sentencing Commission is a legislatively created body charged with establishing sentencing guidelines and developing policy recommendations regarding the sentencing and release of adult and juvenile offenders. The Sentencing Commission is comprised of 27 members representing all facets of the justice system, including judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, legislators, victims, law enforcement, treatment specialists, ethnic minorities, corrections officials, parole authorities, and others. The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve a four-year term on the Utah Sentencing Commission. Please send your letter of application and resume no later than Monday, October 5, 2009 to Christy Abad at christy.abad@utahbar.org or 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.

    5. American Bar Association Representative - The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve a two-year term as the Bar’s representative to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. The term would run through the August 2011 ABA Annual Meeting. Please send your letter of application and resume no later than Monday, October 5, 2009 to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, Utah State Bar, at jbaldwin@utahbar.org or 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. The ABA House of Delegates meets two times a year during the ABA conventions. There will be some preparation work to review issues and communicate with the Bar Commission. The Bar's delegate to the ABA is also an Ex-officio Member of the Utah State Bar Commission.

    6. 2009 Fall Forum Awards - The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2009 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 21, 2009. The award categories include Distinguished Community Member Award, Professionalism Award, Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. View a list of past award recipients at: http://www.utahbar.org/members/awards_recipients.html

    7. Bar Election Information Available on the Web - Nominating petitions for Commission elections in the Second and Third Divisions for the 2010-2011 year may be obtained on the Bar's website at http://webster.utahbar.org/news/2008/12/petition_to_run_for_bar_commis.html. Completed petitions must be received no later than February 1, 2010.

    "I have a question or comment for the Bar President"  -  President@utahbar.org

    August 5, 2009

    August e.Bulletin

    Steve Owens


    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STEPHEN W. OWENS
    Getting Help in Troubling Times

    Thanks for allowing me to serve as your president. As the Bar Commission lays out its priorities for the coming year--including sound financial management, protecting our fair and impartial courts, and implementing our mentoring program--we are mindful of the many challenges each of us face in the practice of law. Law can be a stressful profession, especially in a down economy. The Utah State Bar wants to help provide the tools to confront the unique set of challenges lawyers face.

    Lawyers on active status and judges encountering family problems, stress, depression, anxiety, personal cash management difficulties, elder care challenges, assessment of drug/alcohol dependence, and any other issues impairing work or personal lives may receive immediate access to free, confidential, statewide professional counseling from Blomquist Hale Consulting or experienced peer counseling from Utah Lawyers Helping Lawyers.

    Blomquist Hale counseling services are free of charge and extend to eligible dependents. There are no co-pays, deductibles, or limits on the number of sessions. Services are entirely confidential and available 24/7. Please call: 1-800-926-9619

    Utah Lawyers Helping Lawyers renders confidential peer-to-peer assistance to any member of the Utah State Bar whose professional performance is or may be impaired because of mental illness, emotional distress, substance abuse or any other disabling condition or circumstance. Please call: 1-800-530-3743

    For more helpful information, log on to www.utahbar.org or directly to Blomquist Hale at www.blomquisthale.com or to Utah Lawyers Helping Lawyers at www.lawyershelpinglawyers.org.


    August 2009 E-News


    • ABA House of Delegates Representitive Sought
    • 2009 Fall Forum Award Nominations Sought
    • Banter with The Bench
    • Congratulations to the 2009 Annual Award Recipients



    1. American Bar Association Representative
       
      The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve a two-year term as the Bar’s representative to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. The term would run through the August 2011 ABA Annual Meeting. Please send your letter of application and resume no later than Monday, October 5, 2009 to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, Utah State Bar, at jbaldwin@utahbar.org or 645 South, 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. The ABA House of Delegates meets two times a year during the ABA conventions. There will be some preparation work to review issues and communicate with the Bar Commission. The Bar's delegate to the ABA is also an Ex-officio Member of the Utah State Bar Commission.


    2. 2009 Fall Forumn Awards
       
      The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2009 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, September 21, 2009. The award categories include Distinguished Community Member Award, Professionalism Award, Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. View a list of past award recipients at: http://www.utahbar.org/members/awards_recipients.html



    3. Banter with The Bench - Please join the Women Lawyers of Utah for the 2009 Banter with the Bench on Friday, August 28, 2009 from 12-1:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Matheson Courthouse at 450 S. State Street. Join women commissioners, judges and justices from Utah's federal, state, administrative, justice, trial and appellate courts for a lively discussion on issues related to women and the law. Lunch from Carlucci's Bakery will be provided and 1.0 hour of CLE credit is approved. Cost: $20 for WLU members, $10 for law students and recent graduates (pre-Bar admission) and $30 for non-members. RSVP and prepayment is strongly suggested. Only checks - no cash - will be accepted for day of registration. WLU membership is $40. This annual event is one of WLU's most popular so please RSVP early and send in your payment to reserve a spot. RSVP to Laura Lindsay at - llindsay@parrbrown.com and mail your check made out to WLU to her at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless 185 South State Street, Suite 800 Salt Lake City, Utah 84111


    4. Annual Award Recipients - The Bar wishes to congratulate Judge Judith S. Atherton who was selected as Judge of the Year and Paul T. Moxley who was chosen as Lawyer of the Year. Each of these award recipients has a long history of professionalism, public service and personal dedication to the building up of the legal profession. Also given awards at the 2009 Summer Convention were the New Lawyer Training Program Committee and the Appellate Practice Section as Committee and Section of the year, respectively.

    "I have a question or comment for the Bar President"  -  President@utahbar.org

    July 15, 2009

    July e.Bulletin

    Nate Alder


    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NATHAN D. ALDER
    Looking Back, Looking Forward

    When I took the oath of office a year ago, the issues facing me as a new president seemed manageable and in many ways just what I was used to dealing with as a five-year member of the Bar Commission.  However, the challenges and issues presented to me, and all leaders of our profession, particularly as we had to respond to the economic crisis that presented itself in the Fall of 2008, have been serious, consistent, and profound .  There are no quick fixes. Although I have done my level best to address each challenge and issue as it arose, I am writing to you, as my colleagues, to ask you once again to join in our greater cause and to help our community address the many issues we now face. This is a time for many leaders and many volunteers. All of us need to roll up our sleeves. This is a time when you as members of the Utah State Bar need to become engaged. This is also a time to read and reflect, listen and observe, learn and understand so we can help now and in the future. To each of  you volunteers and to all who are dedicated to our legal system, and to the hallmarks of our profession, your service is  greatly appreciated. It makes a huge difference. Honorable lawyers lift up society. Thank you. And thank you for the privilege of being your president. I wish you all the best. 


    July 2009 E-News


    • Utah State Bar Request for 2009-2010 Committee Assignment
    • Mailing of Licensing Forms
    • CLE - Ethics School July 22nd



    1. Utah State Bar Request for 2009-2010 Committee Assignment
       
      The Utah Bar Commission is soliciting new volunteers to commit time and talent to one or more of 17 different committees which participate in regulating admissions and discipline and in fostering competency, public service and high standards of professional conduct. Please consider sharing your time in the service of your profession and the public through meaningful involvement in any area of interest. If you would like to participate in a committee please download, complete, and mail in the PDF form located at www.utahbar.org/committees/UtahStateBarRequest_for_2009-10_CommitteeAssignment.pdf.


    2. Mailing of Licensing Forms
       
      The licensing forms for 2009-2010 have been mailed. While fees are due by July 1, 2009, fees received or postmarked on or before July 31, 2009, will be processed without penalty.  If you have not yet submitted your licensing information, the fastest way to do so is to renew online by visiting www.myutahbar.org, logging in using your Casemaker access code, and then selecting to renew your license. If you do not have your access code, you may obtain it  by sending an email to onlineservices@utahbar.org and the login information will be sent to your email address of record. If you have submitted your licensing information please allow for up to three weeks for processing.
       
      It is the responsibility of each attorney to provide the Bar with current address information. Failure to notify the Bar of an address change does not relieve an attorney from paying licensing fees or late fees. Failure to make timely payment will result in an administrative suspension for non-payment after the deadline. You may check the Bar's website to see what information is on file. The site is updated weekly and is located at www.utahbar.org.
       
      If you need to update your address information, you may change it directly online at www.myutahbar.org or you may submit the changes in writing to:  Licensing, Utah State Bar, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-3834. You may also submit the information by e-mail to Licensing@utahbar.org or by fax at 801-531-9537.


    3. CLE - Ethics School July 22nd - The Utah State Bar Office of Professional Conduct will be holding its semi-annual Ethics School on Wednesday, July 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 pm. This program will provide for 6 hours of ethics credit including 1 hour of professionalism credit or 6 hours of NLCLE credit. Lunch is included. Seating is limited so please register by visiting https://utahbar.org/cle/events/registration/ethics_school.html.  

    "I have a question or comment for the Bar President"  -  President@utahbar.org

    June 4, 2009

    June e.Bulletin

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NATHAN D. ALDER

    The Need for a Licensing Fee Increase

    The Bar Commission has taken up the issue of a licensing fee increase that would take effect next year in the 2010-2011 renewal cycle.  It would not affect the current 2009-2010 renewals that are now being processed.  It was twenty years ago when licensing fees were last increased.  Three years ago the Utah Supreme Court directed the Bar to undertake an outside review of its governance and operations. Grant Thornton conducted that review and recommended that the Bar do a follow-up and in-depth review of its operations.  Accordingly, last year reviewers studied five areas (management and technology, communications, admissions, access to justice, and benefits/services) and issued reports.  By next month an additional five areas (professional conduct, continuing legal education, building/property, client security fund, and fee dispute resolution) will be completed.  This three-year review effort has indicated several areas where investment in future operations, planning, development and offerings are necessary.  The Bar has created a page on our website for information related to the eventual petition for a licensing fee increase, including an extended article that I have recently written. ( www.utahbar.org/documents/ ).  More information will be posted upon receipt.  At the site you will find the Grant Thornton review, the completed operational reviews from last year, the Utah Supreme Court’s Rules for Integration and Management of the Utah State Bar, Bar By-Laws, the 2008-2009 Audit, as well as the budget for 2009-2010.  The Bar Commission will next study the petition issue on July 15th and thereafter again at its August 28th and October 2nd Commission meetings.  The Commission anticipates filing the petition by the end of December 2009.


    June 2009 E-News
  • Online Licensing NOW Available and Licensing Forms Mailed

  • Summer Convention

  • Economic Stimulus Package for Lawyers

  • In Memory of Judge David K. Winder

  • Women Lawyer's Forum 

  • Online Licensing NOW Available and Licensing Forms Mailed - The Utah State Bar has activated online license renewal and has mailed the 2009-2010 licensing forms.  PLEASE NOTE AN IMPORTANT CHANGE:  If you use a credit card to renew your license, you must renew online.  Using the online form with your credit card will speed up your renewal while helping to further reduce the risk of identity theft.  You may login right now* at www.myutahbar.org - no need to wait for your form to arrive in the mail.  More licensing information is available at http://www.utahbar.org/licensing/.



    *  If you have forgotten your myutahbar.org login or you have not yet registered, please complete the request form located at http://www.utahbar.org/casemaker/request_casemaker.html or email casemaker@utahbar.org.




  • Summer Convention  -  Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has been quoted recently as saying that she "need(s) to retire from retirement."  We hope to help her do that when she addresses us at our Summer Convention.  Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court when President Ronald Reagan appointed her in 1981.  She joins other fine speakers and CLE courses at this year's Convention.  The brochure and lodging information is available at http://www.utahbar.org/cle/annualconvention/welcome.html.




  • Economic Stimulus Package for Lawyers  -  Dealing with change is often difficult and  challenging.  The cracks in the pyramid structure of large law firms have been exposed.  Understanding the road ahead may make a critical difference.  Join us for this unique CLE  about the changing landscape of law practice on Friday, June 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   For more information and to register, visit:  http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/solo_smallfirm_rural.html .




  • In Memory of Judge David K. Winder  -  A public memorial service for United States District Judge David K. Winder will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on June 9, 2009 at Libby Gardner Hall, 1375 Presidents Circle, University of Utah.  All members of the Bar are invited to attend and celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Judge Winder.




  • Women Lawyer's Forum  -  Please join Women Lawyers of Utah for Symposium II on the Retention and Advancement of Women Attorneys on June 25, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  This symposium will be held at the Federal Courthouse (350 South Main St.) in Judge Benson’s courtroom.  The symposium will include a presentation from Mary Crane, a nationally recognized expert on generational issues in the workplace; and will also include discussions about the best practices for retaining and advancing women attorneys.  See http://utahwomenlawyers.org/ for more information and to RSVP.


  • "I have a question or comment for the Bar President"  -  President@utahbar.org

    May 4, 2009

    May e.Bulletin

    nate_alder_color.jpgMESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NATHAN D. ALDER

    Utah State Bar 2009 elections are now complete. Robert L. Jeffs has been elected as our new President-elect. Elected in the Third Division are Christian W. Clinger and James D. Gilson. 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.

    May 2009 E-News

    Annual Survey of Bar Members
    Licensing Forms
    Sun Valley Convention
    Nominations Sought for Summer Convention Awards
    Women Lawyers Morning Symposium
    Professional Services Tax
    Service of Process
    Lawyers Needed to Network
    Group Benefit Highlight: Jabberclick.com

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    April 2, 2009

    April e.Bulletin

    nate_alder_color.jpgMESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NATHAN D. ALDER

    New Lawyer Training Program

    In December 2008, the Utah Supreme Court approved the New Lawyer Training Program ("NLTP") which is now required for new lawyers. The NLTP is a Court-led and Bar-administered mentoring program modeled after Georgia's highly successful program that they started 10 years ago. The Bench and Bar now seek mentors who will serve the profession by taking this formal opportunity to more effectively guide a new lawyer one-on-one through a carefully designed and highly interactive first year CLE program (www.utahbar.org/nltp). Our Supreme Court will appoint those who are qualified and willing to serve as mentors. The program requires 500 or mentors. I am honored to be president at this time and ask you to serve with me and our colleagues in this important endeavor.

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    March 2, 2009

    March e.Bulletin

    nate_alder_color.jpgMESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NATHAN D. ALDER
    Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission Comments

    The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is now up and running. Well into the administrative rulemaking process, the Commission is also focused on getting attorney and juror surveys underway this year. The Commission will update the Bar in Sun Valley on progress to date. In the meantime, if you have specific questions that you think should or should not be included in the attorney survey, please email your suggestions to Joanne Slotnik, the new executive director of JPEC, at jslotnik@utah.gov.



    March 2009 E-News

  • Bar Elections

  • Spring Convention

  • New Lawyer Training Program ("NLTP")

  • Wills for Heroes at Spring Convention

  • Blomquist Hale

  • 2009 Pro Bono Publico Awards

  • Law Day Luncheon

  • Mock Trial Competition

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    February 9, 2009

    February e.Bulletin

    nate_alder_color.jpgMESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NATHAN D. ALDER
    Court Budget CutsState Court has received an 8.5% total cut for FY’09. This is dramatic and very concerning. Proposals are being floated for an additional 11% to 19% cut for FY’10 which will only further erode our Court system. I am deeply worried about this situation. We can already see consequences from changes to our Court system; we must soon reverse these negative effects. Utah can ill-afford to let our system of justice slip any number of notches below what our Constitution and democratic society requires and so rightly deserves. I encourage you to read Chief Justice Durham’s State of the Judiciary Address which was emailed to all Bar members and has been posted at www.utahbar.org. I encourage you to discuss these concerns with Legislators and other elected officials, decision makers, colleagues, neighbors and friends. We are advocates for the Courts and must now step up to protect our judicial system from further insufficient funding scenarios.

    February 2009 E-News

  • Spring Convention in St. George (March 12 - 14)

  • Utah Appellate Court Nominating Commission Vacancies

  • CLE Program Feedback Sought

  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers Programs

  • Mentoring Program Information

  • Group Health Insurance for Utah State Bar Members

  • Free CLE - Law Office Mobility with Blackberry Rep
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    January 9, 2009

    January e.Bulletin

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NATHAN D. ALDER
    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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    December 4, 2008

    December e.Bulletin

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NATHAN D. ALDER
    URGENT NEED: Lawyers and Court Personnel Food & Winter Clothing Drive

    nate_alder_color.jpgYou don't need me to tell you that fallout from our current economic crisis is readily apparent in our neighborhoods. (see my recent opinion piece in the Salt Lake Tribune - www.sltrib.com/ci_11130076?IADID=Search-www.sltrib.com-www.sltrib.com.) With the great need in our community at the forefront of our minds and hearts, we are announcing an expansion of the Annual Food & Winter Clothing Drive. Utah Food Bank Services has had a 30% increase this year in requests for food without an increase in food donations. One way we can help end this crisis is by signing up with the Food Bank to do a food drive in our firms. Go to the Utah Food Bank website at www.utahfoodbank.org. Click on “Get Involved” and then “Host a Food Drive.” Scroll down and click on “To Get Started - Register your organization and drive online” and complete the simple on line registration form. Questions can be directed to Brenda Thompson (801) 887-1227.

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    November 10, 2008

    November e.Bulletin

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NATHAN D. ALDER

    Financial Report

    nate_alder_color.jpgThe Bar operates on a $4.5 million annual zero-based budget in which revenues cover expenses for each year's operations. The budget is available on our web site at www.utahbar.org under the heading Bar Operations. The budget and all financial matters are reviewed by a Budget and Finance Committee, consisting of accountants, bankers, members who practice in this area, and other leaders. The Bar recently went through its annual audit by Deloitte and Touche and received a clean report regarding its financial operations.

    Based on conservative fiscal policies and following the recommendation of the Budget and Finance Committee, the Bar has been gradually accumulating a cash surplus over the last several years which has permitted us to allocate just over $1 million dollars into reserves. Those reserves have been allocated to protect against unknown occurrences and to cover contingency losses, building expenses and operational emergencies. Bar funds are placed in Zions Bank and managed according to guidelines of the State Money Management Act, which governs the investment of all public funds. Deposits are put in cash or cash equivalent money market instruments or in short term government backed or highly rated corporate notes, debentures and bonds.

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    October 3, 2008

    October e.Bulletin

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NATHAN D. ALDER

    Utah State Bar Mentoring Program

    nate_alder_color.jpgOn September 30, 2008, the Utah State Bar submitted a petition to the Utah Supreme Court for the creation of a New Lawyer Training Program ("NLTP"). Utah’s NLTP will help train new lawyers during their first year of practice in professionalism, ethics, and civility. The Program will also aid new lawyers in acquiring the practical skills and judgment necessary to practice in a highly competent manner. The NLTP could be effective for successful 2009 February Bar Exam candidates and thereafter would be mandatory. More detailed information will be posted soon on the Bar's website http://www.utahbar.org/nltp/. Detailed information, and the opportunity for public comment on the proposal, is currently available at the Court's website (http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/comments/). If accepted by the Court, the Bench and Bar will call on qualifying Utah attorneys to apply to mentor new lawyers (mentors and new lawyers will receive CLE credit upon successful completion of the program). We strongly encourage Bar members to volunteer as mentors with the NLTP. You can learn more, and sign up to be a mentor, at http://www.utahbar.org/nltp/.

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    September 3, 2008

    September e.Bulletin

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NATHAN D. ALDER

    Utah State Bar Joins the Utah Nonprofits Association

    nate_alder_color.jpgI am pleased to announce that the Utah State Bar has joined the Utah Nonprofits Association. The UNA is Utah's official statewide affiliate of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA). The Bar is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization that has developed some key partnerships to further achieve its public mission. The UNA’s membership includes over 470 nonprofit organizations and individual members. UNA members represent organizations of all sizes and mission areas, including educational outreach groups, legal services agencies, arts and cultural organizations, historical societies, homeless and battered women's shelters, agencies that provide services to children, at-risk youth and families, community development organizations, environmental groups, museums, food banks, and many other types of nonprofit organizations. We look forward to providing our members greater opportunities to collaborate with UNA member organizations and to provide valuable leadership on various community and nonprofit-related issues important to our community.

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    August 13, 2008

    August e.Bulletin

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT NATHAN D. ALDER
    Utah Young Lawyers Division Honors

    nate_alder_color.jpgOur Utah Young Lawyers Division was honored at the ABA YLD meetings held in New York City this past week. The Utah YLD received a First Place Award of Achievement recognizing the Utah YLD's overall projects and programming. They also received First Place Awards for their Newsletter and Single Service to the Bar Project for "Been There, Done That: Succeeding as a Woman Attorney" (Chairs: Wendy Petersen and Cheylynn Hayman). Another First Place Award was given for the YLD Mentoring Marathon (Chairs: Cheylynn Hayman and Su Chon) and a Second Place Award of Achievement for their Service to the Public for Tuesday Night Bar (Chairs: Kelly Latimer, Christina Micken and Matt Wride). Congratulations to the 2007-2008 Utah Young Lawyers Division Board and President Stephanie Pugsley for all of their efforts!! You have deservedly been recognized both at home and nationally for being spectacular.

    August e.Bulletin News

  • Utah Lawyer Directory and LegalMatch

  • Bar Commission Changes

  • Summer Convention Awards

  • Tenth Circuit Conference

  • Mandatory CLE Rule Change

  • Utah State Bar CLE Offerings
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    July 3, 2008

    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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    June 9, 2008

    June e.Bulletin

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT V. LOWRY SNOW
    New Utah State Bar Lawyer Referral Service


    LowerySnow.jpgI am very pleased to announce that beginning July 1, 2008, the Utah State Bar will create a new directory for lawyer referrals. Participation in the introductory "Find a Utah Lawyer Directory" is voluntary and free of charge. The directory will provide potential clients with an on-line listing of each lawyer's name, address, admission date, law school and telephone number within specific geographic areas and practice types as identified by the search criteria. It will include a lawyer's email address only if specifically authorized. Lawyers will be permitted to list up to 5 practice types. You may review the screen for the "Find a Utah Lawyer Directory" and sign up to participate at www.utahbar.org/LRS.

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    May 5, 2008

    May e.bulletin

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT V. LOWRY SNOW
    Summer Convention - July 16-19, 2008 - Sun Valley, Idaho

    LowerySnow.jpg
    Co-chairs, Victoria Kidman and Mark Baer, along with their committee have put together a Summer Convention program that promises enlightening CLE and entertaining family events. Our presenters are a diverse group of well-qualified individuals from our own Bar and around the country. Our Thursday keynote speaker is Monroe Freeman who was the recipient of the American Bar Association's highest award for professionalism and is recognized as "one of the most highly regarded constitutional lawyers." Also addressing us will be Steve Wozniak, Apple Computers Inc. co-founder who started a computer revolution that has yet to slow down. On a personal note, I always look forward to the Family Carnival - an opportunity to "kick back" with my colleagues and enjoy a good barbeque. This year, we will also take in a movie in the "Opera House" as a finale to our evening. Please make your plans now to join us in July for what will surely be a memorable time. View the program and accommodation arrangements at http://www.utahbar.org/cle/annualconvention/brochure.pdf

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    April 7, 2008

    April e.Bulletin

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT V. LOWRY SNOW

    Bar Elections
    Utah State Bar elections are in full swing. We will choose a President-elect and three Third District representatives in the coming weeks. Running for President-elect are: Stephen W. Owens and Scott R. Sabey. Seeking to represent those in the Third District are: Su Chon, Laurie Gilliland, James D. Gilson, Lori W. Nelson, Margaret Plane, Rodney G. Snow and Rusty Vetter. We want to thank the fine attorneys who are willing to balance their work load with service to our Bar. The vitality of the Bar and our success in fulfilling our mission is dependent upon concerned and qualified volunteers like these candidates who are willing to devote their time and energy. Read the candidates’ statements at: http://www.utahbar.org/elections/Welcome.html

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    March 10, 2008

    March e.Bulletin

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT V. LOWRY SNOW

    LowerySnow.jpgThe Need for and Fair and Impartial Judiciary

    The Bar has emphasized in the media the need for a fair and impartial judiciary and has expressed concerns over attempts to interfere with judicial decision making. To read our op-ed article in the Salt Lake Tribune visit: http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_8465405




    March 2008 E-News

    * Spring Convention
    * Wills for Heroes
    * New CLE Seminar
    * Rates Cut for Comprehensive Liability Coverage

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    February 5, 2008

    February e.Bulletin

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT V. LOWRY SNOW
    Spring Convention in St. George

    LowerySnow.jpgLet's come together for the Utah State Bar Spring Convention March 13 - 15 in "America's Number One Boomtown." Nestled in Utah's beautiful red desert, St. George has always been Utah's favorite "get away" location. Our Spring Convention is our opportunity not only to take a winter break (perhaps get in some golf), but also to discuss with knowledgeable practitioners the issues facing our Bar and profession. Additionally, we will have the occasion to meet and speak informally with local and national experts in various legal fields. Spring Convention also gives us the opportunity to renew old friendships and make some new friends.
    The Spring Convention is approved for 9 hours of CLE credit, including up to 2 hours Ethics credit. A detailed brochure and registration information are available online at www.utahbar.org/cle. Early registration ends February 22nd.

    I will look forwarding to seeing you in sunny St. George!

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    January 8, 2008

    January e.Bulletin

    * President's Message: Professional Counseling Services for Utah Lawyers and Judges
    * Spring Convention in St. George March 13 - 15
    * January 2008 CLE Seminar Calendar
    * MCLE Deadlines & Fees

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    November 29, 2007

    December e.Bulletin

    * CLE Calendar for the Final Quarter of 2007
    * Annual Food & Clothing Drive - December 14, 2007
    * Member Resources - Blomquist Hale and Lawyers Helping Lawyers
    * Governmental Relations Committee Seeking Members
    * Administrative Office of the Courts - New Website
    * Nominations for Advancement of Women and Minorities
    * Bar President-elect - Election Notice
    * Bar Commissioners - Election Notice

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    November 5, 2007

    November e.Bulletin

    * Fall Forum on Friday, November 16th at the Salt Palace
    * New Diversion Rule
    * CLE Calendar for the Final Quarter of 2007
    * Mark the Date: December 14, 2007 - Annual Food & Clothing Drive
    * NOTICE OF ELECTION OF BAR PRESIDENT-ELECT
    * NOTICE OF ELECTION OF BAR COMMISSIONERS

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    October 2, 2007

    October e.Bulletin

    * Fall Forum
    * 6th Annual YLD Bar Sharks for Justice Pool Tournament
    * NEW Diversion Rule
    * CLE Calendar for the Final Quarter of 2007
    * Mark the Date: December 14, 2007 - Annual Food & Clothing Drive
    * The Complete Lawyer: What Can Law Schools Do Better?

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    September 5, 2007

    e.Bulletin for September 2007

    Grand Opening of the Southern Utah Community Legal Center – September 28th
    Fall Forum – November 16, 2007, Salt Palace Convention Center
    Fall Forum Award Nominations Sought
    Last Quarter 2007 CLE Highlights
    Casemaker 2.0 Trial Version Available
    Sixth Annual YLD “Bar Sharks For Justice” Pool Tournament

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    August 6, 2007

    August e.Bulletin

    * Fall CLE Calendar
    * Licensing Forms - Late as of August 1, 2007
    * Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee Seeks New Members
    * Judicial Council Seeks Children and Family Law Committee Member
    * Legal Marketing Practice Resources
    * "The Graying of Lawyers" July/Aug Issue of The Complete Lawyer

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    July 9, 2007

    July e.Bulletin

    * 2007 Annual Convention – July 18-21 in Sun Valley, Idaho
    * Licensing Reminder - Late fee after July 31
    * July 2007 Bar Exam – Held at South Towne Expo Center
    * Online CLE – Alan Dershowitz July 18, 2007
    * Law Practice Management Tip – Digital Dictation Devices
    * Supreme Court Seeks Attorneys to Serve on Advisory Rule Committees

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    May 30, 2007

    June e.Bulletin

    * 2007/2008 Licensing Information
    * 2007 Annual Convention - July 18-21 in Sun Valley, Idaho
    * Member Services Updates
    * Summary of Bar Operations Available
    * Member Benefit Highlight - LegalMatch Merchant Processing

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    May 3, 2007

    May e.Bulletin

    * Utah State Bar President Election Results
    * 2007 Annual Convention - July 18-21 in Sun Valley Idaho
    * Law Day Run - May 5, 2007!
    * Courts Committee on Civil Procedures Discovery Survey
    * Free Podcast on New Electronic Discovery Rules
    * Report on Web-based Primary Legal Resources

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    April 5, 2007

    April e.Bulletin

    * 2007 Annual Convention Lodging Information - July 18-21, 2007 Sun Valley, ID
    * Annual Spring Practice Section CLE Events
    * Nominations Sought for UDDE Board
    * Bar Commission and President-elect Elections Update
    * "What's in a Name?" New Name for the Solo, Small Firm and Rural Section
    * The Complete Lawyer: The Fast Changing Face of Diversity

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    March 1, 2007

    March e.Bulletin

    * 2007 Spring Convention in St. George – March 8-10, 2007
    * Bar Seeks Financial/Licensing Administrator
    * Paralegal Award Nominations Sought
    * ABA TechShow – March 22-24, 2007
    * Member Benefit Highlight: DHL Express

    2007 Spring Convention in St. George – March 8-10, 2007

    We are fast approaching the dates for the exciting 2007 Utah State Bar Spring Convention. This year's planning committee has put together a great program
    (www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/schedule.html)

    with fun events
    (www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/events_other_information.html),

    excellent speakers
    (www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/speakers.html)

    and relaxing accommodations
    (www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/accommodations.html)

    along with many opportunities to get to know your colleagues better. Registration for the Convention is easy online (www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/registration.html). Complete program information and the full brochure is available at: www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/Welcome.html.

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    February 5, 2007

    February 2007 e.Bulletin

    2007 Spring Convention in St. George – March 8-10, 2007
    Casemaker SuperCode Feature Available!
    New House Counsel Rule in Place
    ABA TechShow Early Registration Deadline – February 9th
    Member Benefit Highlight - DirectPointe
    Member Benefit Highlight - T-Mobile

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    2007 Spring Convention in St. George – March 8-10, 2007
    With only 5 weeks left, now is the time to plan your annual trip to St. George for warm sunshine and great CLE programs. This year's Convention program provides a balance of fun, entertainment and stimulating CLE. Jon Gordon, best-selling author and "America's Energy Coach", will jump-start the Convention by equating energy with athletic performance, happiness, purpose, enthusiasm and professional success. The Salt Lake Tribune editorial cartoonist, Pat Bagley, will highlight the dinner on Friday with his comedic view of the lighter side of the law and lawyers. Early registration discounts are in effect until February 23rd. For more information about the Convention: www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/Welcome.html.

    Casemaker SuperCode Feature Available!

    The free Casemaker service now includes a new feature called SuperCode. When searching in sections of the Utah Code library, you will now see a list of new legislation that impacts a given code section displayed to the right of the code. Casemaker is the free online legal research service available to active, inactive full-service and paralegal members of the Bar. To access Casemaker, click the Casemaker logo on the Bar’s page www.utahbar.org. To access your login and password, send a request to casemaker@utahbar.org.

    New House Counsel Rule in Place

    Attorneys who are currently serving as in-house counsel for a Utah employer but are not licensed in the state have until November 1, 2007 to file an application with the Bar. If their application is received before the grace period ends, any prior legal activity will not be referred to the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and the attorney can continue to practice as house counsel for their employer while waiting for licensing approval. New house counsel entering the state have six months after establishing an office or residence to file an application. More information about the new House Counsel status is available at www.utahbar.org/admissions/rule20.html. Utah lawyers are encouraged to pass along this information to those who meet these requirements.

    ABA TechShow Early Registration Deadline – February 9th

    The 2007 ABA TechShow is set for March 22-24, 2007 in Chicago, IL. This premier legal technology conference includes a valuable slate of programs to help any lawyer better understand and use technology in their practice. The program features Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, renowned for her landmark Zubulake v. UBS Warburg decisions on establishing relevant factors for dealing with e-discovery. Utah State Bar members receive an extra $100 off the registration price for TechShow. To find out more about TechShow and to register, go to www.techshow.com. To receive the greatest discount make sure to register using the Association Discount Code option and enter the Utah State Bar code: PP733

    Member Benefit Highlight - Directpointe

    DirectPointe Inc., based in Lindon, Utah, provides managed computing services that make technology simple, manageable and affordable for small and midsize businesses. The company takes ownership of the entire computing lifecycle, including procurement, deployment, management, protection and support, so customers have one company to handle all their computing needs. Customers can deploy a complete solution to manage their entire environment or a subset of services to complement their existing infrastructure. DirectPointe solutions are delivered for one consistent monthly payment to ease budgeting and eliminate upfront costs. For more information about DirectPointe, visit www.directpointe.com or call (801) 805-3895.


    Member Benefit Highlight T-Mobile (Do you prefer White or Black Pearls?)

    E-mail just got personal. Exclusively from T-Mobile, the new BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8100™ in white or black makes staying connected via e-mail to friends, family and life as easy as calling. You can combine up to 10 personal and work addresses and have them automatically delivered – right to the palm of your hand. The BlackBerry Pearl is a full-featured quad-band world phone, with 1.3 megapixel camera, real Web browser, Bluetooth® 2.0 connectivity, and a media player with extra (Micro SD storage), so you can do it all and keep in touch virtually anytime, anywhere. The Blackberry Pearl is the smallest Blackberry ever made with all the great features you expect and more. For new lines of service call 1-866-464-8662.Reference promotional code: 877TMOFAV A T-Mobile expert will help you sign up! For existing T-Mobile clients call 1-800-937-8997

    February 2007 e.Bulletin

    2007 Spring Convention in St. George – March 8-10, 2007
    Casemaker SuperCode Feature Available!
    New House Counsel Rule in Place
    ABA TechShow Early Registration Deadline – February 9th
    Member Benefit Highlight - DirectPointe
    Member Benefit Highlight - T-Mobile

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    2007 Spring Convention in St. George – March 8-10, 2007
    With only 5 weeks left, now is the time to plan your annual trip to St. George for warm sunshine and great CLE programs. This year's Convention program provides a balance of fun, entertainment and stimulating CLE. Jon Gordon, best-selling author and "America's Energy Coach", will jump-start the Convention by equating energy with athletic performance, happiness, purpose, enthusiasm and professional success. The Salt Lake Tribune editorial cartoonist, Pat Bagley, will highlight the dinner on Friday with his comedic view of the lighter side of the law and lawyers. Early registration discounts are in effect until February 23rd. For more information about the Convention: www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/Welcome.html.

    Casemaker SuperCode Feature Available!

    The free Casemaker service now includes a new feature called SuperCode. When searching in sections of the Utah Code library, you will now see a list of new legislation that impacts a given code section displayed to the right of the code. Casemaker is the free online legal research service available to active, inactive full-service and paralegal members of the Bar. To access Casemaker, click the Casemaker logo on the Bar’s page www.utahbar.org. To access your login and password, send a request to casemaker@utahbar.org.

    New House Counsel Rule in Place

    Attorneys who are currently serving as in-house counsel for a Utah employer but are not licensed in the state have until November 1, 2007 to file an application with the Bar. If their application is received before the grace period ends, any prior legal activity will not be referred to the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and the attorney can continue to practice as house counsel for their employer while waiting for licensing approval. New house counsel entering the state have six months after establishing an office or residence to file an application. More information about the new House Counsel status is available at www.utahbar.org/admissions/rule20.html. Utah lawyers are encouraged to pass along this information to those who meet these requirements.

    ABA TechShow Early Registration Deadline – February 9th

    The 2007 ABA TechShow is set for March 22-24, 2007 in Chicago, IL. This premier legal technology conference includes a valuable slate of programs to help any lawyer better understand and use technology in their practice. The program features Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, renowned for her landmark Zubulake v. UBS Warburg decisions on establishing relevant factors for dealing with e-discovery. Utah State Bar members receive an extra $100 off the registration price for TechShow. To find out more about TechShow and to register, go to www.techshow.com. To receive the greatest discount make sure to register using the Association Discount Code option and enter the Utah State Bar code: PP733

    Member Benefit Highlight - Directpointe

    DirectPointe Inc., based in Lindon, Utah, provides managed computing services that make technology simple, manageable and affordable for small and midsize businesses. The company takes ownership of the entire computing lifecycle, including procurement, deployment, management, protection and support, so customers have one company to handle all their computing needs. Customers can deploy a complete solution to manage their entire environment or a subset of services to complement their existing infrastructure. DirectPointe solutions are delivered for one consistent monthly payment to ease budgeting and eliminate upfront costs. For more information about DirectPointe, visit www.directpointe.com or call (801) 805-3895.


    Member Benefit Highlight T-Mobile (Do you prefer White or Black Pearls?)

    E-mail just got personal. Exclusively from T-Mobile, the new BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8100™ in white or black makes staying connected via e-mail to friends, family and life as easy as calling. You can combine up to 10 personal and work addresses and have them automatically delivered – right to the palm of your hand. The BlackBerry Pearl is a full-featured quad-band world phone, with 1.3 megapixel camera, real Web browser, Bluetooth® 2.0 connectivity, and a media player with extra (Micro SD storage), so you can do it all and keep in touch virtually anytime, anywhere. The Blackberry Pearl is the smallest Blackberry ever made with all the great features you expect and more. For new lines of service call 1-866-464-8662.Reference promotional code: 877TMOFAV A T-Mobile expert will help you sign up! For existing T-Mobile clients call 1-800-937-8997

    January 10, 2007

    January e.Bulletin

    * 2007 Spring Convention in St. George – March 8-10, 2007
    * 2nd and 3rd Division Bar Commission Nominations Sought
    * Spring Convention Award Nominations
    * Encourage Your Paralegals To Join The Bar's Paralegal Division
    * 3rd and 4th District Judicial Nominating Commissions
    * After The Moratorium: The Future of Industrial Banks in Utah
    * Food & Clothing Drive Thank You!

    2007 Spring Convention in St. George – March 8-10, 2007

    Mark your calendars now and plan to trade the snow and ice for the sun and fun of St. George. This year's Convention program provides a balance of fun, entertainment and stimulating CLE. Jon Gordon, best-selling author and "America's Energy Coach", will jump-start the Convention by equating energy with athletic performance, happiness, purpose, enthusiasm and professional success. The Salt Lake Tribune editorial cartoonist, Pat Bagley, will highlight the dinner on Friday with his comedic view of the lighter side of the law and lawyers. The Saturday ethics keynote speaker, Todd Winegar, a Utah lawyer, will discuss "75 years of practicing law in Utah through the eyes of our senior lawyers." For more information about the Convention: www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/Welcome.html.

    2nd and 3rd Division Bar Commission Nominations Sought

    The Utah State Bar is seeking nominations of candidates to run for election of Bar Commission. Two positions are open in the Third Division and one is open for the Second Division. To be eligible a lawyer must have an active license status and a business mailing address on record for the respective Division. Applicants must be nominated by a written petition of ten or more members of the Bar in good standing. Nominating petitions may be obtained from the Bar office. Completed petitions must be received no later than February 10, 2007. For more information and petitions, contact Christy Abad at adminasst@utahbar.org. Nomination Petition

    Spring Convention Award Nominations

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two awards to be given at the 2007 Spring Convention. These awards include the Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award – given for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession, and the Raymond S. Uno Award – given for the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession. Award applications must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, SLC, UT 84111, no later than Friday, January 12, 2007.

    Encourage Your Paralegals To Join The Bar's Paralegal Division

    Lawyers are encouraged to have their paralegals join the Paralegal Division of the Bar. Division members are qualified by education, experience or training that can assist members of the Bar in improving the quality and efficiency of the delivery of legal services and the practice of law. The Division offers excellent professional benefits including, among others, notification of CLE seminars, the Utah Bar Journal, and access to Blomquist Hale counseling services. For information about the Division: www.utahbar.org/sections/paralegals.

    3rd and 4th District Judicial Nominating Commissions

    The Bar Commission has nominated Charles R. Brown, Roger Christensen, Ralph Chamness, Mark Morris, Perrin Love and Sean Reyes to the Governor for service on the 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission and Richard Bradford, Ken Parkinson, Thomas Seiler, Paul Wake, Kent Willis and Michelle Wilson for service on the 4th District Judicial Nominating Commission. The Governor will select two from each list. We appreciate the 82 outstanding lawyers who sent in resumes for consideration.

    After The Moratorium: The Future of Industrial Banks in Utah

    Monday, January 22, 2007 at 12:00 noon the University of Utah – S.J. Quinney College of Law presents this timely 1 hour seminar featuring: Scott Anderson, Zions First National Bank, Darryle Rude, Utah Department of Financial Institutions, Sheldon Woods, The Pitney Bowes Bank and President, Utah Association of Financial Services. The program will be held in the Sutherland Moot Court Room at the College of Law. For more information, contact Christian Johnson, Visiting Professor, University of Utah Law School, (801) 585-5073.

    Food & Clothing Drive Thank You!

    Thank you all who contributed to the 17th Annual Lawyers and Court Personnel Food and Clothing Drive. 2006 was a very successful year for the Drive.

    December 13, 2006

    December e.Bulletin

    * Year-end CLE Opportunities
    * Office of Professional Conduct 2005-2006 Complaints Report
    * Nominations Sought
    * Bar President Election
    * Court Nominating Commissions – Third and Fourth Districts
    * Spring Convention Awards
    * 17th Annual Food & Clothing Drive – December 15, 2006
    * Member Benefit Highlight – RPost Registered E-mail Services

    Continue reading "December e.Bulletin" »

    November 2, 2006

    November e.Bulletin

    * 2006 Fall Forum – This Friday!
    * The Bar’s 75th Anniversary Celebration - Clarence Darrow: Causes, Crimes and the Courtroom
    * New House Counsel License Status
    * Third & Fourth District Court Nominating Commission Openings
    * 8th District Court No Longer Accepting Fax Filings
    * New Utah Litigation Support Users Group Meeting
    * Member Benefit – Mark and Associates

    Continue reading "November e.Bulletin" »

    October 5, 2006

    October e.Bulletin

    * Fall Forum - November 3, 2006
    * CLE Program - Clarence Darrow - November 9th, 2006
    * Casemaker Updates!
    * Positions Open: Office of Professional Conduct - U.S. District Clerk of Court for Utah
    * Historical Utah Legal Content Now Available
    * DHL Express Member Benefit Upgrade

    Fall Forum – November 3, 2006
    Mark the Date! This year's Fall Forum, set for November 3, 2006 at the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, promises to be the value-packed day-long CLE event of the year. From awesome keynote speakers, to practical breakout sessions, the content of the Fall Forum has something for every type of practice. The program provides 7 hours of CLE or NLCLE credit, including 3 in ethics. For program information go to: www.utahbar.org/cle/fallforum/Welcome.html. To register go to: www.utahbar.org/cle/fallforum/registration.html. Don't miss this excellent CLE opportunity!

    Continue reading "October e.Bulletin" »

    September 12, 2006

    September e.Bulletin

    * 2006 Fall Forum Awards
    * Lawyer Support Group Established
    * Fifth Annual “Bar Sharks For Justice” Pool Tournament
    * Minority Bar Annual Banquet – October 20, 2006
    * New Presiding Judges in 1st, 4th and 5th Districts
    * Law Practice Management Resource


    2006 Fall Forum Awards
    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2006 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the building up of the profession. The award categories include: 1) Distinguished Community Member Award, 2) Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, & 3) Professionalism Award. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, Utah State Bar, 645 South 200 East, #310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday September 18, 2006. The Fall Forum, an excellent opportunity for quality CLE, will be held November 3, 2006 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City (www.utahbar.org/cle/fallforum/Welcome.html).

    Continue reading "September e.Bulletin" »

    July 29, 2006

    August e.Bulletin

    * 2006/2007 Licensing Deadline – July 31, 2006
    * Inactive Full-Service Members Now Receive Casemaker
    * Solo / Small Firm Section Meeting - August 15th
    * Model Utah Jury Instructions Available Online
    * Professional and Peer Counseling Services
    * Member Benefit Highlight – The Insurance Exchange

    Continue reading "August e.Bulletin" »

    July 6, 2006

    July e.Bulletin

    * Annual Convention Next Week – July 12-15!
    * 2006/2007 Licensing Forms Due
    * US Labor Department Compliance Assistance Site
    * Tenth Circuit Bench & Bar Conference September 7-9, 2006!
    * Member Benefit Highlight - Card Services International

    Continue reading "July e.Bulletin" »

    June 6, 2006

    June e.Bulletin

    * 2006/2007 Licensing & Dues Forms Mailed
    * Online Licensing Option!
    * 2006 Annual Convention in Newport Beach, CA - July 12-15
    * Utah Court News: Judicial Positions Open, Wireless Access Available
    * Utah Minority Bar Association Wins 2006 ABA Partnership Award
    * 2006 Judge's Run - Date Correction: June 17th 2006
    * New Health and Dental Insurance Benefit

    2006/2007 Licensing & Dues Forms Mailed
    Licensing forms for the upcoming 2006/2007 licensing year with complete information on dues, section memberships, etc. are in the mail. Expect to receive your form in the next few days. These forms are due back with payment by July 31, 2006. After that date, late fees will apply. If you have any questions regarding licensing, or if you did not receive or have misplaced your form please contact the licensing department at licensing@utahbar.org or by phone (801) 297-7020.

    Continue reading "June e.Bulletin" »

    April 27, 2006

    e.Bulletin for May, 2006

    President-Elect Election Deadline – May 1, 2006
    Newport Beach Annual Convention Registration Options
    Third District Court Commissioner Position Available
    Law Day Activities
    Bar Seeks ABA Delegate
    Judge's Run – June 16, 2006
    Member Benefit Highlight - PacketBlast


    President-Elect Election Deadline – May 1, 2006

    Completed ballots for the President-Elect Election need to be at the Utah State Bar offices by 5:00 p.m. on Monday May 1, 2006 to be counted. The candidates in this election are Felshaw King (King & King) and V. Lowry Snow (Snow Jensen & Reece). Mr. King is from the Second Division of the Bar and Mr. Snow represents the Fifth Division. For complete information on the candidates, go to www.utahbar.org/news/elections06_pres_elect.html. For questions about the election, please contact Maud Thurman at (801) 297-7031 or adminasst@utahbar.org.

    Newport Beach Annual Convention Registration Options

    Online registration is now open for the 2006 Annual Convention being held in beautiful Newport Beach, California, July 12-15. Online registration access is available at: www.utahbar.org/cle/annualconvention/registration.html. Watch for the Convention Brochure, complete with schedule, activities and registration form to go out in the May/June issue of the Utah Bar Journal. This year’s convention is proving to be very popular, so register soon and make sure you have your accommodations secured - www.utahbar.org/cle/annualconvention/accommodations.html.

    Third District Court Commissioner Position Available

    Applications are currently being accepted for a Court Commissioner position in the Third District and Juvenile Courts. This position will assist the Third District Court with domestic hearings, Third Juvenile Court with delinquency and child welfare hearings. Applicants need to be at least 25 years of age, a US citizen, a resident of Utah for three years preceding appointment, a member of the Utah State Bar and a resident in the Third Judicial District while serving. Applications may be obtained at: Administrative Office of the Courts, HR Department, P.O. Box 140241 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0241 or at www.utcourts.gov and must be submitted by May 26, 2006, at 5:00 p.m.

    Law Day Activities

    Monday, May 1st is Law Day. There are a number of activities and events surrounding Law Day this year. For information on the Law Day Lunch and the other programs, go to: www.utahbar.org/news/archives/2006/04/may_1st_law_day.html.

    Bar Seeks ABA Delegate

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve a two-year term as the Bar's representative to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. The term would begin at the conclusion of the ABA's Annual Meeting in August, and run through the August, 2008 Annual Meeting. Please send your letter of application and resume no later than Friday, June 2, 2006 to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, Utah State Bar, at director@utahbar.org or 645 South, 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.

    Judge’s Run – June 16, 2006

    The Judge’s Run is a memorial event set for June 16th in honor of Judge Anne Stirba who died from breast cancer in 2001. The race will boast 350-400 participants this year in an effort to raise money to support The American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Research. The race starts at Highland High School at the corner of 21st South and 17th East in Salt Lake City and ends at the Wasatch Presbyterian Church on 1626 South 1700 East. Awards will be given for a diverse group of categories, including all ages and abilities. For complete information: www.judgesrun.com.

    Member Benefit Highlight - Packetblast

    Packetblast is Utah’s leading IT solutions provider! With over 30 years combined experience, we specialize in solutions for small businesses and law firms. All Utah State Bar members receive a 10% discount on our services. PacketBlast provides a range of services including Network Engineering and Maintenance, Web Design, Hosting Solutions, VPN and Remote Access, System Upgrades, System Recovery, Security Consulting, Custom Servers, Wireless Networking, and Outsourced Network Administration. We are dedicated to providing these services in order to help you run your legal practice more efficiently and to utilize current technologies to assist you in increasing your productivity with your legal practice. You can find Packblast at www.packetblast.com or (801) 415-1976 (SL Cnty), (801) 772-0350 (UT Cnty) or at contact@packetblast.com.

    April 3, 2006

    April e.Bulletin

    * 2006 Annual Convention – Hotel Rooms Are Filling Up Fast!
    * President-Elect Election
    * Bar Seeks ABA Delegate
    * Commission Seats - Uncontested.
    * Paralegal Division's 10th Anniversary - April 6, 2006
    * Free Online Catalog of Government Publications
    * Member Benefit Highlight – Marsh Affinity Group Services

    Continue reading "April e.Bulletin" »

    March 2, 2006

    March e.Bulletin

    Spring Convention Next Week
    Professional Counseling Services Now Available for Active Utah Lawyers
    Survey on Potential Judicial Applicants
    New U of U Law School Dean Named
    Casemaker Update
    Bar News and Practice Tips Available
    Benefit Highlight – Central Office Suppliers

    Continue reading "March e.Bulletin" »

    February 6, 2006

    February e.Bulletin

    February e.Bulletin

    * Countdown to Spring Convention
    * Casemaker Update - Kansas Joins
    * Paralegal Division - 10th Anniversary in April
    * ABA TechShow 2006 - Save the Dates: April 20 - 22, 2006
    * Wireless Internet Access Available at the Bar
    * Member Benefit Highlight - DirectPointe

    Continue reading "February e.Bulletin" »

    January 18, 2006

    January e.Bulletin

    * Save the Date - 2006 Annual Convention, July 12-15; Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
    * Survey - Violence Against the Legal Profession
    * 2006 Utah Mock Trial Program - Volunteer CLE Training
    * GAL Training Opportunities
    * Member Benefit Highlight - Premiere Conferencing

    Continue reading "January e.Bulletin" »

    December 12, 2005

    December e.Bulletin

    * Online MCLE Compliance Now Available
    * Spring Convention - March 9-11, 2006
    * Notices for Bar Awards and Elections
    * Commission Elections for 3rd, 4th & 5th Divisions
    * Notice of Direct Election of Bar President
    * Utah State Law Library Online Catalog
    * Annual Food & Clothing Drive - December 16, 2005
    * Member Benefit Highlight - REAL Probate Management System

    Continue reading "December e.Bulletin" »

    November 7, 2005

    November e.Bulletin

    November e.Bulletin

    * Civic Learning and Engagement CLE
    * The Complete Guide to E-mail
    * Legal Tools at Utah.gov/legal
    * Lawyers Helping Lawyers CLE
    * Member Benefit Highlight - Supplemental Insurance - DFP Advisors

    Continue reading "November e.Bulletin" »

    October 10, 2005

    e.Bulletin for October2005

    October e.Bulletin

    * Fall Forum - November 11, 2005
    * First 50 Event Approaches - October 15, 2005
    * Professional Conduct Rules Updated
    * Court Interpreter Committee Seeks Volunteers
    * Utah State Courts Launch Divorce Education for Children Pilot Project
    * Benefit Update: LegalMatch

    Need CLE? Please check the CLE online catalog to find the seminar that is right for you. Located at http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/ you will find a complete listing of live credit seminars. Looking for online CLE? Please visit the online course catalog at http://www.utahbar.org/cle/online_cle.html

    Fall Forum - November 11, 2005
    The 2005 Fall Forum is only a month away now. This dynamic program includes great keynote sessions , excellent CLE breakout t s, networking opportunities and interaction with companies exhibiting at the conference.
    The Fall Forum will also include a Veteran's Day Salute featuring Major General Brian L. Tarbet and the Portia Group presenting on "Strategic Non-Verbal Communication for Lawyers", followed by five separate breakout tracks including two from UCC expert Barkley Clark. You don't want to miss this value-packed day . The Fall Forum will be held at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. For more information and to register: www.utahbar.org/cle/bar_meetings.html#f2.

    First 50 Event Approaches
    October 15, 2005 The Utah Minority Bar Association is proud to announce the First 50 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 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. For more information about the event:
    www.utahbar.org/news/umba_first_50.htm

    Professional Conduct Rules Updated
    The Utah Supreme Court requested its Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct to consider the Ethics 2000 model rule revisions prepared by the ABA and recommend which amendments, if any, should be made to the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct. The result is a broad update to most of the rules which go into effect on November 1, 2005. As these rule modifications will impact most areas of practice, lawyers should take advantage of the preview copy available online at:
    www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/

    Court Interpreter Committee Seeks Volunteers
    The Judicial Council's Standing Committee on Court Interpreters requests applications for membership from criminal defense attorneys. The Court Interpreter Committee is charged with (a) researching, developing, and recommending policies and procedures for interpretation and translation; (b) certifying court interpreters who meet minimum qualifications; (c) issuing opinions to questions regarding the Code of Professional Responsibility; and
    (d) disciplining court interpreters. While not a requisite, bilingualism and experience in working with court interpreters are preferred abilities for members of this Committee. Please send a letter of interest and a brief resume to the following address by November 30, 2005: Mary Boudreau, Program Manager, Public Access to the Courts, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0241

    Utah State Courts Launch Divorce Education for Children Pilot Project
    Beginning September 2005, a Divorce Education for Children class will be available for children 9- to 12-years old whose parents have filed for divorce in Salt Lake County. The class will be presented once each month from September through November 2005 at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State Street. The two-hour children's course will be offered at the same time as the mandatory Divorce Education for Parents course. The program's curriculum will provide the children with skills they can use at home, such as how to express their feelings to parents. Mental health professionals will teach the children's class with the assistance of state court judges and commissioners. Participation in the children's class is voluntary. The first children's program is scheduled on Sept. 24 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. To register children for the class contact Rebecca Bunderson at (801) 238-7802.

    Benefit Update: LegalMatch
    As the member benefit with LegalMatch approaches the two year mark, the service has emerged as a valuable tool to help lawyers build their practices. Over 600 cases per month are being presented by Utah consumers and businesses, and clients are able to do it 24/7 directly from the Utah State Bar website. Many participating Utah attorneys are seeing an increase in client volume and revenue. Utah attorneys interested in taking advantage of LegalMatch membership can get more information and a $200 discount at utahbar.legalmatch.com/utahbar.html

    September 20, 2005

    e.Bulletin for September 2005

    September e.Bulletin

    Fall Forum On Deck – November 11, 2005
    2005 Fall Forum Awards
    First 50 Event – October 15, 2005
    Judges’ Benchbook Available
    Utah State Courts Launch Divorce Education for Children Pilot Project
    Bar Sharks Pool Tournament

    Fall Forum at Little America On Deck – November 11, 2005

    The 2005 Fall Forum is less than two months away. This dynamic program includes some great keynote sessions and excellent CLE breakout sessions. The program will also include a Veteran’s Day Salute featuring Major General Brian L. Tarbet, Keynote, the Portia Group, on “Strategic Non-Verbal Communication for Lawyers", followed by five separate tracks for breakout sessions including two from UCC expert Barclay Clark. You don’t want to miss this value-packed day of practical CLE programs, valuable exhibitors and worthwhile prizes. The Fall Forum will be held at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. For more information and to register: www.utahbar.org/cle/bar_meetings.html#f2.

    Save the Dates – 2006 Conventions

    March 9-11, 2006 Spring Convention – in St. George, Utah
    July 12-15, 2006 Annual Convention – in Newport Beach, California

    2005 Fall Forum Awards

    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2005 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, #310, SLC UT 84111 or adminasst@utahbar.org, no later than Friday, September 23, 2005. The award categories include:

    Distinguished Community Member Award
    Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award
    Professionalism Award

    First 50 Event – October 15, 2005

    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. For more information about the event, go to: www.utahbar.org/news/umba_first_50.htm.

    Judges’ Benchbook Available

    The Judges' Benchbook is a collaborative effort between the Utah State Bar's Litigation Section and Utah's district judges. In the Benchbook, you can find the thoughts and preferences of over 85% of our state district judges, on essentially all aspects of litigating before them, including both civil and criminal issues. Judges have taken the time to set forth their preferences on topics such as case management orders and motion practice, trial procedure, discovery issues, domestic cases, and many other topics. This information is being updated on a regular basis, with new judges being added, and can all be found at www.utahbar.org/sections/litigation/benchbooks.html.

    Utah State Courts Launch Divorce Education for Children Pilot Project

    Beginning September 2005, a Divorce Education for Children class will be available for children 9- to 12-years old whose parents have filed for divorce in Salt Lake County. The class will be presented once each month from September through November 2005 at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State Street. The two-hour children’s course will be offered at the same time as the mandatory Divorce Education for Parents course. The program’s curriculum will provide the children with skills they can use at home, such as how to express their feelings to parents. Mental health professionals will teach the children’s class with the assistance of state court judges and commissioners. Participation in the children’s class is voluntary. The first children’s program is scheduled on Sept. 24 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. To register children for the class contact Rebecca Bunderson at (801) 238-7802.

    Bar Sharks Pool Tournament

    The Young Lawyers Division is looking for two-person teams to participate in their Fourth Annual "Bar Sharks for Justice" Pool Tournament, scheduled for October 20, 27 & November 3 at Lumpy’s Downtown at 145 W. Pierpont. Have fun, meet others in the legal community and help support a great cause! Proceeds will benefit "AND JUSTICE FOR ALL," a non-profit that supports free civil legal aid programs in Utah. T-shirts and other goodies for participants and prizes for top finishers. All skill levels are welcome. For more information go to www.andjusticeforall.org or call 924-3182.

    August 12, 2005

    e.Bulletin for August 2005

    August e.Bulletin

    Upcoming Conventions and CLE Opportunities
    Casemaker Updates!
    2006 Budget Available
    10th Circuit Seeks Comments on Proposed Rules
    Utah State Law Library Document Delivery Service
    Archive of Web Sites Available
    Member Benefit Highlight – Global Fraud Solutions

    Upcoming Conventions and CLE Opportunities
    As MCLE compliance draws near so does the Fall CLE calendar making it a good time to look ahead at the CLE and convention opportunities for the coming year. To see the full CLE calendar check out: www.utahbar.org/cle/Welcome.html. To learn more about the Fall Forum (November 11, 2005), the Spring Convention (March 9-11, 2006) and the Annual Convention in Newport Beach (July 12-15, 2006), check out: www.utahbar.org/cle/bar_meetings.html#f2.

    Casemaker Updates!
    In July, the Colorado Library went live on the Casemaker system. This adds another 10th Circuit state to the system along with its case law and statutes. Check out the new library contents by logging in at www.utahbar.org/casemaker/Welcome.html. You will need to have an e-mail address on record with the Bar to access the system. Recently two more states, West Virginia and Kentucky, signed into the Casemaker Consortium. This brings the total number of participating states to 22. If you have questions about the Casemaker service, please contact the Bar at onlineservices@utahbar.org.

    2006 Budget Available
    At the July Meeting of the Bar Commission the 2006 budget was adopted. A copy of the budget in pdf format is available at www.utahbar.org/documents/2006_Fiscal_Budget_Proposed.pdf. If you would like a printed copy mailed to you, please contact John Baldwin at director@utahbar.org or call (801) 297-7028.

    10th Circuit Seeks Comments on Proposed Rules
    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking comment on a number of proposed rule changes. Changes include increasing the number of copies that must be provided, adopting required electronic filing language and the like. If interested, please contact the Clerk of the Court (Patrick J. Fisher, Jr. at 303-844-3157) or electronically access www.ca10.uscourts.gov to review the proposed revisions and submit comments on line.

    Utah State Law Library Document Delivery Service
    Did you know that the Utah State Law Library offers a document delivery service? Library staff will copy and fax or mail cases, law reviews, Utah appellate briefs and other library materials to attorneys throughout the state. For more information about this service and fees, see their website at www.utcourts.gov/lawlibrary/info.asp#delivery, or call them at 801-238-7990.

    Archive of Web Sites Available
    The Internet Archive (www.archive.org) provides an extensive library of web sites for research purposes. As well, it has a “Way Back Machine” that allows you to view historical web sites from the past. A recent New York Times article made reference to the fact the historical archive has been used for discovery purposes, allowing litigants to obtain past copies of web sites. This site can serve as a useful research resource for lawyers.

    Member Benefit Highlight – Global Fraud Solutions
    With the increasing threat of identity theft, the Bar has added a tool to help lawyers protect and monitor their own identities. Global Fraud Solutions offers CasePlanner, an Identity Theft Risk Management & Resolution Software for Consumers. To find out more about his offer check the Member Benefits web site at: www.utahbar.org/members/member_benefits.html#Technology.

    August 11, 2005

    e.bulletin August 2004

    e.bulletin August 2004

    Blogs for Lawyers
    Bar Website Translator
    Casemaker Training Offer
    Brown v Board Contest Winners Announced
    Member Benefit Highlight - Iron Mountain

    The Utah State Bar would like to thank all who attended this year's Annual Convention. Fall Forum will be held on October 22nd at the University Park Marriott. Watch for more information in the coming weeks. As we come to the end of another CLE reporting cycle, CLE opportunities will be published on the CLE calendar located at www.utahbar.org/cle/events/index.html . Reserve your spots early to avoid the last minute CLE scramble.

    Blogs for Lawyers
    One of the best known Blogs for lawyers is Dennis Kennedy's at www.denniskennedy.com/blog/. Blogs are types of online journals, usually focused on a specific topic. Dennis's Blog provides excellent information and resources on Legal Technology. A great example is this entry on PowerPoint Resources at www.denniskennedy.com/archives/cat_legal_technology.html#000425. If you are interested in creating your own Blog, you can find one resource at www.lexblog.com.


    Bar Website Translator
    The Utah State Bar website now includes a language translation option. The Babel Fish tool allows you to translate the site into eight different languages. To access this tool, go to the Bar's home page at www.utahbar.org and scroll down to the Babel Fish icon on the left side and click on the desired flag to translate.


    Casemaker Training Offer
    With the Casemaker online legal research member benefit coming online later this year, now is a good time to learn more about it. The Bar is offering a training class on Casemaker to any interested group of lawyers. This might be your firm, Bar section, law department or just a group of lawyers you know. To set up a training session (which includes one hour of CLE credit), contact the Bar at casemaker@utahbar.org or at 801.297.7027. For a brief description of Casemaker, check out www.utahbar.org/news/casemaker.html.

    Breaking News - As of August 2nd, the Colorado Bar Association has joined the Casemaker Consortium! (This will allow our members to have access to Colorado Law)

    Brown v Board Contest Winners Announced
    The Utah Minority Bar Association announced the winners of the Brown v Board Letter to the Editor Contest. The wining entries can be seen at www.utahbar.org/brownvboard/bvb_letter_contest_winner.html

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    July 7, 2005

    e.Bulletin for July 2005

    July e.Bulletin

    2005 Annual Convention - Next Week!
    Online Membership Renewal Available
    Malpractice Insurance Dialogue
    Notice of New Rule - Authorization to Practice Law
    Supreme Court Seeks Attorneys to Serve On Advisory Rule Committees

    2005 Annual Convention - Next Week!
    Come up to wonderful Sun Valley, Idaho next week for the Bar's 2005 Annual Convention. This meeting will give you excellent CLE, beautiful surroundings and a great chance to meet and socialize with your colleagues. Online Registration ends Thursday, July 7th at 5:00pm . After that registrations will be taken at the door. To find out more about the Annual Convention, check out: www.utahbar.org/cle/annualconvention/welcome.html.

    Online Membership Renewal Available

    The Utah State Bar is pleased to announce that you may renew your Utah State Bar licensing information online. This system is easy to use and simplifies the process for lawyers and the Bar. To access this system, go to: www.utahbar.org/members/online_licensing2005.html enter your login and password information and follow the instructions. If you do not have your login and password information, first make sure your e-mail address is up-to-date with the online address form at www.utahbar.org/forms/member_address_change.html. Once your current e-mail address is on record, you can request login information via onlineservices@utahbar.org. This is the same login information you use for accessing Casemaker. Thank you for using the new online renewal service!

    Malpractice Insurance Dialogue
    The Bar Commission is examining the perceived lack of insurance coverage by many Utah lawyers and is concerned that unsuspecting clients may be misled into engagements with lawyers because they are unaware of the lawyers' lack or coverage or of coverage limitations. Research has shown in the past that up to 50% of the lawyers in the state are either not covered or are insufficiently covered by professional liability insurance. The Commission is proposing for comment the attached amendment to Rule 1.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. If adopted by the Supreme Court, it would require lawyers who do not carry professional liability insurance of at least $100,000 to make that disclosure to their clients.

    A public discussion of the proposed rule will take place on July 14th at the Business Meeting of the Annual Convention. A copy of the proposed rule change may be found at www.utahbar.org/news/archives/000297.html Please send comments to director@utahbar.org by August 15, 2005.

    Notice of New Rule - Authorization to Practice Law
    To be effective immediately, the Utah Supreme Court recently approved a new rule governing the practice of law which addresses, in part, what constitutes the practice of law and what activities a non-lawyer may perform without engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. The new rule, Chapter 13A in the Supreme Court's Rules of Professional Practice, may be accessed on the Court's website at www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/ucja/ch13a/1.htm.

    Supreme Court Seeks Attorneys to Serve On Advisory Rule Committees
    The Utah Supreme Court is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the following advisory rule committees: Advisory Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure, Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Procedure.

    Any interested attorney should submit a resume and a letter addressing qualifications to Matty Branch, Appellate Court Administrator, Utah Supreme Court, P. O. Box 140210, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0210 or to the e-mail address mattyb@email.utcourts.gov. Applications must be received no later than July 29, 2005.

    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.

    May 3, 2005

    e.Bulletin for May 2005

    e.Bulletin for May 2005

    Ballots in the Mail May 2nd – Due by May 31st
    President-Elect Candidates
    Bar Commission Candidates
    New Utah Laws
    Admitted in New York?
    Need to Make a Referral?

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    2005 Annual Convention - July 13 to 16 in Sun Valley, Idaho.

    Accommodation information is now available as a PDF document at the following address: http://www.utahbar.org/cle/annualconvention/sun_valley_accomodations05.pdf

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    Ballots in the Mail May 2nd – Due by May 31st

    Ballots for Bar Commission seats and the President-Elect position have been mailed out this week. Instructions for voting are included with the ballots; instructions must be followed and ballots must be returned by May 31, 2005 to be counted. This is an opportunity to have a voice in the operations and policies of your Utah State Bar.

    President-Elect Candidates

    The two candidates running for President-Elect are E. Russell (Rusty) Vetter and Augustus (Gus) G. Chin. Mr. Vetter and Mr. Chin are both currently Bar Commissioners for the Third Division. The winner will serve one year as President-Elect (2005-2006), then serve the following year as Bar President (2006-2007). For more information on these candidates, go to: www.utahbar.org/elections/

    Bar Commission Candidates

    There are three seats in the Third Division and one seat in the First Division up for election. In the First Division, Herm Olsen is running uncontested. In Third Division, the following five candidates are running: Michael B. Bennett, Dale B. Kimsey, Lori W. Nelson, Stephen W. Owens (incumbent) and Rodney G. Snow. Commission positions are for three year terms (with some limited exceptions). For more information on these candidates, see the Mar/Apr 2005 edition of the Utah Bar Journal, or check online at: www.utahbar.org/elections/ .

    New Utah Laws

    Springtime brings into effect a number of new Utah laws passed in the last Legislative Session. Two laws of note are: 1) HB 235 – Insurance Arbitration Amendments that provides in part "that a plaintiff injured in a motor vehicle accident can compel arbitration to resolve claims even after a lawsuit has been filed and where amount in controversy is $25,000 or less" www.le.state.ut.us/~2005/bills/hbillenr/hb0235.htm; and (2) HB 4 – Divorce Mediation Program which creates a mandatory mediation program for divorce actions www.le.state.ut.us/~2005/bills/hbillenr/hb0004.htm. These new laws (and more) can be found on the Legislature’s web site at www.le.state.ut.us.

    Admitted in New York?

    For those Utah lawyers also admitted to practice in the State of New York, you may want to check on your registration status. Recently the New York Courts released a new policy on Delinquent Registration. For more information go to www.nycourts.gov/courts/ad1/delinquent-registration.shtml.

    Need to Make a Referral?

    For lawyers who field client requests outside their practice expertise, you should know about the Bar’s online referral service. Clients can go online to www.utahbar.org/public/lawyer_referral_service_main.html and follow the instructions, or call toll free 1-866-661-5342 for more information and assistance.

    September 8, 2004

    e.Bulletin September 2004

    e.Bulletin September 2004

    What Utah Judges Really Think about Daubert - Nov. 5, 2004
    Casemaker Update
    Award Nominations Sought for 2004 Fall Forum
    Governmental Entity Database Now Available
    New CyberLaw Section Forms


    Fall Forum Approaching - October 22, 2004
    Following on last year's first annual Fall Forum, the 2004 Forum is shaping up to be even better. If you want to; build your practice, become more efficient, make better use of technology and enjoy your practice more, you should attend this event. The keynote this year is Jim Calloway, the Chair of ABA TechShow 2005. In addition, there is a host of other excellent presenters and exhibitors demonstrating the latest in law office services and technology. To learn more and sign up for the Fall Forum go to www.utahbar.org/cle/events/Fall_Forum_final.pdf.

    What Utah Judges Really Think about Daubert - Nov. 5, 2004
    Listen in on the deliberations of a panel of noted Utah judges as they discuss whether expert opinions are admissible under the standards of Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals. The panel will consist of Federal court Chief Judge Dee Benson and Judge Paul Cassell along with Judge Deno Himonas from the Third District Court. The keynote luncheon speaker will be Stephen Calkins, Professor of Law, Wayne State University, noted antitrust scholar and former General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission. To sign up for this program, go to www.utahbar.org/cle/events/html/cle_events_9.html or call 801.297.7033

    Casemaker Update
    Training: The Bar has scheduled several Casemaker training sessions for the Fall for any Member who wants to attend. The sessions are free and provide one hour of CLE credit. The first two sessions are set for September 14, and October 12, 2004. These will start at 12:00 noon at the Law & Justice Center and last for an hour. To sign up, please send an e-mail to Casemaker@utahbar.org. For a description of Casemaker, check out www.utahbar.org/news/casemaker.html.

    More States Join Casemaker: Earlier this month, the Colorado and Mississippi Bars signed on with the Casemaker Consortium. This brings the total to 19 member state bars, which means Utah Bar members will have free access to even more legal research content.

    Award Nominations Sought for 2004 Fall Forum
    The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2004 Fall Forum Awards; Distinguished Community Member of the Year, Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year and Professionalism Award. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nomination must be submitted in writing to Maud Thurman, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 no later than September 24, 2004.

    Governmental Entity Database Now Available
    The Division of Corporations and Commercial Code now has available an online listing of governmental entities in Utah. This list provides the name and address of the governmental entity, the office or agent designated to receive notice of a claim, and the address at which it is to be directed and delivered. This single location for these types of entities will be of benefit to many lawyers. To view and search this list, go to http://goventities.commerce.utah.gov.

    New CyberLaw Section Forms
    A new practice section of the Bar is forming. The CyberLaw Section will address emerging areas of law focused on e-commerce, Web IP issues and other legal issues arising out of new technologies. If you are interested in joining this section or finding out more about it, please contact John Rees at jhrees@cnmlaw.com or 801.530.7388.

    May 26, 2004

    Utah Bar e.Bulletin for June 2004

    Utah Bar e.Bulletin for June 2004

    Annual Convention Date Closing In
    Bar Voting Deadline
    Judicial Nominating Commission Applicants Sought
    Bar Signs with Casemaker
    New Admission Rule For Military Lawyers
    Member Benefit Highlight ? Viking Office Products
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    Annual Convention Date Closing In

    This year?s convention includes an impressive list of keynote speakers including Michael Young, the recently appointed, incoming President of the University of Utah. To find out more about Mr. Young and the other featured speakers for the convention, check out www.utahbar.org/sites/annual/html/guest_lecturers.html. For complete convention information, along with registration information, check out www.utahbar.org/sites/annual/html/welcome.html.

    Bar Voting Deadline

    The deadline for voting for Bar Commissioners and President-Elect is approaching. All ballots need to be in the Bar offices by 5:00 p.m. on June 1st. Please contact Maud Thurman at 801.297.7031 or maud.thurman@utahbar.org with any questions about the vote. All active members of the Bar are encouraged to vote.

    Judicial Nominating Commission Applicants Sought

    The Bar is seeking applications for lawyers to serve on the trial court nominating commissions for the 5th, 6th and 7th judicial districts and for the Appellate Court Nominating Commission. Applicants for the district nominating commissions must reside in the respective districts. The commissions nominate candidates for the various judgeships in the district, juvenile and appellate courts. The Bar submits names to the Governor's Office, which makes the appointments. Send applications to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, Utah State Bar, 645 South 200 East, SLC, UT 84111 or e-mail them to john.baldwin@utahbar.org. Applications must include political party affiliation and be submitted by June 30, 2004.

    Bar Signs with Casemaker

    On April 30th, the Utah State Bar signed to join the Casemaker Consortium. Casemaker is an online legal research tool that will be offered as a free member benefit. The Bar is now on a 6 to 9 month track for bringing this service online and making it available to the membership. You can find more information about Casemaker and updates on its progress at www.utahbar.org/news/casemaker.html.

    New Admission Rule For Military Lawyers

    The Utah Supreme Court has signed into effect Rule 11-303, of the Supreme Court Rules of Professional Practice-or ELAP-allowing qualified military lawyers who are stationed in Utah, but not licensed to practice law in Utah, to provide free legal services to military personnel and their dependents. The court approved the new rule under its emergency rule making authority, with an effective date of May 4, 2004. To see the complete rule - www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/comments/.

    Member Benefit Highlight ? Viking Office Products

    Viking Office Products is a Utah State Bar preferred vendor. As a Utah State Bar member you get an extra 10% off office products already discounted up to 69% off list. To take advantage of your discount call anytime (800) 421-1222 and mention code ?UT? or visit www.vikingop.com and enter ?UT? in the comments field at check out.

    April 19, 2004

    e.Bulletin for April 2004

    e.Bulletin for April 2004

    Utah State Bar e.Bulletin for April 2004

    2004 Annual Bar Awards Nominations Sought
    Clothing Donations Needed for the Young Lawyers Annual 'Law Suit' Day
    Spring CLE Lineup
    50th Anniversary of Brown v Board Web Site Up
    NAACP Brown v Board Events
    CaseMaker Petition Approved
    10th Circuit Court Conference
    Web Conferencing Benefit Now Available

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    2004 Annual Bar Awards Nominations Sought
    The Bar Commission is seeking nominations for the 2004 Annual Bar Awards. These awards honor those whose professionalism and dedication have significantly enhanced the legal profession. The awards include: Judge of the Year, Lawyer of the Year and Section/Committee of the Year. Please submit award nominations in writing to: Maud Thurman, 645 South 200 East, SLC UT 84111 no later than April 23, 2004.

    Clothing Donations Needed for the Young Lawyers Annual 'Law Suit' Day
    April 5th through the 9th the Utah Law & Justice Center will be accepting gently used business and business casual clothing on behalf of the Annual Young Lawyer 'Lay Suit' Drive. For more information please contact either Kelly Latimer, 323-2243, klatimer@fabianlaw.com or Christina Micken, 544-4221, mickenc@aol.com or visit the following web-site address: http://www.utahbar.org/news/law_suit_day.html.

    Spring CLE Lineup
    A variety of annual Section CLE Seminars are coming up in April and May. These highly valued programs offer great CLE and excellent networking opportunities. To see these programs and all of the Bar's CLE offerings, go to www.utahbar.org/cle/Welcome.html.

    50th Anniversary of Brown v Board Web Site Up
    The Utah State Bar, in cooperation with the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness, is helping coordinate and promote a variety of events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board Decision. For more information and updates, check out www.utahbar.org/brownvboard.

    NAACP Brown v Board Events
    The Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP is holding Brown v Board 50th Anniversary celebration events as well. On April 27 is the Civil Rights Forum on Brown at 6:00 p.m. at the Law & Justice Center. On May 11 is a banquet at 6:00 p.m. at the Little America Hotel featuring Dr. Ernest L. Holloway, President of Langston University. For more information on these events, you can call 801.250.5088 or e-mail jdwnaacp@att.net.

    CaseMaker Petition Approved
    In the last e-Bulletin, we noted that a Petition had been filed requesting approval to proceed on the CaseMaker program. On March 1st the Utah Supreme Court approved this request. Now the Bar is securing this program to make it available for members later this year. If you would like more information about CaseMaker, please e-mail casemaker@utahbar.org.

    10th Circuit Court Conference
    Coming up in July, the 10th Circuit Court will be holding its annual conference in Utah. For more information about this conference, go to: www.ck10.uscourts.gov/judconf/.

    Web Conferencing Benefit Now Available
    The Bar has teamed up with LBC to bring web conferencing services to you. Web conferencing allows you to present information to your clients and others over the Internet while you talk with them on the phone. This technology can be very valuable in helping you better serve your clients. To find out more about this service, go to www.utahbar.org/members/member_benefits.html#Communications.

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