New Leadership at Utah State Bar includes President James D. Gilson

“Lawyers are the oil in our economic machine; we keep society humming.”

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Justice Lee Swears In President Gilson

More than 300 judges and attorneys of the Utah State Bar assembled last week for its annual summer convention, where—in addition to reports from the judiciary, keynote speakers, continuing legal education sessions—new leaders for the Bar were sworn in by Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas R. Lee.

James D. Gilson, who has served on the Board of Bar Commissioners since 2008, was sworn in as president.  For the Utah Supreme Court, he served as Co-Chair of the Committee on New Lawyer Training and was a screening panel member of the Ethics and Discipline Committee.  He also served as President of the Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
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e.Bulletin for July 2014

PresidentJensen MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

The Bar is pleased to announce the addition of Casemaker’s suite of premium services, now at no cost to our members, instead of the $45 a month these services cost previously.  Now, you have access to not only Casemaker’s broad and comprehensive libraries which cover all 50 states and Federal materials, but you also have access to a suite of tools that make research faster and easier.  These premium services include Casecheck+, CiteCheck, and CasemakerDigest, and these, as well as the basic Casemaker research tool, are available at no cost to members.

Casecheck+ works like Shephard’s® and KeyCite® to notify you instantly of negative treatment, and identify whether your case law citations are still good law.  Casecheck+ returns both positive and negative treatments instantly as you research and links to negative treatments, so you can quickly review the citation history for both state and federal cases.  It works seamlessly inside the new Casemaker and doesn’t require any extra steps to use.
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Utah State Bar CasemakerPro Free Upgrade

The Utah State Bar is pleased to announce the addition of Casemaker’s suite of premium services to the Utah Casemaker library, at no cost to attorneys and paralegal members of the Bar.  Now, you have access to not only Casemaker’s broad and comprehensive libraries which cover all 50 states and Federal materials, but you also have access to a suite of tools that make research faster and easier. These premium services include Casecheck+, CiteCheck, and CasemakerDigest, and these, as well as the basic Casemaker research tool, are available at no cost to members.

Casecheck+ works like Shephard’s® and KeyCite® to notify you instantly of negative treatment, and identify whether your case law citations are still good law. Casecheck+ returns both positive and negative treatments instantly as you research and links to negative treatments, so you can quickly review the citation history for both state and federal cases. It works seamlessly inside the new Casemaker and doesn’t require any extra steps to use.

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e.Bulletin for June 2014

PresidentJensen MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

Call a lawyer first.  That’s the call-to-action on billboards throughout the State.  We’re cautioning people about do-it-yourself law and providing follow-up information about the benefits of working with a lawyer at www.utahbar.org, including a recent Utah Business interview with Jim Gilson, Tom Seiler, and me discussing this issue.  Responders are also directed to the Modest Means Lawyer Referral registration page, with the anticipation that many will meet the program criteria.
Early registration ends June 20—a week from Friday—for the Snowmass Summer Convention, July 16-19.  See the great schedule of speakers, panels, and events.  New this year is a Grownup Social (concurrent with the Family Carnival) on Thursday evening and a Judges’ Reception on Friday evening.

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Martin Blaustein Recognition

National Legal Aid and Defender Association intends to highlight and profile all of the praiseworthy nominees for the Beacon of Justice Award in upcoming newsletters and materials, including Martin Blaustein.

Martin Blaustein has devoted his career to enhancing the dignity and quality of life for those less fortunate. Prior to obtaining a law degree, and after his service in the Vietnam War, Marty worked for the Odyssey House expanding mental health services for patients in both New York and then Utah. After his time with the Odyssey House, he assisted Veterans who suffered from PTSD, at the time not a recognized diagnosis, get benefits and services. Marty has now been at Utah Legal Services for over 25 years. He is the most self effacing, humble and hard working attorney I know. He quietly goes about zealously representing clients, giving them a voice and making equal access to justice a reality for Utah’s poor. He is committed to his work and has tirelessly strived to bring his vision of equality for all to the legal profession. Through his advocacy, his pro bono services, his mentoring and teaching, and his outreach to the larger community Marty Blaustein has made an impact on literally thousands of lives.
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Callister Nebeker & McCullough Receives NLADA Beacon of Justice Award

Congratulations to Callister Nebeker & McCullough for receiving a National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) 2014 Beacon of Justice Award for its Debt Collection Volunteer Attorney Program.  Watch for an article about it in the July/August Utah Bar Journal

Nomination:

Callister Nebeker & McCullough truly exemplifies a firm that supports its attorneys in giving back to the community. Whether it is allowing attorneys to be part of the Bar’s governing bodies; encouraging attorneys to sit on committees for the purpose of creating greater access to justice; taking part in a firm pro bono signature project; or taking on pro bono cases; the firm truly desires to better their community through their expertise.
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Bar President Curtis Jensen Applauds Utah Attorneys’ pro bono Efforts

“I think that one of the things that we have tried to stay on top of is access to justice and making the Pro Bono program more accessible through all of the courts here in Utah.”

Alicia Knight Cunningham, Esq.
The Record, May 30, 2014
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Curtis Jensen, current President of the Utah State Bar, is closing out the last few months of his term and looking back at a year that passed too quickly.

“I have really enjoyed it all,” Jensen said. “Serving in this position has given me the opportunity and pleasure to meet so many wonderful people. I have had the chance to meet with lawyers throughout the state of Utah and in other states that I would have never had the privilege to do otherwise.”

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Vacancies on Supreme Court Committees

The Supreme Court is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence. The appointment is until June 30, 2015, completing a term held by Robert Wilde. The appointee is then eligible for appointment to a full, four-year term. For more information about the committee contact Richard H. Schwermer at ricks@utcourts.gov.

The Supreme Court is seeking applicants to fill four vacancies on the Ethics and Discipline Committee. The three–year appointment is from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017. For more information about the committee contact Terrie McIntosh at terrie.mcintosh@gmail.com.

The Supreme Court is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Board of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. Under Rule 14-403, this position is reserved for a lawyer who resides outside of Salt Lake County. The three–year appointment is from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017. For more information about the committee contact Sydnie Kuhre at sydnie.kuhre@utahbar.org.
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Members Sought for Utah State Tax Commission

Utah Tax Commissioner

The Utah State Bar is seeking qualified lawyers with significant tax experience and knowledge of tax administration or compliance to recommend to the Governor for appointment to a four year term as a member of the State Tax Commission.  Section 59-1-201 and 202 of the Utah Code were amended in the recent legislative session to provide for various organizations, including the Bar, to provide names of qualified potential appointees to the Governor when vacancies occur on the Tax Commission.  The bill proscribing appointment and qualifications may be found at http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/SB0019.html

Submit resumes to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, by email at john.baldwin@utahbar.org, or by mail at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT  84111.  Resumes must be received by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 27th, 2014.

eBulletin for May 2014

PresidentJensen MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

I‘d like to express my sincerest appreciation and gratitude to Katherine Fox and salute her for 18 years of service to the Bar as general counsel. Katherine will be retiring at the end of June; please join me in wishing her well on her next adventures. I’m pleased to announce that Elizabeth Wright will be taking her place as of July 1, and if you know of any good candidates to administer the New Lawyer Training Program, please send them this link: http://www.utahbar.org/jobs/view/new-lawyer-trainging-program-administrator/

In hopes of addressing some of the confusion about attorney discipline cases in which there is extensive media coverage and potential for numerous Bar complaints, we have issued a public statement and reaffirm the Bar’s position that although the Utah State Bar can’t comment on specifics of current attorney discipline investigations because of Utah Supreme Court confidentiality rules, the Bar wants everyone to understand how the process works and how important knowing and adhering to the rule of ethics are to our legal profession.

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eBulletin for April 2014

 commissioner_Jensen_Curtis MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

Bar elections are underway, and if you haven’t voted yet, please watch for an e-mail ballot later today. If you don’t see a ballot today, please check your junk e-mail folder, or follow the directions at the bottom of the election page.

We had a great convention in St. George last month, and I especially enjoyed riding my bicycle with fellow Bar members and family in celebration of Judge Quinn.

I’m pleased to announce the keynote speakers for Snowmass on July 16-19:

  • Thursday Keynote: Laughing Your Way through Life, Dave Dugan, Comedian
  • Friday Keynote: Law & Neuroscience, Professors Hank Greeley
  • Saturday Keynote: The Lawyer as Actor—the Courtroom/Boardroom as my Stage, Jerry Gardner
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e.Bulletin for March 2014

 

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

PresidentJensenI hope you had a chance to see the op-ed printed on March 4, 2014 in The Salt Lake TribuneUtah lawyer discipline balances individual rights, public responsibility (the print version headline was Utah lawyers know how to police their own.) Thanks to Terrie McIntosh for her assistance. Here is the op-ed.
Spring is the season for recognition of members of the Bar who excel in their service to the profession and the community.
We are please to announce the following award winners. We invite you to join President-Elect Jim Gilson, who will be presenting the awards at the Spring Convention in St. George on Friday, March 14:

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In The News SLTrib OpEd Utah lawyer discipline balances individual rights, public responsibility

 
By Curtis M. Jensen and Terri McIntosh

First Published SLTrib Mar 03 2014 04:54 pm • Last Updated Mar 03 2014 04:54 pm

In response to recent concerns about how attorney discipline is handled, we would like to explain how the legal profession helps to ensure that lawyers in Utah practice in an ethical manner.

The Utah Constitution gives the Utah Supreme Court the responsibility to regulate the practice of law. The Utah State Bar was established in 1931 under the authority of the Utah Supreme Court to fulfill that responsibility, which includes licensing attorneys, providing continuing legal education and, when necessary, seeking the imposition of discipline.
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In The News – 4Utah – Program hopes to provide access to affordable legal services

http://www.4utah.com/story/d/story/program-hopes-to-provide-access-to-affordable-lega/15562/18USIdDgvkW_L50sF5KXtQ  

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)

Have you ever found yourself in need of a lawyer? Were nervous of high costs and a lack of guaranteed results? The Utah state bar has a program that could help: It’s called the Modest Means Lawyers Referral Program. John Lund talks more about the program. For more information click here.