Invitation to Emerging Legal Leaders



  • Do you want to help ensure everyone has an opportunity to access Utah’s court system?
  • Do you want to do something to help put an end to bad lawyer jokes?
  • Do you want to connect with other like-minded attorneys, all while helping to promote Utah’s non-profit legal services?

Of course you do, and you can, by becoming part of AND JUSTICE FOR ALL’S Emerging Legal Leaders (the “ELL”)!

By joining the ELL you will not only be helping to raise funds for And Justice For All, the umbrella fund raising organization for Utah’s primary pro-bono civil legal services providers, but you will also connect with a group of young attorneys across the Salt Lake Valley supporting the same cause. On top of this, you will have access to discounted CLE’s, social events, and an opportunity to build your own philanthropic resume.

So what’s stopping you? Nothing. Sign up HERE or contact Kelly Johnson at:

SLCBA New Lawyers & Judges Reception

The Salt Lake County Bar Association
Cordially Invites You to Its

New Lawyers & Judges Reception

Thursday, October 20, 2016

5:30 to 8:00 PM

to Welcome the New Admittees to the Bar

Gallivan Hall

239 South Main Street, Salt Lake City

(Pay Parking Available Underneath Gallivan Center)

No Cost to Attend. Hors d’oeuvres and Drinks Served

RSVP to Ms. Jeri Tovey at or

(801) 531-2099 by October 18.


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Utah Supreme Court To Hear Oral Arguments At S.J. Quinney College Of Law

WHAT: The Utah Supreme Court periodically holds court sessions in other locations to provide an opportunity to enhance public understanding of the court’s work and to provide law students with an opportunity to see the Supreme Court in session.

Cases to be heard are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. — Lancer Ins v. Lake Shore Motor 20160244-SC
  • 10:45 a.m. — Heslop v. Bear River 20150697-SC

(See link to the briefs below)

WHEN: Wednesday, September 14 at 10 a.m. to approx. 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: S.J. Quinney College of Law, Moot Courtroom, 383 South University Street, RM 6200, University of Utah

WHO: Utah Supreme Court Justices: Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant, Associate Chief Justice Thomas R. Lee, Justice Christine M. Durham, Justice Deno Himonas, Justice John A. Pearce


One pool still photographer and one pool video camera will be permitted into the court session. To request to be the pool photographer, contact the Public Information Office Geoffrey Fattah at (801) 578-3994 by September 13.

University of Utah contact: Melinda Rogers (801) 608-9888

Case Brief Links:

Judges To Determine Need For Grand Jury in Manti

Manti, UT — A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on Oct. 13, 2016, to hear testimony to determine whether reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place at the Manti Courthouse, 160 North Main St., Sanpete County.

Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact District Court Administrator Debra Moore at (801) 578-3800 by Sept. 30, 2016, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by Sept. 30, the meeting will be canceled without further notice.

Individuals testifying must be prepared to give evidence to support claims that justify calling a grand jury. Controversies between individual parties will not be considered. Individuals who need special accommodations during the hearing must notify the court at least three business days prior to the hearing.

Utah’s Grand Jury Statute requires a panel of judges selected from throughout the state to hold hearings in each judicial district every three years. The purpose of the hearings is to determine whether a grand jury needs to be summoned based on evidence of criminal activity. The Grand Jury Panel is comprised of the following judges: Supervising Judge W. Brent West, 2nd District Court; Judge Lynn W. Davis, 4th District Court; Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills, 3rd District Court; Judge Eric A. Ludlow, 5th District Court; and Judge Kara Pettit, 3rd District Court.

The Attorney General, a county attorney, district attorney, or special prosecutor appointed under U.C.A. section 77-10a-1 can also present evidence of criminal activity. The panel of judges will hear, in secret, all persons claiming information that justifies calling a grand jury. All individuals appearing before the panel of judges will be placed under oath. If a grand jury is summoned, the jurors will be called from the state-at-large or any judicial district within the state. Additional information is available at

Justice Court Judge Selection Meeting Planned

Morgan, UT—The Morgan County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Oct. 7, 2016, to select a candidate for the Morgan County Justice Court to replace Judge Tony Hassell who will retire effective Dec. 30, 2016. The commission will begin the meeting at 9 a.m. at the Morgan County Offices, 48 W. Young Street, in the Council Room on the East side of the building.

The early portion of the meeting is scheduled for public comment about issues facing the Utah judiciary and refinements or improvements to the system. Public comments will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a slate of three to five candidates for the vacancy.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at

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Rich County Justice Court Vacancy Announced

Randolph, UT—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Rich County. The position will replace Judge Ross McKinnon who will retire effective Jan. 1, 2017.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Rich County, candidates must be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a Utah resident for at least three years, and have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. In addition, candidates must be a resident of the county in which the court is located—or an adjacent county—for at least six months.

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Courts’ website at An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the courts’ website ( Please note that the application has been updated since June 2016. The annual salary range for the position is $8,000 to $12,000 with some benefits. For additional information, contact Becky Peart at (435)793-2415.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or more information, email

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Rich County Commission Chair Willliam Cox within 45 days of its first meeting. Chairman Cox then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

Nominees Announced For Second District Commissioner Vacancy

Farmington, UT—The Second District Commissioner Nominating Committee has selected three nominees for an upcoming commissioner vacancy. The position will replace Commissioner Daniel W. Garner, who will retire effective Oct. 16, 2016.

The nominees are:

  • Keith Backman has served as a Shareholder at the firm of Helgesen, Waterfall & Jones since 1996, representing clients in a wide range of matters. He has previously served as a city attorney for cities in Davis and Weber counties, where he represented the cities in all civil matters and in justice courts.
  • Christina Micken is currently an attorney with the firm Bean & Micken with a focus on family law. She has been with the firm since 2002.
  • Kevin Richards is currently president and managing attorney for the firm Richards, Brinley & Richards. Prior to 2014 he was president and managing attorney for his own private practice. He is also a certified mediator.

A comment period will be held through Sept. 16, 2016, before a final candidate is selected. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment within 45 days of selection. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Larry Webster, 2nd District Court Executive,

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Geoffrey Fattah
Communication Director
Utah State Courts
(C) 801.712.4545

SLTrib Op-Ed – Utah’s judges should reflect its population

Salt Lake Tribune Op-ed: Utah’s judges should reflect its population | The Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah’s judges should reflect its population

| Courtesy Robert O. Rice, op-ed mug.| Photo Courtesy of  Robert O. Rice

The Utah State Bar supports The Salt Lake Tribune’s recent efforts to highlight the importance of a diverse Utah judiciary. (See “Ethnic, gender diversity is for the benefit of all,” on June 29 and “Can Utah diversify its judicial bench? Jury’s still out,” on July 9.)

Lawyers, who represent clients from all aspects of society, have a uniquely clear view of the importance of the background of judges who decide their clients’ cases. Perhaps the question becomes, then, what is our profession doing to promote a system of justice that reflects, in the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, “a cross section of America.”  The answer is a great deal.

First, Utah lawyers are actively encouraging lawyers from diverse backgrounds to apply for the bench. Women Lawyers of Utah has developed a program to provide mentoring to its members applying for judicial vacancies. To help demystify the application process, Women Lawyers of Utah offers seminars and pairs applicants with someone who has experienced the nomination process.

Second, the Utah Minority Bar Association is also fully engaged in promoting diversity in Utah’s judiciary. Like Women Lawyers of Utah, the Utah Minority Bar Association actively seeks qualified candidates from its membership and encourages those lawyers to apply for bench openings. The Utah Minority Bar Association also recommends qualified members of the minority bar to serve on judicial nominating commissions.  Understanding that there is more it can do, it has recently created a Judicial Advocacy Committee to evaluate additional action to address this critical issue.

In our own organization, the Utah State Board of Bar Commissioners, lawyers have elected diverse leaders to make policy for lawyers across Utah. Of our 15 voting Bar Commissioners, nine are women. The Bar Commission also enjoys guidance from ex-officio members from the Utah Minority Bar Association and Women Lawyers of Utah and LGBT & Allied Lawyers of Utah. In short, the Bar Commission looks more like the rest of the state, which represents a substantial step toward promoting diversity in other areas of our judicial system.

The ranks of Utah lawyers are steadily growing with immensely qualified, diverse law school graduates from the J. Reuben Clark Law School and the S. J. Quinney College of Law and elsewhere. Clearly, our bar swells with talented lawyers from varied backgrounds educated within and without the state who will for years to come be ready to assume a position on the bench.

Gov. Gary Herbert deserves many accolades for his efforts to appoint women and minority lawyers to the bench, having appointed 20 women and four minority lawyers to the bench during his tenure. I’ve appeared before many of Herbert’s appointments, and I can attest to their strong qualifications and to the fact that the governor has appointed the most qualified applicants possible in every instance.

Herbert’s success in his judicial appointments, the Bar’s efforts to promote diversity on our bench and the steady number of diverse, qualified new lawyers graduating from our law schools is a sure sign of great things to come. Utah is exceedingly well-positioned to ensure that its state court looks more and more like the state it is intended to serve.

Email Scam Targeting Attorneys

June 24, 2016

State bars across the country are receiving reports of an email scam targeting attorneys using false notifications of disciplinary actions.

In the emails, the lawyer is instructed to click on a link to view a complaint, which loads a malicious software called ransomware that blocks computer access until a sum of money is paid.

Although we have not yet received reports of Utah attorneys receiving these emails, members should be aware that the Utah State Bar Office of Professional Conduct does not send initial notices of attorney discipline bar complaints by email and will not correspond with an attorney on a matter via email unless authorized by that attorney.

If you receive an email of this type, delete it immediately.

Utah State Bar


Section Events for May 2016


Annual Meeting
Time: May 20, 2016 / 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: The Grand America Hotel
555 So. Main St.
Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: $75 – Business Law Section Members, $120 all others
CLE Credit: 3 hours Reg. CLE Credit, 1 hour Ethics

Register at:


  • May 17th 12:00-1:30pm – ENREL Annual Update
  • May 17th 9:00am-1:15pm – Annual Collection Law Seminar
  • May 19th 12:00-1:00pm – Elder Law and Estate Planning Legislative Update
  • May 19th 8:00am-2:00pm – Annual Real Property Seminar
  • May 20th 6:00-9:00pm – IP Section Annual Social
  • June 3rd 8:30am-4:45pm – Annual Family Law Seminar

For info on any of these events, contact the CLE department at or register online at

Utah Bar Section Events for April 2016

Paralegal Division

  • Paralegal Division 20th Anniversary Gala – The Paralegal Division will celebrate its 20th Anniversary as a section of the Utah State Bar on April 6, 2016. Please join us in a semi-formal celebratory evening featuring dinner catered by The Main Event and performances by Party Rock Project and Paul Draper.

Date: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Place: The Grand Hall at The Gateway, 18 North Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City
Cost: $40

Tickets can be purchased through the Utah State Bar (801-531-9077) or online at
For more information please contact us at 

Estate Planning Section

  • On April 19, 2016 the Estate Planning Section is excited to have Steve R. Akers present at 12:00 pm.

Steve R. Akers is truly exceptional, being one of the few that the titans of the estate planning world look to for insights and guidance. He is a past editor of the ACTEC Law Journal and a member of ACTEC’s Executive Committee, past Chair of the ABA’s Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law, and a member of the Advisory Committee to and a frequent speaker at the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. His annual tome “Heckerling Musings” presents highlights, summaries, and insights from Heckerling, as well as many of his own planning tips relating to the topics presented at the conference. He has developed incredible depth, expertise and wisdom in multiple areas of estate planning, and he’s a great presenter to boot.

Register at:

Young Lawyers Division

  • Join YLD for its annual speed networking event on April 27 from 5:30-7:30 at Squatters (147 W Broadway, Salt Lake City). Young layers and experienced lawyers will have an opportunity to network in this fun, fast-paced, speed dating style event. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. RSVP to Dani Cepernich at by Monday, April 25. Please include how many years you have been practicing. Space is limited.

Litigation Section

  • Relieve your tension with an hour of free yoga every Friday at 2pm on the 4th floor of the Felt Building – 341 South Main Street (Zen room at Zimmerman Jones Booher).  Sponsored by the Litigation Section and open to all members of the legal community.  Yes, this means you.  We’d love to see you!
  • Litigator’s Running Group: Wednesday at 6 pm May- September- additional details to follow.
  • Zen In Zion’s May 14, 2016

A family-friendly networking reception & retreat.

  • Litigation Section Annual Meeting is June 10-11, 2016 in Moab!

We will have CLE, a social reception on Friday night with the judges who have received the 2016 Judicial Excellence Award and recreational activities on Saturday. This year, we’re starting a new tradition and will be presenting a trophy to one of our fellow litigators (think Stanley Cup for attorneys). Networking and CLE can be fun!

  • Salt Lake County Golf & CLE: August 12, details to follow.

If you are interested in receiving our announcements or have ideas, please email:

Heather L. Thuet

Chair of the Litigation Section



Relieve your tension   with an hour of free yoga every Tuesday at  2pm on the 4th floor of the Felt Building – 341 South Main Street (Zen room at Zimmerman Jones Booher).  Sponsored by the Litigation Section and open to all members of the legal community.  Yes, this means you.  We’d love to see you!

Section Updates for March 2016

Government & Administrative Law Section

  • Please join us for the Third Annual ALJ, Government & Administrative Law Conference this coming May 5, 2016. The conference will be held at the Utah Bar, and will include breakfast, lunch and up to 5 hours of CLE credit. $35 for ALJs and members of the Government/Administrative Law Section. Come learn about the fundamentals of UAPA, GRAMA requests, and how to effectively participate in drafting administrative rules.
  • The Supreme Court at a Crossroads: A discussion with Kannon Shanmugam.
    • Date: Thursday, April 7, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
    • Place: The Alta Club, 100 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

Cost: $40 for members of the Appellate Practice Section, the Government and Administrative Law Section, and the Utah Federal Bar Association, $50 for non-members.

Litigation Section

  • Rise & Shine – Setting the Stage at Trial: How to Write and Deliver a Compelling Opening Statement
    • Date: March 24, 2016
    • Time: 8:20am – 9:30am
    • Place: Federal Courthouse Jury Assembly Room- 351 So. West Temple
  • Litigation Section Annual Meeting is June 10-11, 2016 in Moab!
    • We will have CLE, a social reception on Friday night with the judges who have received the 2016 Judicial Excellence Award and recreational activities on Saturday. This year, we’re starting a new tradition and will be presenting a trophy to one of our fellow litigators (think Stanley Cup for attorneys). Networking and CLE can be fun!
  • Zen In Zion’s May 14, 2016

A family-friendly networking reception & retreat.

  • Salt Lake County Golf & CLE: August 12, details to follow.
  • Litigator’s Running Group: Wednesday at 6 pm May- September- additional details to follow.

If you are interested in receiving our announcements or have ideas, please email:

Heather L. Thuet
Chair of the Litigation Section



EBulletin for January 2016


I hope your 2016 is off to a great start and that your goals and good intentions have survived the first two weeks! If you have questions or comments about the information below (or any bar-related activities) please do not hesitate to contact me at my bar email


Please join us at the Alta Club this Thursday, January 14th from 5:00-7:30 p.m. as we put a new twist on an old Utah Law tradition: Bar Review—a social gathering for lawyers and judges hosted by the Bar, the Litigation Section, YLD, and ORANGE Legal. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and open bar. There is no cost to attend; RSVP to Kathy Spencer at


How to Create a Lean Law Practice: Be more efficient to offset high overhead, disruptive technology, and economic changes. Monday, January 25 at the Bar; $35/$20-YLD. Details & registration.

Upcoming section luncheons and CLE seminars.


NLTPThe next New Lawyer Training Program Mentor Training will be January 21, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bar. Free lunch included: 1 ethics and 1 professionalism credit. Register.


We are seeking nominations for the Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award for the advancement of women in the legal profession and the Raymond S. Uno Award for the advancement of minorities in the legal profession. Submit your nomination in writing to by this Friday, January 15. You can also write to Christy Abad, 645 South 200 East, SLC UT 84111 or fax to 801-531-0660. Past award recipients.

Please nominate a deserving mentor for the new Mentoring Awards to be presented at the first Annual Breakfast of Champions on Wednesday, February 24, 8 a.m., at the Alta Club. Please submit your nomination in 400 words or less to Michelle Mumford by January 31.

Woman Lawyers of Utah is seeking nominations for the 2016 Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year Award to recognize an outstanding woman member of the Bar for her professionalism, integrity, excellence, and dedication to furthering opportunities for women in the law. E-mail written nominations by 5:00 p.m. February 12.


We have retained Foxley & Pignanelli to provide lobbying and government relations services in accordance with Utah Court Rule 14-106. The 2016 General Legislative Session convenes January 25. If you are interested in assisting with our legislative efforts, please contact a chair of the Government Relations Committee, your section representative, or our new lobbyists.


We are accepting nominations for Bar Commissioners: two members from the Third Division and one member from the Second Division, each to serve a three-year term beginning July 2016.Signed Petitions by ten members per nomination due by February 2 by 5:00 p.m.


Law Day 2016This year marks the 50th anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona. On May 1 we will explore Miranda rights, as well as the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution. Please consider running an ad or writing an article for the Law Day Special Edition in the Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune.  Previous Law Day Special Edition. Law Day 2016 content ideas.  Please contact