January 2014 e.Bulletin


On behalf of the Utah State Bar Board of Commissioners and all members of the Utah State Bar, I want to extend a personal thanks to the following for their wonderful expertise and resources, diligent efforts, and assistance in recommending the new Association Management and Database Migration System for the Bar: The Honorable David O. Nuffer, United States District Court for the District of Utah; Ron Bowmaster, CIO of the Utah State Courts; David Clark, CIO at Kirton McConkie; Douglas French, CIO at Ray Quinney & Nebeker; and Lincoln Mead, I.T. Director, Utah State Bar. The Commissioners have been studying this issue for a couple of years. A committee was thereafter formed to make final review and recommendations once the Commissioners received word from the Bar’s current database provider that it would no longer be providing such services after the spring of 2014. After receiving the recommendation of the committee for three new software packages for admissions, the OPC, and membership, the Commissioners and staff have accepted the committee’s recommendation. We were especially pleased that there was neutral budget impact when looking at the seven-plus-year life of the new software vs. old. I believe we have made the proper choice and will be acquiring the best system to enhance and benefit our members for years to come.

We’re getting good feedback on our Group Benefits Program listed under Site Highlights at www.utahbar.org. These new benefits are available at no cost to you and your families (or to the Bar), providing discounts for hundreds of local and national brands, stores, programs, and services. New vendors added in the past month are: Avis Car Sales, Good Sam Ventures, 2 Degrees Food, eKnowledge, University of Colorado Boulder, Eve’s Addiction, Red Cross Wellness Program, ThinkOps, Luggage Designers, Kollege Town Sports, OGIO, and AV Law. Please suggest additional products or services (see Nominations in lower left).

We are creating a new page on our website for members to provide perspectives on current legal issues as a public service. Please send any submissions to communications@utahbar.org and include: title, firm, publication date, synopsis for a non-lawyer reader (150 word max), and link to full article (required).

We would like to acknowledge our members who have remained in the legislature this year, helping draft statutes that pass constitutional muster and avoid ambiguity. The lawyer legislators in the House are: Patrice M. Arent, LaVar Christensen, Brian M. Greene, Craig Hall, Kenneth R. Ivory, Michael S. Kennedy, Brian S. King, Daniel McCay, Kay L. McIff, Mike K. McKell, Merrill F. Nelson, Kraig J. Powell, V. Lowry Snow, Keven J. Stratton, and Earl D. Tanner. The lawyer legislators in the Senate are: Lyle W. Hillyard, Mark B. Madsen, Stephen H. Urquhart, John L. Valentine, and Todd Weiler. Please see photos and brief bios in the Jan/Feb Bar Journal. Also thanks to our Governmental Relations Committee, co-chaired by John H. Bogart and Paxton R. Guymon, which monitors legislation for appropriate Bar input.

Volunteers are needed for the West Jordan Middle School We the People program. Attorneys will judge student speeches this Wednesday, January 15. If you can help, please contact krista.gibbons@jordandistrict.org.