Utah Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at S.J. Quinney College Of Law

February 28, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell:  (801) 712-4545


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:
9:30 a.m.- Salt Lake City v. Miles, case #20130475
10:30 a.m.-Layton v. Stevenson, case #20130342
(Case summaries are attached.)

Wednesday, March 5 at 9:30 a.m. to approx. 12:00 p.m.

S.J. Quinney College of Law, Moot Courtroom, University of Utah.

Utah Supreme Court Justices: Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant, Associate Chief Justice Ronald E. Nehring, Justice Christine M. Durham, Justice Thomas R. Lee, and Justice Jill N. Parrish.

One pool still photographer and one pool video camera will be permitted into the court session. To request to be the pool photographer, contact Public Information Officer Nancy Volmer at (801) 578-3994 by March 3.

Upcoming YLD – Serve Our Seniors Event

For Immediate Release
October 15, 2013

Contact:  Sean Toomey
Communications Director, Utah State Bar
645 South 200 East, SLC UT 84111, 801-297-7059

Update for Utah Attorneys: We are pleased to announce that we achieved our volunteer goal for this event. To view further upcoming events please visit: http://younglawyers.utahbar.org/index.php/Serving_Our_Seniors

Young Lawyers Serving Our Seniors with Free Documents on October 26
Advanced Health Care Directives and Durable Powers of Attorney for people 55+.

SALT LAKE CITY—The Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar is Serving Our Seniors with free Advanced Health Care Directives and Durable Powers of Attorney for people aged 55 and older.   This free seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 26 at the Utah State Bar, 645 South 200 East (parking in rear).  No appointment is necessary.

An Advanced Health Care Directive allows a person to document basic end-of-life choices in case they are unable to communicate their desires when decisions are needed, and to designate other people who can make additional health care decisions if necessary.  A Durable Power of Attorney allows one to designate people to manage finances in the event of disability or incapacitation, without the need of more complex arrangements like a trust or a court-appointed guardian or conservator.

Sarah Elizabeth Spencer, co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division Serving Our Seniors committee said, “You can avoid uncertainty and conflict with these crucial documents. You can help your family, friends, and doctors help you by sharing your wishes about life-sustaining care and who should make medical and financial decisions if you are unable.”

With the statutory Utah Advance Health Care Directive form, many seniors are able to navigate the options and complete the form on their own; aging.utah.edu.  However, because the choices and language are sometimes confusing, others appreciate the guidance an experienced attorney can offer.  And because both documents deal with similar contingencies, it makes sense to complete them at the same time.

Utah does not have a statutory form for a Durable Power of Attorney, and people should be careful with on-line or off-the-shelf documents.  Troy T. Wilson, chair of the Bar’s Elder Law Section said, “POAs are one of the most misunderstood documents, and also one of the most abused, leading to financial exploitation of Utah seniors.  Because significant authority can be conferred upon an agent using a POA, a qualified attorney experienced with estate planning and elder law issues should be consulted to draft a document appropriate for you and your unique circumstances.”

With approximately 2,000 members, the Young Lawyers Division prides itself as being one of the most active organizations within the Utah State Bar, and includes members less than 36 years of age, as well as members who have been admitted to their first state bar for less than five years.  The Young Lawyers Division is service-oriented, offering Wills for Heroes—helping police officers, firefighters, and other first responders, the Cinderella Boutique—loaning Prom dresses to high school students, and extensive pro bono legal help to those in need.

The Utah State Bar was established in 1931 and regulates the practice of law under the authority of the Utah Supreme Court.  The 11,000 lawyers of the Bar serve the public and legal profession with excellence, civility, and integrity.  They envision a just legal system that is understood, valued, and accessible to all.

Join us for Law Day and the 2013 Summer Convention

Bar President Lori NelsonWe just finished an amazing conference in St. George and are looking forward to another can’t-miss event in Snowmass/Aspen:

  • Wednesday, July 17, 6 p.m., opening reception
  • Thursday, July 18, 8 a.m. to noon, featuring Jack Marshall, Esq. speaking about the challenges of keeping pace with professional ethics
  • Friday, July 19, 8 a.m. to noon, featuring Dr. William F. Meinecke from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Saturday, July 20, 8 a.m. to noon, featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin G. Scalia

See keynote speakers (and soon complete schedule) here: http://webster.utahbar.org/cle/summerconvention/

Plus a family carnival, a golf tournament, “mammoth” fever at the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, hiking, biking, fly fishing, paragliding, four-wheeling, hot-air ballooning, river rafting, and great dining. Book your lodging and adventures now at Snowmass. Registration costs are the same as last summer—$475 early, $300 YLD, $200 paralegal—and materials will be included with the May/June Utah Bar Journal.

We hope you have had a chance to take a look at the new website. We think it is much more functional and better suited to your needs. Please get back to us with any comments so we can ensure the website is working the way it should. We plan to go live with the new site on April 8.

Another event to look forward to is Law Day on Wednesday, May 1. The theme this year is “Realizing the Dream, Equality for All.” As stated by the American Bar Association:

The promise of equality under the law is what has made America a beacon to other nations. It is a pledge clearly set forth in the Declaration of Independence and in the opening words of the Preamble of the Constitution, “We the People.” It is, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, the proposition to which our nation is dedicated.
The celebration marks the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation. The Young Lawyers Division is holding their annual awards luncheon at noon on May 1 at Little America; cost is $30 per person; RSVP Breanne, breanne.miller@slcgov.com. They are also placing lawyers in classroom throughout the state to teach about voting rights; if you can help with an in-school presentation for American Voter, please e-mail Mike at mlundberglaw@gmail.com. YLD is kicking off its week-long Law Day celebration with Serving Our Seniors on April 27 at the Utah Law and Justice Center, helping seniors completing a Health Care Directive and Power of Attorney. Check here for all the activities leading up to and on Law Day.