Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Utah Judicial Council invites comments to the following proposed court rules.

The comment period expires on October 14, 2014.

Summary of proposed amendments 

CJA 03-0104. Presiding judges. Amend. Outlines the final determination for purposes of a case under advisement.
CJA 03-0403. Judicial branch education. Amend. Requires new judges to attend the first orientation program held after they have taken the oath of office. Provides an exception if attendance is excused by the Management Committee based on good cause.
CJA 04-0202.02 Records classification. Amend. Makes actions to remove an individual from the National Instant Background Check System private. Makes Qualified Domestic Relations Orders private.
CJA 04-0403. Signature stamp use. Amend. Provides for a clerk’s use of a judge’s or commissioner’s electronic signature when the clerk otherwise has permission under the rule to use the judge’s or commissioner’s signature stamp.
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First Judicial District Names Presiding Judge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 21, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUDGE BURBANK NAMED PRESIDING JUDGE IN FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Logan, UT—Juvenile Court Judge Jeffrey R. Burbank has been named presiding judge for the First Judicial District for a two-year term. Judge Burbank replaces Judge Ben Hadfield who retired effective Aug. 15, 2014. Judge Thomas Willmore has been named associate presiding judge.

The presiding judges are responsible for the effective operation of their courts. According to court Rule 3-104, presiding judges are responsible for implementation and enforcement of statutes, rules, policies, and directives of the Utah Judicial Council as they pertain to the administration of the courts. The presiding judge is responsible for assigning cases and judges.
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GRANTSVILLE JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

August 19, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell:(801) 712-4545

GRANTSVILLE JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Grantsville, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Grantsville. The position will replace Judge Darold Butcher who has resigned effective Aug. 15, 2014.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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 Court’s website at www.utcourts.gov under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s website. The annual salary range for the position is $20,475 to $36, 855,  with or without benefits. For additional information, contact Susan Gustin at (435) 884-4602 or sgustin@grantsvilleut.gov.
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Utah State Bar’s lawyer referral program a ‘win-win’ for people of modest means

Courtesy of Deseret News

By , Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Bar has long championed broader access to the justice system.

Its “aspirational goal” is that each lawyer licensed to practice in Utah donates 50 hours of pro bono representation a year, says Utah State Bar president James D. Gilson.

“If someone has a legal problem and they can’t afford to hire a lawyer, they’re at a real disadvantage in the system. We think that lawyers who have law licenses have an ethical duty to provide pro bono legal representation,” Gilson said.

While the Bar doesn’t police that expectation, Gilson said most lawyers meet that goal. “A lot of them do a lot more than 50 hours a year,” he said.
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Syracuse Justice Court Judge Named

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

August 13, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

HOSKINS NAMED TO SYRACUSE JUSTICE COURT

Syracuse, UT—Catherine Jeane Hoskins has been appointed to the Syracuse City Justice Court by Syracuse Mayor Terry Palmer. The position replaces Judge Joseph M. Bean who has been appointed to the 2nd District Court.

Hoskins owns and operates a law practice in Layton where she also does mediation. She received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Utah, and an Associates’ Degree from Brigham Young University Idaho.

Hoskins is the co-chair of the Second District Pro Bono Committee, a member of the 2nd District Nominating Committee, a member of the Rex E. Lee Inns of the Court, and a member of the Divorce Procedures Subcommittee. She has also served as the president of the Davis County Bar.
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Save The Date Teach A Class On Constitution Day Wednesday Sept 17 2014

The Utah State Bar is again planning its Constitution Day Celebration. The Bar will be partnering with local schools September 17th to teach elementary, junior high and high school students about separation of powers and the importance of an independent judiciary.

The Bar is looking for volunteers to present to different classrooms. Classes range in time from 50-90 minutes and take place across the state. Please consider reserving some time in your schedule to volunteer. Last year’s participants reported spending between 3-6 hours total on the project (preparation and presentation). The Bar will provide a lesson plan needed to complete the project and we will also be holding two 1-hour training CLEs to review the materials and consider some teaching techniques on September 4th at 5:00 PM and September 5th at noon.  One hour of CLE credit will be given to those who attend the training and teach a Constitution Day class.
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Washington County Justice Court Judge Named

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 7, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL WASHINGTON COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Ronald L. Read has been appointed to the Washington County Justice Court by the Washington County Commission. He replaces the Honorable Paul Dame who has been appointed as a judge in the 5th District Juvenile Court.

Read is a graduate of Southern Utah State College and the University of Utah Law School. He has served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court in Boise, Idaho, and as a deputy/assistant attorney for the City of St. George. In addition, Read has worked as an associate/shareholder with Hughes & Read and is the co-founder of Read & Wright, now known as Read & Wright, Naegle, Jensen.
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E.Bulletin for August 2014

 election2013_JGilson MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES D. GILSON

Thanks to all those who attended the Bar’s Summer Convention, in Snowmass Colorado, July 16-19.  There was great CLE and opportunities to meet with other lawyers and judges, plus enjoy the outdoors.  Special thanks are due to Troy Booher for chairing this outstanding convention.  See these links for information about the Bar’s new leadership and our award winners, including Judge of the Year James L. ShumateLawyer of the year Charlotte L. Miller, and special awards to the Young Lawyers Division, Civics Education Committee, and Intellectual Property Section.  Please save the dates for next summer’s convention, which will be in Sun Valley on July 29-August 1, 2015.
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2014 July Bar Exam Examsoft Upload Issues

Hello,

The Utah State Bar has received notice of the issues with uploading exam answers to the Examsoft service. Examsoft is working to correct the issue. As we state in the instructions, you are only held responsible for failing to upload if there is no good cause.  ExamSoft’s technical difficulties are good cause.  While you should continue attempting to upload in accordance with the instructions on the ExamSoft website, the Utah State Bar will be making allowances for time due to ExamSoft’s problems. In other words, please do not panic.

We do recommend tracking Examsoft updates through their social media:

Regards,

Kelsey Foster

Admissions Administrator

UPDATE

ExamSoft has sent an email suggesting applicants attempt to manually upload one more time.  You may do so if you like.  However, the deadline to upload has been indefinitely postponed.  You DO NOT need to bring your laptop to the exam tomorrow.  We will make an announcement tomorrow when we have more information that will explain the next steps as well as provide any deadlines that may be applicable.
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Washington County Justice Court Nominees Named

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

St. George, UT—The Washington County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for a vacancy at the Washington County Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Paul Dame who has been appointed to the 5th District Juvenile Court.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
·Eric Russell Gentry, J.D., deputy county attorney, Washington County Attorney’s Office, City of Santa Clara prosecutor, and City of Enterprise prosecutor, St. George.
·Ronald L. Read, J.D., Read & Wright Naegle Jensen, St. George.
·Rachelle Shumway, J.D., deputy county attorney, Washington County Attorney’s Office, Ivins.
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Utah State Bar 2014 Summer Convention Awards

Courtesy of The Intermountain Commercial Record, Friday, July 18, 2014

Judges and attorneys of the Utah State Bar assembled for its annual convention in Snowmass Village, Colorado on July 16 through 19. Meeting concurrent with the convention was the Utah Board of Bar Commissioners, the Utah Judicial Council, the Board of District Court Judges, and the Board of Juvenile Court Judges. The convention included reports from the judiciary and law schools, keynote speakers, continuing legal education breakout sessions, and awards.

Utah State Bar President Curtis Jensen said, “These award recipients help the Bar serve the public and legal profession with excellence, civility, and integrity. They are helping the Bar to meet its vision of a just legal system that is understood, valued, and accessible to all.”
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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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Nominees Named for Davis County Justice Court Vacancy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell:(801) 712-4545

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR DAVIS COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Syracuse, UT—The Davis County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for the vacancy at the Syracuse Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Joseph Bean who has been appointed to the 2nd District Court.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
·         Catherine Jeane Hoskins, J.D., Hoskins Legal, Layton
·         Paul H. Olds, J.D., Kaufman, Nichols, Olds & Kaufman, Pleasant View
·         Richard Hogan Reeve, J.D., Van Cott, Bagley, et al., Ogden

A comment period will be held through July 10, 2014, before a final candidate is selected by Syracuse Mayor Terry Palmer. The mayor has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Syracuse City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, melisses@utcourts.gov.
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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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