Jones Waldo’s Lori Nelson Appointed Chair of American Bar Association Family Law Section
Former Utah Bar President Lori Nelson
Lori W. Nelson, a veteran litigator with Salt Lake City-based Jones Waldo, was sworn in last month as the incoming chair of the American Bar Association Family Law Section.
In this role, Nelson will oversee the association’s governing body and more than 10,000 lawyers, associates and student members throughout the world.
Nelson, a Driggs, Idaho native, has practiced domestic law with Jones Waldo for the last eight years. While with the firm, Nelson has held leadership positions on the Jones Waldo board of directors, and is the group leader of the firm’s Domestic and Family Law practice group. Continue reading →
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James Gilson, ’89, is the current president of the Utah State Bar. In the interview below, he describes the bar’s current activities, reflects on how legal education has changed in the past 25 years, and offers practical advice to young attorneys, including the importance of putting the client’s best interests first.
What inspired you to run for office?
Time will tell if it was an inspired or a bad idea, but so far so good! Throughout my career I have enjoyed being involved in pro bono and other volunteer community work to help me keep grounded in my practice–to keep perspective on what’s really important. I’ve found that interacting with other lawyers on Bar or other community matters on a win/win, non-adversarial basis provides satisfaction and hopefully we’ve done some good. Bar service is a good anecdote to becoming cynical. Back in 2008, there were two openings on the Bar Commission and I decided to run for one of the seats. After being on the Commission for five years, and realizing I was one of the more senior members, I decided it was my turn to step up to the plate as President. No one opposed me in that election. I like to think that I won by acclamation, but it probably was more by default. Continue reading →
Roosevelt, UT—A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on Oct.9, 2014, to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place at the Duchesne County Courthouse, 255 South State, in Roosevelt.
Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact District Court Administrator Debra Moore at (801) 578-3800 by Sept. 26, 2014, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by April 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. Continue reading →
Classes are now available for the third annual September 17 Constitution Day Teach-in, for grades 5 through 12, with availability September 15-19. Most classes are less than one hour long. Helping young people understand the role of lawyers and the justice system is very enjoyable, makes a big difference in the classroom, and generates a lot of good will for our profession. Click here to select a class to teach. It’s easy to do: teach your own lesson or follow the lesson plan devised by the Bar’s Civic Education Committee (Co-chaired by Ben Hathaway and Gabe White). An optional program review will be at the Law & Justice Center on Thursday, September 4, at 5 p.m. or Friday, September 5, at Noon; on-line video available next week; one-hour CLE credit for any option. Click here for lesson plan and CLE registration. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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 email@example.com. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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 YearJames L. Shumate, Lawyer of the yearCharlotte 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. Continue reading →
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:
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. Continue reading →
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
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. Continue reading →
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.” Continue reading →