Ogden City Justice Court Judge Named

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994

Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL OGDEN CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Ogden, UT—The Weber County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Dee William Smith to the Ogden City Justice Court. Smith will replace Judge Norman Ashton who retires effective Jan. 7, 2015.

Smith graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1994. He then worked as a teacher for three years. In 2000, Smith received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah law school after which he began working as a prosecutor with the Weber County Attorney’s Office. In 2002, Smith started working in private practice and became a partner in the law firm of Allen, Richards, Pace and Smith. In 2009, Smith was appointed as the Weber County Attorney by the Weber County Commission.
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Panguitch City Justice Court Judge Named

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

December 18, 2014

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

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL PANGUITCH CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Panguitch, UT—The Garfield County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Timothy Byrne Smith to the Panguitch City Justice Court. Smith will replace Judge Martin Nay who retired Oct. 1, 2014.

Smith graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1995. He has worked as a pharmacist from June 1995 to the present. In 2001, Smith earned a clinical certification as a Chronic Anticoagulation Care Provider (CACP). He is currently enrolled in Western Governors University’s Master of Business Administration program in Health Care Management. Smith has served as a member of the Panguitch City Council for nine years and as a member of the Coalition of Community Patchwork Mending for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention for 10 years.
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e.Bulletin for December 2014

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES D. GILSON

election2013_JGilsonSeason’s greetings!

Please join us in helping local shelters this Friday, December 19 for the 25th Annual Food and Clothing Drive.  Drop off your items at the Bar from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the back doors of the Bar where volunteers will help you unload your donations.  Click here for details.

I’m pleased to announce that the Bar has established a Commission on the Future of Legal Services in Utah to evaluate issues resulting from developments in technology and globalization, as well as changes in demographics and economics.  The charge and scope of this Futures Commission is to “gather input, study, and consider the ways current and future lawyers can provide legal and law-related services to the public, especially to individuals and small businesses.”  If you have thoughts on this issue, please contact me or co-chairs Nate Alder, nathan.alder@chrisjen.com or John Lund, jlund@scmlaw.com.
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Court Seeks Comment on Proposed Civility Rule for Judges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 9, 2014

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

PROPOSED RULE ADDRESSES STANDARDS OF JUDICIAL PROFESSIONALISM AND CIVILITY

Salt Lake City, UT—The Utah Supreme Court has proposed a rule to establish standards of professionalism and civility of Utah’s judges.

A rule that governs the standards of professionalism and civility for Utah State Bar members—Rule 14-301—has been in place since November 2004. The proposed rule for the judiciary outlines a similar set of principles with 10 standards to guide judges. The standards address bias, fairness, impartiality, ex parte communications, language and timeliness, among other factors.

The Utah Supreme Court’s Committee on Professionalism and Civility, which is chaired by Justice Thomas R. Lee, drafted the rule. The motivation for creation of the standards for lawyers was concern over a general decline in respect, courtesy and civility among some lawyers. The committee suggested that since standards for professionalism and civility among lawyers are expected, the same should be expected of judges.
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Ronald Elton Appointed to Tooele Justice Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 8, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL TOOELE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Grantsville, UT—Ronald Lynn Elton has been appointed to the Grantsville Justice Court by the Tooele County Nominating Commission. Elton will replace Judge Darold Butcher who resigned August 15, 2014.

Elton graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He received a Juris Doctor degree in 1976 from the University of Utah Law School. From 1975 to 1995, Elton served in the Tooele County Attorney’s Office as a law clerk, deputy county attorney and county attorney. After this, he opened a private law practice and also served as a public defender in Tooele County. From 2007 to 2011, Elton served as Grantsville city attorney. He also served as Rush Valley and Vernon Town attorney from 2000 to 2014.
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Judges to Meet to Determine Need for Grand Jury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Contact: Nancy Volmer
December 5, 2014                                                                                         (801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUDGES TO DETERMINE NEED FOR GRAND JURY

American Fork, UT—A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on Jan. 8, 2015, to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place at the American Fork Courthouse, 75 East 80 North, in American Fork.
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Nominees Named for Garfield County Justice Court Vacancy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 4, 2014

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

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR GARFIELD COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Panguitch, UT—The Garfield County Nominating Commission has selected two nominees for a vacancy at the Panguitch Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Martin Nay who resigned effective Oct. 1, 2014.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
·         Alan Carl Johnson, engineering draftsman, South Central Communications, Panguitch
·         Timothy Byrne Smith, director of pharmacy, Garfield Memorial Hospital, Panguitch

A comment period will be held through Dec. 12, 2014, before a final candidate is selected by the Panguitch Mayor Eric Houston. The mayor has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Panguitch 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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Ogden Justice Court Nominees Named

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Nov. 25, 2014

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

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR WEBER COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Ogden, UT—The Weber County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for a vacancy at the Ogden City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Norman Ashton who will retire Jan. 7, 2015.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
·Michael Sam Junk, Ogden, Harrisville and Riverdale City Prosecutor, Ogden

·Honorable Reuben Renstrom, South Ogden, South Weber, Harrisville, Riverdale and Woods Cross Justice Court Judge, Attorney at Helgesen, Waterfall & Jones, Kaysville

·Dee William Smith, Weber County Attorney, Ogden

A comment period will be held through Dec. 4, 2014, before a final candidate is selected by the Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell. The mayor has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Ogden 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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Meeting Set to Select Panguitch Justice Court Judge

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November 21, 2014

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

JUSTICE COURT SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Panguitch, UT—The Garfield County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Dec. 2, 2014, to select a candidate for the Panguitch City Justice Court to replace Judge Martin Nay who resigned effective Oct. 1, 2014. The commission will begin meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Panguitch City Council Chambers, 25 South 200 East.

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 are being accepted from 6:00 to 6:30 p.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.
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Utah State Bar Warns Citizens of Scam Artist Acting as Attorney

Unsuspecting clients fall victim to fraud.

Mary Ann Lucero / Dipoma courtesy Salt Lake County

Mary Ann Lucero / Dipoma courtesy Salt Lake County

Imagine someone impersonating an attorney helping you obtain proceeds from your spouse’s life insurance policy only to have your “attorney” steal the proceeds.  Envision paying for help with a foreclosure only to lose your home to the person who was purporting to help you.  At least these people retained their freedom; one man in jail lost $850 that his mother paid for legal assistance that never materialized.  These unfortunate victims have one thing in common:  Mary Ann Lucero, also know as Mary Ann Dipoma, who is not an attorney, but operates under the name of Wasatch Legal and Collection Services.
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Supreme Court Travels to BYU Law School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 4, 2014

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

UTAH SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS AT J. REUBEN CLARK LAW SCHOOL

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: (A summary of the cases is attached to the e-mail.)
10:00 a.m.-Mika Scott v. Universal Industrial Sales, Inc.; Intermountain
Employment Services Inc.; Utah County; Utah County Sheriff’s Office, case no. 20130257-SC
10:30 a.m.-Sergio Alejandro Meza v. State of Utah, case no. 20130962-SC
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e.Bulletin for November 2014

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES D. GILSON

election2013_JGilsonJudging the Judges—Thanks to the Park City Bar Board of Directors for their timely Park Record guest editorial on judicial retention elections. See Judging the Judges. Information about all judges who are up for retention election in each voting district is at www.judges.utah.gov. Utah now has one of the most comprehensive judicial evaluation programs in the country. Please share this resource with others for Election Day tomorrow.

The November 20-21 Fall Forum is two weeks from Thursday. See these links for the schedule and to register (you will be directed there once you are logged into your Bar account). Save $25 with early registration before this Friday, November 7. I hope to see you at the Ethics Forum and the Meet Your Judges Mixer on November 20.
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Panguitch Justice Court Vacancy Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 31, 2014

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

PANGUITCH JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Panguitch, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Panguitch. The position will replace Judge Martin Nay who resigned Oct. 1, 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 salary for the position is $6,000, without benefits. For additional information, contact Lori Talbot at (435) 676-8585.
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Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Utah Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following court rules. The amendments are effective November 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted. Summary of approved amendments  Rules of Criminal Procedure

  • URCrP 40. Search warrants. Amend. Provides a process for extending the sealing of search warrant records.

Rules of Appellate Procedure

  • URAP 005. Discretionary appeals from interlocutory orders. Amend. Sets a page limit for a petition for permission to appeal and describes how relevant documents may be referenced; provides that a response to a petition for permission to appeal will not be received unless requested by the court; and provides that cross-petitions for permission to appeal are not permitted.
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Judging the Judges

ParkCity residents will have the opportunity on Tuesday of voting whether to retain a number of Utah state judges, including Judge Ryan Harris, who serves in Summit, Salt Lake, and Tooele Counties, and presided over the lawsuit between Park City Mountain Resort and Talisker Land Holdings, LLC.  As one recent article in the Park Record suggested [PCMR v. Talisker: the Judge Faces Voters on Election Day], “[if] voters are unhappy with the judge, they could sign a de facto eviction order against Harris on Election Day.”  A clever turn of phrase, but this statement suggests that voters should not vote to retain a judge where they take issue with the outcome in a specific case.  We disagree.  Instead, we urge voters to take a different, more principled approach.
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