It’s not too late to register to attend the Bar’s Summer Convention in Sun Valley on July 29 – August 1: great location, great CLE and recreation opportunities, and a chance to socialize with colleagues and meet new ones.
This year has been an immersion in the history and influences of Magna Carta, and two keynote speakers will continue that discussion.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will speak about Magna Carta on July 30, and has agreed to a Q&A session. Justice Thomas referred to Magna Carta extensively in his recent dissent in the same sex marriage case Obergefell v. Hodges (in defining “liberty”), so there could be some very current questions about this 800 year-old document.
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JIM GILSON
Congratulations to the following who were elected to the Board of Bar Commissioners: Rob Rice as Bar President-elect, Kate Conyers and Michelle Mumford representing the Third Division, Liisa Hancock in the Fourth Division, and Kristin Woods for the Fifth Division. Thanks to all of the candidates for great campaigns and thoughtful involvement in the Bar and the profession.
Bar President Elect Angelina Tsu and Commissioner Rob Rice are co-chairs of the Bar’s Affordable Attorneys for All task force, formed to develop new solutions to make legal services more accessible to the middle class. The AAA task force is looking for volunteer lawyers in our Bar, and non-lawyers in our community, to serve on this critical committee. This new initiative represents an excellent opportunity to help shape the practice of law in Utah, strengthen our profession, and improve access to justice in Utah. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate. AAA will focus on:
The dates for The Eighth Annual Southern Utah Federal Law Symposium have been set for May 7 through the 9th at the Marriott Courtyard in St. George. Please mark your calendars accordingly. We will post more details as they become available.
Please join the Litigation Section for the first annual New Lawyer Introduction to the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse on February 27, 2015. 4 hours CLE pending. The tentative schedule is set forth below:
8:30-9:30: Donut reception with Judges and Litigation Section Board
9:30-10:30: Pet peeves, best practices, and tips from the law clerks
10:30-11:15: Introduction to Resources available at the Court (Presented by Maureen Minson from the law library)
11:15-12:15: An introduction to the clerk’s office and what new lawyers should know about filing cases
12:15-1:30: Lunch and courthouse tour
1:30 to 3:00: Courtroom observation
Price: $30 for members of the Litigation Section. Become a member here
$150 for non-members.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
UTAH STATE COURTS PLAN JUDGE FOR A DAY PROGRAM
Salt Lake City, UT—The Utah State Courts are planning the 10th Annual “Judge for a Day,” program in recognition of Law Day, which is celebrated on May 1, 2015. On May 1, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day as a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.
Utah high school students are selected to participate in the program based on an essay, civic involvement resume or teacher nomination letter. For students who choose to write an essay the Law Day theme is “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law.” Perhaps more than any other document in human history, the Magna Carta has come to embody a simple but enduring truth: No one, no matter how powerful, is above the law.
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.
Utah State Bar President-elect Angelina Tsu One of the Best Lawyers Under 40
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association recognizes 21 attorneys in U.S.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected 21 attorneys to receive the 2014 Best Lawyers Under 40 Award, including Utah State Bar President-elect Angelina Tsu. The award recognizes talented individuals who have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields while demonstrating a strong commitment to the community at relatively early stages in their careers.
Angelina Tsu, who has served on the Utah State Bar Board of Commissioners since 2010, was sworn in as president-elect in July. She co-chaired the Bar’s Committee for Civics Education and served as President of the Young Lawyers Division. She currently serves on the Boards of Women Lawyers of Utah, the Association of Corporate Counsel (Mountain West Division), and the Utah Minority Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Merit Selection Panel, which is the judicial nominating commission for Federal Magistrate Judges.
Thanks to the 200 judges, lawyers, law students, and law school staff who participated in the Constitution Day Teach-in. They taught 300 classes throughout Utah, a 50% increase from last year. Our next school civics project will be Magna Carta essay and video contests. We will present student awards at the traveling exhibit Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015 as it makes stops throughout Utah in April. Watch for upcoming details at http://lawday.utahbar.org/ about the contests and the exhibit schedule.
The November 20-21 Fall Forum is happening soon. See these links for the schedule and to register (you will be directed there once you are logged into your Bar account). The Ethics Forum and the Meet Your Judges Mixer on Thursday evening, November 20, is not to be missed. All state, federal, and justice court judges, as well as commissioners and magistrates, have been invited to attend.
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.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)
Have you ever found yourself in need of a lawyer? Were nervous of high costs and a lack of guaranteed results? The Utah state bar has a program that could help: It’s called the Modest Means Lawyers Referral Program. John Lund talks more about the program. For more information click here.
The Utah State Bar was established in 1931. It is a non-profit organization authorized by the Utah Supreme Court to regulate the practice of law, including admissions, education , and discipline. Its 11,000 lawyers serve the public and profession with excellence, civility, and integrity. They envision a just legal system that is understood, valued, and accessible to all.
The Modest Means Lawyers Referral program was created to make lawyers more accessible to more people
The Bar has added a new Access to Justice program, complementing the Pro Bono Commission which encourages attorneys to donate free services for those with incomes less than 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (Bar doesn’t coordinate referrals).
- Modest Means Lawyers Referral program helps those with non-extensive assets and who make from 125% to 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (for example, up to $70,000 for a family of four).
The Utah Supreme Court invites comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires March 14, 2014.
Summary of proposed amendments
URCrP 007. Proceedings before magistrate. Amend. Conforms the rule to existing practices. Authorizes a magistrate to issue a material witness warrant at the same time bail is fixed. Clarifies that a material witness may not be detained if the person cannot post bail and that the witness’s testimony may be taken by deposition.
URCrP 038. Appeals from justice court to district court. Amend. Reflects that citations are now efiled and, therefore, that an abstract of a citation will be included in the record on appeal.
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN
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. (more…)