e.Bulletin for April 2015


election2013_JGilsonDon’t miss out on seeing the Traveling Exhibit on Magna Carta. It is very interesting and has been well-received by the public. It provides us with a positive opportunity to discuss the rule of law and the constructive contributions of lawyers and the courts. Please encourage your family, friends, and clients to see the exhibit during this limited opportunity. The exhibit got off to a great start at the Bar open house last Friday and at the Salt Lake City Library on Saturday. The exhibit was at the Washington County Courthouse in St. George earlier this week, where many public visitors came, including groups from Dixie State University and Canyon View High School (Cedar City). Upcoming stops are in Orem, Logan, Ogden, and then back to Salt Lake City on April 15-19. Click here for the exhibit schedule and highlights; please share this with your contacts. There is a free CLE for attorneys and judges next Wednesday, April 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Matheson Courthouse, Magna Carta as an American Charter of Liberties, by Law Library of Congress Curator of Rare Books Nathan Dorn; attorney CLE registration. Nathan Dorn was the curator of the traveling exhibit and you can see it with him at 1:30 p.m. in the Rotunda following the CLE. Law Day advertising is being accepted through April 14; see reservation form.
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e.Bulletin for March 2015



In April, we will have an opportunity to vote for a new Bar President-elect and Third, Fourth, and Fifth Divisions Bar Commissioners.  Please visit election details for information on the candidates.  Here is the field of excellent candidates:


  • President-elect:  Robert Rice and Tom Seiler
  • Third Division Commissioner (two openings):  Kate Conyers, Janise Macanas, and Michelle Mumford
  • Fourth Division Commissioner (one opening):  Liisa Hancock and Tom Seiler
  • Fifth Division Commissioner (one opening):  Aaron Randall and Katie Woods

Also in April, the Magna Carta Traveling Exhibit will be touring Utah.  Local Bar associations are putting together some great events in St. George, Orem, Logan, and Ogden; click here for the exhibit schedule.  And for those on the Wasatch Front, please stop by after work on Friday, April 3, from 4 to 6:00 p.m. to see the exhibit and enjoy a reception at the Utah Law and Justice Center, 645 S. 200 E, SLC.  We are planning a Magna Carta Gala Celebration on the evening of April 14 at Rice Eccles Stadium, where Chief Justice Durrant and Governor Herbert will be speaking.  Please write to magnacarta@utahbar.org if you are interested in attending.  We are looking forward to hearing what Utah students write about Magna Carta; please encourage students in grades 8-12 to participate by March 30.  For information, see competitions.
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e.Bulletin for February 2015


I hope you will be joining me for the Spring Convention on March 12-14 in St. George.  Take advantage of the Early Bird Discount by tomorrow; see details at these pages:  schedule, lodging, and registration.  And don’t forget The Quinn Essential—the Judge Quinn Memorial Awareness Ride on Friday at 3:30.  Net proceeds to be donated to “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” and to publicize distracted driver and bike safety.  See details at The Quinn Essential.

Last month I mentioned that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is the keynote speaker for our Summer Convention in Sun Valley on July 29-August 1.  See Sun Valley lodging options and online reservations.
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e.Bulletin for January 2015


election2013_JGilsonHappy New Year! 

I’m pleased to announce that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy agreed to be our keynote speaker for our Summer Convention in Sun Valley.  New online lodging reservations available here.

The Spring Convention in St. George on March 12-14 is completely set.  Please visit these pages to review and attend:  schedule, lodging, and online registration.

We are now in the 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta:  see the Bar Journal article about the traveling exhibit and high school competitions and a general article on Magna Carta.  And be sure to encourage high school students to participate in the competitions.  Advertising space is now available for the Magna Carta/Law Day special edition in The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret NewsLaw Day 2015.
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e.Bulletin for December 2014


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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e.Bulletin for November 2014


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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e.Bulletin for October 2014

election2013_JGilsonThanks 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.
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e.Bulletin for September 2014


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.
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E.Bulletin for August 2014


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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e.Bulletin for July 2014


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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e.Bulletin for June 2014


Call a lawyer first.  That’s the call-to-action on billboards throughout the State.  We’re cautioning people about do-it-yourself law and providing follow-up information about the benefits of working with a lawyer at www.utahbar.org, including a recent Utah Business interview with Jim Gilson, Tom Seiler, and me discussing this issue.  Responders are also directed to the Modest Means Lawyer Referral registration page, with the anticipation that many will meet the program criteria.
Early registration ends June 20—a week from Friday—for the Snowmass Summer Convention, July 16-19.  See the great schedule of speakers, panels, and events.  New this year is a Grownup Social (concurrent with the Family Carnival) on Thursday evening and a Judges’ Reception on Friday evening.

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eBulletin for May 2014


I‘d like to express my sincerest appreciation and gratitude to Katherine Fox and salute her for 18 years of service to the Bar as general counsel. Katherine will be retiring at the end of June; please join me in wishing her well on her next adventures. I’m pleased to announce that Elizabeth Wright will be taking her place as of July 1, and if you know of any good candidates to administer the New Lawyer Training Program, please send them this link: http://www.utahbar.org/jobs/view/new-lawyer-trainging-program-administrator/

In hopes of addressing some of the confusion about attorney discipline cases in which there is extensive media coverage and potential for numerous Bar complaints, we have issued a public statement and reaffirm the Bar’s position that although the Utah State Bar can’t comment on specifics of current attorney discipline investigations because of Utah Supreme Court confidentiality rules, the Bar wants everyone to understand how the process works and how important knowing and adhering to the rule of ethics are to our legal profession.

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eBulletin for April 2014


Bar elections are underway, and if you haven’t voted yet, please watch for an e-mail ballot later today. If you don’t see a ballot today, please check your junk e-mail folder, or follow the directions at the bottom of the election page.

We had a great convention in St. George last month, and I especially enjoyed riding my bicycle with fellow Bar members and family in celebration of Judge Quinn.

I’m pleased to announce the keynote speakers for Snowmass on July 16-19:

  • Thursday Keynote: Laughing Your Way through Life, Dave Dugan, Comedian
  • Friday Keynote: Law & Neuroscience, Professors Hank Greeley
  • Saturday Keynote: The Lawyer as Actor—the Courtroom/Boardroom as my Stage, Jerry Gardner
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e.Bulletin for March 2014



PresidentJensenI hope you had a chance to see the op-ed printed on March 4, 2014 in The Salt Lake TribuneUtah lawyer discipline balances individual rights, public responsibility (the print version headline was Utah lawyers know how to police their own.) Thanks to Terrie McIntosh for her assistance. Here is the op-ed.
Spring is the season for recognition of members of the Bar who excel in their service to the profession and the community.
We are please to announce the following award winners. We invite you to join President-Elect Jim Gilson, who will be presenting the awards at the Spring Convention in St. George on Friday, March 14:

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e.Bulletin for January 2014


commissioner_Jensen_CurtisOn 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.

We’re getting good feedback on our Group Benefits Program listed under Site Highlights at www.utahbar.org. These new benefits are available at no cost to you and your families (or to the Bar), providing discounts for hundreds of local and national brands, stores, programs, and services. New vendors added in the past month are: Avis Car Sales, Good Sam Ventures, 2 Degrees Food, eKnowledge, University of Colorado Boulder, Eve’s Addiction, Red Cross Wellness Program, ThinkOps, Luggage Designers, Kollege Town Sports, OGIO, and AV Law. Please suggest additional products or services (see Nominations in lower left).

We are creating a new page on our website for members to provide perspectives on current legal issues as a public service. Please send any submissions to communications@utahbar.org and include: title, firm, publication date, synopsis for a non-lawyer reader (150 word max), and link to full article (required).

We would like to acknowledge our members who have remained in the legislature this year, helping draft statutes that pass constitutional muster and avoid ambiguity. The lawyer legislators in the House are: Patrice M. Arent, LaVar Christensen, Brian M. Greene, Craig Hall, Kenneth R. Ivory, Michael S. Kennedy, Brian S. King, Daniel McCay, Kay L. McIff, Mike K. McKell, Merrill F. Nelson, Kraig J. Powell, V. Lowry Snow, Keven J. Stratton, and Earl D. Tanner. The lawyer legislators in the Senate are: Lyle W. Hillyard, Mark B. Madsen, Stephen H. Urquhart, John L. Valentine, and Todd Weiler. Please see photos and brief bios in the Jan/Feb Bar Journal. Also thanks to our Governmental Relations Committee, co-chaired by John H. Bogart and Paxton R. Guymon, which monitors legislation for appropriate Bar input.

Volunteers are needed for the West Jordan Middle School We the People program. Attorneys will judge student speeches this Wednesday, January 15. If you can help, please contact krista.gibbons@jordandistrict.org.

The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award for the advancement of women in the legal profession and the Raymond S. Uno Award for the advancement of minorities in the legal profession.

Nominations need to be submitted in writing to adminasst@utahbar.org by Monday, January 20. You can also write to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City UT 84111 or fax to 801-531-0660. See past award recipients here.

January & February News

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon
  • January & February Continuing Legal Education
  • Spring Convention Schedule
  • Even Year Mandatory CLE Reporting Cycle
  • Thank You For Another Successful Food & Clothing Drive

Justice Christine Durham will receive the Rosa Parks Award at the NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon at noon on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Grand America Hotel. For details and reservations, please visit their site.

January & February Continuing Legal Education—See the Bar’s numerous section luncheons and CLE seminars including:

Law Night at Pioneer Theatre Company – Can You Handle the Truth?—Thursday, January 23

  • 5:30 to 5:45 Registration, S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom
  • 5:45 to 6:45 Pre-performance Program/CLE with panel moderator James Holbrook and panelists Lyn Creswell, South Salt Lake City Attorney, George M. Haley, Holland and Hart, Linda Smith, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Clinical Program
  • 6:45 to 7:15 Light Buffet Reception
  • 7:30 A Few Good Men, Pioneer Memorial Theatre
  • Register by January 20 here.

Bar Day at the Legislature—Tuesday, February 18, 9:00 am to 12:15 pm The Utah State Bar is presenting its Annual Bar Day at the Legislature CLE at the State Office Building Auditorium. Previous topics have included issues facing the state government, Utah’s financial environment, the legislative process, and communication with legislators. The event is approved for 3 hours of CLE. Early registration will be $50 through Sunday, February 16; then it will be $75. Attendance is limited to the first 100 registrants; register here.

Spring Convention in St. George March 13-15—Schedule hot off the press in the Jan/Feb Bar Journal and online here. Mark the dates for the Annual Convention in Snowmass, July 16-19, and the Fall Forum in Salt Lake City, November 20-21.

Even Year Mandatory CLE (MCLE) Reporting Cycle (7/1/12 to 6/30/14)—Active Status Lawyers complying in 2014 need to complete a minimum of 24 hours of approved CLE, including at least three hours of accredited ethics, with one of the three in professionalism and civility. A minimum of twelve hours must be earned by attending live CLE presentations. A Certificate of Compliance needs to be submitted by July 31. Downloadable MCLE forms can be found online here. If you have questions, please visit www.utahbar.org/mcle or contact MCLE Director, sydnie.kuhre@utahbar.org, 801-297-7035 or MCLE Assistant, ryan.rapier@utahbar.org, 801-297-7034.

2013 Food & Clothing Drive—The 24th Annual Food and Clothing Drive was one of our best ever. In addition to a 30 foot long truck full of food, clothing, toys and various other useful items, we collected over $3,600 in checks to various organizations that we supported as outlined in the flyer, we also contributed 150 five pound hams with all of the trimmings for a complete dinner for 150 families. The donated food and clothing was all sorted over the weekend of December 20, 2013, and distributed to families and individuals on the morning of December 24, 2013. Your participation was very generous and appreciated. Thank You. ~ Leonard and Lincoln