e.Bulletin for September 2014

election2013_JGilsonMESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES D. GILSON

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

 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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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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e.Bulletin for June 2014

PresidentJensen MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

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

PresidentJensen MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

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

 commissioner_Jensen_Curtis MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

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

 

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

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

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

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

January 2014 e.Bulletin

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.

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

e.Bulletin for December 2013

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

commissioner_Jensen_Curtis

I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving weekend, and I wish you the best for the upcoming holidays.

Have you had a chance to look at our new online group benefits which are featured 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.

These benefits are designed to offer you and your families greater access to a wider array of consumer products and professional services than the Bar has been able to provide in the past. Previously, group benefits have included a few high-quality discount programs primarily focused on practice assistance. Several months ago, former Bar President Rob Jeffs was charged to investigate expanded opportunities for our group of 10,000. He learned about a program being offered by the Texas State Bar and an online marketing group called Beneplace, and we have replicated the program for the benefit of our members.
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e.Bulletin for November 2013

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

commissioner_Jensen_CurtisI am pleased to announce that the Pro Bono Commission has designated Elizabeth Elon Thompson as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (to be presented Friday morning at the Fall Forum) and that Erin M. Stone is the Bar’s Hearts and Hands award recipient (to be presented this Thursday at the Utah Philanthropy Day luncheon).

At the Fall Forum, the Bar, in partnership with Beneplace, will be rolling out a new group benefits program that will provide access to national and local providers for discounted insurance, electronics, financial services, home and office goods, retail offerings, travel, and much more. This program can be accessed in the members section of our website at http://www.utahbar.org/members/ beginning this Thursday. Please review the offerings and to make recommendations for additional programs, goods, and services by using the nominations tool in the lower left. Also on Thursday, watch for a special email invitation from discountprograms@beneplace.com allowing you to opt-in to receive limited-time and new offers, articles of interest such as financial wellness tips, and information on open enrollment. While testing the program, I found an intermediate SUV for a week in Salt Lake City for $136; the same car was $178 on budget.com without the program. I think you will be pleased with the depth of the discounts and the breadth of the offerings. There is no cost to you to use this, and the Bar is not being charged to offer the program to you.
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e.Bulletin for October 2013

commissioner_Jensen_CurtisMESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSENI am pleased to announce the recognition of the following people for outstanding service to the community and the profession. Awards will be presented at the Fall Forum.

  • Professionalism Award, given to a lawyer or judge whose actions and deportment represent the highest standards of courtesy, fairness and civility: William S. Britt.
  • Community Member of the Year Award, to recognize outstanding service toward the creation of a better public understanding of the legal profession and the administration of justice, the judiciary or the legislative process: Robert Austin, Education Specialist at Utah State Office of Education.
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, presented to an inside mentor from the January and July 2012 New Lawyer Training program: Brent H. Bartholomew.
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e.Bulletin for September 2013

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

commissioner_Jensen_CurtisI hope you had an enjoyable summer. At our last commission meeting we reviewed and assessed our performance on last year’s objectives as well as how we can continue to improve the programs currently being implemented by the Bar. We also had a great discussion on some of the challenges facing our profession in the coming years and how we can be better prepared to deal with these challenges. As a commission, we have identified specific objectives to focus on for the coming year. We will continue to promote the Pro-Bono and Modest Means programs. We have been very pleased with the success these programs have had since their launching, but realize that efforts must be made to assure their continued success.  Some of the objectives we have identified and will be focusing on for the coming year include:
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e.Bulletin for September 2013

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

commissioner_Jensen_CurtisI hope you had an enjoyable summer. At our last commission meeting we reviewed and assessed our performance on last year’s objectives as well as how we can continue to improve the programs currently being implemented by the Bar. We also had a great discussion on some of the challenges facing our profession in the coming years and how we can be better prepared to deal with these challenges. As a commission, we have identified specific objectives to focus on for the coming year. We will continue to promote the Pro-Bono and Modest Means programs. We have been very pleased with the success these programs have had since their launching, but realize that efforts must be made to assure their continued success.  Some of the objectives we have identified and will be focusing on for the coming year include:
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e.Bulletin for August 2013

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

commissioner_Jensen_CurtisThe Summer Convention in Snowmass was an exciting beginning to my tenure as Bar President. From serious break-out sessions to fun times with the family and colleagues in the Rockies, and from learning about the difference between mastodons and mammoths to hearing about how the courts failed in Nazi Germany — I was constantly reminded about the value of our profession and the great people we get to work with at the Utah State Bar. See what a great time was had by all: http://summerconvention.utahbar.org/snowmassjournal.html
Last year on Constitution Day, nearly 200 Utah lawyer and judge volunteers went into social studies classrooms across the state and taught students about the separation of powers and the importance of an independent judiciary. In coordination with the teachers, and by means of a role-playing experience, these lawyers and judges presented new terms and concepts celebrating the Constitution and gave students a hands-on opportunity to apply fundamental Constitutional rights. Please participate in the Bar’s Second Annual Constitution Day, Tuesday September 17.

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