Eight hundred years ago on June 15, 1215, King John and a group of rebellious barons met on a grassy meadow at Runnymede, England, to forge an accord to avert civil war. Although the agreement failed to prevent conflict, clauses in the document, eventually known as Magna Carta (the Great Charter), became the first significant step in a process of guaranteeing constitutional freedoms that continues today:
39. No free man will be arrested, or imprisoned, or disseised, or outlawed, or exiled, or in any other way ruined, nor will we go against him or send against him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
“An attorney’s work must be pretty cool.” –Reflections of a fourth-grader on Constitution Day.
This fourth-grader’s perspective on being an attorney resulted from the Constitution
Teach-in by 200 judges, lawyers, law students, and law school staff in celebration of the 225th anniversary of the U. S. Constitution. The volunteer instructors taught 300 classes throughout Utah on and around Constitution Day, September 17.
This was the third year of the teach-in sponsored by the
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Bar’s Civics Education Committee. Co-chair Benson Hathaway said, “We are so pleased that the number of volunteers increased by one-third and that they taught half again as many classes as last year. We’re looking forward to our biggest year yet in 2015, the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta—the world’s most enduring symbol of the rule of law.” (more…)
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. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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.” (more…)
Curtis Jensen, current President of the Utah State Bar, is closing out the last few months of his term and looking back at a year that passed too quickly.
“I have really enjoyed it all,” Jensen said. “Serving in this position has given me the opportunity and pleasure to meet so many wonderful people. I have had the chance to meet with lawyers throughout the state of Utah and in other states that I would have never had the privilege to do otherwise.”
First Published SLTrib Mar 03 2014 04:54 pm • Last Updated Mar 03 2014 04:54 pm
In response to recent concerns about how attorney discipline is handled, we would like to explain how the legal profession helps to ensure that lawyers in Utah practice in an ethical manner.
The Utah Constitution gives the Utah Supreme Court the responsibility to regulate the practice of law. The Utah State Bar was established in 1931 under the authority of the Utah Supreme Court to fulfill that responsibility, which includes licensing attorneys, providing continuing legal education and, when necessary, seeking the imposition of discipline. (more…)
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).
ST. GEORGE — When attorneys graduate from law school and become licensed to practice in Utah, they enter an adversarial world in which people’s money and personal liberties often depend on the outcome of a day’s work.
The Utah Bar Association is helping new lawyers gain a foundation of skills and ethics to meet the demands of that profession by sponsoring a mentoring program during the first year of practice, and other states are now taking notice of the state’s successes.
“I wish I’d had something like this when I was going through (my first year),” Utah Bar President Curtis Jensen said. “A lot of times we learn by hard knocks. … In law school you learn cases and the theories and the academic side of it, but the practical side — going out and being a lawyer and dealing with clients and taking a case and solving issues aren’t necessarily part of the curriculum. So we felt there was a need.” (more…)
SALT LAKE CITY — If you’re in trouble with the law and can’t afford an attorney, the court will appoint you one. But if it’s a civil matter you’re on your own.
That’s why one Utah woman asked how to get legal help if you can’t afford it.
In Latin, “pro bono” means “for the public good.” In legalese, it means “for free.”
There are roughly 11,500 practicing attorneys in Utah and the state bar asks each of them to put in 50 hours pro bono every year. The bar said more than 70 percent of attorneys do give out free help to people who don’t have the means to hire them. (more…)