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.”
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By Bill Gephardt October 2nd, 2013 @ 6:58am
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.
Constitution Day • Tuesday marked the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
BY MARISSA LANG
THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune A color guard from West High School posts the colors at a program put on by the Utah State Courts recognizing the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Tuesday at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City.
On the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, 50 local school children gathered in the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse to pay tribute to the document and the society it created.
The seventh annual Constitution Day celebration at the courthouse brought together students from grades 5 through 12 with judges and legal professionals Tuesday afternoon to learn how courts operate and play into the goal of the Constitution — maintaining law, order and a government beholden to built-in checks and balances.
GettyReady Launches State-Wide Gettysburg Address Initiative to “Learn it, Live it” in Time for 150th Anniversary
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) September 16, 2013
On Tuesday morning, Sept. 17 (Constitution Day), Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell will join hundreds of school children, government employees, parents, teachers and citizen leaders in launching GettyReady. As a statewide civic education program, GettyReady is a non-profit coalition designed to encourage all of Utah to “learn and live” President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and celebrate its 150th Anniversary. The GettyReady launch will commence in Richfield, Utah, where Governor Herbert and Lieutenant Governor Bell will join the students of Red Hills Middle School at noon to introduce the program. At the same time, students from five campuses of the American Preparatory Academy charter school will gather on the steps of the capitol in Salt Lake City, where first grade students will recite The Gettysburg Address, which they memorized in Kindergarten last year.
Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division Receives ABA and ABE Awards
Help RISE pro bono project garners two public service awards.
At its annual meeting, the American Bar Association recognized the Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division for its Help RISE project with a First Place Award of Achievement for Outstanding Activities & Accomplishments in the Service to the Public category. The project also received an Outstanding Public Service Project Award from the American Bar Endowment—an award given to only one service project a year.
Help RISE is a new pro bono program (donated legal services) to assist participants in the United States District Court for the District of Utah’s drug and mental health court reentry program: Reentry Independence through Sustainable Efforts (RISE). The RISE program assists Federal defendants on supervised release/probation who struggle with drug addiction or mental health issues. The program reintegrates them into the community using a collaborative rather than a punitive approach.
The Utah State Bar is offering Utah residents affordable legal assistance through it’s new pro bono program. Lori Nelson is here to tell us more.
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(KCPW–July 9, 2013) Most people find themselves in need of legal help sometime in their lives. The reasons can range from navigating a divorce, child custody, a landlord tenant dispute, bankruptcy or any number of issues. But lawyers are expensive, often costing $200 per hour or more. Utah Legal Services and the Utah Bar Association are putting in place programs they hope will make access to legal help easier for Utahns. KCPW Reporter Kim Schuske has this story.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Bar has introduced a new program to expand access to legal services for Utahns with “modest means.”
The Modest Means Lawyer Referral program will make legal assistance available for reduced rates to those whose incomes are up to three times above the federal poverty guidelines. For example, a family of four with an income up to $70,000 may qualify for discounted attorney fees of $50 to $75 an hour.
The program comes after the Pro Bono Commission was created last year to offer legal services to those who are unable to pay.
“Making the justice system accessible to all, without regard to economic status, is a top priority for the more than 8,000 active lawyers of the Utah State Bar,” Bar President Lori Nelson said in a news release.
June 17, 2013
The Utah State Bar’s New Lawyer Training Program has received the 2013 Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association.
“This is a tremendous honor and is evidence of the great work being done by the bar staff, new lawyer training program committees, and the court’s committee on professionalism,” said Utah State Bar President Lori Nelson. “We salute them for their vision, determination, and extensive work to make this program a success.”
The goal of the program is to train lawyers during their first year of practice in acquiring the practical skills and judgment necessary to practice in a highly competent and ethical manner.
As part of the ongoing effort to shine a light on the public service provided by Utah’s legal professionals, the Utah State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners has created a set of radio public service announcements that will be running this month. These announcements are also provided below in MP3 format. Depending on your browser, you can play them directly from the website or download them by right clicking on a link and selecting “Save Link As.”
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The Utah State Bar’s new radio campaign has an unlikely call to action: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” These infamous words were written by Shakespeare—as everyone knows—but spoken by Dick the Butcher—a detail usually left off tee-shirts. It was the bad guys who wanted to take over, ending civilization as we know it—and what better way to start than by killing those working for justice?
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Friday, March 8, 2013
Utah‘s Lawyer Legislators
—Attorneys of the Utah State Bar following in Lincoln’s path
The 22 lawyer legislators in the Utah House and Senate—an increase from 15 in 2012—are following in the footsteps of lawyer-politician Abraham Lincoln. While he was a Representative in the Illinois State Legislature,Lincoln taught himself law by reading cases and legal codes. Before, during, and after his time in the U.S. Congress, civil actions made up a majority of Lincoln’s law practice, so he got a sense of the problems ordinary people faced. Lincoln’s work on the circuit court in Illinois—a fifteen county, 130 square-mile district—became the root of his political education. The court traveled from one county seat to another, sometimes on horseback, sometimes in buggies or wagons, and sometimes afoot.
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Justice Christine Durham of Utah to Receive National Award
Des Moines, Iowa – Hon. Christine M. Durham, Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, has been selected to receive the Eighth Annual Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence from the American Judicature Society. Justice Randy Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court, chair of the award selection panel, said “Justice Durham is the personification of judicial excellence.”
In her nomination letter, former Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor of the Arizona Supreme Court, who received the Second Annual Dwight D. Opperman Award, said, “[Justice Durham] has served the public for almost thirty years; during that time, she has demonstrated her commitment to the rule of law, to the administration of justice, and to judicial and legal education. She has served as a role model to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of young women and men who see in her the characteristics they hope someday to possess.” Continue reading
Attorneys • New president wants to focus on Bar’s value to members.
By Aaron Falk
The Salt Lake Tribune
Published: July 17, 2012 04:20PM
Updated: July 17, 2012 04:24PM
Lori Nelson plans to hit the ground running when she officially assumes the role of Utah State Bar president later this week.
Nelson, a partner at the Salt Lake City firm of Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, will become the first woman to serve as president of the legal association since 2004 and the fourth female president in the Bar’s history when she is sworn in by Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant on Thursday during a summer convention in Sun Valley, Idaho. Continue reading
Published: Sunday, April 29 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
As a nation, we are facing some of the most difficult decisions that have challenged us in a long time.
As reported by the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics at the University of Pennsylvania and the article “Guardian of Democracy” by Jonathan Gould, the lack of high-quality civic education in America’s schools leaves millions of citizens without the wherewithal to make sense of our system of government.
Consider, for a moment, that most high school graduates can name the three judges on American Idol, but very few know the number or the names of the Justices of the United States Supreme Court. Continue reading
Been Called to Jury Duty?
By Matthew B. Durrant, Chief Justice, Utah Supreme Court
Published: April 28, 2012 01:01AM
Updated: April 28, 2012 01:01AM
Have you been called for jury duty? Are you 18 or older? Are you a citizen of the United States and a resident of Utah? If so, then I would like to request your experience, your judgment and some of your time to serve on a jury.
We all have busy lives and I know that you might feel like you do not have time to be a juror. But serving on a jury is a special privilege. Jurors are the backbone of the American legal system. And a juror’s vote is the ultimate act of democracy. Continue reading