“Lawyers are the oil in our economic machine; we keep society humming.”
Justice Lee Swears In President Gilson
More than 300 judges and attorneys of the Utah State Bar assembled last week for its annual summer convention, where—in addition to reports from the judiciary, keynote speakers, continuing legal education sessions—new leaders for the Bar were sworn in by Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas R. Lee.
James D. Gilson, who has served on the Board of Bar Commissioners since 2008, was sworn in as president. For the Utah Supreme Court, he served as Co-Chair of the Committee on New Lawyer Training and was a screening panel member of the Ethics and Discipline Committee. He also served as President of the Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
National Legal Aid and Defender Association intends to highlight and profile all of the praiseworthy nominees for the Beacon of Justice Award in upcoming newsletters and materials, including Martin Blaustein.
Martin Blaustein has devoted his career to enhancing the dignity and quality of life for those less fortunate. Prior to obtaining a law degree, and after his service in the Vietnam War, Marty worked for the Odyssey House expanding mental health services for patients in both New York and then Utah. After his time with the Odyssey House, he assisted Veterans who suffered from PTSD, at the time not a recognized diagnosis, get benefits and services. Marty has now been at Utah Legal Services for over 25 years. He is the most self effacing, humble and hard working attorney I know. He quietly goes about zealously representing clients, giving them a voice and making equal access to justice a reality for Utah’s poor. He is committed to his work and has tirelessly strived to bring his vision of equality for all to the legal profession. Through his advocacy, his pro bono services, his mentoring and teaching, and his outreach to the larger community Marty Blaustein has made an impact on literally thousands of lives.
Congratulations to Callister Nebeker & McCullough for receiving a National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) 2014 Beacon of Justice Award for its Debt Collection Volunteer Attorney Program. Watch for an article about it in the July/August Utah Bar Journal
Callister Nebeker & McCullough truly exemplifies a firm that supports its attorneys in giving back to the community. Whether it is allowing attorneys to be part of the Bar’s governing bodies; encouraging attorneys to sit on committees for the purpose of creating greater access to justice; taking part in a firm pro bono signature project; or taking on pro bono cases; the firm truly desires to better their community through their expertise.
Contact: Sean Toomey, Communications Director, Utah State Bar,
645 South 200 East, SLC UT 84111, 801-297-7059, firstname.lastname@example.org
Utah State Bar Holds 11th Annual Fall Forum in Salt Lake City
Utah lawyers gather for annual convention November 14-15
Attorneys of the Utah State Bar are gathering for the 11th Annual Fall Forum, featuring keynote speakers and breakout sessions at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City on November 14 and 15.
The Utah State Bar was established in 1931 and regulates the practice of law under the authority of the Utah Supreme Court. Bar functions include administering the Bar exam, staffing the Office of Professional Conduct, and offering continuing legal education. Attorneys in Utah are required every two years to experience 24 hours of continuing legal education, including at least three hours of accredited ethics, with one of the three in professionalism and civility. At the Fall Forum, attorneys can obtain 7 CLE credit hours in one day (and an additional one the evening before). Bar President Curtis Jensen said, “Of our three annual conventions, this is the only one in Salt Lake City, and we look forward to getting a chance to learn and interact with our capital city lawyers.”
The Utah State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners and the Utah State Bar would like to congratulate Ms. Janise Macanas on her election as the new Commissioner for the 3rd Division which represents Tooele, Salt Lake, and Summit Counties. Ms. Macanas will be filling the vacancy left by Mr. James D. Gilson after his election to President-Elect of the Utah State Bar.
The Utah State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners extends its deepest gratitude to all the candidates for their willingness to volunteer and serve the profession and the people of Utah.
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2013
Contact: Nancy Volmer
Cell: (801) 712-4545
SUMMER CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM
Salt Lake City, UT – Nearly 12,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including more than 5,000 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a free Divorce Education for Children class twice each month. Classes take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Following are the dates for upcoming classes: July 8, August 5 and 24, September 9 and 28, 2013.
The Divorce Education for Children class is for children 9- to 12-years-old whose parents have filed for divorce or whose parents are divorced. The class takes place at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State Street. Advance registration is required by calling (801) 578-3897 or e-mail email@example.com. There is no charge to attend the class.
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2012
Contact: Nancy Volmer
Cell: (801) 712-4545
Heber City, UT—A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on Oct. 11, 2012, to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the Fourth Judicial District, Heber City Courthouse, 1361 South Highway 40.
Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact District Court Administrator Debra Moore at (801) 578-3800 by Sept. 28, 2012, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by Sept. 28, the meeting will be canceled without further notice.
Individuals testifying must be prepared to give evidence to support claims that justify calling a grand jury. Controversies between individual parties will not be considered. Individuals who need special accommodations during the hearing must notify the court at least three business days prior to the hearing.
Young Lawyers Division-led program to celebrate Earth Day 2012
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah State Bar is offering Utah lawyers an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and do a little spring cleaning at the same time, with a free E-waste recycling event this Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Bar’s Young Lawyers Division is working with Salt Lake City’s Metech Recycling to provide a staging area at the Utah Law & Justice Center, 645 South 200 East in Salt Lake City, where all Utah State Bar Members can drop off unwanted electronic equipment.
“As lawyers, we rely heavily on laptops, cell phones and other devices to do our jobs,” said Jon Clyde, who is helping spearhead the effort on behalf of the Young Lawyers Division. “But as we move on to the latest technology, we leave a lot of electronic waste behind. The Young Lawyers Division wanted to give our colleagues a chance to dispose of that equipment properly, while also getting a jump on our spring cleaning.” Continue reading
Vernal, UT—A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on May 7, 2009 to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the 8th Judicial District, Uintah County Courthouse, 920 East Highway 40, Vernal.
Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact District Court Administrator Debra Moore at (801) 578-3800 by April 24, 2009, to schedule an appointment. Individuals testifying must be prepared to give evidence to support claims that justify calling a grand jury. Controversies between individual parties will not be considered. Individuals who need special accommodations during the hearing must notify the court at least three business days prior to the hearing. Continue reading
Salt Lake City, Utah—Chief Justice Christine M. Durham and Utah State Court Administrator Daniel Becker released the following statement towards the close of the 2009 Legislative Session.
“On behalf of the judges and staff of the Utah court system, I would like to express our gratitude to the Utah Legislature for addressing the budgetary needs of the state court system,” said Chief Justice Christine M. Durham. “The courts budget was in large measure restored by the passage of legislation increasing filing fees. We appreciate how difficult the decision to raise filing fees was for the Legislature.”
At the start of the 2009 Legislative Session, the courts faced the prospect of closing courts one day a week and eliminating hundreds of court staff positions. According to Utah State Court Administrator Daniel Becker, “such drastic measures would have severely reduced the public’s access to their courts and resulted in considerable delay in handling the work of the courts.” Continue reading