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 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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New Leadership at Utah State Bar includes President James D. Gilson

“Lawyers are the oil in our economic machine; we keep society humming.”

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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.
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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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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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In The News SLTrib OpEd Utah lawyer discipline balances individual rights, public responsibility

 
By Curtis M. Jensen and Terri McIntosh

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.
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An Exciting Start to a Great Year

commissioner_Jensen_CurtisThe Summer Convention in Snowmass was an exciting beginning to my tenure as new 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. It will be my honor and privilege to serve you for the coming year. I look forward to working with your commissioners as we continue to identify the important needs of our membership and continue to implement those programs that will best serve and assist you in your daily practices.

Bar Commission Opposes SB 109 – Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court Appointment

A new bill has been introduced at the State Legislature permitting the Governor to appoint the Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court. The Bar Commission has voted unanimously to oppose the bill. Attached are my remarks explaining our vote. Please contact your legislators to oppose this bill.
Letter from Bar President Stephen W. Owens
Link to S.B. 109 — Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court Appointment
http://le.utah.gov/~2010/bills/sbillint/sb0109.htm
Editorials
Deseret News
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700007207/Keep-courts-independent.html ;
Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_14335547 ; and
Ogden Standard Examiner
http://www.standard.net/topics/opinion/2010/02/08/our-view-no-need-court-change .

Lincoln left an invaluable legal legacy

Lincoln left an invaluable legal legacy
By Nate Alder
Published: Friday, May 1, 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT
In 2009 we mark the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, regarded by many as our nation’s greatest and most eloquent president. May 1 is Law Day, when we celebrate both the legacy of Lincoln and the rule of law.
Lincoln had great reverence for the principles which are at the foundation of our nation. That passion echoes throughout his speeches. He proclaimed, “Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap — let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in primers, spelling books, and in almanacs; — let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and let the old and the young , the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasing upon its altars.” Continue reading