The 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.
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
Salt Lake Tribune
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Ogden Standard Examiner
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