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.
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES D. GILSON
Judging the Judges—Thanks to the Park City Bar Board of Directors for their timely Park Record guest editorial on judicial retention elections. See Judging the Judges. Information about all judges who are up for retention election in each voting district is at www.judges.utah.gov. Utah now has one of the most comprehensive judicial evaluation programs in the country. Please share this resource with others for Election Day tomorrow.
The November 20-21 Fall Forum is two weeks from Thursday. See these links for the schedule and to register (you will be directed there once you are logged into your Bar account). Save $25 with early registration before this Friday, November 7. I hope to see you at the Ethics Forum and the Meet Your Judges Mixer on November 20.
Thanks 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.
“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.
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN
I hope you had a chance to see the op-ed printed on March 4, 2014 in The Salt Lake Tribune
, Utah 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:
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.
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
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_14335547 ; and
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