e.Bulletin for March 2014



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
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