Ogden Justice Court Nominees Named

staff : November 25, 2014 4:06 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Nov. 25, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR WEBER COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Ogden, UT—The Weber County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for a vacancy at the Ogden City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Norman Ashton who will retire Jan. 7, 2015.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
·Michael Sam Junk, Ogden, Harrisville and Riverdale City Prosecutor, Ogden

·Honorable Reuben Renstrom, South Ogden, South Weber, Harrisville, Riverdale and Woods Cross Justice Court Judge, Attorney at Helgesen, Waterfall & Jones, Kaysville

·Dee William Smith, Weber County Attorney, Ogden

A comment period will be held through Dec. 4, 2014, before a final candidate is selected by the Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell. The mayor has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Ogden City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, melisses@utcourts.gov.
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Meeting Set to Select Panguitch Justice Court Judge

staff : November 25, 2014 4:04 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 21, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUSTICE COURT SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Panguitch, UT—The Garfield County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Dec. 2, 2014, to select a candidate for the Panguitch City Justice Court to replace Judge Martin Nay who resigned effective Oct. 1, 2014. The commission will begin meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Panguitch City Council Chambers, 25 South 200 East.

The early portion of the meeting is scheduled for public comment about issues facing the Utah judiciary and refinements or improvements to the system. Public comments are being accepted from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a slate of three to five candidates for the vacancy.
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Utah State Bar Warns Citizens of Scam Artist Acting as Attorney

admin : November 12, 2014 1:42 pm : In the News, Press Releases

Unsuspecting clients fall victim to fraud.

Mary Ann Lucero / Dipoma courtesy Salt Lake County

Mary Ann Lucero / Dipoma courtesy Salt Lake County

Imagine someone impersonating an attorney helping you obtain proceeds from your spouse’s life insurance policy only to have your “attorney” steal the proceeds.  Envision paying for help with a foreclosure only to lose your home to the person who was purporting to help you.  At least these people retained their freedom; one man in jail lost $850 that his mother paid for legal assistance that never materialized.  These unfortunate victims have one thing in common:  Mary Ann Lucero, also know as Mary Ann Dipoma, who is not an attorney, but operates under the name of Wasatch Legal and Collection Services.
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Supreme Court Travels to BYU Law School

staff : November 4, 2014 11:55 am : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 4, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
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UTAH SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS AT J. REUBEN CLARK LAW SCHOOL

WHAT:
The Utah Supreme Court periodically holds court sessions in other locations to provide an opportunity to enhance public understanding of the court’s work and to provide law students with an opportunity to see the Supreme Court in session.

Cases to be heard are as follows: (A summary of the cases is attached to the e-mail.)
10:00 a.m.-Mika Scott v. Universal Industrial Sales, Inc.; Intermountain
Employment Services Inc.; Utah County; Utah County Sheriff’s Office, case no. 20130257-SC
10:30 a.m.-Sergio Alejandro Meza v. State of Utah, case no. 20130962-SC
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e.Bulletin for November 2014

admin : November 3, 2014 3:14 pm : e.Bulletin, Utah Bar President

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES D. GILSON

election2013_JGilsonJudging 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.
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Panguitch Justice Court Vacancy Announced

staff : November 3, 2014 9:57 am : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 31, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

PANGUITCH JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Panguitch, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Panguitch. The position will replace Judge Martin Nay who resigned Oct. 1, 2014.

To be considered for the position, candidates must be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a Utah resident for at least three years, and have earned a high school diploma or GED. In addition, candidates must be a resident of the county in which the court is located—or an adjacent county—for at least six months.

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Court’s website at www.utcourts.gov under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s website. The salary for the position is $6,000, without benefits. For additional information, contact Lori Talbot at (435) 676-8585.
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Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

admin : October 31, 2014 10:56 am : From The Courts, Notice

The Utah Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following court rules. The amendments are effective November 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted. Summary of approved amendments  Rules of Criminal Procedure

  • URCrP 40. Search warrants. Amend. Provides a process for extending the sealing of search warrant records.

Rules of Appellate Procedure

  • URAP 005. Discretionary appeals from interlocutory orders. Amend. Sets a page limit for a petition for permission to appeal and describes how relevant documents may be referenced; provides that a response to a petition for permission to appeal will not be received unless requested by the court; and provides that cross-petitions for permission to appeal are not permitted.
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Judging the Judges

admin : October 30, 2014 10:13 pm : Bar News, Press Releases

ParkCity residents will have the opportunity on Tuesday of voting whether to retain a number of Utah state judges, including Judge Ryan Harris, who serves in Summit, Salt Lake, and Tooele Counties, and presided over the lawsuit between Park City Mountain Resort and Talisker Land Holdings, LLC.  As one recent article in the Park Record suggested [PCMR v. Talisker: the Judge Faces Voters on Election Day], “[if] voters are unhappy with the judge, they could sign a de facto eviction order against Harris on Election Day.”  A clever turn of phrase, but this statement suggests that voters should not vote to retain a judge where they take issue with the outcome in a specific case.  We disagree.  Instead, we urge voters to take a different, more principled approach.
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Meeting Set to Select Ogden City Justice Court Judge

staff : October 30, 2014 12:18 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 30, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED 

Ogden, UT—The Weber County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 5, 2014, to select a candidate for the Ogden City Justice Court to replace Judge Norman Ashton who has announced his retirement effective Jan. 7, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at 11 a.m. at the Ogden City Municipal Building, Room 310, 2549 Washington Blvd.

The early portion of the meeting is scheduled for public comment about issues facing the Utah judiciary and refinements or improvements to the system. Public comments are being accepted from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a slate of three to five candidates for the vacancy.
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Tooele Justice Court Nominees Named

staff : October 28, 2014 12:44 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 27, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
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Cell:(801) 712-4545

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR TOOELE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Grantsville, UT—The Tooele County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for the vacancy at the Grantsville Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Darold Butcher who resigned effective August 15, 2014.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
·Gary K. Dalton, director, Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Services, Grantsville
·Ronald Lynn Elton, J.D., attorney, towns of Rush Valley and Vernon, Tooele
·Honorable Ronald Edward Powell, Stockton Town Justice Court Judge, Stockton

A comment period will be held through Nov. 5, 2014, before a final candidate is selected by the Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall. The mayor has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Grantsville City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, melisses@utcourts.gov.
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President-Elect Angelina Tsu named to NAPABA Best Under 40 List

admin : October 16, 2014 1:58 pm : Bar News, In the News, Press Releases

Utah State Bar President-elect Angelina Tsu One of the Best Lawyers Under 40

 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association recognizes 21 attorneys in U.S.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected 21 attorneys to receive the 2014 Best Lawyers Under 40 Award, including Utah State Bar President-elect Angelina Tsu.  The award recognizes talented individuals who have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields while demonstrating a strong commitment to the community at relatively early stages in their careers.

Angelina Tsu, who has served on the Utah State Bar Board of Commissioners since 2010, was sworn in as president-elect in July.  She co-chaired the Bar’s Committee for Civics Education and served as President of the Young Lawyers Division.  She currently serves on the Boards of Women Lawyers of Utah, the Association of Corporate Counsel (Mountain West Division), and the Utah Minority Bar Foundation.  She is a member of the Merit Selection Panel, which is the judicial nominating commission for Federal Magistrate Judges.
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Court Offers Free Classes in Spanish

staff : October 9, 2014 2:08 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 9, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

SELF-HELP CENTER OFFERS FREE CLASSES IN SPANISH

The Utah State Courts’ Self-Help Center is offering a series of free classes to help the public learn how to navigate the court system. The classes will be offered in Spanish and are geared toward people who are representing themselves in a civil court case.

Classes will highlight topics such as how to serve court papers in Mexico and how to create court papers for everything from a divorce to guardianship to a small claims case. The primary focus of the classes will be how to use OCAP—the court online assistance program—to create required court forms. The classes are planned the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Valley branch of the Salt Lake County library, 2880 West 3650 South. Classes start in October and continue through April, excluding December.
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Two Judges Named to Utah Judicial Council

staff : October 9, 2014 12:17 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 3, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

UTAH JUDICIAL COUNCIL MEMBERS NAMED

Salt Lake City, Utah—Third District Court Judge Ann Boyden and 6th District Court Judge Marvin D. Bagley have been elected to serve three-year terms on the Utah Judicial Council. They replace 3rd District Court Judge Paul Maughan and 7th District Court Judge George Harmond who have completed their terms.

The Utah Judicial Council is the policy-making body for the judiciary. The Council has the constitutional authority to adopt uniform rules for the administration of all courts in the state. The Council also sets standards for judicial performance, court facilities, support services, and judicial and non-judicial staff levels.
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e.Bulletin for October 2014

admin : October 8, 2014 10:15 am : Bar News, e.Bulletin, Utah Bar President

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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2014 Constitution Day Reflections

admin : October 2, 2014 9:28 pm : In the News, Press Releases

“An attorney’s work must be pretty cool.”
–Reflections of a fourth-grader on Constitution Day.

This fourth-grader’s perspective on being an attorney resulted from the Constitution

2014 Constitution Day Cinderella Testifies

Cinderella Testifies

Teach-in by 200 judges, lawyers, law students, and law school staff in celebration of the 225th anniversary of the U. S. Constitution.  The volunteer instructors taught 300 classes throughout Utah on and around Constitution Day, September 17.

This was the third year of the teach-in sponsored by the

The Glass Slipper

The Glass Slipper

Bar’s Civics Education Committee.  Co-chair Benson Hathaway said, “We are so pleased that the number of volunteers increased by one-third and that they taught half again as many classes as last year.  We’re looking forward to our biggest year yet in 2015, the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta—the world’s most enduring symbol of the rule of law.”
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