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
(801) 578-3994
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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Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

staff : October 2, 2014 11:16 am : 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 proposed amendments 

Rules of Criminal Procedure

URCrP 007. Proceedings before magistrate. Amend. Changes the time for probable cause from 48 hours to 24 hours after the arrest. Requires that the magistrate release the arrestee after 24 hours unless the officer is able to establish that the delay was caused by a bona fide emergency or other extraordinary circumstances.

How to view redline text of the amendments

To see approved rule amendments, click on this link to:
http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/. Then click on the rule number.

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Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

staff : October 2, 2014 11:13 am : Notice

The Utah Supreme Court invites comments to the following proposed court rules. The comment period expires on November 19, 2014.

Summary of proposed amendments 

 Rules of Appellate Procedure

URAP 038B. Qualifications for Appointed Appellate Counsel. Amend. Outlines the responsibility of appointed appellate counsel to represent the client throughout the first appeal as of right.

Rules of Criminal Procedure

URCrP 002. Time. Amend. Changes the way time will be computed, marking time in calendar days, rather than business days. Includes a provision for counting times stated in hours.

URCrP 004. Prosecution of public offenses. Amend. Requires prosecutors to list the citation number on an information if a citation was previously issued in the case in order to ensure that cases can be consolidated when they are electronically filed. Makes technical changes.
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Judicial Vacancy – 3rd District Court

admin : September 25, 2014 10:40 am : Announcement, From The Courts

Applications are now being accepted for the position of district court judge in the Third District Court. (Counties include Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele.) This position results from the confirmation of Judge Kate Toomey to the Utah Court of Appeals. Completed applications must be received by the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, October 24, 2014. The complete notice of vacancy and application forms can be found here:  http://judicialvacancy.utah.gov/.

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Ogden Justice Court Vacancy Announced

staff : September 23, 2014 5:02 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 22, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994

Cell: (801) 712-4545

OGDEN JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Ogden, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Ogden. The position will replace Judge Norman Ashton who will retire effective Jan. 7, 2015.

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 annual salary range for the position is $68,250 to $122,850, with benefits. For additional information, contact Heidi Olmedo at (801) 629-8737.
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Meeting Set to Select Grantsville Justice Court Judge

staff : September 23, 2014 4:59 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Sept. 22, 2014

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

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Grantsville, UT—The Tooele County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Oct. 10 to select a candidate for the Tooele County Justice Court to replace Judge Darold “Dar” Butcher who resigned effective Aug. 15. The commission will begin meeting at 9:00 a.m. at the Grantsville City Library, 42 North Bowery, in the large conference room.

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 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 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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Former Utah Bar President Lori Nelson Appointed Chair of ABA Family Law Section

admin : September 15, 2014 9:22 pm : In the News, Utah Bar News

SOURCE: http://utahpulse.com/index.php/features/business/1238-jones-waldo-s-lori-nelson-appointed-chair-of-american-bar-association-family-law-section

Jones Waldo’s Lori Nelson Appointed Chair of  American Bar Association Family Law Section

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Former Utah Bar President Lori Nelson

Former Utah Bar President Lori Nelson

Lori W. Nelson, a veteran litigator with Salt Lake City-based Jones Waldo, was sworn in last month as the incoming chair of the American Bar Association Family Law Section.

In this role, Nelson will oversee the association’s governing body  and more than 10,000 lawyers, associates and student members throughout the world.

Nelson, a Driggs, Idaho native, has practiced domestic law with Jones Waldo for the last eight years. While with the firm, Nelson has held leadership positions on the Jones Waldo board of directors, and is the group leader of the firm’s Domestic and Family Law practice group.
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SJQuinney Law School: An Interview with Utah Bar President James Gilson

admin : September 5, 2014 8:59 am : In the News, Utah Bar News

Source: http://www.law.utah.edu/news/be-diligent-have-courage-be-a-good-listener-an-interview-with-utah-bar-president-james-gilson/ - Posted on 

James Gilson, ’89, is the current president of the Utah State Bar. In the interview below, he describes the bar’s current activities, reflects on how legal education has changed in the past 25 years, and offers practical advice to young attorneys, including the importance of putting the client’s best interests first.

What inspired you to run for office?  

Time will tell if it was an inspired or a bad idea, but so far so good!  Throughout my career I have enjoyed being involved in pro bono and other volunteer community work to help me keep grounded in my practice–to keep perspective on what’s really important.  I’ve found that interacting with other lawyers on Bar or other community matters on a win/win, non-adversarial basis provides satisfaction and hopefully we’ve done some good.  Bar service is a good anecdote to becoming cynical.  Back in 2008, there were two openings on the Bar Commission and I decided to run for one of the seats.  After being on the Commission for five years, and realizing I was one of the more senior members, I decided it was my turn to step up to the plate as President.  No one opposed me in that election.  I like to think that I won by acclamation, but it probably was more by default.
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