Vacancies on Supreme Court Committees

admin : May 21, 2014 10:11 am : From The Courts, Notice

The Supreme Court is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence. The appointment is until June 30, 2015, completing a term held by Robert Wilde. The appointee is then eligible for appointment to a full, four-year term. For more information about the committee contact Richard H. Schwermer at ricks@utcourts.gov.

The Supreme Court is seeking applicants to fill four vacancies on the Ethics and Discipline Committee. The three–year appointment is from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017. For more information about the committee contact Terrie McIntosh at terrie.mcintosh@gmail.com.

The Supreme Court is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Board of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. Under Rule 14-403, this position is reserved for a lawyer who resides outside of Salt Lake County. The three–year appointment is from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017. For more information about the committee contact Sydnie Kuhre at sydnie.kuhre@utahbar.org.
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Members Sought for Utah State Tax Commission

admin : May 15, 2014 1:20 pm : Announcement, Notice

Utah Tax Commissioner

The Utah State Bar is seeking qualified lawyers with significant tax experience and knowledge of tax administration or compliance to recommend to the Governor for appointment to a four year term as a member of the State Tax Commission.  Section 59-1-201 and 202 of the Utah Code were amended in the recent legislative session to provide for various organizations, including the Bar, to provide names of qualified potential appointees to the Governor when vacancies occur on the Tax Commission.  The bill proscribing appointment and qualifications may be found at http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/SB0019.html

Submit resumes to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, by email at john.baldwin@utahbar.org, or by mail at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT  84111.  Resumes must be received by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 27th, 2014.

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Syracuse Justice Court Vacancy Announced

staff : May 14, 2014 5:55 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nancy Volmer
May 14th, 2014 (801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

SYRACUSE JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED
Syracuse, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Syracuse. The position will replace Judge Joseph M. Bean who resigned effective April 30th, 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.
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eBulletin for May 2014

admin : May 13, 2014 9:09 am : e.Bulletin, Utah Bar President
PresidentJensen MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN
I‘d like to express my sincerest appreciation and gratitude to Katherine Fox and salute her for 18 years of service to the Bar as general counsel. Katherine will be retiring at the end of June; please join me in wishing her well on her next adventures. I’m pleased to announce that Elizabeth Wright will be taking her place as of July 1, and if you know of any good candidates to administer the New Lawyer Training Program, please send them this link: http://www.utahbar.org/jobs/view/new-lawyer-trainging-program-administrator/
In hopes of addressing some of the confusion about attorney discipline cases in which there is extensive media coverage and potential for numerous Bar complaints, we have issued a public statement and reaffirm the Bar’s position that although the Utah State Bar can’t comment on specifics of current attorney discipline investigations because of Utah Supreme Court confidentiality rules, the Bar wants everyone to understand how the process works and how important knowing and adhering to the rule of ethics are to our legal profession.

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Judge Named to Fill Highland/Alpine City Justice Court Vacancy

staff : May 2, 2014 12:20 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell:(801) 712-4545

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL HIGHLAND/ALPINE CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Highland, UT—The Utah County Commission has announced the appointment of the Honorable Douglas Nielsen to fill the Highland/Alpine City Justice Court vacancy. The position replaces Judge Darwin R. Poulsen who retired April 1, 2014.

Judge Nielsen was appointed to the Lehi City Justice Court in January 2013. Prior to this, he worked as an associate attorney at Young, Kester & Petro law office before becoming a partner at Petro & Nielsen law office in 2010.

Judge Nielsen earned an Associate of Science degree in Business Management from Utah Valley State College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Utah State University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.
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Sevier County Commission Appoints Justice Court Judge

staff : April 30, 2014 3:59 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545
NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL SEVIER COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Richfield, UT—The Sevier County Commission has announced the appointment of attorney Mark Kay McIff to fill the Sevier County Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Kent Nielsen who retires on June 1, 2014.

Mark McIff practices law in south central Utah and maintains a private law practice in Richfield. He is a former chief criminal prosecutor for the Wasatch County Attorney, Deputy Sevier County Attorney, Deputy Garfield County Attorney, and city prosecutor for several cities in the district. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southern Utah University and a Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
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Awards Presented by Justice Court Board

staff : April 29, 2014 2:59 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUSTICE COURT BOARD PRESENTS COURT AWARDS

St. George, UT—Two judges and a court employee were recognized on April 18, 2014, for their service to Utah’s justice courts during the Annual Conference of the Justice Court Judges in St. George, Utah.

Orem City Justice Court Judge Reed Parkin was presented with the 2014 Justice Court Judge of the Year award. Judge Parkin was recognized for his outstanding efforts on behalf of justice courts in Utah and for furthering the professional and legal competence of Utah Justice Court judges.

The 2014 Justice Court Service award was presented to Judge Jody Petry in recognition of her outstanding commitment to fellow judges and to the Utah judiciary. Judge Petry serves the justice courts in Naples and Uintah County.
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Panelists to discuss: What Makes a Good Citizen?

staff : April 17, 2014 8:26 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

LAW DAY PANEL TO ADDRESS “WHAT MAKES A GOOD CITIZEN?”

WHAT:
Each year the Utah State Courts plans a panel discussion in conjunction with The Hinckley Institute of Politics to recognize Law Day on May 1. This year’s panel members represent each branch of government and will address the topic “The Importance of Civic Involvement: What Makes a Good Citizen?”

Being an engaged citizen is important to the health of our communities. Whether volunteering at a local soup kitchen, reading to kids at a neighborhood library, voting in a local election, or serving on a jury, each branch of government depends on citizens to safeguard our democracy.
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Divorce Education for Children Spring Classes Scheduled

staff : April 11, 2014 10:20 am : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

SPRING CLASS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

Salt Lake City, UT—Nearly 12,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including more than 5,000 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a free Divorce Education for Children class twice each month. Classes take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Following are the dates for upcoming 2013 classes: April 26, May 17, and June 28.

The Divorce Education for Children class is for children 9 to 12-years-old whose parents have filed for divorce or whose parents are divorced. The class takes place at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State Street.  Advance registration is required by calling (801) 578-3897 or e-mail sabrinap@utcourts.gov. There is no charge to attend the class.
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Court Cautions Residents About Jury Duty Scam

staff : April 9, 2014 12:52 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JURY DUTY SCAM PERSISTS
Utah State Courts Advise Residents Not to Give Out Personal Identifying Information

Salt Lake City, Utah— The Utah State Courts is advising residents not to be fooled by a jury duty scam that continues to persist throughout the nation.

The scam involves an individual who claims to be a court employee calling a member of the public alleging they failed to report for jury service and indicating a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller requests personal identifying information—such as birthday, social security number, and sometimes credit card numbers—from the individual in order to cancel the arrest warrant.
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Grand Jury to Meet in Price

staff : April 8, 2014 11:51 am : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUDGES TO HEAR GRAND JURY TESTIMONY

Price, UT—A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on May 8, 2014, to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the Seventh Judicial District Courthouse, 149 East 100 South.

Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact District Court Administrator Debra Moore at (801) 578-3800 by April 30, 2014, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by April 30, the meeting will be canceled without further notice.

Individuals testifying must be prepared to give evidence to support claims that justify calling a grand jury. Controversies between individual parties will not be considered. Individuals who need special accommodations during the hearing must notify the court at least three business days prior to the hearing.
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Justice Court Judge Appointed to Price, Wellington Justice Courts

staff : April 8, 2014 11:47 am : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JON CARPENTER NAMED TO FILL CARBON COUNTY/ WELLINGTON JUSTICE COURT VACANCIES

Price/Wellington, Utah—The Carbon County Commission and Wellington Mayor Joan Powell have announced the appointment of Jon Randall Carpenter to fill the Carbon County and Wellington City Justice Court vacancies. The position will replace Judge Elayne Storrs who retires on May 1, 2014.

Jon R. Carpenter is a partner at Jensen & Carpenter Law Office PLLC in Price. His practice includes family law, criminal defense, civil litigation, adoption, parental defense, and other areas. Carpenter graduated from the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Neb. in 2006. He received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Utah in 2002.
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eBulletin for April 2014

admin : April 7, 2014 2:00 pm : e.Bulletin
 commissioner_Jensen_Curtis MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

Bar elections are underway, and if you haven’t voted yet, please watch for an e-mail ballot later today. If you don’t see a ballot today, please check your junk e-mail folder, or follow the directions at the bottom of the election page.

We had a great convention in St. George last month, and I especially enjoyed riding my bicycle with fellow Bar members and family in celebration of Judge Quinn.

I’m pleased to announce the keynote speakers for Snowmass on July 16-19:

  • Thursday Keynote: Laughing Your Way through Life, Dave Dugan, Comedian
  • Friday Keynote: Law & Neuroscience, Professors Hank Greeley
  • Saturday Keynote: The Lawyer as Actor—the Courtroom/Boardroom as my Stage, Jerry Gardner
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Nominees Named for Sevier County Justice Court Vacancy

staff : April 4, 2014 2:27 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR SEVIER COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Richfield, UT—The Sevier County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for a pending vacancy at the Sevier County Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Kent Nielsen who has announced his retirement effective June 1, 2014.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
·Lawrence H. Hunt, J.D., Hunt Law Office, Richfield
·Mark Kay McIff, J.D., Wayne County Attorney, Piute County Attorney, Richfield
·Cordell Pearson, Sevier County School District, Piute Deputy Sheriff, Circleville

A comment period will be held through April 14, 2014, before a final candidate is selected by the chair of the Sevier County Commission, who has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Sevier County Commission. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointments. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, melisses@utcourts.gov.
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Nominees Names for Highland and Alpine Justice Courts

staff : April 1, 2014 5:05 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR HIGHLAND AND ALPINE JUSTICE COURTS VACANCIES

Highland, UT—The Utah County Nominating Commission has selected four nominees for pending vacancies at the Highland and Alpine City justice courts. The positions will replace Judge Darwin R. Poulsen who has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2014.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:

·Honorable Carolyn Elease Howard, J.D., Saratoga Springs Justice Court Judge, Associate Professor, Utah Valley University, Attorney at Law, Provo.

·Honorable Sydney Jayne Magid, J.D., Salt Lake City Justice Court Judge, Attorney at Law, Salt Lake City.

·Honorable Douglas John Nielsen, J.D., Lehi City Justice Court Judge, Attorney at Law, Spanish Fork
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