Utah State Bar President’s Message January 2013

Bar President Lori NelsonMESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LORI W. NELSON
Utah’s Lawyer Legislators

Not many of us are aware of the tremendous personal and financial sacrifices associated with being a lawyer-legislator. Long hours, limited family time and the difficulty of juggling demands make it prohibitive for most lawyers to run for office. Add time-consuming campaigns every other year, and becoming a legislator loses much of its appeal. Lawyers pay a big price, both personally and professionally, to serve in the legislature. Most claim a huge loss in time available for their families and a diminished earning capacity because of the tremendous amount of time required at the legislature and at the law office. Nonetheless, attorneys play a vital role in the legislature by virtue of the fundamental training they receive in law school. An attorney comes into the job with the knowledge and experience of the law and a lawyer’s unique ability helps them to watch for language in legislation that may be misconstrued and lose its original intention. Utah’s citizenry is well-served having 22 lawyers work as legislators.

“Thank You” Utah’s Lawyer Legislators

Representatives

Patrice Arent, Derek E. Brown, LaVar Christensen, Spencer Cox, Brian Greene, Craig Hall, Kenneth R. Ivory, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Daniel McCay, Kay L. McIff, Mike McKell, Merrill Nelson, Kraig J. Powell, V. Lowry Snow, Keven J. Stratton, Earl Tanner.

Senate

Lyle W. Hillyard, Mark B. Madsen, Stephen H. Urquhart, John L. Valentine, Todd Weiler.

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