The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during the September 12, 2008 Commission meeting held at the Law & Justice Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1. The Commission approved a Distinguished Service Award for “and Justice for All” in recognition of their outstanding service toward the creation of a better public understanding of the legal profession and the administration of justice.
2. The Commission approved appointments to the Bar Operations Review Committees for evaluations of the Office of Professional Conduct, Continuing Legal Education, Fee Dispute Resolution, the Fund for Client Protection, and the Law & Justice Center. Evaluations of these Bar programs are set to begin in October 2008.
3. The Commission selected and approved liaisons to the various Bar committees and sections and also liaisons to the local and specialty bars. Commissioners were encouraged to keep in regular contact with the chair and/or specialty bar president, offer support, and solicit input on Bar issues whenever it would be appropriate.
4. Nominations for the Second District Trial Court Nominating Commission vacancy were named. This Commission nominates judges to fill vacancies on the district court and the juvenile court within the Second Judicial District. One lawyer will be appointed by the Governor from a list of six nominees provided by the Bar. Joseph Bean, Laura Rasmussen, James Hasenyager, Bernard Allen, Steve Kaufman, and Camille Neider were selected as nominees to be proposed.
5. The Commission approved the creation of the new Communications Law Section.
6. Charlotte Miller was reappointed as the Bar’s ABA Delegate.
7. The Commission approved the list of 2008-2009 Commission priorities by consent. The 2008-2009 Commission priorities are: 1. The New Lawyer Training Program; 2. The Operations Review for the Office of Professional Conduct, Continuing Legal Education, Fee Dispute Resolution, the Fund for Client Protection and the Law & Justice Center; 3. Public Relations; 4. Governmental Relations; 5. Access to Justice / Pro Bono / Low Bono; and, 6. Community Leadership and Service.
8. The July 16, 2008 Commission minutes were approved by consent.
9. The Commission agreed to name candidates at the October Commission meeting for recognition by the Utah Nonprofits Association at their December awards luncheon.
10. The Commission created a quarterly evaluation form and schedule for the Bar’s Executive Director.
11. Third Division Bar Commissioner Rusty Vetter agreed to follow up with staff on a formal written proposal for a CLE/Outreach program on KCPW Radio.
12. Margaret Plane and Rod Snow will work with Katherine Fox to finalize the New Lawyer Training Program Petition.
13. President-elect Steve Owens will further develop Self-Insured Health Insurance Proposal.
The minute text of this and other meetings of the Bar Commission are available at the office of the Executive Director.