2005 Year in Review – Looking Ahead to 2006
2005 was an outstanding year for the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar (“YLD”). With several committees staffed by capable volunteers, the YLD continues to offer significant contributions to the Bar and the public. Here are some of the 2005 highlights from the YLD committees as well as a look at what is coming up in 2006.
YLD’s Leadership/Executive: More than 2,000 YLD members had the opportunity to elect new officers this past summer. Debra Griffiths Handley of Dart Adamson & Donovan was elected as the 2005-2006 YLD president. Sean Reyes of Parsons Behle & Latimer, is Treasurer, and Ruth Hawe of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy is Secretary. David Hall of Parsons Behle & Latimer, is the President-Elect for 2006-2007, and Candice Anderson Vogel of Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar, is the Past-President of YLD.
and Justice for all: (Karthik Nadesan and Jonathan Benns, co-chairs) In conjunction with several individuals and law firms, the YLD sponsored the annual “Bar Sharks for Justice” pool tournament in November. Participants and spectators enjoyed themselves while raising money in support of Utah Legal Services, Disability Law Center, and Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake City. YLD is seeking volunteers and organizational committee members for the next “and Justice for all” fundraising phone-a-thon coming up. The committee also plans to co-sponsor the Law Day Run this spring. Please contact Karthik Nadesan if you would like to help.
Tuesday Night Bar: (Amy Poulson and Jonathan Pappasideris – co-chairs) At “Tuesday Night Bar,” volunteer attorneys provide free legal assistance to the general public, including helping unrepresented individuals obtain counsel. As its name suggests, Tuesday Night Bar is held on Tuesday evenings between 5:30 and 7:00 PM at the Utah Law & Justice Center (645 South 200 East). In addition, the Young Lawyers Division and the Tuesday Night Bar program sponsor four CLE luncheons per year on areas of law that frequently come up at Tuesday Night Bar. If you would like more information about the program or would like to volunteer, please contact Amy Poulson at 595-7800.
Continuing Legal Education: (Michael Young and Matt Tarkington – co-chairs) The CLE committee is planning a series of CLE luncheons for 2006. In 2005, YLD members taught and attended seminars on family law, landlord-tenant law, and other basics of law in conjunction with “Tuesday Night Bar.” In 2006, the CLE Committee will work directly with the NLCLE Committee to host useful and affordable education seminars. Watch for more information about the seminars planned for this year.
Needs of Children: (Lance Rich and Sammi Anderson, co-chairs) The Needs of the Children Committee has been working with the Utah Heart Gallery. This is a charitable organization that helps raise awareness of foster children waiting for adoption, with the goal of matching prospective adoptive families with children. The Committee is also working to assist the office of the Guardian Ad Litem with ongoing projects.
Public Education: (Stephanie Pugsely and Marianne MacGregor Guelker, co-chairs) The Public Education Committee is working with the ABA to bring the “We the Jury” project into Utah classrooms. The project aims to teach young people about the value and importance of jury service. This year the committee hopes to bring the program to more than three times the number of students as in 2004. In addition, lawyers and their coworkers are encouraged to volunteer as a judge or coach with the Utah Law Related Education Project. Every year hundreds of Utah teens participate in these mock trials. Watch for more information coming soon.
Community Service: (Kelly Latimer and Christina Micken, co-chairs) The Community Service Committee worked hard this past June landscaping the front yard of the Avenues Children’s Justice Center. Upcoming projects include a game drive and game night at the YWCA, sorting food for the Utah Food Bank, and hosting the annual “Law Suit” Day during which professional clothing is gathered and donated to the Road Home and Assistance League of Salt Lake City. Please contact Kelly Latimer at (801) 368-7782 to volunteer for upcoming projects.
Law Day: (Kim Neville and Angela Stander, co-chairs) This year’s Law Day activities will focus on “Separate Branches – Balanced Power.” Plans are in the works for a Law Day luncheon to be held May 1. Watch for more information coming soon. The Law Day Committee is responsible for hosting the annual Law Day Reception and related Law Week activities. The event honors those individuals and groups who have committed their time and resources towards serving our legal community and its members. The event also honors members of our local youth who participate in the Mock Trial, Art-and-the-Law, and Law-Related Education Essay contests. This year’s Law Day Reception will be held at the Little America Hotel on Monday, May 1, 2006. Individuals interested in assisting with the event may contact Kim Neville or Angela Stander at 257-1900 for more information.
Utah State Bar Conferences: (Sonia Sweeney and Kendra Shirey, co-chairs) The YLD sponsors and coordinates with various practice sections of the Utah Bar to organize the Back to Basics CLE sessions at the Bar’s Spring and Annual meetings. The goal of the Back to Basics sessions is to provide valuable training to new lawyers in various fields of practice as well as refresher courses for more experienced practitioners.
Professionalism and The Practice of Law: (Christopher M. Von Maack and Paul Farr, co-chairs) The Professionalism and The Practice of Law Committee is new to the Young Lawyers Division and replaces the Professionalism Committee, which was formed to assist the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism. Broadly, the Professionalism and The Practice of Law Committee stands ready to assist the Bar in any meaningful way to foster and improve professionalism and civility, such as CLEs, workshops, and Utah Bar Journal articles. More specifically, the Committee is currently developing a free, on-line mentoring resource, designed for new lawyers, but also available to the public. This resource will enlist accomplished and respected attorneys, judges, and lawyers who work outside the traditional practice of law. The purpose of this resource is to hopes to consolidate and disseminate these lawyers’ cumulative years of experience and advice into accessible packages of information available any time through the Utah Bar website.
Membership: (Doug Larson and Geoff Landward, co-chairs) The Membership Committee works to increase participation of the 2,000 young lawyers within the Bar. Attorneys who are under age 36 or in their first three years of law practice are automatically enrolled in YLD. There are no annual dues or membership fees for division membership. If you would like to be involved with the YLD or serve on a committee, please contact Doug Larson at (801) 363-5678 or Geoff Landward at (801) 366-0100. You can also visit the YLD web page: http://www.utahbar.org/sections/newyl.
Utah Minority Bar Association: (Sean Reyes, UMBA President and YLD liaison) Through fundraising, service projects, and other activities, the YLD supports the Utah Minority Bar Association.
Utah Bar Journal: (Nathan Croxford and Peter Donaldson, co-chairs) The YLD Bar Journal Committee and the Utah Bar Journal are actively seeking article submissions from young lawyers for publication in the Utah Bar Journal. Please send submissions or questions to Nathan Croxford (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peter Donaldson (email@example.com).
Paralegal Division: (Robyn Dotterer, YLD Liason and past utilization chair; Danielle Price, chair). The Paralegal Division is pleased to join in supporting the Young Lawyers Division with its activities. The Division sponsors several activities and fundraisers. The Division sponsors fundraisers for the legal profession, with proceeds going to “And Justice For All.”
High School Debate Tournament: (Chad Derum, YLD Liason): The High School Debate Tournament Liason organizes and coordinates the YLD’s sponsorship of the Young Lawyers Invitational Debate Tournament. Specific responsibilities include fundraising for the event, advertising and promotion, ensuring that judging commitments are met, and conducting public relations on behalf of the YLD in the high school debate community. The tournament took place in October 2005. The YLD co-sponsored the event with the Litigation Section.
Governmental Relations Committee Liaison – David Bernstein, liason. The liason represents the YLD at the weekly committee meetings while the Utah Legislature is in session. The committee’s purpose is to review and analyze proposed legislation.
The YLD is continuing with its commitment to serve our profession and the community as a whole. We want to thank the Bar, our members and volunteers, and all the organizations that sup-ported us in 2005. We look forward to an exciting year in 2006!