|MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES D. GILSON
Thanks to all those who attended the Bar’s Summer Convention, in Snowmass Colorado, July 16-19. There was great CLE and opportunities to meet with other lawyers and judges, plus enjoy the outdoors. Special thanks are due to Troy Booher for chairing this outstanding convention. See these links for information about the Bar’s new leadership and our award winners, including Judge of the Year James L. Shumate, Lawyer of the year Charlotte L. Miller, and special awards to the Young Lawyers Division, Civics Education Committee, and Intellectual Property Section. Please save the dates for next summer’s convention, which will be in Sun Valley on July 29-August 1, 2015.
This year’s Fall Forum is on November 20 & 21. If you are coming from out-of-town, you may want to book your rooms now at Little America (800-281-7899). Special rates for Bar members are $109 and $139. The schedule is nearly complete; please watch for upcoming bulletins when registration is available online (the schedule will also be in the Sep/Oct Bar Journal).
The award-winning Civics Education Committee is launching its third annual Constitution Day on September 17. Please join the hundreds of judges and lawyers who will meet with social studies classrooms across the state and teach students about the separation of powers and the importance of an independent judiciary. The committee has developed an inventive curriculum and has prepared engaging materials. It’s very simple: Attend a CLE or view a video, print the handouts, and then give students a hands-on opportunity to learn about the Constitution.
As you may know, the seeds of our Constitution were planted in a grassy meadow at Runnymede, England, 800 years ago this June. Rebellious barons forced the despotic King John to address numerous grievances, and the resulting grant, which later became known as Magna Carta, was the first significant introduction of the concept of the “law of the land” vs. the law of the king. The Bar is hosting a traveling exhibit in April from the Law Library of Congress, Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015. Magna Carta will also be the theme of Law Day on May 1. Please contact Sean if this is a subject you would be interesting in writing or talking about.
Congratulations to all participants for the recent UMBA Food Drive/Competition which raised $22,239 to benefit the Utah Food Bank. Twenty five law offices competed this year, and the firm with the most donations was Workman Nydegger with $4,056. In second place was Parsons Behle & Latimer with $2,797, and in third, Durham Jones & Pinegar with $2,245. Thanks to everyone who contributed. If you don’t have someone designated, please consider serving as your office’s point of contact for next year’s competition. Contact Kate Conyers to participate.
August 2014 News:
Utah State Bar Group Benefits—Learn about new offers from LifeLock, Sam’s Club, and AC Lens by visiting the August Deals page. The first time you click on a “View Deal” link you will be logged into the benefits page, any subsequent clicks from the deals page will take you to that specific offer.
New process to sign up for Bar events online— CLE Event and lunch program registrations and payments are now managed by your private member portal located at https://services.utahbar.org. Search for events by logging on and viewing the https://services.utahbar.org/
Free online CLE for providing assistance to military service members—The withdrawal of troops is bringing thousands back home, and many will return to face difficult changes and legal issues. One of them may turn to you for legal help; arm yourself with military knowledge and resources. Army OneSource Military Legal Assistance courses.
Please let me know if you have a question or comment.