e.Bulletin for December 2013



I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving weekend, and I wish you the best for the upcoming holidays.

Have you had a chance to look at our new online group benefits which are featured under Site Highlights at www.utahbar.org? These new benefits are available at no cost to you and your families (or to the Bar), providing discounts for hundreds of local and national brands, stores, programs, and services.

These benefits are designed to offer you and your families greater access to a wider array of consumer products and professional services than the Bar has been able to provide in the past. Previously, group benefits have included a few high-quality discount programs primarily focused on practice assistance. Several months ago, former Bar President Rob Jeffs was charged to investigate expanded opportunities for our group of 10,000. He learned about a program being offered by the Texas State Bar and an online marketing group called Beneplace, and we have replicated the program for the benefit of our members.

Included are new discounts for Disney Resorts, SeaWorld and Universal Studios, rental cars, local restaurants, food, appliances, electronics, and office solutions. You’ll also see ongoing services such as Blomquist Hale Lawyers Assistance Program Information, Casemaker free online Legal Research, and Tybera e-filing plus. Does it get any better than getting great discounts? Please take a look. I think you’ll like what you find, and you should save some money.

Congratulations to Alain Balmanno who received the NAACP Salt Lake City Branch’s Albert Fritz Civil Rights Worker of the Year Award in recognition of his work on fair housing cases. Balmanno, a member of the NAACP’s legal redress and veterans affairs committees, also has worked to develop affordable housing ordinances.

Volunteers are needed for the West Jordan Middle School We the People program. Attorneys will help students with speeches about the Constitution during practice week, December 9-13 or January 6-10 and/or judge the speeches on Competition Day, January 15. If you can help, please contact krista.gibbons@jordandistrict.org.

December 2013 E-News:

  • Utah Bar Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary Tomorrow
  • 24th Annual Food and Clothing Drive
  • December Continuing Legal Education
  • 2014 Convention Dates


Utah Bar Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary — Tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Utah Law & Justice Center, 645 South 200 East. The celebration will include remarks from the Honorable Matthew B. Durrant and the Honorable Augustus G. Chin. The Foundation receives interest from IOLTA accounts and distributes the funds via grants to provide legal services to the disadvantaged, to improve the administration of justice, and to serve other worthwhile law-related public purposes. If you can attend, please RSVP, kim@utahbarfoundation.org or 801-297-7046.

24th Annual Food & Clothing Drive — Friday, December 20 from 7:30 am to 6:00pm at the Utah Law & Justice Center, 645 South 200 East. Please drop off food, clothing, or a check throughout the day. Learn more about the drive and how you or your organization can help by visiting the Food & Clothing drive page.

December Continuing Legal Education — See the Bar’s numerous CLE seminars and section luncheons—including the annual Utah Evidence presentation by the Honorable Dee V. Benson and Prof. R. Collin Mangrum on December 19—at the CLE Calendar or Section Luncheon Calendar.

2014 Conventions — Mark your calendars for the upcoming conventions (first date is the date of the evening reception). Accommodations for Summer and Fall and other details will be posted when available at the Utah Bar Convention information site and on the home page for the upcoming event.

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