The Utah Courts are currently seeing an explosion of cases with pro se litigants. They cannot afford full-priced legal assistance, but do not qualify for pro bono legal services either. Programs and services like public defenders, Utah Legal Services, Legal Aid of Utah, the Disability Law Center, and legal clinics throughout the state admirably provide limited legal representation for the poorest members of our community but, for a large segment of the middle class, obtaining affordable legal services is more difficult. To an increasing segment of society, we are viewed as being out of reach. We also have attorneys who are experiencing a downturn in their practices given the economy, or new lawyers looking to create or expand their practices. The Bar Commission has created a program to match the unmet need of clients and the available time of attorneys. The Utah State Bar Modest Means Program is designed to bridge the gap and match paying clients with attorneys who want to supplement their clientele, but are willing to charge lower fees to these modest means clients. The program will focus on needs most commonly encountered at the courts, including family, landlord/tenant, consumer, and criminal law. We have started taking referrals through the program and are in need of more attorneys, both to work for clients and to advise younger attorneys in need of experienced assistance; please join us at http://www.utahbar.org/modestmeans/
February 2013 E-News
- Bar Day at the Legislature
- 2013 Spring Convention in St. George
- 2013 Elections – Notice of Online Balloting
- 2013 Summer Convention at Snowmass Village
- MCLE Reminder of Odd Year MCLE Reporting Cycle
- Bar Day at the Legislature – The Utah State Bar is presenting its Annual Bar Day at the Legislature CLE on Tuesday, February 19th from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm at the State Office Building Auditorium. Presenters include Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, House Speaker Becky Lockhart, Lt. Governor Greg Bell and Chief Justice Matthew Durrant. Topics will cover current issues facing the state government, Utah’s financial environment, the legislative process and communication with legislators. The event is approved for 3 hours of CLE. Early registration will be $50 and must be received by Friday, February 15th. (Registration will increase to $75 for those registering after the 15th.) Attendance is limited to the first 100 registrants. Registration is available online and can be found at: https://utahbar.org/cle/events/registration/day_at_legislature.html
- 2013 Spring Convention in St. George – Register and make accommodation arrangements for the Spring Convention in St. George, March 14 – 16, 2013. Our keynote speakers include Paula E. Litt who is a co-founder of Schopf & Weiss, a Chicago business litigation boutique where she serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Litt has been named as one of the Top Ten Super Lawyers in Illinois and will be speaking to us on how to get and retain business. We will also be please to hear from George M. Feiger, Ph.D. Dr. Feiger heads Contango Capital Advisors, a subsidiary of Zions Bancorporation and also serves as Executive Vice President of Zions Bank. Dr. Feiger is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and has lectured in that institution’s Department of Economics, before moving to the Stanford University Graduate School of Business as an associate professor of finance. Join us for an exciting and eventful convention! Book early for the best rooms and rates. http://www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/Welcome.html
- 2013 Elections – Notice of Online Balloting – Utah State Bar elections will begin April 1 and conclude April 15, 2013. A link to the online election will be supplied in an email sent to your email address of record. Please check the Bar’s website at http://www.utahbar.org/forms/members_directory_search.html to see what email information you have on file. You may update your email address information by using your Utah State Bar login at http://www.myutahbar.org. (If you do not have your login information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and our staff will respond to your request.) Upon request, the Bar will provide a traditional paper ballot by contacting Christy Abad at email@example.com.
- 2013 Summer Convention at Snowmass Village – July 17-20, 2013 – You can do it all in Snowmass this summer, and with lodging beginning at $99 a night, it can be the perfect working vacation. Learn the latest about your practice area (and earn CLE credit for the 2011-2013 reporting year), catch “mammoth” fever at the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, hear Justice Scalia, and enjoy golf, fly fishing, paragliding, four-wheeling, hot air ballooning, and river rafting with your colleagues and family. Snowmass/Aspen has consistently been rated the #1 resort in North America for dining. With nearly 100 restaurants to choose from, you’ll find menus to please every palate. Registration will begin following the Spring Convention. Book your lodging and adventures early. http://www.utahbar.org/cle/summerconvention/Welcome.html
- MCLE Reminder of Odd Year MCLE Reporting Cycle – July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2013 Active Status Lawyers complying in 2013 are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of Utah approved CLE, which shall include a minimum of three hours of accredited ethics. One of the ethics hours shall be in the area of professionalism and civility. (A minimum of twelve hours must be live in-person CLE.) For more information and to obtain a Certificate of Compliance, please visit our website at www.utahbar.org/mcle. If you have any questions, please contact Sydnie Kuhre, MCLE Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 297-7035 or Ryan Rapier, MCLE Assistant at email@example.com or (801) 297-7034.
- See the numerous CLE seminar offerings through the Utah State Bar CLE Department: http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/ and/or the Section lunches: http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/html/section_luncheons.html