Not many of us are aware of the tremendous personal and financial sacrifices associated with being a lawyer-legislator. Long hours, limited family time and the difficulty of juggling demands make it prohibitive for most lawyers to run for office. Add time-consuming campaigns every other year, and becoming a legislator loses much of its appeal. Lawyers pay a big price, both personally and professionally, to serve in the legislature. Most claim a huge loss in time available for their families and a diminished earning capacity because of the tremendous amount of time required at the legislature and at the law office. Nonetheless, attorneys play a vital role in the legislature by virtue of the fundamental training they receive in law school. An attorney comes into the job with the knowledge and experience of the law and a lawyer’s unique ability helps them to watch for language in legislation that may be misconstrued and lose its original intention. Utah’s citizenry is well-served having 22 lawyers work as legislators.
“Thank You” Utah’s Lawyer Legislators
Patrice Arent, Derek E. Brown, LaVar Christensen, Spencer Cox, Brian Greene, Craig Hall, Kenneth R. Ivory, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Daniel McCay, Kay L. McIff, Mike McKell, Merrill Nelson, Kraig J. Powell, V. Lowry Snow, Keven J. Stratton, Earl Tanner.
Lyle W. Hillyard, Mark B. Madsen, Stephen H. Urquhart, John L. Valentine, Todd Weiler.
January is also the time we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. I would invite each of you to do at least one of the following, which ideas were given to me by Judge Lynn Davis of the 4th district court: Read the life changing speeches of Dr. King; participate in a march or candlelight vigil; take a few moments to reflect upon the amazing life of Dr. King; watch tributes on television; take time to teach children and youth about Dr. King’s life; write a letter of support to a struggling person of color; join or support the Utah Minority Bar Association; perform any kind of service in the community; Do more, Do something, Serve!
There are several local events which may also be of interest to you. Those include: UVU’s annual celebration hosted by the Martin Luther King Advisory Board; the NAACP luncheon; BYU’s annual candle light march/vigil, and events at the University of Utah.
January 2013 E-News
- Bar Commission Openings
- 2013 Spring Convention in St. George
- 2013 Spring Convention Awards
- Call for Nominations
- Member Benefits
- Check out the numerous CLE seminar offerings through the Utah State Bar CLE Department
- Bar Commission Openings – Nominations to the office of Bar Commissioner are hereby solicited for two members from the Third Division, one member from the Second Division, each to serve a three-year term. Terms will begin in July 2013. To be eligible for the office of Commissioner from a division, the nominee’s business mailing address must be in that division as shown by the records of the Bar. Applicants must be nominated by a written petition of ten or more members of the Bar in good standing whose business mailing addresses are in the division from which the election is to be held. Nominating petitions are available at the Utah State Bar Commission Election Information Page. Completed petitions must be submitted to John Baldwin, Executive Director, no later than February 1, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.
- 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 “Letting it Rain how to get and retain business. We will also be pleased 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! Visit http://www.utahbar.org/cle/springconvention/Welcome.html .
- 2013 Spring Convention Awards – The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two Bar awards to be given at the 2013 Spring Convention. Award applications must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Monday, February 4, 2013. You may also fax a nomination to (801) 531-0660 or email to email@example.com. A complete list of award recipients can be found at the Utah State Bar Award History Page.
- Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award – For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.
- Raymond S. Uno Award – For the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.
- Call for Nominations – Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer Of The Year Award – The Woman Lawyers of Utah is seeking nominations for the 2013 Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year award. The award will be presented at the annual Fireside Chat with Justice Durham this April (date TBD). Nominations should focus on the nominee’s achievements and the intent of the award, which is to recognize an outstanding woman member of the Utah State Bar for her professionalism, integrity, excellence, and dedication to furthering opportunities for women in the law. Nominees should be actively involved in a law-related activity, including but not limited to: government work, education, the judiciary, private practice, or corporate work. All nominations must be received by Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Please submit nomination as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. All 2012 Nominees who were not selected will be considered again this year. There is no need to re-nominate 2012 nominees, but any additional information will be considered. The prior winners of the award will decide the 2013 recipient. You may view a list of past recipients at: http://utahwomenlawyers.org/wlu-women-of-the-year/
- Member Benefits – Please visit the Bar website for periodic updates to your member benefits, including Casemaker, Blomquist Hale, Group Health Insurance