e.Bulletin for January 2014


commissioner_Jensen_CurtisOn behalf of the Utah State Bar Board of Commissioners and all members of the Utah State Bar, I want to extend a personal thanks to the following for their wonderful expertise and resources, diligent efforts, and assistance in recommending the new Association Management and Database Migration System for the Bar: The Honorable David O. Nuffer, United States District Court for the District of Utah; Ron Bowmaster, CIO of the Utah State Courts; David Clark, CIO at Kirton McConkie; Douglas French, CIO at Ray Quinney & Nebeker; and Lincoln Mead, I.T. Director, Utah State Bar. The Commissioners have been studying this issue for a couple of years. A committee was thereafter formed to make final review and recommendations once the Commissioners received word from the Bar’s current database provider that it would no longer be providing such services after the spring of 2014. After receiving the recommendation of the committee for three new software packages for admissions, the OPC, and membership, the Commissioners and staff have accepted the committee’s recommendation. We were especially pleased that there was neutral budget impact when looking at the seven-plus-year life of the new software vs. old. I believe we have made the proper choice and will be acquiring the best system to enhance and benefit our members for years to come.

We’re getting good feedback on our Group Benefits Program listed 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. New vendors added in the past month are: Avis Car Sales, Good Sam Ventures, 2 Degrees Food, eKnowledge, University of Colorado Boulder, Eve’s Addiction, Red Cross Wellness Program, ThinkOps, Luggage Designers, Kollege Town Sports, OGIO, and AV Law. Please suggest additional products or services (see Nominations in lower left).

We are creating a new page on our website for members to provide perspectives on current legal issues as a public service. Please send any submissions to communications@utahbar.org and include: title, firm, publication date, synopsis for a non-lawyer reader (150 word max), and link to full article (required).

We would like to acknowledge our members who have remained in the legislature this year, helping draft statutes that pass constitutional muster and avoid ambiguity. The lawyer legislators in the House are: Patrice M. Arent, LaVar Christensen, Brian M. Greene, Craig Hall, Kenneth R. Ivory, Michael S. Kennedy, Brian S. King, Daniel McCay, Kay L. McIff, Mike K. McKell, Merrill F. Nelson, Kraig J. Powell, V. Lowry Snow, Keven J. Stratton, and Earl D. Tanner. The lawyer legislators in the Senate are: Lyle W. Hillyard, Mark B. Madsen, Stephen H. Urquhart, John L. Valentine, and Todd Weiler. Please see photos and brief bios in the Jan/Feb Bar Journal. Also thanks to our Governmental Relations Committee, co-chaired by John H. Bogart and Paxton R. Guymon, which monitors legislation for appropriate Bar input.

Volunteers are needed for the West Jordan Middle School We the People program. Attorneys will judge student speeches this Wednesday, January 15. If you can help, please contact krista.gibbons@jordandistrict.org.

The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award for the advancement of women in the legal profession and the Raymond S. Uno Award for the advancement of minorities in the legal profession.

Nominations need to be submitted in writing to adminasst@utahbar.org by Monday, January 20. You can also write to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City UT 84111 or fax to 801-531-0660. See past award recipients here.

January & February News

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon
  • January & February Continuing Legal Education
  • Spring Convention Schedule
  • Even Year Mandatory CLE Reporting Cycle
  • Thank You For Another Successful Food & Clothing Drive

Justice Christine Durham will receive the Rosa Parks Award at the NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon at noon on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Grand America Hotel. For details and reservations, please visit their site.

January & February Continuing Legal Education—See the Bar’s numerous section luncheons and CLE seminars including:

Law Night at Pioneer Theatre Company – Can You Handle the Truth?—Thursday, January 23

  • 5:30 to 5:45 Registration, S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom
  • 5:45 to 6:45 Pre-performance Program/CLE with panel moderator James Holbrook and panelists Lyn Creswell, South Salt Lake City Attorney, George M. Haley, Holland and Hart, Linda Smith, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Clinical Program
  • 6:45 to 7:15 Light Buffet Reception
  • 7:30 A Few Good Men, Pioneer Memorial Theatre
  • Register by January 20 here.

Bar Day at the Legislature—Tuesday, February 18, 9:00 am to 12:15 pm The Utah State Bar is presenting its Annual Bar Day at the Legislature CLE at the State Office Building Auditorium. Previous topics have included 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 through Sunday, February 16; then it will be $75. Attendance is limited to the first 100 registrants; register here.

Spring Convention in St. George March 13-15—Schedule hot off the press in the Jan/Feb Bar Journal and online here. Mark the dates for the Annual Convention in Snowmass, July 16-19, and the Fall Forum in Salt Lake City, November 20-21.

Even Year Mandatory CLE (MCLE) Reporting Cycle (7/1/12 to 6/30/14)—Active Status Lawyers complying in 2014 need to complete a minimum of 24 hours of approved CLE, including at least three hours of accredited ethics, with one of the three in professionalism and civility. A minimum of twelve hours must be earned by attending live CLE presentations. A Certificate of Compliance needs to be submitted by July 31. Downloadable MCLE forms can be found online here. If you have questions, please visit www.utahbar.org/mcle or contact MCLE Director, sydnie.kuhre@utahbar.org, 801-297-7035 or MCLE Assistant, ryan.rapier@utahbar.org, 801-297-7034.

2013 Food & Clothing Drive—The 24th Annual Food and Clothing Drive was one of our best ever. In addition to a 30 foot long truck full of food, clothing, toys and various other useful items, we collected over $3,600 in checks to various organizations that we supported as outlined in the flyer, we also contributed 150 five pound hams with all of the trimmings for a complete dinner for 150 families. The donated food and clothing was all sorted over the weekend of December 20, 2013, and distributed to families and individuals on the morning of December 24, 2013. Your participation was very generous and appreciated. Thank You. ~ Leonard and Lincoln

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