|MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN |
Call a lawyer first. That’s the call-to-action on billboards throughout the State. We’re cautioning people about do-it-yourself law and providing follow-up information about the benefits of working with a lawyer at www.utahbar.org, including a recent Utah Business interview with Jim Gilson, Tom Seiler, and me discussing this issue. Responders are also directed to the Modest Means Lawyer Referral registration page, with the anticipation that many will meet the program criteria.
Early registration ends June 20—a week from Friday—for the Snowmass Summer Convention, July 16-19. See the great schedule of speakers, panels, and events. New this year is a Grownup Social (concurrent with the Family Carnival) on Thursday evening and a Judges’ Reception on Friday evening.
Register online, with no registration cost increase this summer (waived for all Active-Under-3 attorneys). Book your discount lodgings by July 7.
The Bar staff have figured out a way for us to take the train home, enjoying Westwater Canyon from riverside and missing the 3:30 a.m. departure out of Salt Lake City or points south. You simply rent a car through our new group benefits (search for Enterprise), enjoy it in Snowmass, drive it 39 miles to Glenwood Springs, and drop it off to catch the California Zephyr home. With gas and train fare, this option will cost $209 per person with two people, $159 with three, and $135 with four ($203, $153 and $128 with AAA discount on Amtrak). Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
Congratulations to President-elect Jim Gilson and his firm Callister Nebeker & McCullough for receiving a National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) 2014 Beacon of Justice Award for its Debt Collection Volunteer Attorney Program. See the nomination form and watch for an article about it in the July/August Utah Bar Journal.
The NLADA intends to highlight and profile all of the praiseworthy nominees in upcoming newsletters and materials, including our own Martin Blaustein.
June 2014 News:
License Renewal is Scheduled to Begin on June 12th—The Bar is switching service providers for online member services, but the overall renewal process for attorneys and paralegal members is similar to previous years. To improve speed and usability, the process has been broken into smaller steps. Member renewal services will now be found at https://services.utahbar.org. Your login and information has not been changed and was mailed to you on June 6th. If you do not receive this card you can request your login and password by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and providing your bar number. Once fully implemented, the new system will provide you with profile management tools, transaction history, CLE attendance history, registration services for CLEs, and MCLE compliance reporting.
June Continuing Legal Education—See the Bar’s numerous section luncheons and CLE seminars.
Benefit Highlight – SoFi Student Loan Services—Many Utah Bar members still have expensive student loan debt. This is an opportunity to refinance your student loan debt with SoFi and save thousands in student loan repayments. Savings: attorney borrowers save an average of $15,000 over the life of their loans. Flexible terms with variable rates that start at 2.91% and fixed rates starting at 4.99%. Visit them in your Beneplace group benefits site in the Financial Tools section.
Even Year Mandatory CLE (MCLE) Reporting Cycle (7/1/12 to 6/30/14)—Active Status Lawyers complying this year 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. You can download MCLE forms. If you have questions, please visit www.utahbar.org/mcle or contact MCLE Director, email@example.com, 801-297-7035 or MCLE Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-297-7034.
Please let me know if you have a question or comment.