MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LORI W. NELSON
The survey conducted by Dan Jones for the Bar concluded many things, one of which was that 44% (a majority of responses) of us believe the public views us negatively. Given your responses and the need to change the ongoing negative view the public holds of attorneys, the Bar has hired Sean Toomey to handle not only our advertising needs but also our public relations. The view to this hire was two-fold: improve the quality of our public relations and advertising outreach and decrease the cost to the Bar. I remain convinced that if the public knew of how much good attorneys do in the community it would go a long way to changing the view of attorneys overall. We have all heard that everyone hates all lawyers except their own. We also all know that attorneys are out in their communities serving in countless unrecognized ways. I’m renewing my request that you send in your stories, or the stories of those you know, who are serving in their communities, from coaching their kids teams to serving on planning and zoning committees. If you want to remain anonymous that is fine. But your efforts to improve the world you live in are valuable and deserve recognition, and getting the information out will serve all members in changing the overall view of lawyers in the public. You can send those stories to me at UtahBarPresident.LoriNelson@utahbar.org or to Sean at Sean.Toomey@utahbar.org.
Don’t forget to register and make accommodation arrangements for the Spring Convention in St. George, March 14 – 16, 2013. We look forward to seeing all of you and having you join us for an exciting and eventful convention!
March 2013 E-News
e-filing is Mandatory April 1 for civil and domestic cases. If you don’t already have an e-filing account, please see utcourts.gov/efiling (and check this site regularly for program updates). Also, see e-filing requirements and exceptions at rules. You may now e-file probate cases; mandatory July 1.
Court will use your Bar e-mail address not your e-Filing e-mail address —It is critical that you keep your business e-mail address of record with the Bar current, even though you provide the same or different e-mail address to your e-filing service provider (EFSP). That email address is used only by the EFSP, and is not provided to the Court. The Court will continue to use your Bar e-mail address for: 1) docketed notices regarding discovery, hearings, and other events, in cases in which you have appeared as counsel of record, 2) other communications regarding cases in which you have appeared as counsel of record, and 3) other court communications regarding changes in court rules or other matters unrelated to a specific case. The fact that you are reading this e-mail is a good sign, but please be aware that the court will be using your “business” e-mail address, which may be different from the “preferred” e-mail address you have designated for use by the Bar. Please verify that your business e-mail address is correct at myutahbar.org, and in the future, please update your listing immediately if it changes. Please help us spread the word to your colleagues who may not be receiving these e-mails. If you need your log-in information, please e-mail your name and Bar number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Online Elections, April 1-15 — A link to the Utah State Bar elections will be e-mailed to you at this address. Please follow above steps if you change your e-mail address. If you prefer a paper ballot please contact Christy Abad at email@example.com.
Fireside Chat with Justice Durham, April 18 — Join the Women Lawyers of Utah for the annual Fireside Chat with Justice Durham and the announcement of the 2013 Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year Award winner. The event will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Zions Bank Founders Room (18th floor of the Zions Bank Tower at One South Main Street). Heavy appetizers and beverages will be served. The event is FREE to Women Lawyers of Utah members; join today, WLU. RSVP by Wednesday, April 10: firstname.lastname@example.org
Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program — You can receive free client referrals from the Bar by offering clients with modest means a discounted rate (recommended maximum of $50 or $75 per hour depending on income); sign up at utahbar.org/modestmeans and plan on attending a free CLE on April 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. The Modest Means program targets middle-class people who can afford to pay something for legal services, but who may not realize how important a lawyer can be in many situations. This includes families of four making nearly $70,000 without excessive assets—teachers, fire fighters, and nurses—educated, stable people who could become good, long-term clients. You can provide full-representation to Modest Means clients, but you may consider limited-scope representation as an alternate entry point to people currently not using attorneys. Limited representation could start with a few-hour consultation that might be sufficient to launch a client successfully, but may also lead to additional work, such as document review, coaching for appearances, appearances, and, in some cases, full representation. The ABA just released a resolution to “…encourage practitioners, when appropriate, to consider limiting the scope of their representation as a means of increasing access to legal services;” visit americanbar.org/108.
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