e.Bulletin for March 2014

 

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

PresidentJensenI hope you had a chance to see the op-ed printed on March 4, 2014 in The Salt Lake TribuneUtah lawyer discipline balances individual rights, public responsibility (the print version headline was Utah lawyers know how to police their own.) Thanks to Terrie McIntosh for her assistance. Here is the op-ed.
Spring is the season for recognition of members of the Bar who excel in their service to the profession and the community.
We are please to announce the following award winners. We invite you to join President-Elect Jim Gilson, who will be presenting the awards at the Spring Convention in St. George on Friday, March 14:

Dorothy Merrill Brothers Award – For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession: Terrie McIntosh
Raymond S. Uno Award – For the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession: Janise K. Macanas
Please see their biographies here.
The 2014 Pro Bono Publico Awards will be presented in conjunction with the YLD Law Day Celebration at the Marriott Hotel, noon on Thursday, May 1 (reservations $35, jkesler@dadlaw.net). Nominations are being accepted for the following awards; see nomination form:
  • Young Lawyer: A Young Lawyer Division attorney who has performed significant pro bono work.
  • Law Firm: A firm which has actively and successfully encouraged pro bono service by its attorneys.
  • Law Students or Law School Group: A 2013-14 student who exceeded his or her requirements or a group who provided pro bono services.
And a special thanks to all members who aren’t receiving awards; we know everyone is doing all they can.

March 2014 News:

  • Spring Convention
  • Annual Fireside Chat with Justice Durham
  • The Disaster Legal Response Committee seeking new members
  • New Group Benefit
  • Law Day Insert
  • March Continuing Legal Education
  • Even Year Mandatory CLE Reporing Cycle
Spring Convention in St. George March 13-15—Join us for the Judge Quinn Memorial Awareness Ride, at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 14. Net proceeds to be donated to “And Justice for All” and to publicize bike safety and the risks of distracted drivers. Please see details/registration and the complete convention schedule.
Annual Fireside Chat with Justice Durham—Please join the Women Lawyers of Utah on Wednesday, April 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Zions Bank Founder’s Room. RSVP by Wednesday, March 26 to Beth Kennedy at bkennedy@zjbappeals.com.
The Disaster Legal Response Committee of the Utah State Bar is looking for new members. This committee is working with other Utah State Bar sections and committees as well as the state to develop a plan for legal assistance to those in need after a disaster. If you have questions or would like to be part of this important committee please contact Brooke Ashton at 801-575-5000 or bashton@toolaw.com.
New Group Benefit—Chew on this: the Bar is now offering discounts on pet veterinary insurance, search for VPI; and see all the ways you can save money.
Law Day, May 1: American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters—As we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we are encouraging people to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy. The Bar is working with MediaOne on another Law Day special edition section for The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. Please contact sean.toomey@utahbar.org with editorial ideas and kstowe@MediaOneUtah.com if you can support the edition with advertising; advertising details.
March Continuing Legal Education—See the Bar’s numerous section luncheons and CLE seminars, including OPC Ethics School: What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School on March 19.
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, sydnie.kuhre@utahbar.org, 801-297-7035 or MCLE Assistant, ryan.rapier@utahbar.org, 801-297-7034.

 

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