MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW
Election Results and Summer Convention
The Utah State Bar 2012 elections were over on the 15th of April. Thank you to all who exercised their opportunity to vote and have a say in how your Bar is operated. Curtis Jensen of Snow Jensen and Reese in St. George has been elected as our new President-elect. He will follow Lori Nelson, who will take over as Bar president in July. Angelina Tsu has been elected as a new Commissioner and Jim Gilson will continue to serve, both as representatives from the Third Division. Tom Seiler will continue to represent lawyers in the Fourth Division and Mike Leavitt will take over representing the Fifth Division.
We want to thank the fine lawyers who were willing to campaign and serve. Congratulations to those who have won the special opportunity to be of service to all of us. Change and new blood are always invigorating and healthy and we look forward to working with a newly-constituted Commission. We extend a warm thank you to Christian Clinger who has served as a Bar Commissioner for many years. Christian has worked hard and accomplished much during his tenure. He has chaired or worked on a number of critical Commission assignments and committees. Christian is moving on now to new opportunities as a partner in the Institute of Advanced Mediation. His enthusiasm and encouragement will be missed by the Commission. We have a strong and terrific Bar. I encourage all of you to find ways to participate in Bar programs. Choose a section or a committee and offer to participate. You will find satisfaction in your service, make a difference and find new friends and opportunities.
The 2012 Summer Convention is just around the corner. Please make your plans now for what is sure to be a memorable time July 18th – 21st in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. Our keynotes are presenting timely and valuable messages. For example, the future of the practice of law in the United States will be addressed by Professor Tom Morgan from the George Washington University Law School. You do not want to miss the keynote presentations. View the accommodation arrangements at http://www.utahbar.org/cle/summerconvention/accommodations.html.
May 2012 E-News
Books From Barristers
First Annual Mentor of the Year Award
The New Casemaker™
Summer Convention Awards
1.) Books From Barristers – This Utah State Bar program provides new books to underserved Utah children on the topics of law, government, American history, and civics. Books From Barristers’ goal is to encourage children to read by emphasizing the importance and value of books, guided by these three core concepts: (1) The book will be new; (2) The book will be given to the child; and (3) The child will choose the book from a selection of titles. Please support this effort by becoming a sponsor today! Visit www.utahbar.org/booksfrombarristers/ to donate. Thank you!
2.) First Annual Mentor of the Year Award – The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the first annual New Lawyer Training Program Mentor of the Year award to be given at the 2012 Summer Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho. Nominations must be submitted in writing to Elizabeth Wright, Coordinator of the New Lawyer Training Program, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012. You may also email a nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org by the same deadline. The award will go to a mentor who mentored a new lawyer in the NLTP and who excelled in teaching a new lawyer the skills needed to be a good lawyer. Mentor of the Year will have been a valued guide who helped the new lawyer understand the rules of professionalism and civility and how adherence to them benefits clients and the profession as a whole. Please submit a short statement naming your mentor and explaining why your mentor deserves the award. Please provide specific examples of how your mentor went the extra mile in helping you during your first year of practice.
3.) The New Casemaker™ Changes Legal Research – Casemaker, provided as part of your Active, Current, or Inactive-Full status license from the Utah State Bar, can save you hundreds of dollars every month on legal research. And now, the new Casemaker has been completely updated to give you state-of-the-art search capabilities and much more. Casemaker, in partnership with the Utah State Bar, has released the newest version of its legal research software. Inside are features that you have been asking for:
*Get faster search results with a more intuitive interface
*Personalized search history, save and reuse your research
*Save research in folders organized your way
*Track research time and tie it to client services
The new Casemaker is here! Experience for yourself how easy legal research can be. Sign up for a free online webinar today at http://www.casemakerlegal.com/registerWebinar.aspx. This is a live program staffed by the Casemaker representatives to answer your questions on the new features of Casemaker. Learn more about Casemaker or get your login and password by visiting us at www.utahbar.org/casemaker/.
4.) Summer Convention Awards – The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2012 Summer Convention Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 or email@example.com, no later than Friday, May 18, 2012. The award categories include Judge of the Year, Distinguished Lawyer of the Year, and Distinguished Section/Committee of the Year. View a list of past award recipients at http://www.utahbar.org/members/awards_recipients.html.
5.) MCLE Notice – Notice of July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2012 MCLE Reporting Cycle – Due to the change in MCLE reporting deadlines, please remember that your MCLE hours must be completed by June 30th and your report must be filed by July 31st. If you have always filed in the even year, you will have a compliance cycle that began July 1, 2010 and will end June 30, 2012. Active Status Lawyers complying in 2012 are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of Utah approved CLE, which shall include a minimum of three hours of accredited ethics. One of the ethics hours shall be in the area of professionalism and civility. (A minimum of twelve hours must be live in-person CLE.) For more information and to obtain a Certificate of Compliance, please visit our website at www.utahbar.org/mcle. If you have any questions, please contact Sydnie Kuhre, MCLE Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 297-7035 or Ryan Rapier, MCLE Assistant at email@example.com or (801) 297-7034.
6.) Online Licensing – The annual Bar licensing renewal process will begin June 1, 2012 and will be done only online. Sealed cards will be mailed the last week of May to your address of record. (Update your address information now at http://www.myutahbar.org). The cards will include a login and password to access the renewal form and will outline the steps to re-license. Renewing your license online is simple and efficient, taking only about 5 minutes. With the online system you will be able to verify and update your unique licensure information, join sections and specialty bars, and pay all fees. No separate licensing form will be sent in the mail. Licensing forms and fees are due July 1 and will be late August 1 with assessed late fee. Unless the licensing form is completed online by September 1, your license will be suspended.
7.) Check out the numerous CLE seminar offerings through the Utah State Bar CLE Department: http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/ and/or the Section lunches: http://www.utahbar.org/cle/events/html/section_luncheons.html
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