e.Bulletin for May 2013


Richard Burbidge, in speaking at Judge Shelby’s investiture to the Federal District Court of Utah, made some of the most inspiring comments on the law that I have heard in a long time. He stated that “there is no higher secular calling” than the practice of law. In courtrooms all over this country, “the great and the humble, the rich and the unwashed, not only may speak truth to power without fear of refusal, they must do so. In these rarest of arenas, truth borne by vetted evidence is the only acceptable medium of exchange.”

These are comments we should take to heart each day as we practice law, whether litigating or negotiating a transaction. Because we are all engaged in this mutual endeavor, we have tried, in developing our Bar meetings, to plan events that allow us to mingle and share ideas and goals. I hope to see all of you, in whatever area of practice you find yourself, at the Summer Convention in Snowmass/Aspen, the Fall Forum in Salt Lake, and the Spring Convention in St. George.


We have added two special features to the summer meetings: a luncheon on Thursday with Judge Kate Toomey and Dr. Stephen L. Nash on the Snowmass dig and a luncheon on Saturday with a question and answer session with Justice Scalia. Please see the complete convention reception/session/speaker/lunch details here: http://summerconvention.utahbar.org/snowmassschedule.html.

Registration and housing options are listed here, so sign up fast; the condominiums are going quickly: http://summerconvention.utahbar.org/snowmasslodging.html.

We also just released a set of specially priced and packaged outdoor adventures for the Bar, including hot air balloon rides, river rafting, jeep excursions, bicycle tours, hikes, fly fishing, horseback rides, trap & skeet shooting, a naturalist program, and even a local restaurant gems tour to give you sustenance: http://summerconvention.utahbar.org/2013/BlazingAdventuresUtahStateBar.pdf.

Because the Snowmass Convention dates are so close to the end of the current MCLE reporting cycle, you can assign all or partial CLE credit to the cycle ending June 30, and the remaining, if any, to the next cycle.

Thank you to everyone who voted in the recent Bar elections; we appreciate everyone who ran and congratulate the following:

– Jim Gilson, President-Elect
– Kenyon D. Dove, 2nd Division
– Suzanne Gustin, 3rd Division
– John Lund, 3rd Division

We are still taking suggestions on the new web site as we work to improve it. Please let us know your comments.

May 2013 E-News

  • Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program Goes Public
  • Utah Supreme Court seeking Advisory Rule Committee applicants
  • Applicants sought for Appellate Court Nominating Commission
  • May Continuing Legal Education
  • Odd Year Mandatory CLE (MCLE) Reporting Cycle (7/1/11 to 6/30/13)

Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program Goes Public— We are now receiving online referral applications from potential clients with modest means, and are in need of more service-oriented attorneys to offer discounted services ($50 to $75 an hour depending on financial circumstances). We are also needing experienced attorneys to serve on the advisory panel to provide guidance to new attorneys or attorneys offering services in new areas. For more information on the program: http://www.utahbar.org/members/lawyer-referral/modest-means-information-for-attorneys/.

Utah Supreme Court seeking Advisory Rule Committee applicants—Appointments are for a four year term. Please submit a resume and a letter addressing qualifications to Diane Abegglen, Appellate Court Administrator, Utah Supreme Court, P.O. Box 140210, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0210 or to dianea@email.utcourts.gov. Applications must be received no later than May 31, 2013.

Advisory Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure
Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure
Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence
Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Procedure
Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct

Applicants sought for Appellate Court Nominating Commission—The Bar is seeking applications from lawyers to serve on the Utah Appellate Court Nominating Commission. The Commission nominates judges to fill vacancies on the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals. Two lawyers are appointed by the Governor from a list of six nominees provided by the Bar. Commissioners must be citizens of the United States and residents of Utah. Commissioners are appointed for one term of four years. No more than four of the seven members of the nominating commission may be of the same political party. Please identify your political party or if you are politically independent. Submit resumes to the executive director at john.baldwin@utahbar.org or 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 by Friday, May 31.

May Continuing Legal Education—See the Bar’s numerous CLE seminar and section luncheons, including Ben Franklin on Ethics: CLE Calendar (green dots indicate seminars and gold dots indicate section luncheons).

Odd Year Mandatory CLE (MCLE) Reporting Cycle (7/1/11 to 6/30/13) — Active Status Lawyers complying in 2013 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 at http://www.utahbar.org/mcle/mcle-forms-library/. 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.

“Please let me know if you have a question or comment.”

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