e.Bulletin for October 2013

commissioner_Jensen_CurtisMESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSENI am pleased to announce the recognition of the following people for outstanding service to the community and the profession. Awards will be presented at the Fall Forum.

    • Professionalism Award, given to a lawyer or judge whose actions and deportment represent the highest standards of courtesy, fairness and civility: William S. Britt.
    • Community Member of the Year Award, to recognize outstanding service toward the creation of a better public understanding of the legal profession and the administration of justice, the judiciary or the legislative process: Robert Austin, Education Specialist at Utah State Office of Education.
    • Outstanding Mentor Award, presented to an inside mentor from the January and July 2012 New Lawyer Training program: Brent H. Bartholomew.
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, presented to an outside mentor from the January and July 2012 New Lawyer Training program: Hugh Cawthorne.

The Bar is working on a communications campaign to position “real” Utah lawyers—and the personalized counsel they provide clients—against the anonymous forms and, often misdirected, advice from online sources. Please write to communications@utahbar.org with examples of wacky legal strategies, easily avoided problems that took time to fix, and other issues with online service providers that you have experienced.I was surprised to learn that a large number of lawyers had missed the deadline to comply with the Utah Supreme Court’s MCLE filing this last month. I am sure that most may have entrusted that administrative duty to their staff or just failed to notice it on their calendar. I know that the MCLE Board tries to do their best to remind everyone of their bi-annual reporting requirement and also know that lawyers are busy. Unfortunately, there is a late fee and a suspension. So I just want to remind everyone to calendar July 1st of their reporting year and save themselves the expense of filing late and the trouble of becoming administratively suspended by the Court.

 October 2013 e.News

  • Fall Forum at the Little America Hotel, November 14 and 15
  • Heart and Hands Award Nominations Sought
  • Criminal Defence Attorney Sought for Children’s Justice Center State Advisory Board
  • Free Counseling through Lawyer Assistance Program
  • The Red Mass, Noon, October 11 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine Honoring Judge Atherton
  • National Pro Bono Celebration, October 20-24
  • October Continuing Legal Education

Fall Forum at the Little America Hotel, November 14 and 15—See schedule at http://fallforum.utahbar.org/fallforumschedule.html.Discounted room rates at the hotel: $109.00 for Garden Rooms; $139.00 for Tower Rooms; 800-281-7899; tell them you are with the Utah State Bar.Keynotes:

  • Irwin Karp: Multitasking Gone Mad: How to Practice Effectively in a Wired, Distracting, Demanding World
  • Randy Kiser: Our Crisis of Overconfidence
  • Steve Hughes: The Art & Science of Changing Minds

Heart and Hands Award—The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the Heart and Hands Award. This award is presented as part of Utah Philanthropy Day and acknowledges those people who make significant contributions through volunteer or philanthropic service. A luncheon to honour the Heart & Hands award recipients is scheduled for 11:30, November 14 at Little America; tickets here. Award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 or adminasst@utahbar.org by Monday, October 14, 2013. View list of past award recipients. 

Children’s Justice Center State Advisory Board—The Board of Bar Commissioners is soliciting applications from criminal defense attorneys to serve a four-year term on the Children’s Justice Center State Advisory Board. The Children’s Justice Program is administered by the Attorney General and was established pursuant to U.C.A. Section 67-5b-101, et seq. The Board advises the Utah Attorney General about the Children’s Justice Program. The program provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, nonprofit, intergovernmental response to sexual abuse of children, physical abuse of children, and other crimes involving children where the child is a primary victim or critical witness. The Board meets bi-monthly to review the system’s response to children and to give guidance to the Attorney General regarding the operation and expansion of Children’s Justice Centers. Interested criminal defense attorneys may send a resume to Christy Abad at adminasst@utahbar.org by October 15.

Free Counseling through Lawyer Assistance Program—Licensed clinicians will use a solution-focused therapy model to resolve your problems, include marital issues, family problems, personal and emotional difficulties, financial concerns, and overcoming addictions. Services are available to all current Bar members and their dependents; services can be made available to non-members for a fee. Call Blomquist Hale for an appointment or more information, 801-262-9619. Counseling services.

The Red Mass, Noon, October 11 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine—A Red Mass is a Mass celebrated annually in the Catholic Church for judges, attorneys, law school professors, students, and government officials. The Mass requests guidance from the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice, and offers the opportunity to reflect on what Catholics believe is the God-given power and responsibility of all in the legal profession. Honorees include retired Judge Judith Atherton. National Pro Bono Celebration, October 20-24— Contact michelle.harvey@utahbar.org to participate in volunteer opportunities.

  • Monday, October 21 § Awards Luncheon, Noon, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Sutherland Moot Courtroom
  • Tuesday, October 22 § Street Law Legal Clinic, 5 p.m., Horizonte School Cafeteria, 1234 South Main Street, Volunteer Opportunity!§ Tuesday Night Bar, 5:30 p.m., Law and Justice Center, Volunteer Opportunity!§ Tuesday Night Bar Reception, 5:30 p.m., Utah Valley University Library, Lakeview Room, Volunteer Opportunity!
  • Wednesday, October 23 § Special Film Screening and Panel, Crime After Crime: The Battle to Free Deborah Peagler, 7 p.m., Main Library Theater, free, no ticket necessary, doors open at 6:30; 2 hours of CLE credit will be given for attorneys in attendance.
  • Thursday, October 24§ Debtor’s Counseling Clinic, 6 p.m., Main Library, Fourth Floor Meeting Room, Volunteer Opportunity!

October Continuing Legal Education—See the Bar’s numerous CLE seminars and section luncheons, including the The Art of Advocacy Webcast—What Can Lawyers Learn From Actors on October 9. CLE Calendar (bright-green dots indicate seminars and greenish-gold dots indicate section luncheons; can be filtered on top left).

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

BarPresident.CurtisMJensen@utahbar.org

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