MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LORI NELSON
Never Too Early to Plan Ahead
I am so pleased to announce that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be our keynote speaker at our 2013 Summer Convention in Snowmass, Colorado. Justice Scalia was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States in 1986. Among the Court’s most controversial justices, Scalia displays immense brilliance and intellectual abilities. He is aggressive during oral arguments and scathingly critical in his written opinions, especially when he dissents. Yet, to his close friends and associates, he expresses humor and humility. We are honored to have him speak to us.
In addition to Justice Scalia’s visit, we are making exciting plans for our 2013 Summer Convention. Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado something new and different for our Bar members in a charming mountain setting! With an Ice Age Discovery Center for the kids, golf, fly fishing, paragliding, four-wheeling, hot air ballooning, and river rafting for attendees along with affordable lodging and great food, there is so much to like about this venue?
In October 2010, while excavating for the expansion of the Ziegler Reservoir, a juvenile Columbian mammoth was discovered. The dig that followed uncovered more mammoths, a Jefferson ground sloth (think Manny and Sid from Ice Age, the movie), mastodons, gigantic ice age bison, a small deer, and an ancient camel. A website describing the find is www.snowmassiceage.com.
You’ll be hearing more about this new venue and our plans as the year progresses, and I think you’ll be excited as you learn about all the activities available for every family member and the affordable lodging costs. It is never too early to plan ahead! Please visit these links to learn more:
Attorney Spotlight: This Month I wanted to spotlight two local attorneys: Brent Johnson, General Counsel for the courts/judges and George Pratt, Jones Waldo.
Brent volunteers with Volunteers of America. Each Monday he goes to the Homeless Youth Resource Center and cooks, serves and cleans up lunch for between 20-30 kids. He is also mentoring a refugee family from Iraq, helping them with the culture and navigating the system to have their needs met.
I also want to spotlight George Pratt, attorney at Jones Waldo and my partner. Each year George goes to Haiti to work with Healing Hands for Haiti at his own expense. He does this to ensure Haitians are able to have access to necessary medical care and the hope that care can provide.
September 2012 E-News
• Civics Education VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
• Bar Representative to the ABA
• Fall Forum Award Nominations Sought
• Office of Professional Conduct Annual Report Now Online
• e.Filing Update
• CLE Seminar Offerings
Civics Education VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Bar has received an overwhelming response from schools requesting volunteer lawyers to teach an important course on the Constitution and the separation of powers for our Constitution Day kick-off of the Civics Education program. Despite having a lot of enthusiastic volunteers, we are more than 150 attorney volunteers short of filling our classroom requests. We feel very strongly that we need to get volunteers for all of the classrooms that have already requested them. If you have time that you can volunteer to teach this important topic to students in your community, we would welcome your help. A schedule of available classes is posted at http://www.supersaas.com/schedule/usbcivics/Utah_Bar_Civics_Classes?order=location. It will be an enjoyable and worthwhile experience which will not take much of your valuable time.
Finally, there is still time to sign up for a CLE that will provide information to supplement the lesson plan as well as offer practical advice on teaching and inspiring students. The CLE will be held on September 10, 2012 from 5:30-6:30 PM at the Utah Law and Justice Center (645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City). The CLE is offered free of charge to all volunteers. Attendees will receive one hour of Civility and Professionalism credit.
Bar Representative to the ABA – The Bar Commission is seeking applicants to serve a two-year term as one of the Bar’s two representatives in the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates to replace Larry Stevens. Larry has recently been elected by the Utah members of the ABA to serve as their delegate in the House of Delegates. Margaret Plane serves as the Bar’s other delegate. The term would run through the August 2014 ABA Annual Meeting. The ABA House of Delegates meets two times a year during the ABA conventions. There will be some preparation work to review issues and communicate with the Bar Commission. The delegate is also an Ex-officio member of the Utah State Bar Commission. Please send your letter of application and resume no later than Friday, September 20, 2012 to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, Utah State Bar, at email@example.com or 645 South, 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.
Fall Forum Award Nominations Sought – The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2012 Fall Forum Awards. These awards honor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 14, 2012. The award categories include Distinguished Community Member Award, Professionalism Award, and the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. View a list of past award recipients at: http://www.utahbar.org/members/awards_recipients.html
Office of Professional Conduct Annual Report Now Online – The Utah State Bar Office of Professional Conduct has posted its 2011-2012 Annual Report at http://www.utahbar.org/documents/2011_2012_opcannualreport.pdf. This report offers an overview of the disciplinary process designed to ensure and maintain a high standard of professional conduct by lawyers, to protect the public, and promote the administration of justice. The report also provides disciplinary case statistics for the fiscal year.
eFiling Update – On March 29th, 2013 the court’s will no longer accept paper filings from attorneys. On April 1st, 2013 the Utah Courts will require that all pleadings and other papers filed by attorneys in civil, criminal, and domestic cases must be electronically filed. Probate cases are currently scheduled to move to mandatory efiling on July 1st, 2013.To assist attorneys with the transition the 3rd District courts are currently holding open house style meetings every Wednesday through the end of October at the various courthouses within the 3rd district or at the Utah Law & Justice Center. The schedule for these events can be found online at http://www.utahbar.org/efiling. The programs run approximately one hour.
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. If you have specific ideas for CLE please send those to email@example.com.