MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROD SNOW
High School Education Committee seeking volunteers to teach an important course on government in the state high schools
In July of last year, the Bar Commission authorized the creation of a committee to study and develop a one-hour course to be taught in our high schools, emphasizing the role of the three independent branches of government and the importance of an independent judiciary. We are fortunate in Utah that civics is a required course in our high schools. However, in 2011, the American Bar Association in conjunction with the Annenberg Public Policy Center conducted a survey in which only one-third of Americans could name all three branches of government; one-third couldn’t name any. An educated citizenry is critical to good government. To that end, our HSEC developed curriculum for at least one course a year on this topic to be taught on a volunteer basis by attorneys and judges. The co-chairs of this committee are Rich McKeown of Leavitt Partners, Christian Clinger of Advanced Mediation & Problem Solving and Angelina Tsu, Assistant General Counsel at Zions Bank. The HSEC is now in the process of advertising the availability of this program to the high schools and our Education Boards. The pilot programs have been successful. We are now in need of volunteer lawyers and judges to teach the course. We encourage you to volunteer. It will be an enjoyable and worthwhile experience which will not take much of your valuable time. To volunteer, please call or e-mail Angelina Tsu at Angelina.Tsu@zionsbancorp.com or (801) 844-7689. Or you may contact Christy Abad at firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 297-7031. Thank you!
2012 Bar Elections
The 2012 Bar elections will begin April 1st. You will receive an email from electionsonline.us. Please vote! Curtis Jensen has been nominated by the Bar Commission to serve as the 2012-2013 President-elect and as the 2013-2014 President, subject to a confirmation ballot submitted to all lawyers on active status. No other candidates petitioned the Commission to run for the office. Seeking the two open Third Division seats are S. Grace Acosta, Christian W. Clinger, James Gilson, Susanne Gustin, Ben Hathaway, and Angelina Tsu. Utah State Bar Bylaws state, “In the event an insufficient number of nominating petitions are filed to require balloting in a division, the person or persons nominated shall be declared elected.” Therefore Tom Seiler in the Fourth Division and Mike Leavitt in the 5th Division are declared “elected,” as no other candidate petitioned to run in either Division.
Please read the candidates’ statements at: http://www.utahbar.org/elections/. The Bar provides a vital role in leading society in the creation of a justice system that is understood, valued, respected and accessible to all. The Bar represents lawyers in the State of Utah and serves the public and the legal profession by promoting justice, professional excellence, civility, ethics, respect for and understanding of the law. I can attest to the importance of having capable, caring and committed leaders of the Bar and I encourage you to learn about the candidates to make your informed vote.
If you do not receive an electronic ballot, please refer to the instructions located at http://utahbar.org/elections/. Upon request, the Bar will provide a traditional paper ballot by contacting Christy Abad at email@example.com. Balloting will conclude April 15, 2011.
2012 Spring Convention Awards
Finally, I want to congratulate Judge Sandra N. Peuler who has been awarded with the Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award for the advancement of women in the legal profession and David Dominguez, a Brigham Young University law school professor, who was awarded the Raymond S. Uno Award for the advancement of minorities in the legal profession. Each has a long history of professionalism, public service and personal dedication to the building up of the legal profession and the awards were well-deserved. These awards will be presented at our Spring Convention in St. George on Friday, March 16th.
March 2012 E-News
Important Court Notices
Opening on Governor’s Deception Detection Examiners Board
1. Important Court Notices – Effective March 1, 2012, as part of a transition to electronic case management, the Utah State Courts will begin sending case-related notices by email to counsel of record. Bar members will receive the notices at their business email address on file with the Utah State Bar. (You can update your email address online at www.myutahbar.org. If you do not have access to your login information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and bar number.)
Emailed notices will include notices of hearings and court orders. The court will not send duplicate notices to physical addresses by U.S. mail or other means. Therefore, as of March 1st, it is critical that counsel of record in matters before the court regularly check their email. Under Rule 14-507(d) of the Utah Rules of Lawyer Discipline and Disability, Bar members are also responsible for maintaining a current email address on file with the Bar.
Also, effective March 1, 2012, the Utah State Courts e-filing system will become more user-friendly. The courts will eliminate pre-filing review and rejection of e-filings by court staff. Documents accepted by the e-filing system will be automatically docketed into the case file. This change will reduce delays in the docketing of electronic filings and increase certainty for filers that documents will be docketed on the date they are submitted. Look for more information on this change and e-filing tips around March 1st. Please send any questions regarding these important notices to Debra Moore, District Court Administrator, at email@example.com.
2. Opening on Governor’s Deception Detection Examiners Board – The Utah State Bar is soliciting applications to serve a four-year term as its representative to the State Deception Detection Board. In submitting your nomination, please consider your availability to devote the time and attention required of a board member. Board members must first serve to protect the public interest and may participate in disciplinary proceedings against members of the profession. Interested lawyers may send a resume to John C. Baldwin, Utah State Bar, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 by March 12, 2012.
3. 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.
4. CLE Seminar Services – 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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