11th Annual Fall Forum in Salt Lake City November 14-15

Contact: Sean Toomey, Communications Director, Utah State Bar,
645 South 200 East, SLC UT 84111, 801-297-7059, sean.toomey@utahbar.org

Utah State Bar Holds 11th Annual Fall Forum in Salt Lake City
Utah lawyers gather for annual convention November 14-15

Attorneys of the Utah State Bar are gathering for the 11th Annual Fall Forum, featuring keynote speakers and breakout sessions at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City on November 14 and 15.

The Utah State Bar was established in 1931 and regulates the practice of law under the authority of the Utah Supreme Court. Bar functions include administering the Bar exam, staffing the Office of Professional Conduct, and offering continuing legal education. Attorneys in Utah are required every two years to experience 24 hours of continuing legal education, including at least three hours of accredited ethics, with one of the three in professionalism and civility. At the Fall Forum, attorneys can obtain 7 CLE credit hours in one day (and an additional one the evening before). Bar President Curtis Jensen said, “Of our three annual conventions, this is the only one in Salt Lake City, and we look forward to getting a chance to learn and interact with our capital city lawyers.”

The plenary sessions are:

Multitasking Gone Mad, Practicing Effectively in a Wired, Distracting, Demanding World
Irwin Karp, a consultant with Productive Time in Sacramento, will talk about how to increase your billable hours without increasing the time you spend at work on Thursday evening.

Our Crisis of Overconfidence
Randy Kiser, the principal analyst at Decision-Set in Palo Alto, will talk about how to avoid spending more time in legal fees than cases are worth in settlement, and knowing the right juncture at which settlement would be realistic on Friday morning.

The Art & Science of Changing Minds
Steve Hughes, the founder and president of Hit Your Stride, LLC, a communications consultancy, will talk about how your approach can be more persuasive to others at lunch on Friday.

Fall Forum Committee Co-Chair Cathleen Gilbert said, “Bar member’s needs are varied, depending on practice areas and technical requirements to stay up to date with necessary skills. The Fall Forum is designed to assist them in meeting the current challenges of their practices and jobs.”

The Fall Forum also features 25 break-out sessions on topics from How Leading Lawyers
Think: Case Evaluation to How to Become Involved With the Community as a Lawyer/Leader.

Executive Director John Baldwin said, “The vision of the Utah State Bar is a just legal system that is understood, valued, and accessible to all. At the Fall Forum, the Bar will recognize people who are helping to achieve that goal with a Professionalism Award given to a lawyer or judge whose actions and deportment represent the highest standards of courtesy, fairness and civility; a 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; and Outstanding Mentor Awards to recognize attorneys who have shared their skills and passion with the newest generation of attorneys.

Registration for the Fall Forum is available at http://fallforum.utahbar.org/ .

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