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Appellate Courts to Offer e-Filing Beginning in May

The Utah Appellate Courts will begin offering e-filing for lawyers in May 2024. E-filing will be optional for lawyers beginning in May, and will become mandatory for lawyers in August.
The Appellate Court’s e-filing system will be very similar to the trial court’s e-filing system. The Appellate Courts will provide two free virtual training sessions for practitioners. The sessions will be held April 16 at 12:00 p.m., and April 25 at 11:00 a.m.
The training sessions are duplicates of each other so interested lawyers should only attend one session. Information and meeting links for the training sessions will be sent to lawyers that frequently file in Utah’s Appellate Courts.
All lawyers are welcome to attend and can request the information and meeting links by contacting the Utah Judiciary’s Appellate Court Administrator, Nick Stiles, at Nicks@utcourts.gov

Utah State Bar Seeks Communications Director

The Utah State Bar is seeking a Communications Director to oversee the Bar’s communication strategy. 

The Communications Director works with all forms of media, including digital, print, social media, and audio visual to inform Bar licensees about Bar events, Bar benefits and services, compliance requirements, volunteer opportunities, and legal and judicial news.

The Communications Director also promotes legal services and relevant Bar programs to the public and informs the public about the function of and the importance of the legal system, lawyers and the judiciary in society. 

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to cabad@utahbar.org.

Governor Cox Appoints Two Judges to Third District Bench

Gov. Spencer Cox has announced the nominations of Richard Pehrson and Richard Daynes to serve as judges in Third District Court. Both appointments are subject to approval by the Utah Senate. If approved, they will fill vacancies left by the retirements of Judge Richard McKelvie and Judge Andrew Stone.

“Both Mr. Pehrson and Mr. Daynes have a proven track record of legal expertise and exemplary experience,” said Gov. Cox. “I’m grateful for their willingness to serve and I’m confident the people of Utah will benefit from their service.”

Rick Pehrson currently serves as deputy district attorney and supervising attorney at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, where he’s worked since 2014. He has prosecuted thousands of felony cases including two death penalty aggravated murder cases, over 30 other murder cases, multiple aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, financial, and narcotic crimes. Previously, Pehrson was an associate city prosecutor for Salt Lake City and taught evidence, property crimes, courtroom demeanor and civil disputes as a Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) instructor. He also taught classes on U.S. history and government to help prepare refugees and immigrants for the USCIS Naturalization test. Pehrson has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

“I am deeply honored to be nominated to serve alongside the talented judges in the Third District Court,” Pehrson said. “I am committed to the fair application of justice in our legal system and, if I am fortunate enough to be confirmed by the Senate, I will work hard to create a courtroom where every litigant feels heard. I am grateful to Gov. Cox and Lt. Gov. Henderson for their faith in me and to a lifetime of mentors, friends and family for their unwavering support.”

Richard Daynes has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice since 2002. He is currently chief of the Financial Litigation Section within the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Civil Division. He has also served in the Criminal Division as chief of the National Security Section, chief of the Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering Unit, chief of the Utah Identity Theft Task Force, and the International Coordinator. He has also recently returned from serving three years in Beijing China for the U.S. Department of Justice and State Department as the Resident Legal Advisor with a focus on stemming the flow of fentanyl into the United States, and strengthening law enforcement relations between the United States and China. Daynes has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this nomination and thank Gov. Cox for his confidence in me,” Daynes said. “I have spent most of my career in public service for the United States and the state of Utah and am devoted to our system of justice. I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue my career in public service in a judicial capacity. If I am fortunate enough to receive the Senate’s approval, I vow to serve the community with diligence, impartiality, and compassion in the service of justice and fairness.”

Court Seeks Applications for Judge for New Chancery Court

Applications are now being accepted for the position of judge of the Business and Chancery Court.
This position was created by the Legislature during the 2024 Legislative Session.
Applications must be submitted online by Monday, April 29, 2024. More details can be found here.

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