Wednesday, 29 April, 2020

Bar Announces 2020 Election Results

The Utah State Bar’s 2020 election results are in. Heather Thuet is the Bar’s new President-elect. Marty Moore was elected commissioner from the First Division and Traci Gunderson, Andrew Morse and Mark Morris were elected commissioners from the Third Division. Thanks to all who participated.

Friday, 24 April, 2020

UTAH SUPREME COURT OFFICIALLY PROPOSES LARGEST REFORMS TO LEGAL PROFESSION IN A GENERATION

Salt Lake City, UT — The Utah Supreme Court has recognized the lack of affordable legal services can be devastating for many people. Between free but limited legal aid, and standard attorney service that can easily exceed $200 an hour, there are few options for affordable legal help.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of finding new, affordable, and high-quality innovations as quickly as possible.

That is why the Supreme Court is offering expedited review and approval of proposals from individuals and entities who believe they can offer low-cost, or no-cost, legal advice for small businesses, people with unemployment issues, and others.

“Americans need and deserve access to affordable legal services,” said Utah Supreme Court Justice Deno Himonas, who heads the Utah Implementation Task Force on Regulatory Reform. “For decades, we in the legal profession have tried to volunteer ourselves across the access-to-justice gap. Under that approach, we’ve witnessed the gap grow into a crisis. And now COVID-19 and its aftermath threaten so many of us with severe legal consequences. The Utah Supreme Court’s regulatory reform efforts offer a way to harness innovation and market forces to improve the delivery of much-needed legal services to all.”

Today, the Utah Supreme Court announced the proposed set of comprehensive regulatory reforms. The announcement comes after many months of careful work and study by a group of state and national legal experts.

A pilot regulatory sandbox has been created to provide a safe space for experimentation while being monitored for safety and effectiveness. An Office of Legal Services Innovation will be created to assist the Utah Supreme Court with respect to overseeing and regulating the practice of law by nontraditional legal service providers or by traditional providers offering nontraditional legal services.

The proposed reforms are the first in a series of changes that will open up Utah’s legal industry to new and more modern ways of offering legal advice at a lower cost. The goal is to fill in the access-to-justice gap with a variety of new, forward-thinking, services for Utah residents. Last year, the Supreme Court approved the Licensed Paralegal Professional. An LPP can help people with family and debt collection matters, such as divorce, civil stalking, custody and support, and small claims cases. Moving forward, the Supreme Court is expecting more innovations will be forthcoming.

Click here for the proposed rule changes:

Wednesday, 22 April, 2020

Notice of Order for Temporary Amendments to Bar Admission Procedures During COVID-19 Outbreak

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The Utah Supreme Court issues the following Order. This Order modifies the Bar Examination passage requirement on an emergency basis for certain eligible law school graduates and attorneys from other jurisdictions in good standing, based upon the Utah Supreme Court’s constitutionally granted authority to regulate the practice of law in Utah, and in consideration of the public health threat currently posed by the novel infectious coronavirus (COVID-19).

Thursday, 9 April, 2020

UTAH SUPREME COURT PROPOSES TEMPORARY AMENDMENTS TO BAR ADMISSION PROCEDURES

The Utah Supreme Court is accepting comments on a proposed order to temporarily amend procedures for admission to the Bar. The proposed Order would modify the Bar Examination passage requirement on an emergency basis for certain eligible law school graduates, based upon the Utah Supreme Court’s constitutionally granted authority to regulate the practice of law in Utah, and in consideration of the public health threat currently posed by the novel infectious coronavirus (COVID-19). The Court will accept comments on this proposed Order through April 16, 2020. http://www.utcourts.gov/utc/rules-comment/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2020/04/04.09.20-PROPOSED-ORDER-re-Bar-Waiver-final.pdf

Saturday, 28 March, 2020

BAR PRESIDENT SENDS LETTER TO GOVERNOR AND OTHER CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

Bar President Herm Olsen sent the following letter to the governor on March 26. Similar letters will go to other city and county government officials. http://www.utahbar.org/…/uploads/2020/03/REVISED-letter-to-…

Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

Utah State Bar Approved CLE Self Study Resources

 

Utah State Bar Practice Portal

Following are the steps to register and take an online course through your Utah State Bar Practice Portal.

Go to www.utahbar.org, select Practice Portal. It may ask you to log in at this point. Once logged in, select “Practice Portal” again. Scroll down to a box on the left entitled, “CLE Management.” Select “Online Events” in the center at the top of that box. Then select “Register for Online Courses” at the bottom of the box. It will take you to our courses. In the “search” box at the top, enter “professionalism.” Please note the format as our courses are offered in audio only or in audio and video format at the price of $37.50 (per credit hour). Once you have paid and viewed the course, you must answer the questionnaire after in order to download your certificate of attendance.

 

Here are the links to the two other Bar approved sites:

Webcredenza offers Audio Webcasts & MP3 Downloads for $65 per credit hour
https://ut.webcredenza.com/default

 

Mesa offers On Demand & Live Webcasts for $50 per credit hour
https://www.mesacle.com/regs/ondemand.php?BarID=14401&CustomerID=0&CartID=0&Status=0

 

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law offers self-study CLE through our video archive on YouTube. Members of the Utah State Bar can watch one of the archived videos, request a CLE completion certificate, and submit the CLE request ($10 fee) to the Utah State Bar using Self-Study Form 5. The CLE videos may be accepted by other states. Check with your local bar association. By accepting a College of Law CLE completion certificate, you are certifying that you watched the CLE course in its entirety. Self-study is subject to state bar approval.
https://law.utah.edu/alumni/cle/

 

BYU Law Library – Please contact the Library at (801-422-3593) to see if they have changed their policy requiring material to be picked up in person.
https://lawlibrary.byu.edu/information/self-study-cle-materials-for-2020/

Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

UTAH COURT OF APPEALS HOLDS HISTORIC FIRST ORAL ARGUMENT BY VIDEOCONFERENCE

Salt Lake City, UT— In accordance with the joint Utah Supreme Court and Utah Judicial Council Administrative Order dated March 21, 2020 encouraging social distancing, the Utah Court of Appeals today held its first oral argument by videoconference. Judges Diana Hagen, Ryan Harris, and David Mortensen participated in the panel.

According to Presiding Judge Gregory Orme: “Only a few years ago, social distancing would have meant canceling the scheduled oral arguments in the many cases where we believe that oral argument will help us to decide the cases correctly. Fortunately, the technology now available, and our talented administrative team and incredible IT department, allowed us to simply shift the oral arguments from our courtroom to our computer screens. I was very pleased today that our hearing in an important criminal case came off without a hitch.”

Other courts, including District and Juvenile courts, have reported success in setting up online hearings to handle critical cases. The Utah Courts are committed to providing important services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our COVID-19 page for more information:

https://www.utcourts.gov/alerts/

Saturday, 21 March, 2020

CHIEF JUSTICE ISSUES NEW ORDER IN LIGHT OF PROGRESSING PANDEMIC

Salt Lake City, UT—Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant issued an updated Administrative Order today in response to recent orders by Governor Gary R. Herbert and county health departments.

The new Administrative Order gives further guidance to Utah judges and court staff in the interest of protecting the public’s health and safety during rapidly changing circumstances.

Thursday, 19 March, 2020

THIRD DISTRICT COURT CANCELS CRIMINAL TRIALS FOR 14 DAYS

District Court – Because of the Public Health Order issued March 19, 2020, by Salt Lake County, State of Utah, the following is ORDERED:

1 – For the next 14 days ALL criminal calendars, hearings and trials are canceled. By the end of the 14 day period, an evaluation will be conducted determining whether this stay will be continued.

2 – For all criminal matters scheduled through April 3, 2020, the jail and prison transports are cancelled and no attorneys will appear at the courthouse. All out-of-custody defendants will be given another hearing date 60-90 days out and the clerk will send notice of the new date. If the defendant appears in person, they will be given the new date and asked to leave the courthouse.

3 – Beginning Friday, March 27th, 2020, we will attempt to proceed remotely. The jail will assign each judge a time slot whereby that judge, prosecutor, defense attorney and defendant will all communicate remotely. The details will follow.

Signed, Judge Mark Kouris, Presiding Judge, Third District Court

Wednesday, 18 March, 2020

STATEMENT FROM ALPS INSURANCE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Dear ALPS Policyholders and Members of our Legal Community,
We understand that right now, the health and welfare of your attorneys, staff, and clients are your top priorities. We share that commitment.
The ALPS offices are currently open and we hope that we can remain open throughout this challenging time. Some of our staff have already transitioned to remote work and more are doing so as we work to both adhere to growing social distancing norms and provide the customary level of service you have come to expect from us. Additionally, we are preparing for the possibility of of a temporary closure becoming necessary. Whether in the office or at home, our systems enable us to provide you with uninterrupted service. Our staff is reachable by phone, chat, or email. We recommend email be your primary method of communication, followed by telephone or chat.
For those insureds needing to pay premiums, please use the online portal rather than mailing checks if possible, as mail service may eventually be impacted.
Should you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact any of us at ALPS. We remain ready to help you and we wish you, your business and your loved ones all the best through this temporary period of uncertainty.
David Bell
President & CEO
ALPS