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

Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

LAW AND JUSTICE CENTER LOCKED, BUT STAFFED THROUGH APRIL 1

The Utah Law and Justice Center is LOCKED but will be staffed Monday- Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 1. For access to the building, please call 801.531.9077 and the receptionist will come to the door. Photo ID will be required to enter for tracking purposes. http://www.utahbar.org/…/2…/03/Building-Closure-Notice-1.pdf

Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT FOR UTAH CONTINUES ALL JURY TRIALS

The Honorable Chief Judge Robert J. Shelby has issued General Order 20-009 in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. General Order 20-009 addresses postponing most hearings and trials, and it modifies some court operations until at least May 1, 2020.  If you have questions about the General Order or the court’s COVID-19 Response Plan, please visit https://www.utd.uscourts.gov/

Monday, 16 March, 2020

NOTICE OF LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS TAKEN BY BAR AND AVAILABILITY OF REBATE

Positions taken by the Bar during the 2020 Utah Legislative Session and funds expended on public policy issues related to the regulation of the practice of law and the administration of justice are available at www.utahbar.org/legislative. The Bar is authorized by the Utah Supreme Court to engage in legislative and public policies activities related to the regulation of the practice of law and the administration of justice by Supreme Court Rule 14-106 which may be found at www.utahbar.org/utcourts_14-106. Lawyers may receive a rebate of the proportion of their annual Bar license fee expended for such activities during April 1, 2019 through March 30, 2020 by notifying Financial Director Lauren Stout at lauren.stout@utahbar.org.

The proportional amount of fees provided in the rebate include funds spent for lobbyists and staff time spent lobbying; a breakfast meeting with lawyer legislators; travel for the Bar’s three delegates to the American Bar Association House of Delegates; travel by Bar leadership to lobby in Washington DC with the American Bar Association; the Bar’s contribution to the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion; and Utah legislative lobbyist registration fees for the Bar’s Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director. Prior year rebates have averaged up to approximately $6.10 depending on the license fee paid.  The rebate amount will be calculated April 1, 2020 and we expect the amount to be consistent with prior years.

Monday, 16 March, 2020

UTAH IMPLEMENTATION TASK FORCE ON REGULATORY REFORM

In the latter part of 2018, the Supreme Court charged Justice Deno Himonas and Former Bar President John Lund with organizing a task force to study and make recommendations to the Court about optimizing the regulatory structure for legal services. Visit the Task Force website to read and comment on the report.

Click HERE to see meeting minutes and agendas.

Task Force Website

Monday, 16 March, 2020

CHANGE TO MCLE LIVE REQUIREMENT FOR THIS MCLE CYCLE

Due to the CDC recommendations against gathering in large groups in order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court has authorized the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Education to suspend  all requirements for in-person CLE attendance for the remainder of the current reporting cycle, which ends on June 30, 2020.  Accordingly, those Bar members who are required to report CLE compliance this reporting cycle may complete all required hours through webinars and other self-study courses in accordance with Rule 14-413 of the MCLE Rules.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please contact Sydnie Kuhre, MCLE Executive Director at sydnie.kuhre@utahbar.org or phone 801-297-7035.

David P. Hirschi
Board Chair