Thursday, 9 July, 2020

UTAH JUDICIAL COUNCIL CREATES NEW OFFICE OF FAIRNESS AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Salt Lake City, UT— The Utah Judiciary belongs to the people of Utah. The work of the courts is to provide an open, fair, efficient and independent system to advance access to justice under the law. Fairness is the basic premise of our system of justice. The goal is a fair process that produces a just result. The goal cannot be achieved in a system tainted by racism and bias.

Today, the Utah Judicial Council, as part of its ongoing commitment to identify and eradicate racism and bias from the judicial system, announced the establishment of the Office of Fairness and Accountability. The Office is created to organize and lead the Utah courts in examining and addressing racism and other forms of bias within the system. The Office will work collaboratively both within the courts, and with individuals and entities outside the system, including the Executive and Legislative branches of government. It will focus on, among other items, outreach to marginalized communities; data collection and research; and judge and employee education.

The Office will enhance the Judiciary’s efforts to address inequities and to provide greater access to our courts; especially for those who, whether due to race, socio-economic status or some other factor, have been marginalized or have otherwise been unable to access the rule of law on equal footing with their fellow Americans.

We hope that, now, more than ever, we can receive increased public input regarding how we can continue to reform as we strive toward the more perfect Union our constitution promises.

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, 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/