Utah Bar President
Robert Rice
eBulletin for May 2017  

The Bar lost a beloved member last week: Robert Hilder was an exemplary attorney, judge, mediator, and public servant.  Hilder's early life in Australia, where he worked as a jackeroo, cattle hide grader, police cadet, miner, pipeline worker, surveyor's chainman, barman, and bouncer, was full of adventure and cultivated a unique perspective on human behavior.  But eventually he emigrated to America, went to college, and then earned a law degree, all while raising a young family. Within 11 years, he was managing partner at Christensen & Jensen.  Hilder had always wanted to be a judge and was keenly interested in the narratives and issues heard in a courtroom, and was appointed to the bench in 1995.  As a judge, he was known for his even temper and for being fair and exceptionally thoughtful.  Those who appeared before him felt his compassion and genuine love of humanity, and Hilder claimed there wasn't a person he met from whom he couldn't learn something. In 2010, Hilder received the Judge of the Year award from the Bar.  Yesterday he was honored at Matheson Courthouse.  Obituary.  2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning article.

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What an inspiring line-up of keynote speakers in Sun Valley for the Summer Convention July 26-29.  Please join us!  Online registration now open.  Lodging is filling fast so act now.

Supreme Court Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Bryan Stevenson
Equal Justice Initiative
UCLA Law Prof.
Eugene Volokh
Utah Lt. Gov.
Spencer J. Cox

ZamZam Ahmed, from Somali, read the 14th Amendment at the YLD Law Day Luncheon. She grew up as a refugee in South Africa (here for less than two years). She speaks Afrikaans, Somali, and English and attends the Utah International Charter School, http://utahinternational.org/. See Law Day Special Edition, Diversity Op-ed, and all Law Day. Run or walk for XIV at the AJFA 5K this Saturday!


Congratulations to Access to Justice Director Tyler Needham, YLD Young Lawyer of the Year.

Pro Bono Publico: Parsons Behle & Latimer, Law Firm; Jonathan Felt, Young Lawyer; Elizabeth Thomas, Student:

Young Lawyers Division
, Liberty Bell: Sariah Donnahoo.

Scott M. Matheson Award (law-related education): Steven R. Paul.

Awardee photos and bios

Attend the free 2017 Hope for the Innocent Breakfast and learn about Rocky Mountain Innocence Center’s work to correct and prevent wrongful convictions and how you can help. Hear Exoneree, Herbert Landry. Friday, May 12, 7:30-8:30 at Little America. To become a table captain and to RSVP, please email contact@rminnocence.org. More information.


Enjoy libations and appetizers with fellow Bar Members, Thursday, May 18, 5 to 7 p.m. at Snell & Wilmer in Salt Lake City. Validated parking is available. No cost, but RSVP to cabad@utahbar.org.


Please join And Justice for All for a free breakfast to learn about efforts to increase access to justice for low-income individuals and people with disabilities in Utah and how you can help. Pamela Atkinson and Ken Verdoia will speak. Thursday, May 25, 8:05 a.m. at Little America.
RSVP kaiwilson@lasslc.org or 801-578-1204.


Applications sought for the Utah Appellate Court Nominating Commission, which nominates judges to fill vacancies on the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals.  Two lawyers are appointed by the Governor from a list of six nominees provided by the Bar.  Must be citizens of the U.S. and residents of Utah.  One term of four years.  No more than four of the seven members may be of the same political party.  Submit resumes—identify political party, including independent—to john.baldwin@utahbar.org or by mail at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 by Wedneseday, May 31.


Let the ABA carry a message of support for Legal Services Corporation and Utah Legal Services to Congress by completing this brief electronic form.


Pro Bono in your own time. New programs allow you to quickly help people from your home or office. Utah.freelegalanswers.org is a new website from the Utah State Bar Pro Bono Commission where qualifying individuals (based on income and area of law) post questions that attorneys can answer at their convenience. Details. Sign-up. Be a Lawyer of the Day and give brief legal advice over the phone to individuals pre-screened by the Utah Courts’ Self-Help Center; write to probono@utahbar.org.
If you haven’t completed your profile on LicensedLawyer, you are losing opportunities to connect with over 6,000 potential clients who search this Bar-sponsored directory each month. Judges and Commissioners throughout the state are referring people who need lawyers to the site – make sure you don’t miss out. Simply enter your Bar user name and password here, click on “My Dashboard” at the top of the page, and then “Update Profile.” Follow the instructions to “OPT-IN” and indicate that you are accepting new clients. Customize your profile with additional information about you, your practice, your firm – it’s easy!

Odd Year Mandatory CLE (MCLE) Reporting Cycle (7/1/15 to 6/30/17)—Active Status Lawyers complying this year need to submit a Certificate of Compliance for 24 hours of approved CLE (with two hours of legal ethics and one hour of professionalism/civility) by July 31. You can download MCLE forms. If you have questions, please visit www.utahbar.org/mcle, write MCLEstaff@utahbar.org, or call 801-531-9077.


Take advantage of your Utah Bar Group Benefits and explore current deals from FromYouFlowers, Avis and Sam's Club by visiting your benefits portal. The first time you click on a “View Deal” you will be logged into benefits and subsequent clicks will take you to the specific offer.
Also see these any insurance plans available to Bar Members


Beginning June 1,
Bar license renewal—online only.  An email will be sent in late May; no notices will be mailed.
Be sure your e-mail address of record is current; contact onlineservices@utahbar.org if you need assistance.  License renewal and fees are due July 1.

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