Utah Bar President
Robert Rice
eBulletin for January 2017  

The Utah Bar is absolutely thrilled that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has kindly accepted an invitation to speak at the Bar’s Summer Convention in Sun Valley, July 26 to July 29. This is a tremendous honor for Utah lawyers and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear from a highly-esteemed and respected jurist. Special thanks to Convention Co-Chairs Judge Robert J. Shelby and Amy F. Sorenson for their efforts. Please join Justice Ginsburg, Judge Shelby, Ms. Sorenson and the rest of us in Sun Valley! Details below.

Please contact me with comments or questions.


Spring Convention, March 9-11, schedule, registration, and room reservations. Hear Mark Curriden, author of Contempt of Court: A Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism, Utah Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice, Thomas R. Lee on Corpus Linguistics, and Nicole Shanahan on her economic theory, Coasean Mapping, to predict the pace and nature of society’s adoption of legal artificial intelligence. On Friday, March 10, starting at 4 p.m. enjoy rock climbing, hiking, biking, a barbeque, and a campfire in Snow Canyon; see page 7 of brochure for details.

Summer Convention, July 26-29 at Sun Valley featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Summer Convention brochure will be in the May-June Bar Journal. Watch in a future eBulletin for on-line registration availability. We have arranged for special rates for Bar Members at the Sun Valley Lodge and Sun Valley Inn.


The Bar’s Leadership Academy is training lawyers from across the state to become leaders through an intensive program of study, instruction and practical learning. Congratulations to these 2017 Leadership Academy Fellows: Mary Black, Adam Bondy, Erin Byington, Clem Landau, JD Lauritzen, Ben Lear, Brit Merrill, Kristen Olsen, Don Reay, Naz Scott, Lashel Shaw, and Scarlet Smith



The next live Mentor Training Lunch for the New Lawyer Training Program will be Tuesday, January 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bar. Free for approved mentors (one ethics and one professionalism credit). Register. Become an approved mentor. Or write mentoring@utahbar.org

Please watch out for two important pro bono communications this month: (1) a statewide survey which will help us learn how to better connect attorneys with pro bono opportunities, and (2) an invitation to do pro bono anywhere, anytime, by answering questions online.



The 2017 Law Day theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the 14th Amendment has reshaped American law and society with its Citizenship, Due Process, and Equal Protection clauses. Support the Law Day Special Edition in the Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune and participate in the AJFA 5K Run/Walk.

Please consider nominees for the Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award for the advancement of women in the profession or the Raymond S. Uno Award for the Advancement of minorities. Submit to Christy Abad, 645 South 200 East, SLC, UT 84111, fax to 801-531-0660, or email to adminasst@utahbar.org by Friday, January 13. List of past award recipients.


Nominations to the office of Bar Commissioner are sought for one member from the First Division and three members from the Third Division, each to serve a three-year term beginning next July. Applicants must be nominated by a written petition of ten or more members of the Bar by February 1. See details.


Utah Court of Appeals Open House. Appellate practitioners, meet with members of the court to discuss in an informal setting your questions and concerns about the court's general practices, policies, and procedures. Courtesy of the Bar, light refreshments will be served. Fifth Floor, Matheson Courthouse, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 25

Connect with new clients at LicensedLawyer.org; join the nearly 700 members who have signed up before we launch our public advertising campaign. Sign-in with your Bar user name and password, go select “My Dashboard” then “Update Profile.” Details.
Take advantage of your Utah Bar Group benefits and explore current deals from Frontpoint Home Security, H&R Block, and Jenny Craig 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.
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