Utah Bar President
Robert Rice
eBulletin for March 2017  

Many thanks to Utah lawyers sharing their concerns about HB 93 with your Legislators and me. H.B. 93, Judicial Nominating Process Amendments, removed the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice's ability to develop selection criteria for applicants to the bench. "Diversity" on the bench was one criteria HB took away from CCJJ. Your Bar Commission opposed the bill and many of you expressed your concerns to Legislators. As reported by The Salt Lake Tribune, HB 93 failed in committee, in part due to Utah lawyers speaking their minds! Thanks to all those who worked hard to protect Utah's excellent, independent judiciary.

Please contact me with comments or questions.


Spring Convention door registration 6:00 p.m. Thursday or 7:30 a.m. Friday. It’s getting up to 77 degrees on Thursday, but don’t travel without room reservations; if you can’t find a room at the inn, try HomeAway (going fast).

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.

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!

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.

Did you know that a $25 donation to And Justice for All can provide legal advice for two people at a clinic?  Donate here to support the Love UT Give UT initiative.


In April, you will receive an electronic ballot via e-mail for the 2017 Bar candidates (see statements of candidacy):

        • President-elect: H. Dickson Burton (uncontested)
        • First Division Commissioner: Herm Olsen (uncontested)
        • Third Division Commissioner: Heather Orme Farnsworth, Tony Graf, Mark Morris, and Cara Tangaro

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.


Free workshop, Protect Intellectual Property Against Cyberattacks (CLE credits pending), Tuesday, March 14, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30p.m., Adobe Campus, 3900 Adobe Way, Lehi.

Please be aware that attendees at all Bar CLE events with an entrance fee must pre-pay or pay at the door to be admitted and receive CLE credit.


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 SunPower Solar, Brooks Brothers, and Raleigh Bicycles 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 many insurance plans available to Bar Members.
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