Utah Bar President
Robert Rice
eBulletin for February 2017  

Thanks to everyone who has contacted their legislator about opposing H.B. 93, Judicial Nominating Process Amendments, which the House passed last week with some amendments. See my recent Op Ed in The Salt Lake Tribune about Utah’s current selection process, which has yielded one of the finest judiciaries in the nation. Your comments led to some important amendments to the bill, which the Bar Commission is currently studying to ensure that HB 93 pays sufficient attention to the importance of diversity in our excellent judiciary. Stay tuned for more information about this important issue.

Please contact me with comments or questions.


Spring Convention, March 9-11, schedule, registration, and room reservations. Don’t miss this networking and learning opportunity—including Utah Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice, Thomas R. Lee on Corpus Linguistics—for 10 CLE credits. Enjoy rock climbing, hiking, biking, a barbeque, and a campfire in Snow Canyon on Friday.

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.


See weekly updates of the Bar’s Legislative efforts, including calls-to-action when needed. Also see the quick link from our homepage.


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.



Nominate a colleague for the 2017 Pro Bono Publico by April 1. The pro bono community of Utah seeks to recognize those who have provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services, free of charge, for Utah's most vulnerable citizens.
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