Utah Bar President
John R. Lund

eBulletin for April 2018


We want to include everyone. That is the intent behind the Commission’s recent adoption of some more robust policies regarding inclusion and diversity on Bar committees and in CLEs. The Commission has required annual reports from the Executive Director on inclusion of all types of members in the Bar’s committees and from the Director of Education on diverse presenters in CLEs. Diversity is defined not only in terms of race and gender, but also by age, geographic location, and disability. People need to see how our diversity makes us stronger. And young people from all backgrounds need to see examples of people like them working as attorneys and judges.
Speaking of examples, here is a big shout out to Kate Conyers. Kate, a long serving commissioner for the Third Division, was recently presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Utah. And now she is off to Myanmar to help train public defenders in that challenged country.
The Bar has established two new sections; The Entertainment Law Section and The Legal Entrepreneur Section. The Entertainment Law Section will support lawyers who deal with laws affecting filmed, recorded or live entertainment. The Legal Entrepreneur Section will support attorneys who are involved in assisting start-ups, high growth and emerging companies and investors. If you have interest in these practice areas visit the websites of the new sections at utahbar.org/sections.

 
 
ELECTIONS ANNOUNCED FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT AND 3RD DIVISION COMMISSIONERS
It’s election season for the Utah State Bar and members have the opportunity to vote to retain Bar President-elect nominee Herm Olsen and members of the Third Division will elect Bar Commissioners. For detailed information on candidates, go HERE.

Here are the candidates:

President-elect: Herm Olsen is running unopposed and the ballot is considered a retention vote.

Third Division Commissioner (two openings): Dwight Epperson, Chrystal Mancuso-Smith, Mark Pugsley and Michael Stahler

Fourth Division Commissioner: Tom Seiler is running unopposed and is declared elected according to Bar bylaws.

Fifth Division Commissioner: Kristen “Katie” Woods is running unopposed and is declared elected according to Bar bylaws.

 
NOMINATING COMMISSION ATTORNEY NEEDED FOR THIRD DISTRICT
The Bar is seeking applications from lawyers to fill an unexpired term on the Third District Trial Court Nominating Commission. This term will expire January 2019. The Commission nominates judges to fill vacancies on the district court and the juvenile court within the Third Judicial District. Commissioners must be citizens of the United States and residents of the Third District (Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele Counties). Commissioners may not serve successive terms. No more than four of the seven members of the nominating commission may be of the same political party. You must identify your political party or if you are politically independent.

Please submit resumes to Christy Abad by email at cabad@utahbar.org, or by mail at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Resumes must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

 
CASINO NIGHT 2018 TO BENEFIT ROCKY MOUNTAIN INNOCENCE CENTER
Litigation Section Casino Night 2018, in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Innocence Center
April 13, 2018, 7:30-11:00 p.m.
Publik Roasting Company

975 S. West Temple.
Suggested Donation $50. All proceeds benefiting the RMIC.

Click HERE to register. For more information contact Jen Tomchak through info@utahtriallawyers.com.
 
SENTENCING COMMISSION ATTORNEY NEEDED TO FILL TERM

The Bar is seeking applications from lawyers to fill an unexpired term on the Utah Sentencing Commission. This term will expire January 2021. The Sentencing Commission is particularly seeking a lawyer with juvenile law and criminal defense experience in the state courts. The Utah Sentencing Commission is a legislatively created body charged with establishing sentencing guidelines and developing policy recommendations regarding the sentencing and release of adult and juvenile offenders. The Sentencing Commission is comprised of 27 members representing all facets of the justice system, including judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, legislators, victims, law enforcement, treatment specialists, ethnic minorities, corrections officials, parole authorities, and others.

Please submit resumes to Christy Abad (cabad@utahbar.org), or by mail at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Resumes must be received by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

 
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR PRO BONO ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Pro Bono Publico awards. The following awards will be presented at the Law Day Celebration on April 30, 2018:

• Young Lawyer of the Year
• Law Firm of the Year
• Law Student or Law School Group of the Year

To download a nomination form and for additional information please click HERE. The deadline for nominations is March 30, 2018

 
 
 
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