Robert O. Rice, J.
"It's not enough to be busy. The question is: What are we busy about?"
Henry David Thoreau
Your answer, Mr. Thoreau, is that we at the Utah State Bar have been busy about a great deal having to do with the practice of law, thank you very much. In my final days as Utah Bar President, it is my privilege to recognize the hard work of my colleagues on the Bar Commission, Bar junkies, friends, and volunteers for their efforts at ensuring that the Utah Bar continues to lead the nation in its service to our profession.
For example, Commissioners Cara Tangaro and President-Elect John Lund have led a crack team of lawyers in two important technology initiatives. Cara and John's team, including incoming President-Elect Dickson Burton and attorneys, John Rees, Heather White, and Greg Hoole, have been re-designing the Bar's website to bring you an attractive and user-friendly experience that will deepen your relationship with the Bar. The team is also taking the lead at developing a law practice management portal to assist you in managing your practices. The portal will include tools for legal research, calendaring, invoicing, e-filing, document management, Bar licensing, CLE, and many other aspects of your law practice. Look for a roll out on these technology developments in the near future.
Thanks to Commissioner Heather Thuet for adding an implicit bias, inclusion, and procedural fairness program to the Bar's award-winning New Lawyer Training Program. This curriculum gives new lawyers the benefit of the science of implicit bias to aid them in their courtroom presentations and client relations. In addition, the initiative aids the Bar in furthering its goal of "engaging all persons fully, including persons of different ages, disabilities, economic status, ethnicities, genders, geographic regions, national origins, sexual orientations, practice settings and areas, and races and religions." Utah State Bar Statement on Diversity and Inclusion, December 2, 2011. The Bar should continue to look for ways to advance diversity and inclusion in our practices, on the bench, and in our community at large.
Props to Commissioner Grace Acosta for her leadership organizing the Bar's Law Firm Membership Services Tour. Through Grace's efforts, bar commissioners have been visiting firms...