H. Dickson Burton, Judge.
The Summer Convention: Coming Home
Last Summer, in his last Bar Journal article, then-President John Lund wrote about the "tribe" of Utah lawyers making its annual migration to the Summer Convention, which for the past thirty years has been, most of the time, in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every five or six years it has been held in southern California, and a very few times over the past thirty years it has been held in Colorado. But since 1988, it has always been held somewhere outside Utah, the home state of our lawyer "tribe."
This year is different. This year we will gather in Park City. For a long time, members have frequently asked the Bar Commission to hold the Summer Convention closer to home, in Utah and specifically in Park City. Additionally, survey evidence shows us that an overwhelming majority of the Bar believe that the Summer Convention is important and should continue. A similar majority responded that they would attend the Summer Convention if it were held in Park City. In fact, Park City was listed by survey respondents as the number one venue of the various locations where members would like to see the convention held.
So, in 2015, the Bar Commission formalized a decision to locate the convention in Park City for the years 2019 and 2020 (commitments had already been made to hotels in San Diego and Sun Valley for the intervening years).
And this is why for the past eighteen months special planning has been underway, under the leadership of convention chairs Judge Eve Furse and Jon Hafen, with the help of an amazing committee and our incredible Bar CLE staff led by Michelle Oldroyd and Richard Dibblee, to make the 2019 convention a great success. The actual program for the Summer Convention in Park City is finalized, and you can find it in this very issue of the Bar Journal. There you will see the first-rate CLE that is planned, the remarkable keynotes (headlined by CNN's Wolf Blitzer), and the other great events that are scheduled.
Here are just a few of the reasons you should plan to be with us in Park...