Article The Uniform Law Commission: What You Know Can Help U.S., 1217 UTBJ, Vol. 30, No. 6. 48

Author:Michael J. Wilkins (ret.) Justice.
 
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Article The Uniform Law Commission: What You Know Can Help Us

Vol. 30 No. 6 Pg. 48

Utah Bar Journal

December, 2017

November, 2017

Michael J. Wilkins (ret.) Justice.

As the government relations representatives (a.k.a. lobbyists) for the Utah State Bar, we are continually searching for improved and new ways that members can participate in the legislative process. Your knowledge and expertise is an important element in deliberations.

Therefore, we were grateful and excited that legislative members of the Uniform Law Commission reached out to us to promote greater dialogue from the legal community. With us, Sen. Lyle Hillyard, Rep. Lowry Snow, and Eric Weeks (Deputy General Counsel of the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel) reviewed a number of options to achieve this goal. Among these was to republish, with updates, an article regarding the Uniform Law Commission submitted by former Utah Supreme Court Justice Michael Wilkins in December 2013.

Please take advantage of the great information Justice Wilkins details. If you have any questions regarding the legislative process, please let us know.

Doug Foxley, Frank Pignanelli, and Steve Foxley.

INTRODUCTION

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC) was formed in 1892 to promote voluntary uniformity of laws of the states in situations where uniformity is both possible and also helpful to the citizens of the states. The ULC is composed of delegations from each of the states (including the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Delegations are selected and financed by their individual states. Delegates must be members of the bar and are commonly drawn from state legislatures (legislators and legislative staff lawyers), law school faculties, the practicing bar, and the judiciary. Extended service with a state delegation is common, although terms are set by individual states. See generally Uniform Law Commission, About Us, http://www.uniformlaws.org/ Narrative.aspx?title=About%20the%20ULC (last visited Oct. 3, 2017).

Perhaps the best known and most widely-accepted product of the ULC is the Uniform Commercial Code, a fixture in the law school curriculum for more than sixty years. The ULC is also the author of such common guideposts of practice as the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, the Uniform Declaratory...

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