State Bar News, 0216 UTBJ, Vol. 29, No. 1. 48

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State Bar News

Vol. 29 No. 1 Pg. 48

Utah Bar Journal

February, 2016

January, 2016

Commission Highlights

The Utah State Bar Board of Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during the October 30, 2015 Commission Meeting held at the Alta Club in Salt Lake City.

1. Commissioners voted to donate $ 1,500 to the Utah Minority Bar Association scholarship fund and to purchase a table at the UMBA scholarship awards banquet. Additional seats may be purchased depending on demand.

2. Commissioners voted to renew the Double Dutch convention application for four more events.

3. Commissioners voted to approve the payment of Client Security Fund claims.

4. Commissioners voted to table the motion to commit to Sun Valley for the summer 2018 convention until after the Fall Forum financials are calculated and until we are closer to the deadline for contracting with Sun Valley for 2018.

5. Commissioners voted to approve an awards "Breakfast of Champions" to honor mentors.

6. Commissioners voted to establish a committee to explore a Bar fundraising event to provide scholarships for lawyers who cannot afford to pay for CLE classes.

7. Commissioners voted to give Tara Isaacson the Professionalism Award.

8. Commissioners voted to give Anne Burkholder the Community Member of the Year Award.

9. Commissioners voted to give Mark Tolman and Scott Hansen the Outstanding Mentor Award.

10. Commissioners voted to accept the audit report for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

11. Commissioners formed a committee to explore CLE scholarship fundraiser and associated costs.

12. Commissioners formed a committee composed of Angelina Tsu, Mary Kay Griffin, H. Dickson Burton, Rob Rice, Liisa Hancock, Michelle Mumford, and Heather Thuet to review the accounting methods under which the Bar allocates overhead to sections.

13. Commissioners were assigned to implement AAA Task Force recommendations and submit action memos by November 20, 2015 outlining intended steps to implement their assigned Task Force recommendation.

14. Commissioners received assignments to serve as liaisons to sections, committees and local and specialty bars and were asked to contact their groups.

The minute text of this and other meetings of the Bar Commission are available at the office of the Executive Director.

Notice of Bar Commission Election

Second and Third Divisions

Nominations to the office of Bar Commissioner are hereby solicited for two members from the Third Division, one member from the Second Division, each to serve a three-year term. Terms will begin in July 2016. To be eligible for the office of Commissioner from a division, the nominee's business mailing address must be in that division as shown by the records of the Bar. Applicants must be nominated by a written petition often or more members of the Bar in good standing whose business mailing addresses are in the division from which the election is to be held. Nominating petitions are available at

leadership/. Completed petitions must be submitted to John Baldwin, Executive Director, no later than February 2, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

NOTICE: Balloting will be done electronically. Ballots will be e-mailed on or about April 1st with balloting to be completed and ballots received by the Bar office by 5:00 p.m. April 15th.

In order to reduce out-of-pocket costs and encourage candidates, the Bar will provide the following services at no cost: 1. space for up to a 200-word campaign message plus a color photograph in the March/April issue of the Utah Bar Journal. The space may be used for biographical information, platform or other election promotion. Campaign messages for the March/April Bar Journal publications are due along with completed petitions and two photographs no later than February 1st;

2. space for up to a 500-word campaign message plus a photograph on the Utah Bar Website due February 1st;

3. a set of mailing labels for candidates who wish to send a personalized letter to the lawyers in their division who are eligible to vote; and

4. a one-time email campaign message to be sent by the Bar. Campaign message will be sent by the Bar within three business days of receipt from the candidate.

If you have any questions concerning this procedure, please contact John C. Baldwin at (801) 531-9077 or at

2016 Spring Convention Awards

The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two Bar awards to be given at the 2016 Spring Convention. These awards honor publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and public dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the improvement of the profession. Award applications must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than Friday, January 15, 2016. You may also fax a nomination to (801) 531-0660 or email to

1. Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award - For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.

2. Raymond S. Uno Award - For the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.

View a list of past award recipients at:


The Utah State Senate

Lyle W. Hillyard (R) - District 25 (Elected to House: 1980; Elected to Senate: 1984)

Education: B.S., Utah State University; J.D., University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Committee Assignments: Appropriations - Executive (Co-Chair); Public Education; Infrastructure and General Government. Standing - Government Operations and Political Subdivisions; Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice.

Practice Areas: Family Law, Personal Injury, and Criminal Defense.

Mark B. Madsen (R) - District 13 (Elected to Senate: 2004)

Education: B.A., George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; J.D.J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

Committee Assignments: Appropriations - Social Services. Standing - Education; Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice; Senate Rules.

Practice Area: Eagle Mountain Properties of Utah, LLC.

Stephen H. Urquhart (R) - District 29 (Elected to House: 2000; Elected to Senate: 2008)

Education: B.S., Williams College; J.D., J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

Committee Assignments: Appropriations - Public Education; Higher Education. Standing - Education; Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice; Senate Rules.

Todd Weiler (R) - District 23 (Appointed to Senate: 2012; Re-Elected: 2012)

Education: Business Degree, Brigham Young University; J.D., J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

Committee Assignments: Appropriations - Social Services; Retirement and Independent Entities (Chair). Standing - Business & Labor; Judiciary...

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