Notice of Bar Commission Election
SECOND AND THIRD DIVISIONS
Nominations to the office of Bar Commissioner are hereby solicited for one member from the Second Division and two members from the Third Division – each to serve a three-year term. Terms will begin in July 2019. 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 of ten 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 http://www.utahbar.org/bar-operations/leadership/. Completed petitions must be submitted to John Baldwin, Executive Director, no later than February 1, 2019, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tuesday Night Bar – Celebrating Thirty Years of Service
Established in 1988, the Utah State Bar and Young Lawyers Division’s Tuesday Night Bar legal clinic has provided high quality legal advice and referrals to the public for thirty years. The program supports and educates the public on legal rights, helping to further the mission of the state bar to promote justice.
1988, the Utah State Bar had already regulated the practice
of law in Utah for fifty-seven years. However, the free legal
clinic was an exciting addition to the bar’s roster of
pro bono efforts. The bar had just moved into the then new
Law and Justice Center (dedicated September 7, 1988), providing
an opportunity and space to house the new volunteer program.
The November issue of that year’s Bar Journal praises
the Tuesday Night Bar Committee, asserting that committee
Chairperson Cecilia Espenoza, Vice Chairperson Mary Duffin,
and the Young Lawyers Section are “building on the
foundation laid by so many…and is moving
Tuesday Night Bar Facts and Figures
Tuesday Night Bar continues to move forward, and at a rapid pace. In 2017, volunteer attorneys across Salt Lake Valley served over 450 Utahns at the Tuesday Night Bar, providing more than 200 hours of pro bono work. This year the clinic is keeping pace: volunteers have served 492 people as of October 2018. Of these, 47% had incomes lower than the 2018 poverty guidelines.
The Tuesday Night Bar program is unique in its dedication to providing legal advice in any area of law. As the graph illustrates, family law questions dominate the clinic. Between January and April of 2018 23.5% of all questions were family law related. However, 20.1% did not fit into any specific category. The next largest areas were criminal law, debt-related questions, landlord tenant, and probate. The clinic provides legal triage in these areas, offering practical legal advice, direction to appropriate resources, and importantly, kind and competent counsel.
Serving the Public
The bar’s mission is to serve the public and legal profession with excellence, civility, and integrity. The key components of this mission are to help ensure the legal system is understood and accessible. The Tuesday Night Bar embodies the efforts of Utah’s attorneys to accomplish this goal. Indeed, participating volunteers help in all areas of law and across all social and economic backgrounds. In each thirty-minute meeting, an attorney will help demystify the legal system and make justice more accessible.
Tuesday Night Bar serves the public in the greater Salt Lake
area. However, the clinic has acted as a model for other
districts. A Tuesday Night Bar in Brigham City meets on every
second Tuesday. Another Tuesday Night Bar meets on the first
Tuesday of each month in Park City.
The Tuesday Night Bar Thanks You for Your Help
the Bar Journal asked for volunteers to
“provide legal assistance and referrals to the large
segment of the public which does not have legal service
Pro Bono Honor Roll
The Utah State Bar and Utah Legal Services wish to thank these volunteers for accepting a pro bono case or helping at a free legal clinic in October and November of 2018. To volunteer call the Utah State Bar Access to Justice Department at (801) 297-7049 or go to http://www.utahbar.org/public-services/pro-bono-assistance/ to fill out our Check Yes! Pro Bono volunteer survey.
American Indian Legal Clinic
Community Legal Clinic: Ogden
Community Legal Clinic: Salt Lake City
Community Legal Clinic: Sugarhouse
Debt Collection Pro Se Calendar – Matheson
T. Rick Davis