Notice of Bar Commission Election – Third Division
Nominations to the office of Bar Commissioner are hereby solicited for three members from the Third Division, each to serve a three-year term. Terms will begin in July 2020. 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 C. Baldwin, Executive Director, no later than February 3, 2020, 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 Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two Bar awards to be given at the 2020 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.
Please submit your nomination for a 2020 Spring Convention Award no later than Monday, January 18, 2020. Use the Award Form located at utahbar.org/nomination-for-utah-state-bar-awards/ to propose your candidate in the following categories: 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.
The Utah State Bar strives to recognize those who have had singular impact on the profession and the public. We appreciate your thoughtful nominations.
Women Lawyers of Utah 2019 Mentoring Award Recipient U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Evelyn J. Furse
Women Lawyers of Utah (WLU) awarded its 2019 Mentoring Award to U.S. Magistrate Judge Eve Furse at its annual retreat at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley, Utah, November 1-2, 2019.
In 2009, WLU began the tradition of honoring, at its annual retreat, an individual who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to mentoring women lawyers in the Utah legal community. The Mentoring Award recipient is selected by the WLU Board of Directors based on nominations from WLU's members (which currently total more than 700 members of the Utah State Bar). The criteria for the award are: (1) service as a role model to women lawyers in the community; (2) fostering the development and advancement of women lawyers; and (3) significantly contributing to the profession and/or the community through those efforts.
"We received several nomination letters for judge Furse this year and cannot think of a more deserving recipient," said WLU President Ashley A. Peck. "WLU specifically chose Judge Furse because she has served as an exceptional role model for women lawyers and judges in our community, across the state and around the country by working tirelessly to foster the development and advancement of women in the legal profession."
After graduating from NYU Law School in 1996, Judge Furse served a prestigious clerkship with Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine M. Durham, then worked in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake City, served as Special Assistant Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia, and served as Senior Salt Lake City Attorney for six years before being appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Utah, where she has served with distinction for almost eight years, and recently received the strong endorsement of the federal court's merit selection and advisory commission for reappointment to a new eight-year term.
Judge Furse enjoys a superb professional reputation both locally and nationally. She chairs the Federal Judicial Center's Magistrate Judge Education Advisory Committee, which is responsible for coordinating the training of United States magistrate judges and court staff across the country; and she is the co-author of the Federal Bail and Detention Handbook for the United States Courts.
She is a frequent speaker, locally and nationally, on a wide variety of topics; and she has provided countless hours of pro bono service to the legal profession in Utah as a Utah State Bar Commissioner, a member of a screening panel for the Utah State Bar's Ethics & Discipline Committee, and as co-chair of the 2019 Utah State Bar Convention.
A past president of WLU, Judge Furse was a driving force behind WLU's 2010 Initiative on the Advancement and Retention of Women Lawyers - a project that entailed hundreds of hours of volunteer service preparing and conducting surveys of Utah practitioners, analyzing the data collected, drafting and editing reports, planning and conducting two symposia, and conducting difficult conversations with the managing partners of Utah's law firms, in an effort to sensitize them to the unique issues confronting women lawyers in Utah. She has provided thoughtful training to younger practitioners, is a tangible example of a talented and successful woman lawyer, and has sparked countless beneficial changes for women in the profession.
Asked for a comment, Judge Furse's former law clerk, Brit Merrill, said, "Judge Furse was an incredible role model. She is whip smart, hardworking, diligent, measured, strong and caring - truly, she is the embodiment of professionalism." But Justice Durham summed it up best for all of us, saying: Some people are the whole package. They have intellect, ethical standards, problem-solving skills, industry and a desire to make the world a better place. Along with all that, they have a generosity of spirit and compassion for others that motivate them to step out of themselves. Eve Furse is such a person. I have watched with awe her willingness to serve in arenas that call, sometimes, for her legal skills, but more often for her human capacity to connect, to support, to go beyond anything ordinary in the effort to enable another's life to improve. She richly deserves this award.
Past WLU Mentoring Award recipients are as follows: • 2009 Margaret Plane
• 2014 Annette W Jarvis
• 2010 Joan Watt
• 2016 judge Vernice S. Trease
• 2011 Pat Christensen
• 2017 Catherine S. Conklin
• 2012 Judge Sandra N. Peuler
• 2018 Kristin K. Woods
•2013 Judge Brooke C. Wells
MCLE Reminder – Even Year Reporting Cycle
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020
Active Status Lawyers complying in 2020 are required to complete a minimum of twenty-four hours of Utah approved CLE, which must include a minimum of three hours of accredited ethics. One of the ethics hours must be in the area of professionalism and civility. At least twelve hours must be completed by attending live in-person CLE.
Please remember that your MCLE hours must be completed by June 30 and your report must be filed by July 31.
• $15.00 filing fee – Certificate of Compliance (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020)
• $100.00 late filing fee will be added for CLE hours completed after June 30, 2020 OR
• Certificate of Compliance filed after July 31, 2020
Rule 14-405. MCLE requirements for lawyers on inactive status
A lawyer who has been on inactive status for less than twelve months may not elect active status until completing the MCLE requirements that were incomplete at the time the lawyer...