State Bar News, 0417 UTBJ, Vol. 30, No. 2. 38

State Bar News

Vol. 30 No. 2 Pg. 38

Utah Bar Journal

April, 2017

March, 2017

Commission Highlights

The Utah State Bar Board of Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during the January 20, 2017 Commission Meeting held at the Utah State Bar Law & Justice Center, Salt Lake City.

1. The Bar Commissioners recognized Barbara Townsend for her ten years of service in Office of Professional Conduct.

2. Bar Commissioners heard a presentation from Representative Bruce Cutler and others from the state’s technical groups on a one-stop sign-in portal to enable business owners to consolidate access to state licensure and tax information.

3. The Bar Commission nominated H. Dickson Burton as the Bar President-Elect Candidate. H. Dickson Burton was the only person to express interest in being nominated for President-elect.

4. The Bar Commission selected Judge Michele Christiansen to receive the Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award and Judge Vernice Trease to receive the Raymond S. Uno Award.

5. The Bar Commission selected Camille Neider to be the Bar’s representative on Utah Sentencing Commission.

6. The Bar Commission reviewed a proposal from EKR to redesign the Bar’s website. The Commission put off a decision for future discussion at the Tuesday, January 24 legislative conference call.

7. The Bar Commission reviewed a bid from Euclid regarding the development of a new practice portal. The Commission decided to put off further consideration and a decision until the Tuesday, January 24 legislative conference call.

8. The Bar Commission approved a Committee Chair Succession Planning Policy.

9. The Bar Commission reduced the Fall Forum to a one-day event following CLE seminars presented the preceding day (Thursday) to be put on by the Bar’s Sections. The UMBA Banquet would continue to be incorporated on Thursday night.

10. The Bar Commission heard a report from Sean Toomey regarding the marketing of LicensedLawyer.

11. The Bar Commission reviewed Elizabeth Wright’s memorandum on Rule 5.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct which limits the ownership of law firms. The Commission voted to form a committee to review the issue. H. Dickson Burton, Liisa Hancock, Michelle Mumford, Heather Farnsworth, and Steve Burt agreed to serve on the committee.

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

Message to Bar Members

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen: We want to thank all members of the Utah State Bar and their personnel who participated in the 27th Annual Food and Clothing Drive. We estimate that the donations received in food and clothing greatly exceeded last year’s donations, and that does not take into account the specific donations that were made for the twenty-five Veterans that we sponsored from our newest partner, First Step House.

For the Veterans we sponsored, we were able to purchase the following new items: fleece gloves, ski hats, ski socks, regular socks, underwear, neck gators, a pair of pants for each Veteran, T-shirts (long and short sleeve), and fleece jackets (the last two were donated in kind) for each Veteran, and we also collected a number of very nice slightly used winter and spring coats, dozens of dress and semi-dress and casual shirts and T-shirts and other coats and shoes and boots for these Veterans from those who participated in our annual food and clothing drive. The purchase price of these items was primarily provided by a Military Trust that participated in our drive, and included $50 gift cards for each Veteran.

Donations came in steadily through the day and late in to the evening and in the end you were able to completely fill a large truck full of food, clothing and toiletries were donated and delivered for immediate distribution to Eagle Ranch Ministries, Women & Children in Jeopardy, and The Rescue Mission.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers and office organizers that we met this year and look forward to working with you next year; we also appreciated all of the email correspondence and comments that we received from many Bar members and others about this year’s Drive. We believe we were very successful in our efforts for the Veterans at First Step House and our other charities that we annually support, all through your incredible generosity and efforts.

Thank you again!

Our best, Leonard and Lincoln

The Utah State Bar gratefully acknowledges the continued support of our 2017 Spring Convention Sponsors & Exhibitors


Babcock Scott & Babcock

Ballard Spahr LLP

Bingham Snow & Caldwell, LLP

Bradley C. Harr, PC

Christensen & Jensen

Clyde Snow & Sessions

Cohne Kinghorn

DeBry & Associates

Durham, Jones & Pinegar

Fabian VanCott

Hillyard, Anderson & Olsen

Hughes Thompson Randall & Mellen, PC

JensenBayles, LLP

Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough

Kaufman Nichols & Kaufman

Randy S. Kester

Kipp & Christian

Kirton | McConkie

Parr Brown Gee & Loveless

Parsons Behle & Latimer

Ray, Quinney & Nebeker

Richards Brandt Miller & Nelson

Snell & Wilmer

Snow Christensen & Martineau

Snow Jensen & Reece

Strong & Hanni



AEI Corporation


Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.

Blomquist Hale Consulting –

Lawyers Assistance Program

BYU Law School


Decipher Forensics

FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters


Lawyers Helping Lawyers



Sage Forensic Accounting

S.J. Quinney College of Law

Tybera Development Group, Inc.

Utah Bar Foundation

Tax Notice

Pursuant to Internal Revenue Code 6033(e)(1), no income tax deduction shall be allowed for that portion of the annual license fees allocable to lobbying or legislative-related expenditures. For the tax year 2016, that amount is 0.36% of the mandatory license fee.

Notice of Utah Bar Foundation Annual Meeting and Open Board of Director Position

The Utah Bar Foundation is a non-profit organization that administers the Utah Supreme Court IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) Program. Funds from this program are collected and donated to nonprofit organizations in our State that provide law related education and legal services for the poor and disabled.

The Utah Bar Foundation is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors, all of whom are active members of the Utah State Bar. The Utah Bar Foundation is a separate organization from the Utah State Bar.

In accordance with the by-laws, any active licensed attorney, in good standing with the Utah State Bar may be nominated to serve a three-year term on the board of the Foundation. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, you must fill out a nomination form and obtain the signature of twenty-five licensed attorneys in good standing with the Utah State Bar. To obtain a nomination form, call the Foundation office at (801) 297-7046. If there are more nominations made than openings available, a ballot will be sent to each member of the Utah State Bar for a vote.

Nomination forms must be received in the Foundation office no later than 5pm on Monday, May 15,2017 to be placed on the ballot.

The Utah Bar Foundation will be holding the Annual Meeting of the Foundation on Saturday, July 29th at 9:00am in Sun Valley, Idaho. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the Utah State Bar's Annual Meeting.

For additional information on the Utah Bar Foundation, please visit our website at

Pro Bono in Your Own Time

The Access to Justice Department of the Utah State Bar is pleased to offer pro bono opportunities in your own time, whether you have one, two, or more hours to contribute. New programs – Lawyer of the Day and Free Legal Answers – allow you to quickly help people from your home or office via telephone and the web.

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