State Bar News

JurisdictionUtah,United States
CitationVol. 36 No. 4 Pg. 49
Publication year2023
State Bar News
Vol. 36 No. 4 Pg. 49
Utah Bar Journal
August, 2023

State Bar News

Commission Highlights

The Utah State Bar Board of Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during the April 21, 2023, meeting held at the Utah State Bar Law & Justice Center in Salt Lake City.

• The Bar Commission voted to allow the Access to Justice office to hire an associate staff attorney to look at debt trends in Utah, look at the value of brief legal advice or legal representation, and assist the courts in their administration of debt cases. This is a pilot program which the Access to Justice office hopes to make into a permanent staff position after two years.

• The Bar Commission discussed the future of Utah's Legal Regulatory Sandbox. The court has been working with the Bar to bring the Legal Regulatory Sandbox over to the Bar as a Bar program.

• The Bar Commission discussed the proposed changes to Rule of Professional Conduct 7.1 and MCLE Rule 14-419.

• The Bar Commission received legislative updates and a final report on the 2023 Legislative Session from the Bar's lobbyists.

• The Commission approved by consent the minutes of the March 16, 2023 commission meeting.

The minute text of this and other meetings of the Bar Commission are available on the Bar's website.

Annual Online Licensing

The annual Utah State Bar online licensing renewal process has begun. An email containing the necessary steps to renew online at was sent on June 5th.

Your renewal and fee payment are due by July 1st and will be late August 1st. If your renewal is not complete and fees paid before September 1st, your license will be suspended.

The Bar accepts all major credit cards and has eliminated the 2% surcharge. Payment can also be made by ACH/E-check. NO PAPER CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Upon completion of the renewal process, you will receive a licensing confirmation email.

To receive support for your online renewal, please contact us either by email to or, call 801-297-7023. Additional information on licensing policies, procedures, and guidelines can be found on our website at

Notice of Petition for Reinstatement to the Utah State Bar by Steven D. Brantley

Pursuant to Rule 11-591(d), Rules of Discipline, Disability, and Sanctions, the Office of Professional Conduct hereby publishes notice of the Verified Petition for Reinstatement (Petition) filed by Steven D. Brantley, in In the Matter of the Discipline of Steven D. Brantley, Third Judicial District Court, Civil No. 990908003. Any individuals wishing to oppose or concur with the Petition are requested to do so within twenty-eight days of the date of this publication by filing notice with the District Court.

Recognizing Leaders in Our Communities: Spring Pro Bono Publico Awards

Each May, the legal community celebrates Law Day. This year the theme was "Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration," acknowledging that each of us has a role to play in defending democracy and the guardrails that protect it. The event was held at the Grand America Ballroom in Salt Lake City. During this luncheon, the Access to Justice Office announced winners of the spring Pro Bono Publico Awards.

J. Reuben Clark Law School's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) at BYU was named the Pro Bono Publico Law School Group of the Year. This award is given to an exceptional law school group whose goal is to install the ethical and professional responsibility to provide legal services to all regardless of income. The PILF organization showed exceptional dedication and commitment through many public interest law projects at their school and within their community. Here are just a few examples of what all these law students accomplished:

• PILF students attended the Tuesday night Family Justice Center Clinic to assist...

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