Utah Bar Journal
Vol. 25, No. 3. 49.
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Utah Bar Journal Volume 25 No. 3 May/Jun 2012 Stale Bar News Notice of MCLE Reporting Cycle
Notice of July 1, 2010 -June 30, 2012 MCLE Reporting Cycle
Due to the change in MCLE reporting deadlines, please remember that your MCLE hours must be completed by June 30th and your report must be filed by July 31st. If you have always filed in the even year, you will have a compliance cycle that began July 1, 2010, and will end June 30,2012. Active Status Lawyers complying in 2012 are required to complete a minimum of twenty-four hours of Utah approved CLE, which shall include a minimum of three hours of accredited ethics. One of the ethics hours shall he in the area of professionalism and civility. (A minimum of twelve hours must be live in-person CLE.) For more information and to obtain a Certificate of Compliance, please visit our website at www.utahbar.org/mcle. If you have any questions, please contact Sydnie Kuhre, MCLE Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 297-7035 or Ryan Rapier, MCLE Assistant at email@example.com or (801) 297-7034.
2012 Fall Forum Awards
The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2012 Fall Forum Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 14, 2012. The award categories include:
1. Distinguished Community Member Award 2. Professionalism Award 3. Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
View a list of past award recipients at: http://www.utahbar.org/ members/awards_recipients.html.
First Annual Mentor of the Year Award
The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the first annual New Lawyer Training Program (NLTP) Mentor of the Year award to be given at the 2012 Summer Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho. Nominations must be submitted in writing to Elizabeth Wright, Coordinator of the New Lawyer Training Program, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012. You may also email a nomination to email@example.com by the same deadline.
The award will go to a mentor who mentored a new lawyer in the NLTP and who excelled in teaching a new lawyer the skills needed to be a good lawyer. The mentor of the year will have been a valued guide who helped a new lawyer understand the rules of professionalism and civility and how adherence to them benefits clients and the profession as a whole.
Please submit a short statement naming your mentor and explaining why your mentor deserves the award. Please provide specific examples of how your mentor went the extra mile in helping you during your first year of practice.
Notice of Ethics and Discipline Committee Vacancies
The Utah Supreme Court is seeking interested volunteers to fill vacancies on the Ethics and Discipline Committee of the Utah Supreme Court. The Ethics and Discipline Committee is divided into four panels, which hear all informal complaints charging unethical or unprofessional conduct against members of the Bar and determine whether or not informal disciplinary action should result from the complaint or whether a formal complaint should be filed in district court against the respondent attorney. Appointments to the Ethics and Discipline Committee are made by the Utah Supreme Court.
Please send a resume, no later than June 1, 2012, to:
Utah Supreme Court
c/o Diane Abegglen, Appellate Court Administrator
P.O. Box 140210
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-0210
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. gov
The Board of Bar Commissioners received the following reports and took the actions indicated during the March 15, 2012 Commission Meeting held at the Law and Justice Center in Salt Lake City.
1. The Commission approved the recommendations made by the Fund for Client Protection Committee in their March 5, 2012 report. 2. The Commission approved the Minutes of the February 13, 2012 Commission Meeting via Consent Agenda. 3. The Commission heard a report from the Pro Bono Commission. The Commission has found a video company and has scheduled filming. An RFP has been sent to BarAlliance to create a database to accommodate Pro Bono, Modest Means, and Lawyer Referral. The estimated cost for the database may be around $60,000. BarAlliance is contacting Nevada and Hawaii to see if they interest in having a similar program in order to reduce the "build" costs. The Commission has contacted various Bar Commissioners to reach out to certain judges about becoming co-chairs. 4. The Commission heard a report from the Modest Means Program Committee. The Committee visited the Wisconsin Bar to learn about their comparable program. The Committee would like to see the Utah program more aggressively promoted. 5. The Commission heard a report on the Lawyer Referral Program Committee. They reiterated the need for staff support to launch the program. There was some debate over a "flat fee" vs. a "percentage fee" in order for a lawyer to participate in the program. 6. The Commission heard a report from the Lawyer Advertising Committee. They are working on further revisions to proposed rules and discussing whether to adopt more of a Texas or Nevada model and the extent of disclosure they may require. They should have a final recommendation by the April Commission meeting. 7. The Commission discussed the results of the Membership Survey. A breakout session to discuss survey results was suggested for the Summer Convention. 8. The Commission heard a report on the High School Civics Education Program. Approximately 200 lawyers have signed up to participate thanks to President Snow's message in the recent E-bulletin. Staff is processing the volunteer applications and will be matching them to participating schools. 9. The Commission heard a report on the Bar's IT situation. Changes have been made to the server to increase bandwidth. And, Bar Alliance is working on a repair list and is aware that they have to submit an RFP in order to renew their contract. Additionally, RFP's will be requested from other database providers. It was also reported that no one could be found to do a "gap study" on the shortcomings of Bar Alliance leaving a Bar committee to conduct an internal review. 10. The Commission deferred discussion until the April meeting on a policy encouraging Bar Staff lawyers to do Pro Bono work until more information is received from the Pro Bono Commission and the Attorney General's Office. The minute text of this and other meetings of the Bar Commission are available at the office of the Executive Director.
Request for Comment on Proposed Bar Budget
The Bar staff and officers are currently preparing a proposed budget for the fiscal year which begins July 1, 2012, and ends June 30, 2013. The process being followed includes review by the Commission's Executive Committee and the Bar's Budget and Finance Committee, prior to adoption of the final budget by the Bar Commission at its June 1, 2012 meeting.
The Commission is interested in assuring that the process includes as much feedback by as many members as possible. A copy of the proposed budget, in its most current permutation, is available for inspection and comment at www.utahbar.org.
Please contact John Baldwin at the Bar Office with your questions or comments.
Telephone: (801) 531-9077
American Bar Association Representative
The Bar Commission is seeking applicants to serve a two-year term as one of the Bar's two representatives in the American Bar Association's House of Delegates to replace Larry Stevens. Larry has recently been elected by the Utah members of the ABA to serve as their delegate in the House of Delegates. Margaret Plane serves as the Bar's other delegate. The term would run through the August 2014 ABA Annual Meeting.
The ABA House of Delegates meets two times a year during the ABA conventions. There will be some preparation work to review issues and communicate with the Bar Commission. The delegate is also an Ex-officio member of the Utah State Bar Commission.
Please send your letter of application and resume no later than Monday, August 6, 2012, to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, Utah State Bar, at email@example.com or 645 South, 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.
Mandatory Online Licensing
The annual Bar licensing renewal process will begin June 1,2012, and will be done only on-line. Sealed cards will be mailed the last week of May to your address of record. (Updateyour address information now at www.myutahbar.org). The cards will include a login and password to access the renewal form and will outline the steps to re-license. Renewing your license online is simple and efficient, taking only about five minutes. With the online system you will be able to verify and update your unique licensure information, join Sections and specialty bars, answer a few questions, and pay all fees.
No separate licensing form will be sent in the mail. You will be asked to certify that you are the licensee identified in this renewal system. Therefore, this process should only be completed by...