Utah State Bar September eBulletin
The Challenge of Lawyer Well-Being
The numbers from our profession are staggering:  28 percent of us suffer from some form of depression and between 21 and 36 percent are problem drinkers. In addition, the ABA-sponsored Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being reported that “[t]he parade of difficulties includes suicide, social alienation, work addiction, sleep deprivation, job dissatisfaction, a 'diversity crisis,' complaints of work-life conflict, incivility, a narrowing of values so that profit predominates, and negative public perception."   After identifying the problems, the Task Force report provides an extensive list of specific recommendations for judges, state bars, legal employers, law schools and other stakeholders for addressing attorney and judge well-being. The complete Task Force Report can be found  here .
 
Bottom line: we need to do more. We can consider our own practices, law firms, law departments or offices, and how we can take on these issues by better promoting awareness, removing stigmas and fostering a work environment that is more conducive to well-being. I am grateful that our own Chief Justice Durrant has organized a Committee on well-being to consider the Task Force report and make recommendations of its own tailored to judges and lawyers in Utah. Justice Paige Peterson has been asked to chair the Committee, and I am honored to co-chair the Committee with her, which is made up of various Utah stakeholders and experts. Together we are taking a close look at specific objectives and specific goals that we can recommend to better help and lift each other in our profession.
 
As one step forward, our upcoming Fall Forum on November 1 and 2 will have among other terrific CLE offerings an entire track devoted to well-being issues. It will be presented by known experts from in and outside the state, and should be well worth your time. Take a look at the 2018 Fall Forum Agenda here.   Finally, I would like to recommend consideration of the Lawyer Retreat in Vail, coming up on October 5. It is a program specifically designed to address well-being issues, including how to renew your sense of purpose both professionally and in your personal life. More information below in this eBulletin.

H. Dickson Burton
Utah State Bar President
Emerging Legal Leaders Sponsor "Grill & Chill" Event
Come join the Emerging Legal Leaders for the annual Grill & Chill event, Thursday, September 27 in Salt Lake City. It's a great chance to mingle with judges and other leaders from the legal community. For more info or to RSVP email Kelly at kelly@andjusticeforall.org.
Domestic Lawyers Academy Set to Begin This Fall
Utah attorneys seeking to learn the basics of a domestic practice are invited to participate in a Domestic Lawyers Academy sponsored by Utah Legal Services.
The Academy will give attorneys the opportunity to take a pro bono case through the entire process, with help every step of the way. Experienced attorneys will provide mentorship, and up to 13 hours of CLE credit can be earned. Classes will be held by webinar for six weeks, beginning September 26. To sign up, please follow this link and fill out the form. For questions, email Tatiana Christensen, Utah Legal Services Pro Bono Director, at tchristensen@utahlegalservices.org , or call 801-328-8891 ext. 3373. Cases are available in all districts.
Bar Seeking Nominations for Fall Forum Awards
The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2018 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. Please submit your nomination for a 2018 Fall Forum Award no later than Friday, October 5, 2018. Use the Award Nomination Form to propose your candidate in the following categories: 1. Distinguished Community Member Award 2. Professionalism Award 3. Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. Here's what else is coming at the 2018 Fall Forum .
Bar Seeks Nominations for the James Lee, Charlotte Miller, and Paul Moxley Mentoring Awards
Nominations are currently being taken for the James Lee, Charlotte Miller, and Paul Moxley Outstanding Mentor Awards. Previously celebrated at the Breakfast of Champions, these awards are designed in the fashion of their namesakes; honoring special individuals who care enough to share their wisdom and guide attorneys along their personal and professional journeys. Mentors help lay out possible options to pursue and directions to take. They share wisdom, experience and inspire attorneys to set higher goals and help attorneys reach those goals. Please submit your nomination for a James Lee, Charlotte Miller, and Paul Moxley Outstanding Mentor Award no later than Friday, October 5, 2018 using the   Award Nomination Form. .
Utah Legal Services Teams with DOJ to Conduct Survey on the Understanding of Uniform
Power of Attorney Form
Utah Legal Services and the Department of Justice are conducting a survey to gauge familiarity with and opinions of the Uniform Power of Attorney form. The organizations want to better understand perceptions regarding use of the form and need for education about the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. 
Attorneys who participate will be asked a series of questions regarding current opinions and understandings that reflect their current knowledge, and all responses will be anonymous.
Utah Legal Services is providing this questionnaire pursuant to Cooperative Agreement #2017-VF-GX-K141, with the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice, to address enhanced or new legal remedies for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation. The University of Utah will analyze the results and prepare a report based upon the responses to the questionnaire. The Utah State Bar is not a party to this Cooperative Agreement. To participate, click here .
ABA and Utah State Bar to Co-Sponsor Fall Lawyer Retreat in Vail to Address Lawyer Well-Being
The American Bar Association and the Utah State Bar are co-sponsoring a Lawyer Retreat to assist lawyers in improving their personal and professional life. The ABA will provide a fun and relaxing environment to help you plan the trajectory for you, your firm, your team - and your career. The event will be held October 5 at the Four Seasons Resort in Vail. Attorneys will hear from nationally recognized facilitators who will share proven techniques on avoiding burnout, keeping high performers engaged for the long haul, and fostering growth in your firm. Attorneys will walk away with a renewed sense of purpose and clarity for your whole life. For full details and to register, go here.