Utah State Bar September eBulletin
Supreme Court Changes Rules of Professional Conduct as Part of Reform
By now, you have hopefully heard about the regulatory reform pilot program recently approved by the Utah Supreme Court. Utah Supreme Court Standing Order No. 15 creates a new regulatory body: the Office of Legal Services Innovation. This office will have the authority to authorize lawyers and qualified entities to engage in what has traditionally been the practice of law in new, creative ways, in a Regulatory Sandbox. It does not replace the Utah State Bar but creates a separate group to work under the Court’s direction in this innovative approach. The proposal is for a two-year pilot plan, after which it will be reevaluated by the Court to determine if these innovations have increased access to justice. 

The Court has also amended the Rules of Professional Conduct to reduce constraints on how lawyers market and promote their services.  After receiving additional feedback from the Bar and it’s members, the Supreme Court amended the Rules to require those utilizing these changes also be required to participate in the Regulatory Sandbox. This week, the Court issued the following statement:

“Shortly after the Supreme Court adopted Rules 5.4A and 5.4B of the Rules of Professional Conduct, it became evident that the fee-splitting and fee-sharing provisions of Rule 5.4A should be included in the Sandbox envisioned by Rule 5.4B and Standing Order 15. In response to input from the Bar Commission and others, the Supreme Court unanimously voted to make the necessary changes.
The relevant provisions of Rules 5.4A and 5.4B have been combined into Rule 5.4. Rules 5.4A and 5.4B are repealed effective immediately. Combined Rule 5.4 and revised Standing Order 15 are adopted effective immediately.”

These landmark changes are the first of their kind and could significantly impact the way we practice law. These reforms may create some growing pains as their effects are introduced into our system and practices.  Yet, even though our profession is founded in tradition, changes such as this should be seen as positive steps towards growth and innovation to improve our practice and improve the public’s access to reliable legal help. The Bar is encouraged by the idea that more help may be given more effectively to more people, and expresses appreciation to everyone who has worked to move to this point.  
Online Renewal Process Began June 8 with 90-Day Late Fee Extension
The annual Bar licensing renewal process has begun and can be done online only. An email containing the necessary steps to re-license online was sent on June 5. 

To receive support for your online licensing transaction, please contact us either by email or call 801-297-7021 . 

License renewal and fees must be submitted and payment received (or postmarked) by October 31 to avoid a late fee. If renewal is not complete and payment received (or postmarked) by November 30, your license will be suspended. 

This one-time extension by 90 days of the deadlines for the assessment of late fees and suspension for non-payment is for this licensing year only.
Well-Being Special Section: Happiness as a Lawyer: Is it Possible?
IS it even possible to be happy as an attorney? And, if so, what do happy attorneys do differently? Does money, prestige, making partner, make for a happy lawyer? Fine out by listening to a few tips on being a more happy attorney! And to learn more about well being for attorneys, visit the WCLP’s newly launched website.
Live CLE Requirement Suspended for 2020 and '21 Cycles
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus, the cancellation of in-person CLE courses, and the uncertainty as to when in-person courses may resume, the Supreme Court authorized the Board of Continuing Legal Education to suspend the traditional live in-person credit requirement for lawyers reporting in 2020, allowing all required CLE to be fulfilled with online self-study with audio or video presentations, webcasts or computer interactive telephonic programs.  

In addition, compliance deadlines have been extended for the compliance period ending June 30, 2020. Lawyers will have through September 1, 2020 to complete required CLE hours without paying late filing fees and will have through September 15, 2020 to file Certificate of Compliance reports without paying late filing fees.

The Supreme Court also authorized the Board of Continuing Legal Education to suspend the traditional live in-person credit requirement for lawyers reporting in 2021, allowing all required CLE to be fulfilled with online self-study with audio or video presentations, webcasts or computer interactive telephonic programs.  

PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 Compliance Reporting Period Extension does not apply to the 2021 Compliance Reporting Period.
Bar Commission Seeks Applicants for ABA House of Delegates
The Utah State Bar Commission is seeking applicants to fill a vacant position as one of the Bar’s two representatives in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) House of Delegates for a term to run through the August 2022 ABA Annual Meeting. The Bar has one other representatives in the House of Delegates, as well as a representative from the Young Lawyers Division. The ABA Members in Utah also have an elected delegate.  
The delegate is expected to attend the ABA’s Midyear and Annual meetings and to participate in appropriate interim meetings and in conference calls as needed. There will also be some preparation work to review issues and communicate with and report to the Bar Commission on a regular basis. The delegate also serves as an ex-officio member of the Bar Commission and would be expected to attend regular Commission Meetings.  
The delegate must be an active member in good standing of the Utah State Bar and a member in good standing of the ABA and meet all eligibility requirements set forth by the ABA.
Please send your letter of interest and resume no later than 5:00 pm, Wednesday, September 30, 2020 to Christy Abad, Utah State Bar Executive Assistant.
UCLI Offers CLE on Recent Supreme Court Bostock Ruling
Utah Center for Legal Inclusion, in conjunction with LGBT and Allied Lawyers of Utah, is offering an online CLE discussing the Supreme Court's recent ruling in the Bostock case.
What: Unpacking Bostock
When: September 9, 2020 at 12 p.m.
Where: Zoom (Register here).
Hosted By: The Utah Center for Legal Inclusion (UCLI) and LGBT and Allied Lawyers of Utah (LALU)
Description: Join panelists Kass Harstad, Maya Anderson, and Professor Clifford Rosky in exploring the findings, significance, and implications of the recent US Supreme Court case, Bostock v. Clayton County and deepen your understanding of how to effectively contribute to LGBTQ+ equity and opportunity in your legal practice. 
Small Business Association Seeks Disaster Relief Attorneys
the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance. Because of the huge influx of applications from COVID-19 as well as other natural and man-made disasters across the U.S. and its territories, we need people. Our most immediate need is in the Legal arena for attorneys and paralegals. Real estate experience is a plus but not required.
The jobs are full-time but temporary (2 to 6 months), and many of them can be done virtually. The hiring process has been expedited to bring qualified people on board ASAP. To apply, click the links above.
Bar Creates New Online Marketplace to Supplement Beneplace Offerings
The Utah State Bar has organized a new marketplace consisting of offers from vendors offering services to Bar members at special rates. These vendors offer a variety of services designed to help you in your practice, all at discounted rates available only to preferred customers. If you have questions, visit the marketplace or email David Clark.