Utah State Bar October eBulletin
Bar Review Provides Way to Connect with Old Friends and Meet New Colleagues
When people think of a Bar Review, many picture law students gathering to study for the Bar Exam. And perhaps that is where it all began. But over time, Bar Review socials became events which were participated in by law students in law school to blow off steam and build comradery, and soon the practice evolved to include practicing attorneys as well as law students.

The Bar Review is a great way to network and to see old friends and meet new ones. In Utah, Bar Review events were reimagined and introduced by Angelina Tsu for practicing lawyers during her presidency of the Utah State Bar in 2016.

The 2021 Bar Review Kick-off event was held on Sept 7 at the Alta Club. The event was sponsored by the Litigation Section and 72 attorneys attended. The food was excellent as was the company.  

While there were many familiar faces of those who often attend Bar events, I was thrilled to see many individuals who do not attend Bar functions often enough, including many minority, solo or small firm attorneys, newer attorneys, attorneys who practice outside Salt Lake, Justice Court judges, and many others.  

I spoke to one attorney who said it was the only Bar function they had ever attended in 32 years of practice and that it took just the simple encouragement of an acquaintance who said they’d meet them there to drew them out. It doesn’t take much to be that acquaintance that lifts another up. Watch the Bar’s website for updates on future Bar Review events. 

Bar Review events are a great way for the new attorneys we are welcoming to the profession to network and meet new colleagues. And, speaking of new colleagues, Utah was one of the few states in the nation who saw an increase in Bar Exam pass rates for the July exam. The pass rate was 86 percent for those that sat for the exam in July, which was a seven percent increase over the 2019 exam. (Due to diploma privilege, only 59 people sat for the exam in 2020. The 2021 pass rate was a 17 percent increase over the 2020 rate.)

Finally, as I speak with attorneys and law firms, I find many that either do not know or do not understand the benefits of Utah’s new Licensed Legal Professionals, the Licensed Paralegal Practitioner. The LPPs can provide legal help in the areas of debt collection, family law, and landlord-tenant matters. The LPP is an important component of closing the access to justice gap. The target market for LPPs isn’t the segment of the market that hires attorneys—it’s the huge number of individuals who attempt to navigate the legal system on their own. Currently, there are 13 LPPs licensed in Utah, with another five being sworn in Oct. 15. By this time next year, the number will be around 25.

If you have questions about the LPP program, reach out to Associate General Counsel Scotti Hill, who oversees the program. She’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thanks for all you do to make the Bar such a valuable resource to attorneys and to the public. Your efforts are appreciated and noticed!
Registration is Now Open for the Utah State Bar Fall Forum, Starting November 18!
The Bar's 2021 Fall Forum will be held virtually only, beginning November 18. The program is made up of eight virtual sessions, one each week, with the program ending January 27. Registration is now open, with five regular e-verified CLE credits, two professionalism and civility credits and one ethics credit. Contact the CLE department with any questions. Special thanks to the Fall Forum Co-chairs, Judge Su Chon of the Third District Court and Michael Stahler of the Utah Attorney General's Office.
Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission Evaluation Surveys Arrive in October
Surveys to evaluate judicial performance will arrive in Utah attorney email inboxes in October. Please take the time to complete them. Judges benefit from your honest and constructively feedback. Bonus offer! If you complete JPEC’s online educational course and your surveys, you will receive 1.0 hour of Professionalism and Civility credit. Help support a strong judiciary and receive CLE credit while doing it! Check your email to find your survey invitation or contact JPEC if you have questions.
Bar Commission Election Nominations Open for Second, Third and Fifth Divisions
Nominations to the office of Bar Commissioner are hereby solicited for:

• One member from the Second Division
(Davis, Morgan and Weber Counties)
• Two members from the Third Division
(Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele
Counties)
• One member from the Fifth Division
(Beaver, Iron and Washington Counties)

Each commissioner will serve a three year term. Terms will begin in July 2022.
 
To be eligible for the office of Commissioner from a division, the nominee's business mailing address must be in that division as shown by the records of the Bar. Applicants must be nominated by a written petition of ten or more members of the Bar in good standing whose business mailing addresses are in the division from which the election is to be held. Nominating petitions are available here.  Completed petitions must be submitted to Christy Abad, Executive Assistant, no later than February 1, 2022 by 5 p.m.
Bar Seeks Applicants for Sixth District Trial Court Nominating Commission
The Bar is seeking applications from lawyers to serve on the Sixth District Trial Court Nominating Commission. The Commission nominates judges to fill vacancies on the district court and the juvenile court within the Sixth Judicial District. Two lawyers are appointed by the Governor from a list of four nominees provided by the Bar. 

Commissioners must be citizens of the United States and residents of the Sixth District (Sanpete, Sevier, Piute, Wayne, Garfield and Kane Counties). Commissioners are appointed for one term of four years and may not serve successive terms. No more than four of the seven members of the nominating commission may be of the same political party. You must identify your political affiliation if you are registered with a political party or indicate if you are not registered with a party and are independent.

Submit resumes to Christy Abad, Executive Assistant, by e-mail at cabad@utahbar.org.

Resumes must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
"Pro Se 101" CLE Set for October 25 for Attorneys Seeking to Assistant Pro Se Clients
The Utah State Bar is offering a "Pro Se 101" seminar on Oct. 25.

The seminar, held in conjunction with People's Legal Aid, will assist attorneys in understanding the process for helping with pro se calendars in debt collection and landlord-tenant matters.

For more information contact the Bar's pro bono office.
COVID-19 Forces Cancellation of Bar's Food and Clothing Drive
Leonard Burningham, the Chair of the Bar's annual food and clothing drive, has announced the drive will be cancelled again this year due to concerns about COVID-19.

"We did not hold our 31st Annual Utah State Bar Food & Clothing Drive last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic," Burningham said in a statement. "We have made that same determination for this year, based upon recent information posted by the Utah Health Department; however, we would like to urge all of our members to make cash contributions to your favorite charity."

You can read Leonard's full statement for the addresses of organizations the Bar has supported for the past 30+ years.
Have You Checked Out Beneplace's Member Benefit Offerings?
For many years, the Utah State Bar has partnered with Beneplace Employee Discount Services to provide Bar members with discounts on everything from travel to new car purchases. You can learn more about this great service by watching this video.

Additionally, the Utah State Bar has organized a Marketplace consisting of vendors offering services to Bar Licensees. These services are designed to help you in your practice. If you have questions or need additional information, please visit the Marketplace or contact the Utah State Bar.