Utah State Bar July eBulletin
Thanks for Everything You Do to Make the Bar, and the Profession, Noble and Honorable
We all experience the sensation of time flying by, and such has been this full and eventful year as Bar President. We have had challenges both expected and unexpected, from exploring ways to address disruption and change in our profession, to addressing lawyer and judge well-being, to responding to a surprise effort to impose a sales tax on attorneys’ fees – to name a few of the larger issues before us. And with the heartfelt effort of so many great members of our Bar, we continue to make progress on all fronts. Of course as always, much remains to be done. But progress will continue, better than ever, under the leadership of incoming Bar President Herm Olsen and President-elect Heather Farnsworth.
 
We will be finishing our Bar year with a celebration at the Summer Convention in Park City. If you haven’t yet registered you still can. There are great speakers, activities and (hopefully) perfect weather. Come join us, and spend the nights as well. It will be grand and you will not want to miss it.
 
As I finish my year as President, I want to thank all of you, Bar members, for your support of the Bar, your hard work as attorneys, and the good you do for your clients and the profession every day. Thank you to the hundreds of attorneys who volunteer their time in many types of Bar service. Thank you to an exceptional and profession Bar staff who make things work smoothly for us every day. Thank you to the Bar Commissioners with whom I have had the privilege of serving. They are exceptional people and great friends.  And a very special thanks to all of you who regularly donate critically important community and pro bono service, usually very quietly and without recognition. You are the ones who make our profession truly noble and honorable.
Reminder: Odd Year Compliance CLE Hours Due June 30; MCLE Reporting Due July 31
For those of you needing hours to comply this summer for the 2017-2019 (odd year, ending June 30) compliance years, you will be able to attend the Summer Convention in July and use the hours for compliance without any late fees/penalties. Hours cannot be split between cycles. Full details can be found here .
 
MCLE hours for the odd year reporting cycle were due June 30, (except for the above noted Summer Convention hours), and your MCLE report must be filed by July 31. For more information and to obtain a Certificate of Compliance, please click  here .

If all of your required MCLE hours are in the database, all you need to do in order to fully comply is to login to your Member Dashboard to pay the $15 reporting fee. Once this fee has been paid, you will not need to report again until July 2021, and we will not require a Certificate of Compliance from you. 

Below are step-by-step instructions to pay the fee online:
 
  • Log into the Practice Portal.
  • Select pay MCLE Compliance fee under Utah Bar Portal Control Card.
  • Follow prompts to pay MCLE Compliance fee.
Utah State Bar to Honor Legal Contributors with Awards at Summer Convention in Park City
As part of Summer Convention, the Utah State Bar will present awards to members of the legal community who made outstanding contributions to the legal profession. Awards include Lawyer of the Year, Committee of the Year, Section of the Year, Judge of the Year, Distinguished Service Awards, and Lifetime Service Awards.

The Lawyer of the Year award goes to Paul Burke, of Ray Quinney & Nebeker. Burke graduated from the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah, and currently works at general counsel of the firm. Burke has been named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Bar and maintains a broad civil litigation practice.

The Bar Journal Committee was named Committee of the Year . The committee has been chaired by Bill Holyoak for the last 20 years. Holyoak has been a staunch defender of the Bar Journal as a forum for attorneys. Other committee members include Alisha Giles, Nicole G. Farrell, Lee Killiam, Andrea Valenti Arthur, Victoria Luman, Judge Catherine E. Roberts (Ret.), LaShel Shaw, Judge Gregory K. Orme, Hal Armstrong, Paul Justensen, Todd Zagorec and Grace S. Pusavat.

Section of the Year is awarded to a Section that "has made outstanding contributions of time and talents to Bar activities and provided outstanding services to the public and the profession. This year the award went to the Litigation Section. The section offers a variety of resources to help attorneys, including the popular "Bench Books" which outline procedure in different courts and a lawyer resource service that provides support for attorneys as they try a case. Heather Sneddon is the Section Chair, with Jen Tomchak the chair-elect, Erik Christiansen the treasurer and Jess Krannich secretary.

Judge of the Year goes to Judge John Baxter of the Salt Lake City Justice Court. Judge Baxter was appointed to the Salt Lake City Justice Court in 2002. He presides over Salt Lake City's Homeless Court and Veterans' Court. Judge Baxter chaired the Utah Judicial Council's Committee on Access to Resources for Self-represented Parties and served on the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Professionalism and the Committee on Judicial Outreach. 

Distinguished Service Awards goes to Dean Robert Adler of the S.J. Quinney College of Law and Steven G. Johnson.
Adler is a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law. He recently stepped down after a six-year term as the Jefferson B. and Rita E. Fordham Dean. He teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law and water law. Before coming to the College of Law in 1994, he practiced environmental law for 15 years at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Trustees for Alaska, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.
Johnson has spent a good part of his career serving in the Bar and serving the Courts of the State of Utah to enhance access to justice. He has served as an officer of both the Corporate Counsel Section and of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Bar. He has been a member of Utah State Bar’s Fee Arbitration Panel since 1999, and chaired the Panel from 2006 to 2010. He was appointed as a member of the Supreme Court’s MCLE Board in 1999, and served as Trustee of the Board for 4 years. He served 7 years as an Associate Editor of the  Utah Bar Journal  beginning in his second year of law school, and served for 10 years as a member of the Bar’s Government Affairs Committee.

Lifetime Service Awards were given to Pat Christensen, Judge Paul Warner and Judge Brooke Wells.
Judge Warner is the Chief United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Utah. He was appointed on February 19, 2006. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Brigham Young University in 1973. He graduated in the Charter Class of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU in 1976. In 1984, he received a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Marriott School of Management at BYU. 
Judge Wells served as a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Utah from 2003 until her retirement, June 3, 2019. Judge Wells received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of Utah and then continued on to receive her Juris Doctorate degree, also from the University of Utah. Following graduation, she spent three years as a legal services lawyer in San Antonio, Texas. She then returned to Utah and worked for the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association for fifteen years.
Christensen is of counsel to Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, a former Judge  pro tem  of the Third Judicial District Court, a former adjunct professor of law at the University of Utah’s S. J. Quinney College of Law, and a former legislative assistant in the United States Senate. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and an officer and director of a number of charitable, civic and professional organizations.

Congratulations to all the award winners.
Expungement Day a Big Success for People Looking to Clear Records
Thanks to all who helped make Expungement Day such a success. More than 60 volunteer attorneys helped 348 attendees get on the road to expunging their records. Special thanks to the 15 attorneys that showed up as last-minute replacements for attorneys who cancelled! For more details, check out one of the news reports here.
Mandatory Online Licensing Began June 3, is Late after July 31
The annual Bar licensing renewal process has started and can be done only online. An email outlining renewal instructions was sent the first week of June. You may email  licensing@utahbar.org or call 801-297-7021 if you have any questions or need technical support.

License renewal and fees must be submitted, and payment received (or postmarked) by July 31 to avoid a late fee. If renewal is not complete and payment received by September 1, your license will be suspended.

Online renewals and fees must be submitted by July 1 and will be late August 1. Your license will be suspended unless the online renewal is completed and payment received by September 1. 
Bar Creates Well-Being Committee in Response to Task Force Recommendations
The Utah Task Force on Lawyer and Judge Well-Being has released its report, Creating a Well-Being Movement in the Utah Legal Community. In the report, the Task Force defines well-being, examines data on the health of legal professionals, and provides recommendations for lawyers, judges, regulators, legal employers, law schools, and the Utah State Bar. The Task Force invites you to read the report , to consider the importance of well-being to a thriving practice, and to use your leadership to help create a foundation of well-being for all of Utah’s legal professionals. 

In response to the Task Force’s call to action, the Bar has created the Well-Being Committee for the Legal Profession (WCLP). The WCLP is co-chaired by Utah Supreme Court Justice Paige Petersen and Utah State Bar President Dickson Burton. Committee members include Wendy Archibald, John Baldwin, Jeremy Christensen, Robert Denny, Kathy DuPont, Dr. Kim Free, Dr. Valerie Hale, Dani Hawkes, Honorable Kim Hornack, Honorable Elizabeth Hruby-Mills, Leilani Marshall, Cassie Medura, Brooke Millard, Sean Morris, Andrew Morse, Dr. Cliff Rosky, Jamie Sorenson, Kara Southard, Cara Tangaro, and Dr. Matt Thiese. Martha Knudson has been appointed Executive Director. 

Ms. Knudson is an attorney, educator, and specialist in the field of applied positive psychology. She practiced law for 18 years, first as a litigator in private practice and later as the general counsel of a national real-estate management company. While still practicing she obtained a masters in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania where, in addition to her work with the WCLP, she now serves as a member of the graduate program’s teaching staff.  

Look for well-being tips and tools from the WCLP in upcoming issues of both the eBulletin and the Bar Journal. And make sure to listen to the inaugural WCLP podcast here.
Former General Counsel for Utah Governor's Office Joins "and Justice for all" Board of Directors

 Jacey Skinner—an attorney at Ballard Spahr LLC who has also held a variety of senior leadership roles in Utah state government, including serving as General Counsel to Utah Governor Gary Herbert—has been elected to join the Board of Directors of “and Justice for all,” a nonprofit civil legal aid organization that helps 30,000 families with free or low cost legal assistance every year. 
As counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP in Salt Lake City, Skinner brings a wealth of experience and talent to this position including a variety of senior leadership roles in Utah state government.

 “I am so pleased to have the opportunity to work with the incredible people and programs at “and Justice for all,” said Jacey. “I have always been grateful for the important but mostly unrecognized work that that these organizations do and I am looking forward to being part of a team that I have admired for so long.” 
 
Before joining Ballard Spahr, she served as the Deputy State Court Administrator for the State of Utah, where she facilitated policy development and managed relations with the state legislature, executive branch agencies, the Utah Judicial Council, and the Utah Supreme Court. 
Skinner also served as General Counsel to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert from 2013 to 2017.