Utah State Bar eBulletin Special Edition
Coronavirus and Self-Isolation Create Challenges for Legal Profession
As we deal with the self-isolation to prevent the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19, it’s anything but business as usual for Utah attorneys. But there are tools available to help. 

The  ABA Division for Bar Services Continuity Planning Resource Page  links to a number of bars' disaster/continuity plans, related articles, guides, and other resources. The  National Association of Bar Executives Pandemic Preparedness Resources Page  gathers information specific to pandemics and to COVID-19, including summaries of NABE's weekly roundtables on this topic. The  National Conference of Bar Presidents COVID-19 resource page is available as well, specific to bar presidents and other elected leaders. 

I've also sent a letter to Governor Herbert about the essential nature of legal services to society in the event of a statewide shutdown.

The Bar's Lawyer and Judges Well-Being Committee is posting regular resources on the Bar's Facebook page and Twitter feeds to help maintain your edge in this challenging time, and the live CLE requirement has been waived for this reporting cycle. (See article below.)

Finally, don’t forget to complete the  Women Lawyers of Utah  survey about the practice of law in Utah. The survey will provide data for the Women Lawyers of Utah about how to better serve members of the profession and the community.  

Attorneys always rise to the occasion, and there's no doubt in my mind we'll do so during this challenge as well. Thanks for all you do to care for your clients. You are a tribute to the profession.

Now is a Great Time to Take Advantage of Pro Bono Opportunities
Utah Attorneys,

The Covid-19 outbreak has disrupted all of our lives – financially, socially, and mentally. 

As we each adjust out schedules in these uncommon times, I would humbly recommend making pro bono a part of your life. Research has found that taking time to focus on others can bring great peace and satisfaction, especially during periods of unrest.  

In an effort to make volunteering easier, the Bar has set up a new  virtual clinic  that allows attorney to provide brief advice to clients from the comfort of their homes (or offices). This clinic will take the place of the Tuesday Night Bar during the social distancing period. 

I encourage you to take a moment to sign up. The commitment is minimal, and you will be providing a great benefit to the community in need. Just as important, you will benefit personally from using your skills to serve others.  


Rob Jepson,
Access to Justice Director

Sign up here:  Virtual Clinic Sign-Up .
WELL-BEING BYTE: Handling Anxiety During the Coronavirus Pandemic
If you're noticing increased anxiety in yourself, your clients, or those around you these days, you're not alone. It's grounded and normal to experience a certain amount of anxiety in times like these. When asked how they were handling their stress , members of The Well-Being Committee for the Legal Profession offered up some great suggestions. Hear what's working for them in this month's well-being byte .
Live CLE Requirement Suspended for This Cycle: Here's a List of Resources
Due to the CDC recommendations against gathering in large groups in order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court has authorized the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Education to suspend all requirements for in-person CLE attendance for the remainder of the current reporting cycle, which ends on June 30, 2020. 

Accordingly, those Bar members who are required to report CLE compliance this reporting cycle may complete all required hours through webinars and other self-study courses in accordance with Rule 14-413 of the MCLE Rules. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please email the MCLE Staff or call 801.531.9077.
Utah State Bar Elections Scheduled
April 1 for President-elect and
Third Division Commissioners
 The Utah State Bar elections are coming April 1. Bar members will choose a President-elect and three Third Division Commissioners.

Heather Thuet is the sole candidate for President-elect, and will run in a retention election according to Bar bylaws. Third Division Commissioner Candidates are Traci Gunderson, Mark Morris, Andrew Morse, Michael Stahler and Brenda Weinberg.

More information on the Candidates can be found here .
Heather Thuet, President-elect Candidate
Traci Gunderson,
Third Division Candidate
Mark Morris,
Third Division Candidate
Andrew Morse,
Third Division Candidate
Michael Stahler,
Third Division Candidate
Brenda Weinberg,
Third Division Candidate
Interactive Calendar Now Available for Legal Events
In order to reduce scheduling conflicts arising too often with so many of the great events and seminars sponsored by groups of lawyers and bar-related affiliates and organizations, the Utah State Bar has now created an online calendar for your use. You can view the calendar here . Lawyer-related groups can review available dates for conflicts and place events directly on the calendar.  Too often in the past different opportunities for socializing and learning have been scheduled over one another by groups simply because they have been unaware of conflicts.  This shared calendar can help eliminate these unfortunate incidents in the future. To get access to the calendar for your group email David Clark.
Utah State Bar Legislative Positions Announced
Positions taken by the Bar during the 2020 Utah Legislative Session and funds expended on public policy issues related to the regulation of the practice of law and the administration of justice are available here . The Bar is authorized by the Utah Supreme Court to engage in legislative and public policies activities related to the regulation of the practice of law and the administration of justice by Supreme Court Rule 14-106 . Lawyers may receive a rebate of the proportion of their annual Bar license fee expended for such activities during April 1, 2019 through March 30, 2020 by notifying Financial Director Lauren Stout .  

The proportional amount of fees provided in the rebate include funds spent for lobbyists and staff time spent lobbying; a breakfast meeting with lawyer legislators; travel for the Bar’s three delegates to the American Bar Association House of Delegates; travel by Bar leadership to lobby in Washington DC with the American Bar Association; the Bar’s contribution to the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion; and Utah legislative lobbyist registration fees for the Bar’s Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director. Prior year rebates have averaged up to approximately $6.10 depending on the license fee paid. The rebate amount will be calculated April 1, 2020 and we expect the amount to be consistent with prior years.