Utah State Bar March eBulletin
Court's Office of Regulatory Reform Answers Questions from Bar's Reform Committee
The Bar’s Regulatory Reform Committee chaired by Erik Christiansen and the Honorable Tom Willmore continues to work with the Court and the Office of Legal Services Innovation (more commonly known as “the Sandbox”). 

The Bar’s committee is now focused on educating our members about opportunities provided through using the Sandbox, maintaining transparency, and providing input where appropriate.

As part of that effort, the Bar’s Reform Committee submitted a letter to the Office of Innovation, requesting additional information about the process of applying and being accepted into the Sandbox. 

The Office of Innovation responded with a detailed outline of the process. The letter and response are public and are linked for your information.

The Utah State Bar appreciates the continuing dialogue and collective efforts of these two committees, who have been working diligently to encourage innovation in the legal community and to expand access to Justice.
Bar Creates New Ethics Hotline Page to Address Frequently Asked Questions
The Bar has recently updated its Ethics Hotline to be more intuitive and user friendly. Now you can find ethics opinions, frequently asked questions, ethics rules, and file an ethics request from one page. Take a look!
Ron Gordon Announced as New Court Administrator, Replacing Hon. Mary Noonan
Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant announced today that Ron Gordon has been appointed as the new State Court Administrator for the Utah Judiciary, effective June 1, 2021.

“Mr. Gordon has been a proven asset and reliable legal leader for Utah. His wealth of knowledge and experience in the legal field and justice system will make him an ideal administrator for the courts,” said Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant.

Beginning in 2017, Gordon served as General Counsel for Governor Gary R. Herbert. He continued in that role under Governor Spencer J. Cox. He has also served as Executive Director of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice from 2009 – 2017, and Director of the Utah Sentencing Commission from 2002 – 2005. He also served as coordinator for the Salt Lake County Justice Advisory Council.

Gordon received his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah College of Law in 1998, and bachelor’s degree in 1995.

“I am grateful to the Utah Supreme Court and the Judicial Council for this extraordinary opportunity,” Gordon said. “There is no better judicial system in the world, and I am honored to join the wonderful people in the Utah Judiciary.”
Gordon will replace Hon. Mary T. Noonan, who has served as State Court Administrator since December, 2018.
Well Being Byte: Six Proven Ways to Improve Your Well Being
Dr. Chris Bray gives you six easy ways to improve your well being every day. Listen to this month's well-being byte to find out how.

And, for more ideas to stay healthy and motivated visit wellbeing.utahbar.org.
Online Marketplace to Supplement Beneplace's Member Benefit Offerings
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. 

The Utah State Bar makes no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding any of the providers listed on the Marketplace and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for loss or damage resulting from the use of products or services. 
Bar Seeking Juvenile Defense Lawyers for Commission on Juvenile Justice
The Utah State Bar is soliciting additional applications from “attorneys who primarily represent juveniles in delinquency matters” to serve for a four-year term with the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, in accordance with 63M-7-202 UCA. Applicants must be willing to devote the time and attention required of a board member. The Bar will nominate two names who qualify for this particular position to the Governor for his appointment. Information about the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice may be found at:  https://justice.utah.gov/. Interested lawyers may send a resume to Christy Abad at cabad@utahbar.org by March 18, 2021.
Fastcase, Casemaker Announce Merger; No Change to Utah State Bar Service
Legal publishers Casemaker and Fastcase have announced their merger and joint building out of legal research and analytics, news, data, and workflow solutions. There will be no change to the current service provided to Utah State Bar members as the merger moves forward.

The two companies will combine their teams and technologies to innovate research, analytics, and workflow offerings that empower lawyers with powerful digital solutions for their clients.