Utah State Bar October eBulletin
Fall is upon us and with it comes the Fall Forum
Where did the summer go? Every year goes by a little more quickly than the last.

After a great Summer Convention, it's time for the Fall Forum, another chance to pick up some fantastic CLE credits right here close to home. This year, up to seven hours are available, including three hours of Ethics credit and an hour of Professionalism and Civility.

Karra Porter and Michael Stahler have done a great job co-chairing the Fall Forum committee this year. Plenaries include Justice Deno Himonas of the Utah Supreme Court and one of Utah's premiere business leaders, Gail Miller of the Larry H. Miller Group of companies.

In addition to the plenaries, tracks include Lawyer Well-Being, Dialogue and Communication, Innovation in Law Practice, and Litigation/Skills Practice at the Fall Forum Trial Academy, one of the year's most popular events. And you won't want to miss the presentation of the James B. Lee, Charlotte L. Miller and Paul T. Moxley Mentoring Awards, the New Lawyer Mentoring Award, the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year and Professionalism Awards, as well as the Distinguished and Lifetime Service Awards.

You can register here, or click on the image below. Hope to see you there!
JPEC Judicial Surveys will be Sent to Attorneys This Month
Surveys to evaluate judicial performance will arrive in Utah attorney email inboxes in October. Please take the time to complete them honestly and constructively. Bonus offer! If you complete JPEC’s new and improved, 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 so! Check your email to find your survey invitation or contact JPEC at  judicialperformance@utah.gov .
UMBA Announces Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet
The Utah Minority Bar Association would like to invite you to attend its annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet.  This year, UMBA is honored to announce the Banquet will feature Utah Supreme Court Justice John A. Pearce as the master of ceremonies, and Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill as the keynote speaker. Awards will also be given to attorneys, firms and community members for their demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in Utah. 
 
The 2019 UMBA Scholarship and Awards Banquet will be at the  Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek on Thursday, October 24, 2019 The Banquet will start at 5:30 p.m. (cocktail hour) and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.  

Utah State Bar Partners with Fastcase Legal Research Services
The Utah State Bar has changed its the legal research library it provides to active Bar Memebers.

Beginning September 1, each of the active members of the Utah State Bar received complimentary access to one of the largest law libraries in the world. This member benefit provides access to online legal research in Fastcase’s robust database and includes unlimited nationwide legal research, printing, webinar training, and reference support; it is not restricted by time or number of transactions.

The service also includes industry-leading mobile app and unlimited live, free customer support from experienced reference attorneys on the Fastcase team. Login through your practice portal, and if you have questions email support here .

T  he full release announcing the partnership is available here .
Litigation Section Schedules Annual Judicial Excellence Awards in Moab

 The Litigation Section's annual Judicial Excellence Awards will be held October 18-19 at the Fairfield Inn in Moab.

The schedule includes three hours of CLE from 1:00-4:00 pm on Friday, October 18. Utah Court of Appeals Judges Michele M. Christiansen Forster, Mary Kate Appleby and Ryan M. Harris and Fourth District Judge Jennifer A. Brown will tell “Scary Stories of Incivility from the Bench: We see you!” Third District Court Judge Matthew Bates will present a SCOTUS Update. Civil & Criminal practitioners you do not want to miss this! 

After the CLE, relax poolside for a few hours before donning casual attire for an evening to remember. Arrive at 6:00 pm at Canyonlands By Night for cocktail reception and dinner on the private dock on the banks of the Colorado River. 

During the reception, the long-awaited announcements will be made as to the thirteen winners of the 2018 Judicial Excellence Award and the 2018 keeper of the Litigator Cup (think Stanley Cup for lawyers). The Litigator Cup has passed from Heather L. Thuet to Jennifer Tomchak to Michael Stahler to Jess M. Krannich to Heather Sneddon to Kate Conyers to?( who will it be this year )? 

On Saturday, October 19, head out for the activity of your choice, whether it be the 8:30 am guided four-wheel tour, the 11 am-4 pm rafting tour or the 8:30 am- 12:45 pm guided group hike in Arches National Park.
This is a not-to-be-missed quintessential Moab experience.

Register here now! Cost for Litigation Section members:  ONLY $109/person; $79 for their adult guests and $49 for those under 16 ! Reserve your room here.
University of Utah Conducting Survey to Determine Lawyer
Well-being in Utah
As part of the initiative on well-being in the legal profession, the University of Utah School of Medicine is conducting a survey to determine the state of lawyer well-being in Utah.

The results will be used to inform efforts to increase well-being for all Utah practitioners. Participation is easy and confidential, only requiring you to complete a short survey that is accessible here . Doing so will automatically enter you into a drawing for an Apple watch or a Fitbit. 

If you work at a law firm and wish to have the entire firm take the survey for benchmarking purposes, contact principal investigator Dr. Matt Thiese at (801) 587-3322 or Matt.Thiese@hsc.utah.edu.

The Task Force invites you to read its well-being 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. 

Dr. Thiese explains more about the study in this podcast.
Ever Ask Yourself,"What's the Difference Between CLE and MCLE?"
Many attorneys wonder about the rules for MCLE and the rules for CLE. How much of each is needed? What is the difference? Deadlines? A handy chart explaining the difference and the deadlines can be found here . Each year, several hundred lawyers are at risk of administrative suspension for not completing CLE requirements.

If you have further questions contact Michelle or Syd at (801) 531-9077.
Second Phase of Expungement Day Set for November 1 at Salt Palace
Many attorneys had an opportunity to participate in the Expungement Day event held this past summer at the Utah Law and Justice Center. Many of the participants who submitted applications for Expungement will be receiving their Certificates of Eligibility and will need the help of volunteers to fill out the paperwork to file with the courts. Additionally, we have many individuals who were placed on a wait list at the last event who will be invited to attend!  
 
Having a criminal record makes it difficult to get housing, stable employment, and get back on your feet. Many in our community have been crime free for several years but continue to pay for their past mistakes because they cannot afford to clear their records.  The Salt Lake County Mayor’s office is collaborating with the Department of Public Safety to put on this second-phase of a two day “Expungement Day” initiative. This event is designed to help former offenders who cannot afford expungements, clear their records, free of charge. 
 
This combined Phase One/Phase Two of Expungement Day will be on  November 1st from 8:00-1:30 PM , at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S W Temple. The free CLE, instructed in-part by Judge Jeanne Robison will be from 8:00-9:30, followed by a direct service event from 9:30-1:30 PM, to help individuals determine their eligibility for, and (if eligible) fill out applications for, a criminal record expungement. If an individual is not eligible to expunge their record, attorneys will also advise on other options, such as 402 reductions, and pardons. The Mayor's office also partnered with the courts to provide on-site judicial orders of expungement for neighboring justice and district court. 
 
Lunch will be served for all attorney volunteers. Attorneys must stay for the volunteer event to get CLE credit.   
 
Sign up here  to give someone a second chance at life! 
Nominations for Bar President and Commissioners are Now Open
Nominations to the office of Bar President-elect are hereby solicited. Applicants for the office of President-elect must submit their notice of candidacy to the Board of Bar Commissioners by January 2, 2020. Applicants are given time at the January Board meeting to present their views. Secret balloting for nomination by the Board to run for the office of President-elect will then commence. Any candidate receiving the Commissioners' majority votes shall be nominated to run for the office of President-elect. Balloting shall continue until two nominees are selected. Election information is available here  If you have any questions concerning this procedure, please contact John C. Baldwin at (801) 531-9077 or via email .

Nominations to the office of Bar Commissioner are hereby solicited for three members from the Third Division, each to serve a three-year term. Terms will begin in July 2020. 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 John Baldwin , Executive Director, no later than February 3, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.