Utah State Bar January eBulletin
The New Year Rolls in with the Beginning of Utah's 2022 Legislative Session
It’s a new year and you know what that means: the start of Utah’s legislative session.  The 2022 General Sessions starts January 18 and runs through March 4, 2022.  As always, there are a variety of bills that are of interest to attorneys.  Utah attorneys should be aware of how the practice of law in Utah may change based on what the legislature does. 

Many who serve in the legislature are lawyers.  Bills already on the docket for this session range from Rule 404 regarding admissible evidence to rules regarding the modification of parent plans in divorce cases. It is not a stretch to note that whatever your area of practice, there is a bill before the legislature that will affect the way you work.

The Bar’s Governmental Relations Committee meets weekly during the session to track the progress of bills that affect the practice of law and access to justice in Utah. Watch for links in the eBulletin for updates on the status of bills that interest you. Please contact your section chairs, who are members of the committee, about bills that impact your area of practice.

As part of the legislative process, the Supreme Court will again address funding challenges.  With the population growth throughout Utah, funding for the courts and additional judges should be a priority for the legislature.

There are exciting things happening in the legal profession in Utah.  I look forward to this new year.  I hope to see you at the next Bar Review on January 20, 2022 from 5:30-7 pm at Gracies.  If you have an old suit (or seven) hanging in your closet or a new one you haven’t worn yet, please bring it with you to Gracies to donate to the VOA Homeless Youth Resource Center.  

The suits are worn by youth who attend the HYRC Prom as well as for subsequent job interviews.  The suits are also used by other non-profits in the community (LDA, 3rd District Court drug and mental health courts, YWCA, the U law school closet, etc.) 

Also, don't forget to register for the upcoming Spring Convention. And mark your calendars for Summer Convention in at Loews Coronado Resort in San Diego July 6-9! Reserve your hotel now!
Supreme Court Suspends Live In-Person CLE Requirement for Period Ending June 30, 2022
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Supreme Court authorized the Board of Continuing Legal Education to suspend the live in-person credit requirement, allowing all required CLE to be fulfilled with online self-study audio or video presentations, webcasts or computer interactive telephonic programs for the compliance reporting period ending June 30, 2022.
 
Two Year Reporting Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022 - 24 hours of Utah approved CLE, to include two hours of legal ethics and one hour of professionalism and civility.  
 
Annual Reporting Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 – 12 hours of Utah approved CLE, to include one hour of legal ethics and one hour of professionalism and civility.
 
For a copy of the MCLE rules, please visit https://utahbar.org/mcle. For questions, please email mclestaff@utahbar.org, or call 801-531-9077.
Utah's Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission Releases Report to the Public
The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission's 2022 annual report has been released to the public.

"If you have a place to make this report available to others, please help JPEC to educate voters about our process," encouraged Jennifer Yim, the Executive Director of the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.

Two highlights from this year's report:

  • H.B. 40 is upcoming legislation to revise JPEC's decision point. The bill would change JPEC's recommendation of retention to a determination whether the judge passes performance standards. H.B. 40, sponsored by Representative Nelson Abbott and Senator Jani Iwamoto, has the unanimous support of the Government Operations Interim Committee and JPEC. 

  • JPEC's courtroom observation program relies on trained volunteer observers. Find out more about this innovative program that provides constructive feedback to judges and evaluative information to JPEC. 
Law-Related Education Looking for Lawyers to Serve as Judges in Mock Trial Competition
Utah State Mock Trial Students Need Your "Virtual" and "In-Person" Help!
 
Attorney Judges needed for the forty-second annual Utah Mock Trial Competition going "Virtual" and hopefully "In-Person" for 2022.
 
Don't miss this amazing opportunity to watch these students in action as they present their mock case, learn about our legal system, as well as, civility, teamwork and life lessons that students will use throughout their lives. We would greatly appreciate your support. Signing up is easy...just complete the Judge Registration Form.   
 
Please feel free to share the above link with your colleagues.

Look for the Virtual Mock Trial CLE Meeting on January 5th at 5:30 p.m. More information will be listed on the CLE Calendar from the Utah State Bar and Justice Center.
Intellectual Property Section's "IP Summit" Slated for February 18
The Utah State Bar's Intellectual Property Section's IP Summit is scheduled for February 18.

The virtual event includes speakers and presentations from across the spectrum of IP law, including a panel of U.S.District Court Judges Dale A. Kimball, David Nuffer, and Clark Waddups, and a "fireside chat" with the Honorable Alan D. Albright, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Registration for this event is $50, and 7 CLE hours are pending approval, with one hour of ethics.
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.
Utah State Bar Partners with Utah Community Builders to Improve Well-Being
The Well-Being Committee is pleased to announce a partnership with Utah Community Builders, and organization committed to improving mental well-being in the community.

Utah Community Builders is doing this in a unique way. The organization is focusing on specific industries, and developing programs specific to that industry.

Make sure you check it out to hear the recommendations for the legal industry. Thank you to Utah Community Builders for their help with this project.
Young Lawyers Division to Sponsor Spring Ball at Homeless Youth Resource Center
Ah, the rites of spring. Nature’s first green. The scent of flowers in the air. And, for the teens at the Homeless Youth Resource Center, it’s time for the Spring Dance.

Sponsored by the Young Lawyer Division (YLD) of the Utah State Bar, and with donations from the legal community, the Spring Ball will give youth of the VOA Homeless Youth Resource Center the chance to gather for a dinner and dance in Salt Lake City.

As part of the event, suits and dresses are donated by members of the community. Judges and lawyers are among the volunteers who will serve the formal, sit-down dinner.

“There’ll be fancy linen, centerpieces, all that jazz,” said Kate Conyers, an event organizer.

Suits can be donated at the Law and Justice Center, 645 S. 200 E. in Salt Lake City from Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“After the event, the young men and women can keep the professional clothing and use them in job interviews,” said Sam Dugan, a member of the Bar’s Young Lawyer Division and a coordinator of the event. “Any unclaimed suits or professional wear will be donated to other nonprofits in the community to help folks who need professional clothing.”

Because of the pandemic, YLD has not been able to hold the event for the past two years. "We are excited to bring this event back to the youth at the VOA,” Dugan said.
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.