Utah State Bar June eBulletin
Make Sure to Join Us for the Summer Convention in Sun Valley

After months of keeping our distance, its finally time to come together. For the first time, the Bar is offering a hybrid convention experience for our annual meeting and summer convention. We will be offering an in person traditional convention in Sun Valley that will also be available via Zoom for those who prefer to attend virtually.  

The convention will kick off with an opening reception at the Sun Room Terrace with outdoor ice skating available at the attendees’ cost on Wednesday July 28 from 6pm to 8pm. The Bar’s annual meeting will be the following morning with a report of the state of the Utah Bar, a report on the State Judiciary offered by Chief Justice Durrant, and a report on the Federal Judiciary, offered by Chief Judge Robert J. Shelby.

This will be followed by the swearing-in of President-elect Heather Thuet and the new Bar commissioners.

We will be offering excellent programming including panel discussions on Equity and Perspective, a follow up on Police Use of Lawful and Unlawful Force, an update on Regulatory Reform and the Sandbox from the Innovation Office, and a discussion with  Chair Judge Michele Christiansen-Forster and Associate Chief Judge Jill Pohlman of the Utah State Court of Appeals.

There will be multiple opportunities to socialize and network as well. Come convene with your law school classmates at receptions offered by both the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the J. Reuben Clark School of Law.  Additionally, we hope you will invite your family to the Family Picnic at the Trail Creeks Grounds and to enjoy some time relaxing at the duck pond. 

The convention provides an opportunity to earn 13 CLE credits including 2 ethics credits and 2 professionalism and civility credits all while enjoying some time in the sunshine with family and friends. I hope you’ll consider joining us in Sun Valley this year or Zoom along with us online. 
Bar Commissioners Name Elizabeth Wright New Executive Director
The Utah State Bar Commission has appointed Elizabeth Wright the new Executive Director of the Bar. Wright will replace John Baldwin, who is retiring after serving as the Executive Director for more than 30 years. 
 
“It’s a great honor to serve Utah’s legal profession as Executive Director of the Utah State Bar,” Wright said.
 
Wright, a native of Ogden, Utah, has been General Counsel of the Utah State Bar since 2014. She attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York prior to receiving her J.D. at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. After law school, Wright practiced in New York City, where she worked as Assistant Corporation Counsel to the city of New York for 5 years before moving back to Utah.
 
Prior to her role as General Counsel, Wright headed the Bar’s New Lawyer Training Program. She is active on several Supreme Court committees.
 
“John Baldwin has been an icon at the Bar and overseen the development of so many excellent programs and services,” Wright noted. “My goal is to keep the Bar moving forward as we work to expand our services for lawyers, access to justice, improve diversity in the legal profession, and ensure the public has a legal system in which they can trust.”
 
Wright has been a strong supporter of Utah’s legal reform process, a group of innovative changes in legal regulations designed to revise restrictive rules on the legal profession and increase access to justice. 
Bar Names Nancy Sylvester as General Counsel, Replacing Elizabeth Wright
On July 1, 2021, Nancy Sylvester will join the Utah State Bar as General Counsel. She has served as Associate General Counsel for the Utah State Courts since 2014. Ms. Sylvester has provided legal counsel in numerous areas, including judicial ethics, human resources, court governance, guardianships, self-represented litigants, the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct. She has also represented the judiciary in litigation. Ms. Sylvester received her J.D. from Southwestern Law School. She received her B.A. in Modern Languages and Literature, magna cum laude, from California Polytechnic State University.
Office of Legal Innovation Releases April Report on Applications and Approvals
The Utah Regulatory Sandbox has released its April report on approvals and activations.

Since its inception last October, 26 entities have been approved to provide legal services, with four classified as low risk, 10 as low to moderate risk, and 12 classified as moderate-risk entities.

The entities have served 1,195 clients, with the majority seeking help with end-of-life planning, help with a business and marriage or family law.
Meditation and Well-Being: A Challenge from a Former Meditation Hater
How do you feel about meditation? Listen to how Martha Knudson went from a meditation hater to a meditation believer, and why you may what to add meditation to your routine.

Don't forget to visit the Well-Being Committee's webpage for more great well-being resources!

Online Licensing Process Begins for Attorneys Practicing in Utah
The annual online licensing renewal process began the week of June 7, 2021, and you should have received an email outlining the renewal instructions. This email was sent to your email address of record.  You may email or call 801-297-7023 if you have any questions or need technical support.

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. 

Big Change in CLE Requirements as Compliance Moves to Yearly Cycle
CLE Compliance will Change from a Two-Year Reporting Period to an Annual Reporting Period  

• July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021 Reporting Period – the CLE requirement is 24 hours of accredited CLE, to include 2 hours of legal ethics and 1 hour of professionalism and civility. The traditional in-person credit requirement has been suspended for this reporting period. Lawyers will have through June 30, 2021 to complete required CLE hours without paying late filing fees and through July 31, 2021 to file Certificate of Compliance reports without paying late filing fees. PLEASE NOTE: Lawyers that comply with the 2021 reporting period will be required to change from a two-year CLE reporting period to an annual CLE reporting period.

Your next cycle will be:
  • July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 Reporting Period – the CLE requirement is 12 hours of accredited CLE, to include 1 hour of legal ethics and 1 hour of professionalism and civility. At least 6 hours must be live, which may include in-person, remote group CLE or verified e-CLE. The remaining hours may include self-study or live CLE.   

July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022 Reporting Period - the CLE requirement is 24 hours of accredited CLE, to include 2 hours of legal ethics and 1 hour of professionalism and civility. The traditional in-person credit requirement has been suspended for this reporting period. Lawyers will have through June 30, 2022 to complete required CLE hours without paying late filing fees and through July 31, 2022 to file Certificate of Compliance reports without paying late filing fees.  

PLEASE NOTE: Lawyers that comply with the 2022 reporting period will be required to change from a two-year CLE reporting period to an annual CLE reporting period.

Your next cycle will be:
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 Reporting Period – the CLE requirement is 12 hours of accredited CLE, to include 1 hour of legal ethics and 1 hour of professionalism and civility. At least 6 hours must be live, which may include in-person, remote group CLE or verified e-CLE. The remaining hours bay include self-study or live CLE. 

Other Relevant Changes

  • Streamlining rules to make them more understandable and consistent with current Bar regulations
  • Allowing for self-study credits for lawyers participating as presenters in a CLE panel presentation
  • Allowing more flexibility in broadcast CLE programming
  • Clarifying and expanding the types of programs that qualify for ethics and professionalism and civility CLE
  • Allowing for legal specialty groups to earn some credits by attending CLE programs designed specifically for and limited to those group members

2. Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Rules have been
incorporated within MCLE Rules

Further details on the changes can be found on the Bar's website.
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.