Utah State Bar August eBulletin
It's an Honor to Serve as President of the Utah State Bar
It's always exciting to take on a new role, and as I face the upcoming year as the 2019-2020 Bar president, my mind is full of gratitude.

I feel grateful for all those who have gone before, who have laid the foundation for the great organization of the Utah State Bar. I'm grateful for my mentors, who have taught me not only the nuances of being a good lawyer, but what it takes to be a leader as well.

I'm grateful for the work of the past president, Dickson Burton, and all his hard work, of the sacrifices made by the Bar Commission and all those who donate their time and talents to help the Bar meet the needs of the legal profession.
I know as we face the challenges of the coming year--some easy to see, and some not yet seen--we as a Bar will be equal to those challenges. It's an honor to work in this profession, and to serve as President of the Utah State Bar.
Summer Convention in Park City Breaks Attendance Record
This year, the Bar's Summer Convention was held in Park City. It was a homecoming of sorts, as the convention has largely been held in Sun Valley and out of state in other vacation spots. 

A record 556 lawyers and judges joined the plenary and breakout sessions. CLE events included sessions on transactional work, litigation, well-being, the future of our industry, criminal topics as well as civil practice. Keynote sessions included two strong women – Antonia Hernandez, a noted civil rights advocate, and Dr. Astrid Tuminez, President of UVU and an expert on technology and education. Their sessions were well-attended and very well-received.

Portions of the conference were recorded and are available for online for self-study CLE credit. Thanks for the support of the Summer Convention Committee. Don't miss the Fall Forum in November!
Bar Partners with Fastcase Legal Research Services
Today, Fastcase and the Utah State Bar signed an agreement that will provide free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system for all of its active members.

Beginning September 1, each of the active members of the Utah State Bar will receive 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.

T  he full release is available here .
Reminder: Odd Year Compliance CLE Hours Due June 30; MCLE Reporting Due July 31
MCLE hours for the odd year reporting cycle were due June 30, and your MCLE Compliance report should have been filed by July 31 to avoid the late filing fee. For more information and to obtain a Certificate of Compliance, please click  here .

If all of your required MCLE hours are in the database, all you need to do in order to fully comply is to login to your Member Dashboard to pay the $15 reporting fee, and the $100.00 late filing fee. Once this fee has been paid, you will not need to report again until July 2021, and we will not require a Certificate of Compliance from you. 

Below are step-by-step instructions to pay the fee online:
·        Log into the Practice Portal.
·        Select pay MCLE Compliance fee under Utah Bar Portal Control Card.
·     Follow prompts to pay MCLE Compliance fee.
Bar Commission Seeks Delegate for ABA's House of Delegates
The Utah State Bar Commission is seeking applicants to serve a two-year term as one of the Bar's two representatives in the American Bar Association's (ABA) House of Delegates for a term to run through the August 2022 ABA Annual Meeting. The Bar has one other representative in the House of Delegates, as well as a representative from the Young Lawyers Division. The ABA Members in Utah also have an elected delegate.  

The delegate is expected to attend the ABA's Midyear and Annual meetings and to participate in appropriate interim meetings and in conference calls as needed. There will also be some preparation work to review issues and communicate with and report to the Bar Commission on a regular basis. The delegate also serves as an e x-officio member of the Bar Commission and would be expected to attend regular Commission Meetings.  
The delegate must be an active member in good standing of the Utah State Bar and a member in good standing of the ABA and meet all eligibility requirements set forth by the ABA.

Please send your letter of interest and resume no later than 5:00 pm, Monday, September 2, 2019 to Christy Abad, Utah State Bar Executive Assistant,  christy.abad@utahbar.org .
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. 
Well-being Bite:
Meaningful Work Matters
Did you know finding meaning in your work can increase your well-being?
Meaningful work helps you thrive, professionally and personally. Listen Here.
Forget to Renew Your License? Do it by August 31 to Avoid Suspension
The annual Bar licensing renewal process has started and can be done only online. An email outlining renewal instructions was sent the first week of June. You may email  licensing@utahbar.org or call 801-297-7021 if you have any questions or need technical support.

License renewal and fees must be submitted, and payment received (or postmarked) by July 31 to avoid a late fee. If renewal is not complete and payment received by September 1, your license will be suspended.

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.