Utah State Bar December eBulletin
Reflecting on the End of a Great Year
As the end of the year approaches, like many of you I always take time to reflect on the happenings of the past year. There are successes and disappointments, both professionally and personally. It is nice to remember all that went well, and to consider ways to improve.

One of the highlights of 2018 was the chance of working with and knowing so many of you, many for the first time. “I am a part of all that I have met,” wrote Tennyson, and that’s certainly true for me. I am a better attorney and better person because of my association with members of the Utah State Bar. I say that because of the commitment so many of you have to serving and lifting those around you. I see the hours and hours (and dollars) attorneys as a profession donate to worthy causes to help those in need in various ways. It is unlikely that any other profession gives more freely of their time and their hearts than do lawyers. And it is often at a time when people are feeling most vulnerable to forces seemingly beyond their control.

I am truly blessed to join with you in a profession dedicated to making our community and our world a better place.

I wish all of you the very best this holiday season. Thank you for all you do.

H. Dickson Burton
Utah State Bar President
Bar Seeks Nominations for President-Elect
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, 2019. 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.
NOTICE: Balloting will be done electronically. Ballots will be e-mailed on or about April 1, 2019 with balloting to be completed and ballots received by the Bar office by 5:00 p.m. April 15, 2019.
In order to reduce out-of-pocket costs and encourage candidates, the Bar will provide the following services at no cost:
1) space for up to a 200-word campaign message plus a color photograph in the March/April issue of the Utah Bar Journal. The space may be used for biographical information, platform or other election promotion. Campaign messages for the March/April Bar Journal publications are due along with two photographs no later than February 1st;
2) space for up to a 500-word campaign message plus a photograph on the Utah Bar Website due February 1st;
3) a set of mailing labels for candidates who wish to send a personalized letter to Utah lawyers who are eligible to vote;
4) a one-time email campaign message to be sent by the Bar. Campaign message will be sent by the Bar within three business days of receipt from the candidate; and
5) candidates will be given speaking time at the Spring Convention; (1) 5 minutes to address the Southern Utah Bar Association luncheon attendees and, (2) 5 minutes to address Spring Convention attendees at Saturday's General Session.
If you have any questions concerning this procedure, please contact John C. Baldwin at (801) 531-9077 or at director@utahbar.org
Bar Seeks Nominations for Second and Third Division Commissioners
Nominations to the office of Bar Commissioner are hereby solicited for one member from the Second Division and two members from the Third Division - each to serve a three-year term. Terms will begin in July 2019. 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 1, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

NOTICE: Balloting will be done electronically. Ballots will be e-mailed on or about April 1st with balloting to be completed and ballots received by the Bar office by 5:00 p.m. April 15th.
In order to reduce out-of-pocket costs and encourage candidates, the Bar will provide the following services at no cost:
  1. space for up to a 500-word campaign message plus a photograph on the Utah Bar Website due February 1st;
  2. a set of mailing labels for candidates who wish to send a personalized letter to the lawyers in their division who are eligible to vote; and
  3. a one-time email campaign message to be sent by the Bar. The campaign message will be sent by the Bar within three business days of receipt from the candidate.

If you have any questions concerning this procedure, please contact John C. Baldwin at (801) 531-9077 or at director@utahbar.org
Nominations Open for Dorathy Merrill Brothers and Raymond S. Uno Awards
The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking applications for two Bar awards to be given at the 2019 Spring Convention. These awards honor publicly those whose professionalism, public service, and public dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services, and the improvement of the profession. 

Please submit your nomination for a 2019 Summer Convention Award no later than Monday, February 25, 2019. Use the  Award Form  to propose your candidate in the following categories:

1.     Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award  - For the Advancement of Women in the
Legal Profession.

2.     Raymond S. Uno Award –  For the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal
Profession.

Read a  description and criteria of the awards  and take a look at  the list of our past award recipients.  The Utah State Bar strives to recognize those who have had singular impact on the profession and the public. We appreciate your thoughtful nominations.
Breakfast Bar Review Scheduled for January 31
The Breakfast Bar Review, sponsored by the Litigation Section and the Utah State Bar, will be held January 31, 2019 at the Matheson Courthouse. Please RSVP to Christy Abad here. We'll see you there!
Time for the Utah State Bar's 29th Food and Clothing Drive
Don't forget the Utah State Bar's 29 th  Annual Food and Clothing Drive and the drop date of December 14, 2018, at the back dock of the Utah Law and Justice Center.

Much of the clothing received in our drive is given out to those being fed at various times at Pioneer Park, and through Victory Outreach International, which operates men’s and women’s homes and shelters across the nation.

Bring a bag of packaged food. Write a check to a specific organization, or to the Utah State Bar's Food and Clothing Drive, and we will promptly distribute the checks/funds among those charities you have designated or those we have selected to support this year. For more information about the charities we are supporting, click here.

Women Lawyers of Utah's "Banter with the Bench" Luncheon Set for January 15
It’s time for one of WLU’s most popular annual events, Banter with the Bench!
Banter with the Bench is a luncheon where attendees have the opportunity to have a small group discussion at their table with one or two of our female judges. This is a rare opportunity to have meaningful in person interaction with our incredible female members of the bench.

This event is always very well-attended so get your tickets asap! 

Event details:
January 15, 2018, noon-1:15pm, Federal Courthouse
351 S. West Temple, SLC Jury Assembly Room
Ticket info:
$30 for WLU members, $20 for government/non-profit/students, $40 for non-members
You must register if you want to get CLE credit.
 
Register here.  
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Utah Employment Lawyers Association Sponsors Monthly CLE
Utah Employment Lawyers Association offers monthly CLE's dealing with all aspects of labor law. UELA is a state affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), with an emphasis on representing plaintiffs in employment law matters. CLE luncheon meetings are open to interested members of the Utah State Bar. Meetings are generally held at 12:30 P.M., on the last Wednesday of the month. Luncheons precede the CLE at 12:15. The meetings are held in the conference room of Strindberg & Scholnick, 675 E. 2100 South, Suite 350, in Salt Lake City.    If interested in attending any of the monthly CLE's contact the current president, James Tanner, at 435-833-9524 or  jim.tanner@msn.com .