Utah State Bar November eBulletin
If You Missed the Fall Forum, You Missed Out
Last week I joined many of you at the Bar’s annual Fall Forum event. What a great opportunity to rub shoulders with so many of you, hear your thoughts about the Bar and its future, and be challenged with new and interesting ideas. Not to mention the CLE – the main reason most of us attend. The breakouts were magnificent. The Fall Forum Trial Academy, this year focusing on mediation skills, was truly exceptional. And I especially appreciated the new Lawyer Well-Being and Experiential Microsoft Office tracks. Here are some Fall Forum highlights:  

The Friday morning plenary panel discussion was remarkable and inspiring, addressing the topic “The Soul of a Lawyer,” including discussion of why we are lawyers and the importance of priorities in our practices and our lives  The panel included Justice Paige Petersen of the Utah Supreme Court, Danielle Hawkes of The Salt Lake Lawyers, Bruce Jenkins of Jenkins Bagley, and Nolan Taylor of Dorsey & Whitney, and was moderated by Martha Knudson, an experienced lawyer and applied psychology consultant.  It was truly one of the best panel discussions I’ve experienced at a Bar event.

The Lawyer Well-Being Track featured Patrick Palace, faculty from Blomquist-Hale, and Judge Barry Lawrence and other members of the Third District Pro Bono Committee. Lawyer well-being is crucial to our profession and we must do more to help ourselves and our colleagues thrive.  We were pleased to present our traditional Fall Forum Awards, which you can read about here, and were honored to have ABA President-elect Judy Perry Martinez address us as our lunchtime keynote.

As part of the Fall Forum, the Utah Minority Bar Association also honored retired Justice Christine M. Durham at an awards banquet Thursday night. Former law clerks and colleagues shared stories of this remarkable and inspiring member of our Bar, her legacy, and how she has lifted and encouraged so many of us.

 If you missed out on our fantastic Fall Forum, please plan on joining us at our Spring Convention in March, and then at our Annual Convention next July as we return to Park City after a 30-year absence. Planning is well under way by co-chairs Magistrate Judge Evelyn Furse and Jon Hafen, and the Convention promises to be a very special occasion. More information, including an opportunity to book your rooms right now can be found here. Don’t miss it!


H. Dickson Burton
Utah State Bar President
Litigation Section CLE to Discuss ABA Vetting of Judicial Candidates
The Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar is hosting "The Judge Kavanaugh Confirmation: How the ABA Vets Nominees for the Federal Bench." The event features Paul Moxley, chair of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. The course will discuss the ABA's process of vetting nominees for the federal bench, including Justice Kavanaugh. Cost is $10 for Litigation Section members and $25 for non-members. Lunch will be provided. The event will be held November 28 from 12-1 p.m. in the jury assembly room at the Federal Courthouse, 351 S. West Temple. Registration is here .
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. 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
Senior Attorney Section Schedules Initial Meeting for Tuesday, November 13
The newly formed Senior Attorney Section of the Utah State Bar is an innovative approach to meeting the legal needs of low-income Utahns. Formally established this past summer, the Senior Attorney Section will create a pool of senior experienced attorneys (active or inactive from Utah and other jurisdictions practicing under Rule 14-803) who are willing to support pro bono efforts. The Section will also effectively create and continue social associations for attorneys following their retirement from full-time practice. Pastries, juice and coffee will be provided.

Date:   Tuesday, November 13th
Time:   7:30 am - 8:30 am
Place:  Utah Law & Justice Center, 645 So. 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Cost:    None, just your time and attention
Agenda:       
Overview of Section
Purpose and Activities
State Bar Waivers for Pro Bono Senior Legal Service Providers (Rule 14-803)
Current and Anticipated Pro Bono Projects
Election of Section Officers

For more information contact: Rick Davis at trdavis@princeyeates.com or Nick Stiles at nicholas.stiles@utahbar.org.
Lighthouse Client Survey Spotlight: Did You Know?
The biggest concern people have about hiring an attorney isn't the fact that it's expensive. It's the fact that the cost is open-ended, with no ceiling. Find out more by reading the report here.
Bar's Malpractice Insurance Provider Offers Free Cyber Security Risk Management Guide
  ALPS Business Development Representative Kurt Whitmire presented a 1-hour CLE entitled, “Cybersecurity – How to Keep the Hackers at Bay” at the Utah State Bar Fall Forum on November 2. If you missed it, but want to make sure your firm is cyber aware, download the free ALPS risk management guide, “Getting Started Cyber,” by clicking  here .