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2015 APRIL


The Litigation Section’s Quarterly Rise & Shine Breakfast CLE took take place on March 20, 2015 at the Law and Justice Center. Professor James R. Holbrook, S.J. Quinney College of Law, spoke on the subject of “Cognitive Biases in Negotiation: What They Are and How to Overcome Them.” Attendees enjoyed an enlightening presentation for their one-hour CLE, along with breakfast.

The Litigation Section held its Quarterly Luncheon on Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Bar. Judge Thomas Kay and Judge Claudia Laycock spoke to a capacity crowd about improving legal writing in the trial court. Judge Kay, who was a college English major, emphasized the importance of writing clearly, succinctly, and simply. He also said attorneys appearing for hearings should be able to name the best cases in support of their position. Judge Laycock, who was also a college English major and who taught English at a junior high school before going to law school, emphasized the importance of writing precisely in motions for summary judgment and supporting declarations. She also described some substantial changes that will likely be implemented for Utah Rules of Civil Procedure 7 and 56.

Once again, it is time to prepare for this year’s Southern Utah Federal Law Symposium, which will be held at the beautiful Courtyard Marriott in sunny St. George, May 7 through 9, 2015.
This year’s symposium will feature:
Presentations by Utah Federal Judges, including,
“The Wonderful World of Hearsay” by Senior Judges Dee Benson and Dale A. Kimball (United States District Court - Utah).
We also expect to hear from Chief Judge David Nuffer, Judge Robert J. Shelby, Magistrate Judges Paul M. Warner and Robert T. Braithwaite, Senior Judge Ted Stewart, Judge William T. Thurman (United States Bankruptcy Court) and others.
Friday CLE: “Practice Pointers and Pet Peeves,” presented by several of the judicial clerks.
Reception and musical performance at Tuacahn Center for the Arts.
Internationally recognized speaker Hyrum Smith, Franklin Covey, will provide our ethics keynote.
Friday keynote will be given by Mickey Edwards, a former Congressman and current Director of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership.
Attendees will get nine hours of CLE, approved in both Utah and Nevada, including one hour of ethics. The cost for the entire event, including the Tuacahn reception, breakfast, keynote lunch and all the CLE is only $175 for Litigation Section Members! CLICK HERE to register.