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Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes for April 11, 2007

The Executive Committee of the Litigation Section met on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. at the Utah Law & Justice Center in Salt Lake City.

Executive Committee members present were:

  • George Burbidge
  • Jared Casper
  • Lee Curtis
  • Ryan Harris
  • Wayne Klein
  • Bryan Pattison (by speakerphone)
  • Mike Petrogeorge
  • Dan Steele

Elaina Maragakis, Jackie Rogers, Jon Hafen, Bruce Badger and Stephen Owens, liaison to the Bar Commission, were excused.

1. Minutes The minutes of the March meeting were reviewed and approved.

2. Financial Report Dan Steele gave a report on the financial status of the Section. He reported that we have a year-to-date gain of $11,555.55. During the fiscal year so far, we have spent a net amount of $8,741.05 in Continuing Legal Education programs, including the quarterly luncheons.

3. Report on Trial Advocacy Awards Ryan Harris reported on his visits to the two law schools to present awards and checks to the winners of each school’s trial advocacy programs. The University of Utah program was on March 26. He reported that the students were very appreciative. Next year, the Section will try to present the awards in the fall, when the University of Utah holds its competition. The BYU presentation was on March 28 at a formal awards banquet. The Section received great recognition for its contributions.

4. Report on Quarterly Luncheon Ryan Harris and others reported on the success of the March 14 quarterly luncheon with judges’ in-court clerks. There were about 90 people in attendance and much praise for the program.

5. May Quarterly Luncheon There was a discussion of the next quarterly luncheon to be held in May, which is also to be used as the Section’s annual meeting. At that meeting, changes to the bylaws will be discussed and proposed for adoption. Ryan Harris will send an e-mail to Section members a few weeks before the meeting, summarizing the changes to the bylaws. Suggestions were made as to possible topics for the luncheon. Executive Committee members were encouraged to send their ideas to Jon Hafen.

6. Quarterly Newsletter The quarterly newsletter was distributed on April 6. There were compliments for the content and format of the newsletter. Ryan Harris gave credit to Elaina Maragakis for the model.

7. Funding Request The State Courts’ Standing Committee on Judicial Outreach requested a $2,000 donation to fund a newspaper insert for law day. After discussion, the Executive Committee approved giving $2,000 towards the cost of the insert if there is still time to include the name of the Litigation Section in the insert. If not, the donation will be $1,000.

8. NITA Seminar As of the date of the Executive Committee meeting, 35 participants had signed up for the seminar. There have been ten scholarship applications. Following an extended discussion, the Executive Committee decided we should try to get additional people to attend the seminar, we should go forward with the seminar even if no other attorneys sign up (and bear the increased losses associated with having fewer paying participants), and that empty spots should be filled with scholarship applicants.

9. Evening with Third District Court Ryan Harris will talk to Connie about setting a date for this biennial event. The Executive Committee suggested having the event in early November, in a different week than the Fall Forum. Ideas were suggested to use the event to recognize retired judges and also to include on the panel a new judge and a retired judge (who might feel freer to express opinions).

10. Bench Books There were no new additions to the bench books.

There being no additional business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 8:50. The next meeting will be on May 9, 2007.

Dated this 9th day of May, 2007.

For the Executive Committee


Wayne Klein
Secretary pro tem