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Minutes for May 12, 2010

Litigation Section Executive Committee
Minutes for May 12, 2010
The Executive Committee of the Litigation Section met on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. at the Utah Law & Justice Center in Salt Lake City.
Executive Committee members present or participating by telephone were:
• George Burbidge
• Patrick Burt
• Keith Call
• David Castleberry
• Nicole Farrell
• Ryan Frazier
• Ryan Harris
• Kent Holmberg
• Wayne Klein
• Judge Denise Lindberg
• Elaina Maragakis
• Bryan Pattison
• Isaac Paxman
• Emily Smith
• Dan Steele
Executive Committee members excused were:
• Sammi Anderson
• Jon Hafen
• Bryan Hansen
Christian Clinger, Bar Commissioner, was excused.
1. Minutes: Minutes of the April 14, 2010 meeting were reviewed and approved as modified.
2. Treasurer’s Report: Ryan Frazier provided financial reports for the Section for March, 2010. Ryan will follow up with Connie on a reported loss for seminars.
3. Chair’s Report:
a. Welcome: Wayne Klein welcomed Emily Smith as a new executive committee member.
b. Bar Administrative Fee Calculation: Wayne Klein received a letter from the Bar describing its calculation of administrative fees for the Litigation Section for the upcoming year. Our section’s estimated fee will be $10,507, up from $7,144 in the current year. Bar dues will be going up significantly this year. Wayne posed the question of whether we want to increase our section dues this year or wait a year. Discussion. Our dues are currently $25 per year. A motion was made and seconded to increase our section dues to $30/year. Motion passed.
c. Election Plans and Notice of Annual Meeting: Wayne Klein announced that our section will elect officers at the next meeting in June. Wayne reported he has received two nominations for chair – Jon Hafen and George Burbidge – and three people have expressed interest in the position of secretary or treasurer. Wayne asked George Burbidge to check the section bylaws regarding requirements for announcing elections and to send official notice of the meeting and election and George agreed to do so. Kent Holmberg also agreed to announce the election on the section website.
d. Court Volunteers Program Status: Wayne Klein reported that he has continued to get applications from the secure site on the Bar’s website. Apparently some people have applied on the web site and the applications have been lost. There are currently 10 or 11 volunteers in the program.
e. Nominations for 2010 Summer Convention Awards: Wayne Klein reported that he had received a request from the Bar for nominations for awards that will be made at the annual convention. A discussion was held about whether the section should make nominations or whether members of the section should do this as individuals. The consensus was to have individuals submit nominations rather than the Litigation Section.
4. CLE Committee:
a. Federal Bar Association: Jon Hafen reported that our section will co-sponsor a golf and CLE event with the Federal Bar Association on May 13-14, 2010 in Southern Utah.
b. Justice Durham: Jon Hafen reported that on May 25, 2010 Chief Justice Durham will speak at a CLE, entitled: “Chat with the Chief.” She will present a Q & A regarding Utah’s judiciary.
c. Managing Email: Dan Steele suggested we have a CLE on managing email, including risks it creates, having a paperless office and how to manage data. Wayne Klein suggested Dan talk with Lincoln about this.
d. Other upcoming CLE Events: Jon Hafen reported that the Litigation Section will present another trial academy at the Fall Forum this year, focusing on depositions. Jon also proposed we have a CLE on what civil litigators can learn from criminal trial attorneys, including civility, limited discovery and not being afraid to try cases.
5. Law Student Relations Committee: Isaac Paxman reported that an email went out to the section members inviting people to submit topics for research papers. So far he has received about 12 topics. The plan is to roll out the research project in the fall of 2010 after school starts. Isaac will have an article in the September issue of the Utah Bar Journal announcing the program and may also send another email.
6. Web Site Committee: Kent Holmberg reported that our website has been updated. Kent is not completely happy with the changes and additional changes will be made. Changes included featuring new judges on the opening page of the website. Upcoming CLE events are on the website but they do not automatically roll onto the opening page of the website. Kent will look into getting more CLE events listed on the front page. Kent is in the process of getting the minutes of prior meetings posted on the website. Kent reported that we had about 1,000 visits to our website in April.
7. Bench Book Committee: Ryan Harris reported that there were no new bench book postings this last month. He has been in contact with the Family Law Section and found out that they have their own bench book for family law commissioners. We will have a link from our webpage to the family law section bench book for commissioners. Ryan also reported that the Family Law Section asked us to update our bench book questionnaire for judges to include questions about issues that come up from family law commissioners.
8. Utah Bar Journal: David Castleberry reported that he has the schedule for deadlines for submitting an article to be published in the Utah Bar Journal for the Litigation Section. Isaac Paxman will submit the issue that will be published in the September issue. There are still
openings for the November/December and the January/February issues. Dave will send an email to our members soliciting articles and providing notification of deadlines. Wayne Klein suggested that this email also solicit the submission of topics to address in future articles, even if the person submitting the topic is not interested in writing an article.
9. Meeting Adjourned: and everyone scattered at 8:55 a.m.
Next Meeting: June 9, 2010 at 8:00 a.m.
Approved June 9, 2010.
For the Executive Committee
George W. Burbidge II