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Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes for December 8, 2010

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The Executive Committee of the Litigation Section met on Wednesday, December 8, 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:

 Sammi Anderson
 George Burbidge
 Nicole Farrell
 Ryan Frazier
 Jon Hafen
 Kent Holmberg
 Randall Jeffs
 Wayne Klein
 Judge Denise Lindberg
 Elaina Maragakis
 Alec McGinn
 Dan Steele
 Patrick Tanner

Executive Committee members excused were:

 Keith Call
 David Castleberry
 Ryan Harris
 Isaac Paxman
 Emily Smith

Christian Klinger was also excused.


1. Minutes: George Burbidge circulated minutes from the November 10, 2010 meeting which were reviewed and approved as corrected. Connie Howard brought food to the meeting.

2. Treasurer’s Report: Ryan Frazier reported that $43,000 in income from annual dues was deposited into the Section’s account. Ryan Frazier sent an email to Connie requesting additional breakdown of our expenditures for Golf and CLE events and Connie has agreed to provide it. Ryan Frazier offered to track the financial requests that come through him.

3. President’s Report:
a. Update Assignment/Committee Lists: Dan Steele reported that he wanted to update the Litigation Section Executive Committee list and assignments. Dan circulated a copy of the committee’s membership list he printed from the website. Names were added and removed to bring the list current. Judge Lindberg reported that she will be moving to an all criminal calendar at the beginning of the year and attempted to resign from the Executive Committee. This was met by immediate and passionate rejection from the other committee members and Judge Lindberg was not allowed to resign. We know when we have a good thing, and we are unwilling to give it up. A suggestion was made to invite another district court judge and an appellate court judge to join our committee. Dan Steele agreed to offer an invitation.
Dan also circulated a prior list of the Executive Committee’s subcommittees and modifications were made to bring the list current.
b. Sponsoring Monthly CLE Proposal: Dan proposed the Litigation Section sponsoring one lunch CLE presentation each month which would be low-cost and close to revenue neutral. We would continue to have the quarterly lunch meeting for free, and continue to sponsor golf and CLE and other CLE events. Elaina Maragakis made a motion that we set up a CLE subcommittee to determine what CLE events we have scheduled for 2011 and to set up additional CLE events. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved. Elaina was appointed to chair the new subcommittee, even though she was at the meeting. She accepted. Jon Hafen immediately volunteered to be on the subcommittee, in spite of the fact that one of the main reasons for the subcommittee was to relieve Jon of some of the responsibilities he has shouldered for CLE events. After some discussion, Jon was appointed to the subcommittee so that he could impart to other subcommittee members some of the vast skill he has developed setting up CLE events. Jon Hafen recommended Keith Call be appointed to the subcommittee. Keith was absent from the meeting and therefore could not decline the appointment. Emily Smith was also nominated and easily appointed for the same reason. Alec McGinn volunteered and was appointed to the subcommittee before he could change his mind. Elaina will prepare a calendar of the CLE events the Litigation Section has scheduled for 2011 and present it at our meeting next month.
Randall Jeffs suggested that we have some monthly CLE events outside of Salt Lake City. Randall agreed to prepare a list of the leadership of all of the local bar associations outside of Salt Lake City for our next meeting so that we can discuss partnering with them on CLE events.

4. Law Student Relations Committee: Patrick Tanner reported that we are still receiving research topics.

5. Web Site Committee: Kent Holmberg emailed the latest statistics of our website hits to the committee members yesterday. He is trying to get a drop-down section on our web page that will allow people to join the Litigation Section immediately. He is also working to keep our calendar and website current.

6. CLE Report:
a. Fall Forum – Jon Hafen reported we had a fantastic litigation track with a litigation boot camp.
b. CLE with Michael Dreeban – Dan Steele reported the event we co-sponsored with the Appellate Section went extremely well.
c. Evening With the Third District – George Burbidge reported that we are on track for this event which will be held January 12, 2011.
d. Spring convention breakout – Patrick Burt was not present so there was no report.
e. Summer Convention – Nicole Farrell reported that the Litigation Section has been given three breakout session, one on Friday morning and two back-to-back on Saturday. She is still open to suggestions for speakers and topics. Next meeting we will have a brainstorming session for CLE topic ideas so that we can create a CLE topic bank.

7. Government Relations Committee: Jon Hafen had nothing to report.

8. Other Business: None.

Adjourned at 9:00.
Next Meeting: January 12, 2011, 8:00 a.m.

For the Executive Committee
/s/_____________________________
George W. Burbidge II, Secretary