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Minutes for February 9, 2011

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Litigation Section Executive Committee
Minutes for February 9, 2011
The Executive Committee of the Litigation Section met on Wednesday, February, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. at the Utah Law & Justice Center in Salt Lake City.

Executive Committee members present or participating by telephone were:

  • Ted Ashton
  • George Burbidge
  • Patrick Burt
  • Keith Call
  • Nicole Farrell
  • Ryan Frazier
  • Jon Hafen
  • Wayne Klein
  • Alec McGinn
  • Seth Oxborrow
  • Bryan Pattison
  • Isaac Paxman
  • Judge Stephen Roth
  • Dan Steele


Executive Committee members excused were:

  • Ryan Harris
  • Kent Holmberg
  • Judge Denise Lindberg
  • Elaina Maragakis
  • Emily Smith
  • Patrick Tanner

Christian Klinger, Utah Bar Commissioner, was also excused.

1. Minutes: George Burbidge circulated minutes from the January 2011 meeting which were reviewed and approved.

2. Treasurer’s Report: Ryan Frazier reported that he was able to get supporting documentation from the Bar and reconcile all of the expenses on the financial report except for about $4. Ryan was sporting some fancy new bling, but it was probably just a coincidence. Ryan reported he has not yet been able to get the information for the St. George Golf and CLE event. He corrected the information he reported at the last meeting, noting that the Cache County and Utah County events combined had a net loss of about $750, which was far less than we had budgeted for these events. Wayne Klein expressed a concern that the balance in our account might not include Bar fees and that we need to be aware that might be a significant future expense. Dan Steele’s suggestion that we look at adding a Salt Lake Golf and CLE event and a St. George Golf and CLE event in the fall was warmly received by the committee and will be taken up at a future meeting.

3. President’s Report:
a. Additional Committee Members – Dan Steele tabled this discussion because the CLE subcommittee has not had an opportunity to meet. Before we consider additional committee members we need to assess what the committee’s workload is so that we can have sufficient work so that all committee members will have a role.
b. Reassignment of Bench Book Responsibility – Dan Steele spoke with Ryan Harris who has been an institution. Ryan has been overseeing the bench books for at least the last 10 years. Ryan is teaching a course at the U of U Law School and will not be able to attend our meetings until June. Dan thought it made sense to allow someone else take responsibility for judge’s bench books and asked for volunteers. Jon Hafen suggested we have a committee of three that includes Judge Roth. George Burbidge and Ryan Frazier volunteered in a thinly veiled attempt to consolidate their power – which unfortunately for them deceived no one. Dan was too polite to come right out and turn down George and Ryan’s offers but they were clearly not who he had in mind. Instead he said that he had some people in mind who were not at the meeting and were not already heavily involved in other committee projects. Who would have thought they would live to see the day when people who are in attendance at a committee meeting and volunteer themselves would be turned down? Jon Hafen suggested it might be good to have a committee that includes people from outside Salt Lake County. Bryan Pattison agreed to serve on the committee and contact judges in the fifth and sixth districts. Wayne Klein commented that George and Ryan would bring a certain “gravitas” to the committee. George promptly undermined Wayne’s gravitas comment by preparing these minutes.
c. Southern Utah Golf and CLE Event – Dan Steele reported that we have the Southern Utah Golf and CLE event that we are co-sponsoring with the Federal Bar Association and the Southern Utah Bar Association in May. Preparations for that event are moving forward.
d. Mailing List Use - Dan reported that he had agreed to provide our mailing list to the Constitutional law section for an event.

4. Law Student Relations Committee:
a. Law School Research Topic Program - Isaac Paxman reported that we have launched the research topic program. Seth Oxborrow reported that at BYU they have sent email to students and faculty plugging the program and letting them know how to get involved. Ted Ashton reported that an email has been sent to U students and faculty announcing the program. He will approach he faculty member in charge of the 1-L write-on program. Isaac reported that we have had a couple of students claim topics. Dan Steele suggested we talk to the writing faculty at the law schools. Isaac Paxman suggested we post, not only the papers that result from the topic bank, but also other papers students wrote.
b. Law School Advocacy Award – Isaac Paxman noted that the Litigation Section law student advocacy award event for the law schools is coming soon. Dan Steele made a motion that we fund this program at the same level as last year which was seconded and passed.

5. Web Site Committee: Patrick Burt reported that the prices for sticky pads with our web site address went up at the place where we bought them before. He agreed to shop around on the internet to see if he could get better prices. He was given authorization to spend up to $500 on this.

6. CLE Report:
a. Report from CLE Subcommittee – Deferred to our next meeting.
b. Representative to the CLE Advisory Committee - Dan Steele asked for volunteers to serve on this committee. Alec McGinn volunteered before Jon Hafen could volunteer himself or someone else.
c. Evening with the Third District – George Burbidge reported that this event was very successful. The judges on the panel – Hilder, Pueler and Quinn, were excellent and were able to keep the attention of the audience for the whole two hours.
d. Spring Convention Breakout Sessions – Patrick Burt reported that we are all set for the spring convention. Mike Mohrman and Lynn Davies will present their mediation clinic for our two time slots.
e. Summer Convention Breakout Sessions – Nicole Farrell reported that she is lining up speakers and topics for our breakout sessions. Greg Sanders will present practical considerations for jury trials for our first session. Nicole asked for recommendations for a judge that could do the presentation with him. Nicole said she has also spoken to Fran Wickstrom about a presentation on the new rules.
f. Quarterly Luncheon – Jon Hafen said that on March 29th the quarterly lunch topic will be “My biggest case and what I learned from it.” On May 9th the quarterly lunch will be “A chat with the chief” with Justice Durham.

7. Government Relations Committee: Jon Hafen reported that there is a bill at the Utah Legislature that would allow plaintiffs to force arbitration. He did not have any other specific bills to report but did note that the committee is working hard and monitoring every bill that is introduced at the Utah Legislature. He has an eye on every bill that affects litigation and will report if something comes up where he needs committee input.

8. Other Business: Nada.

Adjourned at 9:01.
Next Meeting: March 9, 2011, 8:00 a.m.

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