2013 Utah State Bar Spring Convention

CLE Program Schedule

Approved for up to 10 hours CLE credit, including up to 2 hours Professionalism/Civility, up to 1 hour ethics, up to 2 hours for the Bar film, up to 1 hour for the Friday luncheon and 1 hour for the new 2:15 afternoon breakouts.

Dixie Center Floor Plan (PDF)

Directions on how to get to the dixie center http://www.dixiecenter.com/maps.html

Thursday, March 14, 2013

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception & Silent Auction, Dixie Center North Lobby
Sponsored by:
  • Farr Kaufman Nicoles Olds Kaufman & Rasmussen
  • Parsons Behle & Latimer
  • Snow Christensen & Martineau
Friday, March 15, 2013

8:00 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast, Dixie Center North Lobby
Sponsored by:
  • Dorsey & Whitney
  • Hillyard, Anderson & Olsen
  • Holland & Hart
  • Kipp and Christian
  • Kirton & McConkie
8:30 - 10:00 am
Ballroom C/E Welcome!
Spring Convention Chair
Keith C. Barnes
Cedar City

1 hour CLE

Let it Rain: Getting and Keeping Business
Paula E. Litt –
Schopf & Weiss, LLP, Chicago

PAULA E. LITT is a co-founder of Schopf & Weiss, a Chicago business litigation boutique where she serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Litt represents clients in the full range of business disputes. She also heads the firm’s insurance recovery practice, representing corporate policyholders in disputes with their insurers. Ms. Litt has been named as one of the Top Ten Super Lawyers in Illinois, and has regularly been among the handful of women listed in the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Illinois. She is recommended in Chambers USA, and has been recognized in Best Lawyers and Leading Lawyers. Ms. Litt is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the University
of Chicago (where she received a masters degree) and Ohio State University.

Awards presented by:

Curtis M. Jensen, President-Elect, Utah State Bar

  • Dorothy Merrill Brothers - Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession
  • Raymond S. Uno - Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession


10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by:
  • Bingham, Snow &  Caldwell
  • Christensen & Jensen
  • Parr, Brown, Gee & Loveless
  • Snow Jensen & Reece
  • TraskBritt
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. 1 hour CLE


Ballroom C/E


Sunbrook A/B


Entrada A

General II

Ballroom A

General III

Entrada B/C

General IV

Sunbrook C

e-Discovery Under the New Civil Rules

Philip J. Favro – Symantec

Current Trends in the Title Industry that Real Property Practitioners Need to Know

Bill Rowley – President,
National Title Agency, LLC
Negotiation Skills for Lawyers: Understanding
Tactics, Process &

Denver C. Snuffer – Nelson
Snuffer Dahle & Poulsen
Bankruptcy Basics for the Non-Bankruptcy Lawyer

MaryAnn Bennett Bride –
Pearson, Butler & Carson, PLLC

Jessica G. Peterson – Durham
Jones & Pinegar
The Long Game: Recruiting and Retaining Women

Paula E. Litt – Schopf & Weiss
URCrP 404b

Hon. Derek P. Pullan – 4th District Court
11:15 am - 11:30am Refreshment Break (Sponsored by Fabian & Clendenin; JensenBayles, LLP; Nielsen & Senior; Richards, Brandt, Miller & Nelson; Workman/Nydegger)
11:30 am - 12:30pm 1 HR CLE Credit


Ballroom C/E


Sunbrook A/B


Entrada A


Ballroom A

General III

Entrada B/C


General IV

Sunbrook C

What t

he Appellate Rules Won’t Tell You, But You Need to Know

Justice Thomas R. Lee – Utah Supreme Court

Hon. Gregory K. Orme – Utah Court of Appeals

Hon. Carolyn B. McHugh – Utah Court of Appeals

Lisa Collins – Clerk, Utah Court of Appeals & Acting Clerk, Utah Supreme Court

Mary Westby - Central Staff Attorney, Utah Court of Appeals

Moderator: Bridget K. Romano – Solicitor General for the State of Utah

Fundamentals of Franchise and Business
Laws: How to Avoid Creating an Inadvertent Franchise or Business Opportunity

Kara K. Martin –
Thompson, Ostler & Olsen
Social Media in the

Christina M. Jepson – Parsons
Behle & Latimer
Lake Powell: Planning for the Future

Ronald W. Thompson – General Manager, Washington Co.
Water Conservancy District
Probate 101

Douglas K. Cummings – Callister Nebeker & McCullough
Using Evidence Based Practices
to Obtain the Best Results for Criminal Defense Clients

Daryl P. Sam – Utah Federal Defender Office

12:30pm - 2:00pm LUNCH PRESENTATION Legislative Update (1 Hr CLE Credit)

Atrium (Sponsored by Green Filing)

  PAXTON R. GUYMON Mr. Guymon’s law practice spans all areas of real estate law, including a wide variety of real estate litigation matters, land use and zoning, subdivisions, land acquisitions and development, real estate finance, condominiums, owners associations, and real estate transactions. He is a founding partner of Miller Guymon, P.C.
  JOHN T. NIELSEN has been the Bar’s legislative representative for over twenty years. His legislative update is a regular agenda item at the Bar Conventions. Prior to retiring from active legal practice in 2007, Mr. Nielsen was Sr. Legal Counsel and Director of Government Relations for Intermountain Healthcare. He was appointed Sr. Advisor to the Governor on Health Care Reform by Gov. Huntsman in 2007 and served in that capacity until 2011. Mr. Nielsen has a long career in government having served in the office of the Salt Lake City Attorney, Chief Deputy-Justice Division of the Salt Lake County Attorney’s office and as Utah’s Commissioner of Public Safety. He has served on many state task forces and commissions as well as many boards for civic and arts organizations.
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Refreshment Break (Sponsored by Babcock, Scott & Babcock; Gallian Wilcox Welker Olson & Beckstrom, LP; Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough; Strong & Hanni; & Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy
2:00pm EVENT: Golf - Sunbrook Golf Course
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Bonus Breakout Hour 1 Hr CLE

M Track 1

Ballroom C/E

Point – Counter-Point: Current Developments in Government Surveillance
R. Scott Young – Snow Christensen & Martineau
John M. Mejia – ACLU of Utah

N Track 2

Sunbrook A/B

Hanging Your Shingle: What You Need vs. What You Want – Technology for the Law Office
Lincoln Mead – IT Director, Utah State Bar

Track 3


E-Filing Demonstration
George Knecht, Green Filing

Friday 5:30 p.m. - Women Lawyers of Utah Social honoring the recipients of the Dorothy Merrill Brothers and Raymond S. Uno awards - Everyone is invited.  Sponsored by Adams Davis, P.C., Durham Jones & Pinegar, Law Office of Michael J. Langford. 914 Rio Virgin Drive, St. George. Directions available at the Convention registrtion desk
6:00pm EVENT: Senior Lawyers Section Social & Dinner - Riverwalk Grill (4210 Bluegrass Way St. George, UT 84790) - Social Hour at 6:00pm and dinner at 6:30pm. (RSVP and payment available with registration.)
Saturday, March 16, 2013
8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast (Sponsored by: Ballard Spahr LLP; Durham, Jones & Pinegar; Ray, Quinney & Nebeker; Snell & Wilmer; &Thorpe, North & Western
9:00 am - 10:00 am Welcome - Ballroom C/E Keith C Barnes, Spring Convention Chair, Cedar City
Keynote Speaker
1 Hr CLE Credit

Why You Should Never Emulate TV Lawyers

SEAN CARTER - graduated from Harvard Law School in 1992. His ten years of legal practice focused on corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions. During this time, he represented such clients as GNC, Experian, The Boston Beer Company Homeside Lending, Safelite Auto Glass, J. Crew and many others. Most recently, he served as in-house counsel to a publicly-traded finance company.

In 2002, Mr. Carter left the practice of law to pursue a career as the country's foremost Humorist at Law. Since then, Mr. Carter has crisscrossed the country delivering comedic professional educational seminars for more than 250 organizations in three dozen states.

Mr. Carter is the author of the first-ever comedic legal treatise -- If It Does Not Fit, Must You Acquit?: Your Humorous Guide to the Law. His syndicated legal humor column has appeared in general circulation newspapers in more than 30 states and his weekly humor column for lawyers appeared in the ABA e-Report from 2003 to 2006.

Finally, Sean lives in Mesa, Arizona with his wife and four sons.


  President-Elect Nominee

James D. Gilson, Callister, Nebeker & McCullough

10:00 am - 10:15 am Refreshment Break (Sponsored by: Lawyers Helping Lawyers)


Ballroom C/E


Sunbrook A/B


Entrada A


Ballroom A


10:15 am - 11:15

1 HR. CLE Credit

Challenges of a High Profile Case:  Ethics, the Media, and Seating a Fair Jury – Looking Back at State v.
Warren Jeffs

Walter F. Bugden – Bugden & Isaacson

Tara L. Isaacson – Bugden & Isaacson

Brock R. Belnap – Washington County Attorney


The Ethics of Legal Marketing

Sean Carter



The New JOBS Act with Recent

P. Christian Anderson – Ballard Spahr,

Todd A. Reece – Ballard Spahr, LLP

Civility Comes up More Often Than You Think

Billy Walker - Sr. Counsel, Office Of Professional Conduct

Carol L.L. Verdoia - Attorney General's Office

Hon. Sherene T. Dillon, 2nd District Juvenile Court

Moderator - Karma K. Dixon, Utah Attorney General's Office


Nuts and Bolts – Family Law Procedure and Best Practices

Comm. Katherine Conklin YLD
11:15 am - 11:30 am Refreshment Break (Sponsored by: Lawyers Helping Lawyers)


1 Hr. CLE Credit

Practicing Law in Southern Utah Courts

Hon. James L. Shumate – 5th District Court

Hon. Wallace A. Lee – 6th District Court

Shawn T. Farris – Farris & Utley
Some Matters American Jurisprudece Should Know About the Socio-Cultural Practice & English Proficiency of Linguistic Minorities

Prof. William G. Eggington – Dept. of Linguistics & English Language, Brigham Young University
Copyright Litigation: Applying Fundamentals to 21st Century Technologies

Michael K. Erickson, Ray Quinney & Nebeker

Beating the Statistical Odds of Depression in the Legal Profession

Randall K. Spencer,  Fillmore Spencer


Exploitation of the Elderly

Nan Mendenhall – Assistant Division Director / Director of APS Division of Aging

Gregory N. Ferbrache – Utah Assistant Attorney General

Matthew D. Bates – Summit County Prosecutor

12:45 – 2:45

 2 Hrs. CLE Credit

Utah State Bar Film Presentation: "Hot Coffee".  In 1995 a jury awarded a huge sum for spilled hot coffee.  Since then, there has been discussions about tort reform.  If you have ever wondered about frivolous law suits please join us for this documentary film covering one of the largest frivolous law suits.

Leslie A. Lewis, Coordinator and Moderator, Philip R. Fishler - Strong & Hanni, Brian S. King - Attorney at Law, L. Rich Humphreys - Christensen & Jensen