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258 ABA Journal Utah articles.

Utah became first state to change ethics regulations to allow for alternative business structures

The leadership of Justice Constandinos “Deno” Himonas and John Lund paved the way for the Utah Supreme Court’s unanimous vote in August to adopt a package of sweeping regulatory changes.

Afternoon Briefs: New ACLU lawyer gets arrested; top Chicago lawyer resigns after video uproar

New ACLU lawyer is accused of firing gun at ex-wife’s car

A newly hired lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah was arrested for allegedly firing a gun…

For first time in history, federal government carried out more civilian executions than all 50 states
Ten federal inmates were executed this year as a result of a push by the Department of Justice, putting the total number of federal executions above that of all 50 states combined.
What are ethics issues for lawyers practicing remotely from a different state during the pandemic?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more lawyers have worked remotely from home and practiced law primarily through electronic means. Some of these lawyers live in a different state than where they are licensed to practice law.
Deloitte is monitoring regulatory reforms but is focused on growing new practice
As states such as Utah and Arizona have approved opening up their legal marketplaces to alternative business structures in recent months, there has been speculation that the Big Four accounting firms would be among those seeking to take advantage.
DOJ rule change would allow some executions by firing squad and electrocution
The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday published a final rule change that would allow federal executions to be carried out in any manner allowed in the state where the death sentence was imposed.
Law Society of British Columbia launches ‘innovation sandbox’ to address access-to-justice gap

The law society’s initiative comes several months after the Utah Supreme Court launched its own regulatory sandbox amid a growing movement in North America to open up the legal marketplace to nonlawyer financial interests and practitioners.

Program offers Utah law school scholarships based on overcoming adversity
Utah’s two law schools on Thursday announced a fellowship program with full-tuition scholarships for admittees with significant hardships.
How Utah’s judicial and state bar officials worked together for regulatory reform

“I don’t think anyone had Utah on their radar as the state likely to be leading the charge on regulatory reform in the legal space,” says Joanna Mendoza, who served on California’s Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services.

Rocket Lawyer is among the first applicants approved to join Utah’s regulatory sandbox program

Rocket Lawyer announced Tuesday that it is one of the first entities approved to participate in Utah’s new regulatory sandbox program permitting nontraditional legal services providers, including those with nonlawyer investors, to operate in the state without fear of being accused of the unauthorized practice of law.

How are things working out for 3 Utah law grads seeking diploma privilege?

Prior to this summer, Chase Wilde didn’t know how to file a court appearance. Thanks to the supervised practice requirement in the Utah Supreme Court’s temporary order for diploma privilege, he does now.

Overbilling suit alleges K&L Gates used these techniques to increase fees
An overbilling lawsuit filed against K&L Gates on Monday alleges the law firm used multiple techniques to increase its fees fraudulently while representing a company in a suit over a failed lease agreement.
Utah embraces nonlawyer ownership of law firms as part of broad access-to-justice reforms

The Utah Supreme Court has unanimously approved a slate of reforms that allow for nonlawyer ownership or investment in law firms and permit current legal services providers to try new ways of serving clients during a two-year pilot period.

In expansion push, Dentons announces combination with law firm of nearly 100 lawyers
In its push to become the first truly national U.S. law firm, 10,000-plus lawyer firm Dentons has announced that it is combining with Utah firm Durham Jones & Pinegar.
New York and Illinois join others moving to October online bar exam; another jurisdiction grants diploma privilege
In light of public health concerns, Illinois and New York have joined the growing list of states that canceled in-person bar exams, with plans for an October remote test offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

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