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244 ABA Journal Utah articles.

Lawyer accused of flying pregnant Marshallese women to US to place children for adoption
A lawyer who is also the assessor for Maricopa County, Arizona, is facing charges in three states for allegedly operating an illegal adoption scheme involving pregnant women from the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Pelvic exams performed without patients’ permission spur new legislation
Former BigLaw partner dies on Mount Everest; he was member of ‘seven summit club,’ brother says

A Colorado lawyer who was a former partner at Holland & Hart died Monday while descending the summit of Mount Everest.

Solo practitioner Christopher Kulish, 62, is the 11th person…

Judge suspended for negative comments about Trump and treatment of judicial staffer

The Utah Supreme Court has suspended a judge for “inappropriate political commentary” about President Donald Trump and for an attempt to use his judicial position to oust a court staffer…

Facing shortage of lawyers in some areas, this state is considering licensing legal technicians

The New Mexico Supreme Court has appointed a work group to consider whether the state should allow licensed legal technicians to provide civil legal services.

The court has asked the…

Utah bar investigation into polygamy could raise other legal challenges
The Utah State Bar is investigating complaints that seven lawyers are violating rules of conduct by being involved in polygamous relationships, a felony punishable by five to 15 years in prison.
Law firm accused of enabling polygamist leader Warren Jeffs can be sued, 10th Circuit says
A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit accusing a Utah law firm of creating the legal framework that allowed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs to perpetuate child rape, forced labor and extortion.
Red light malfunctioning? Bill in this state would allow you to run it

A House committee in Utah has approved a bill that would allow drivers to run red lights that appear to be cycling improperly, provided they pause for a sufficient amount…

Match.com, BYU Law partner up for student-alumni mentor program
Do people think you have traditional values, and what are your hobbies? These are some questions asked by a pilot program to build mentoring relationships between first-year law students and alumni at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.
Four women seek special prosecutor after DA declines to file sexual assault charges

Four women are asking the Utah Supreme Court to appoint a special prosecutor to pursue their sexual assault allegations after the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office declined to bring…

Women comprise most of BYU Law’s 1Ls for the first time

For the first time, women comprise the majority of first-year law students at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Out of 104 students, 52 percent are women, Stacie…

Judge declares longtime lesbian couple in Utah legally married months after 1 partner’s death

Bonnie Foerster and Beverly Grossaint were legally married last week about three months after Groissant’s death at 82.

Foerster, 74, told the Salt Lake Tribune she is “numb from…

First paralegal practitioners in Utah are expected to be licensed in 2019

The first paralegal practitioners in Utah are expected to be licensed in 2019, making the state the second to license nonlawyers to practice law.

New rules regulating paralegal practitioners…

Lawyer who blew deadline by 18 minutes gets extension based on agony of Jazz loss
A federal judge in Utah has extended a document deadline for a Salt Lake City lawyer who said he filed a legal brief 18 minutes late due to the “emotional impact” of a loss by the Utah Jazz.
Legal technicians belong in courtrooms
One of the constant criticisms of the Washington limited license legal technician is that there only around 30 licensed technicians so far—even though the program is still in its infancy. A second challenge is that, currently, the LLLT cannot represent a client in court.

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