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Utah Supreme Court upholds rights of trans persons to change name and sex on state records

In a 4-1 decision announced on Thursday, Utah's Supreme Court expanded transgender rights in the state by siding with two trans petitioners seeking court orders to change their names and sex on birth certificates.
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Utah Recognizes Sex Change Designation Right

The Utah Supreme Court has upheld the right to change sex designation. Today, we provide a plain-meaning interpretation of the duly enacted law allowing individuals to change their sex designations. In the process, we explain that Mr. Childers-Gray and Ms.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
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Utah Supreme Court rules transgender people can amend their birth certificates

Utah Supreme Court Thursday ruled that transgender people may change their names and genders on Utah birth certificates. The 4-1 ruling comes after more than three years in court and failed attempts by the Utah Legislature to both clarify a long-standing law regarding name and gender changes and to block transgender Utahns from amending their birth certificates. — Read the rest
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Utah Affirms Transgender Right to Change Birth Certificates

The Utah Supreme Court has affirmed the right of transgender people to change their sex designation on birth certificates.
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Regulatory Innovation With a Legal Tech Sandbox

On April 22, 2021, the Law Society of Ontario approved a “Regulatory Sandbox for Innovative Technological Legal Services”, a five-year pilot project through which non-licensee providers will be given the LSO’s blessing to provide “innovative technological legal services” directly to consumers, under the LSO’s supervision. The sandbox was recommended by the LSO’s Technology Task Force in its report released on April 13, 2021. The sandbox is currently slated to launch in October 2021. The proposed...
Tags: Utah, Law, Chicago, Canada, Legal Ethics, Ontario, Task Force, Advisory Council, California Florida, Law Society, LSO, Utah Supreme Court, Canada Ontario, Edward Elgar, Noel Semple, Law Society of British Columbia


BYU Law Students Develop Web Resource To Address Flaws In Expungement Process

Eight students in the LawX legal design lab at BYU Law have developed an online resource, called Goodbye Record, that is designed to address flaws in the process for expunging criminal records in Utah and potentially other states as well. I’ve written a number of times about LawX, a lab program launched in 2017 in which law students use design thinking to analyze and address critical issues in access to justice. In each semester-long lab, the students tackle a different issue. Previous LawX proj...
Tags: Utah, New York, Justice, Law, Uncategorized, BYU, Clifford Chance, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Josef, Utah Supreme Court, CCO, Administrative Office, LawX, Genesis Block, SixFifty, Constandinos


No Stone Left Unturned

The Utah Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney The saga of the discipline of Brian W. Steffensen has continued for nearly a decade, now coming before this court for the third time. Though the matter has revealed numerous legal complexities... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Utah Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Brian W Steffensen


New Frontier of Legal Innovation – Regulatory Legal Innovation Sandboxes

2020 has seen an adoption of legal technology and legal innovation, however, one of the more surprising developments are legal regulatory sandboxes, introduced first in the state of Utah in the United States and now in Canada, by the Law Society of British Columbia. The regulatory sandbox model allows for the experimentation of new alternative business models, including non-lawyer ownership and fee sharing, in a controlled environment under the regulator’s supervision. The Utah Supreme Court two...
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20 For 2020: The Legal Tech Trends that Defined the Year

Whoa, what the f*&% just happened? This was a year few of us will ever forget. It brought untold hardships for many and unfamiliar challenges for all of us. To those who suffered losses of loved ones or illness, to those who lost their jobs or their homes, to any and all who suffered scars this year, I offer my heartfelt condolences. But in the world of legal technology and innovation, the phrase I heard often repeated this year was “silver lining.” It was a silver lining in the form of an accel...
Tags: Utah, New York, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Law, California, Massachusetts, New York City, Israel, Uncategorized, America, San Francisco, United States, Arizona, New Zealand, Wisconsin


Arizona Is First State To Eliminate Ban On Nonlawyer Ownership Of Law Firms

The two-page order last week from the Arizona Supreme Court reads as pedestrian as any routine court order, but its impact is sure to be game changing for the practice of law and access to justice. The court’s order, issued Aug. 27, eliminates the ban on nonlawyers having economic interests in law firms and the prohibition on sharing legal fees among nonlawyers and lawyers. The move makes Arizona the first state to completely eliminate Rule 5.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The order als...
Tags: Utah, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Uncategorized, Arizona, Arizona Supreme Court, Utah Supreme Court, Robert Brutinel, Office of Legal Services Innovation


Guest Column: Utah, We are Going to Need a Bigger Sandbox

The Aug. 13 Utah Supreme Court decision intersected with the work of Reginald Heber Smith in a way I am certain he never expected. In 1919, Smith published Justice and the Poor. In it, he wrote, “Without equal access to the law, the system not only robs the poor of their only protection, but places in the hands of their oppressors the most powerful and ruthless weapon ever invented.” Smith’s next endeavor was to apply the same passion for fairness to the newly formed Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHal...
Tags: Amazon, Utah, Justice, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Zappos, Smith, Baylor University, Costco, Seth Godin, Leigh, Dentons, Hale, Utah Supreme Court, Bob Ambrogi


ICYMI: Legaltech Week for 8.14.20 – Utah’s Sandbox, E-Discovery Acquisition, Robot Lawyers, Virtual Firms, and Joe Patrice Coins A Term

If you missed our live panel of legal journalists yesterday discussing the week’s top stories in legal technology and innovation, here are the audio and video recordings. This week’s topics included: the Utah Supreme Court approves sweeping regulatory changes to address access to justice, e-discovery company Reveal acquires AI company NexLP, Biglaw lawyers flock to distributed firms, the Wall Street Journal issues a robot lawyer scare, and a possibly more palpable purpose for facial recogniti...
Tags: Facebook, Utah, Law, Wall Street Journal, ABA Journal, Utah Supreme Court, Victor Li, Bob Ambrogi, Legaltech News, Zach Warren, Joe Patrice, Molly McDonough, Legaltech Week, Victoria Hudgins


Breaking: In Historic Vote, Utah Supreme Court Approves Sweeping Changes in Legal Services Regulation

In a historic vote that could set a blueprint for the rest of the country, the Utah Supreme Court has approved the most sweeping changes in a generation to the regulation of law practice and the delivery of legal services. Spurred by a widening gap in access to justice, made even worse by the coronavirus crisis, the court’s five justices voted unanimously to approve a comprehensive package of changes they proposed in April and put out for public comment. The vote creates a two-year pilot of a re...
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"Should death-penalty juries learn about death penalty costs?"

The title of this post is the headline of this new AP article.  Here are excerpts:  Debate over Utah’s death penalty is intensifying in 2nd District Court as attorneys prepare for the trial of an Ogden couple accused of starving and fatally abusing their 3-year-old daughter.  Prosecutors said earlier they will seek the death penalty against Miller Costello, 28, and Brenda Emile, 25, if they are convicted of aggravated murder in the July 6, 2017, death of Angelina Costello. Over the past year, d...
Tags: Utah, Law, Ap, Legislature, Ogden, Utah Supreme Court, 2nd District Court, Weber County, Michael DiReda, Douglas A Berman, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Miller Costello, Brenda Emile, Jeremy Valdes


Fen-Phen Fee Fight Remanded

The Utah Supreme Court remanded a dispute between a departed attorney and his former firm This appeal arises out of a longstanding dispute between attorney Gregory Jones and his former law firm, Mackey Price Thompson & Ostler, P.C. (MPTO), over... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
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California Bar Takes Giant Step Towards Regulatory Sandbox

California could become the next state, after Utah, to establish a regulatory sandbox to explore new methods of delivering legal services, after the State Bar of California Board of Trustees voted 9-2 yesterday to form a working group to explore the development of such a sandbox. The working group will be charged with exploring the development of a regulatory sandbox to evaluate possible changes to existing laws and rules that may inhibit the development of innovative legal service delivery syst...
Tags: Utah, Law, California, Uncategorized, Utah Supreme Court, State Bar of California Board of Trustees


Utah Proposes Sweeping Regulatory Reforms; Will Fast-Track Pandemic-Related Services

The Utah Supreme Court on Friday proposed the most-sweeping reforms of the regulation of legal services in a generation and said it will fast-track approval of non-traditional legal-help programs that target problems spawned by the Covid-19 crisis. The proposed changes, posted for a 90-day period of public comment, would amend Utah’s Rules of Professional Conduct, which govern law practice in the state. Among a number of changes, the proposals would allow fee-sharing with nonlawyers and would al...
Tags: Utah, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Utah Supreme Court, Innovation Office, Office of Legal Services Innovation, Deno Himonas, Office of Legal Services Innovation the court


Utah’s Supervised Diploma Privilege Proposal Is A Bad Idea

The Utah Supreme Court’s proposal of diploma privilege plus supervision approach is not the right way to help this year’s graduates.
Tags: Utah, Law, Law Schools, Utah Supreme Court, Law Students, Bar Exams, Steven Chung


Jim Sandman’s Five Requirements for Tech to Improve Access to Justice

Few would dispute that an essential ingredient in addressing the access-to-justice crisis is technology. Technology can provide the economies of scale, efficiencies of process and tools of innovation that can enable legal services to be provided more broadly and equitably. But what must be done for technology to improve access-to-justice? How can we best harness technology and put it to effective use in bridging the justice gap? At the Legal Services Corporation’s Innovations in Technology confe...
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Jim Sandman’s Five Requirements for Tech to Improve Access to Justice

Few would dispute that an essential ingredient in addressing the access-to-justice crisis is technology. Technology can provide the economies of scale, efficiencies of process and tools of innovation that can enable legal services to be provided more broadly and equitably. But what must be done for technology to improve access-to-justice? How can we best harness technology and put it to effective use in bridging the justice gap? At the Legal Services Corporation’s Innovations in Technology confe...
Tags: London, Law, Uncategorized, Portland, Sandman, Dla Piper, United States of America, Alexander Hamilton, Robert F Kennedy, Utah Supreme Court, LSC, Jim Sandman, James J Sandman, Constandinos, Deno '' Himonas


The Decade in Legal Tech: The 10 Most Significant Developments

In legal technology, it was a decade of tumult and upheaval, bringing changes that will forever transform the practice of law and the delivery of legal services. Feisty startups took on established behemoths. The cloud dropped rain on legacy products. Mobile tech untethered lawyers. Clients demanded efficiency and transparency. Robots arrived to take over our jobs. “Alternative” became a label for new kinds of legal services providers. An expanding justice gap fueled efforts at ethics reform. In...
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Utah: Client Funds In Escrow Account Not Subject To Fraudulent Transfer Claims

The Utah Supreme Court dismissed as moot a claim predicated on alleged misuse of a firm trust account. The court let stand a district court ruling that the use of the escrow account was not a transfer of funds subject... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
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LawNext Episode 55: Utah’s Bold Experiment to Reimagine Legal Services

In August, a Utah task force on access to justice issued a report that called for “profoundly reimagining the way legal services are regulated in order to harness the power of entrepreneurship, capital, and machine learning in the legal arena.” Two days later, the Utah Supreme Court voted unanimously to approve the report’s recommendations, including substantially loosening regulatory restrictions on lawyers and creating a “regulatory sandbox” to allow a market of non-traditional legal entiti...
Tags: Utah, Law, Uncategorized, Salt Lake City, Utah Supreme Court, Bob Ambrogi, University of Chicago Law School, Utah State Bar, Parsons Behle Latimer, LawNext, Constandinos, Deno '' Himonas, Gary Herbert Prior, Jones Waldo Holbrook McDonough, John R Lund, University of Utah S J Quinney College of Law


A Utah judge was suspended for six months after he criticized Trump in court and on Facebook

The Utah Supreme Court suspended a justice court judge without pay for six months after he made critical comments about President Trump in court and on his Facebook page.
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Anti-Trump Posts And Other Misconduct Get Judge Suspended In Utah

The Utah Supreme Court has suspended a judge for six months without pay This judicial discipline proceeding requires us to decide the appropriate sanction for a judge who has engaged in repeated misconduct. Judge Michael Kwan acknowledges that he violated... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Utah, Law, Utah Supreme Court, Michael Kwan, Legal Profession Prof, Judicial Ethics and the Courts


Anti-Trump Posts Get Judge Suspended In Utah

The Utah Supreme Court has suspended a judge This judicial discipline proceeding requires us to decide the appropriate sanction for a judge who has engaged in repeated misconduct. Judge Michael Kwan acknowledges that he violated the Utah Code of Judicial... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
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LawNext Episode 40: Gillian Hadfield on Redesigning Our Legal Systems

A lawyer, economist and scholar, Gillian K. Hadfield has devoted much of her career to studying how legal systems can be improved to ensure they meet the needs of the people they are meant to serve. In her book, Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy, she argues that the complexity of today’s global, digital economy has pushed law to its limits, making it too expensive, too complicated, and too far out of touch with our needs. In th...
Tags: Law, Toronto, World Economic Forum, Hadfield, Utah Supreme Court, Stanford Law School, Bob Ambrogi, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Gillian Hadfield, University of California Berkeley She, LawNext, Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Gillian K Hadfield, Stanford University Hadfield, Center for Human Compatible AI


LawNext Episode 40: Gillian Hadfield on Redesigning Our Legal Systems

A lawyer, economist and scholar, Gillian K. Hadfield has devoted much of her career to studying how legal systems can be improved to ensure they meet the needs of the people they are meant to serve. In her book, Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy, she argues that the complexity of today’s global, digital economy has pushed law to its limits, making it too expensive, too complicated, and too far out of touch with our needs. In th...
Tags: Law, Toronto, World Economic Forum, Hadfield, Utah Supreme Court, Stanford Law School, Bob Ambrogi, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Gillian Hadfield, University of California Berkeley She, LawNext, Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Gillian K Hadfield, Stanford University Hadfield, Center for Human Compatible AI


SOL In Utah

The Utah Supreme Court held that a bar discipline matter was brought more than four years after "discovery" of the misconduct and affirmed dismissal on statute of limitations grounds we are able to affirm the district court’s decision on the... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Utah, Law, Utah Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


Picking the Next Supreme Court Justice

The Roberts Court, November 30, 2018. Seated, from left to right: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Standing, from left to right: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Supreme Court Curator's Office. Washington, D.C. – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Supreme Court has been in the news a lot lately on issues of interest to Second A...
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