Utah State Bar

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Utah State Bar
Formation 1931
Type Legal Society
Headquarters Salt Lake City, UT
  • United States
7,277 in 2012 (725 out of state) [1]
H. Dickson Burton [2]
Herm Olsen [3]
Website http://www.utahbar.org/

Utah State Bar'is the integrated (mandatory) bar association of the U.S. state of Utah. It is funded by dues from member attorneys. It is not funded by the State of Utah.


Starting around 1851, lawyers in the Territory of Utah would petition the Supreme Court for admission and, once admitted, were members of the bar of all the courts in the territory; essentially, there was a Bar of the Territory of Utah, but no bar association until 1884. Informal associations of Utah lawyers began no later than the early 1900s. In 1931 the Utah legislature passed a law designating Utah State Bar to self-manage and self-regulate the legal industry in the state.


Utah State Bar is managed by a Board of Commissioners including thirteen voting members, eleven elected lawyers and two non-lawyers appointed by the Court.The Commission also includes non-voting ex officio members: the deans of the University of Utah Law School and Brigham Young University Law School, the Bar's delegate to the American Bar Association, the Utah American Bar Association members' delegate to the ABA, the president of the Young Lawyers Division, and representatives from the Women Lawyers of Utah, the Utah Minority Bar Association, the Bar's representative to the Utah Judicial Council, and the Past President of the Bar.

Utah State Bar enforces the rule that Utah lawyers must complete 24 credits of Continuing Legal Education every two years.

Utah State Bar publishes the bi-monthly Utah Bar Journal.

Utah State Bar offices are located in the Utah Law & Justice Center located at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. It was built in 1988 to provide offices for Bar operations and meeting spaces for law-related programs. The Utah Law & Justice Center provides office space for law-related organizations that include Attorney's Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., Utah Law Related Education Projects, Utah Bar Foundation, Utah State Board of Continuing Education, Utah Association for Justice, and Utah Dispute Resolution.

Pornographic Email Controversy

In February 2018, Utah State Bar emailed an announcement regarding its Spring Convention that contained an image of a bare-breasted woman to every attorney in Utah.[4] Utah State Bar shortly after sent an email apologizing for the incident and promising an investigation. Following up Utah State Bar issued a statement "saying the email was prepared in-house and distributed to active members of Utah State Bar and the offending image did not appear in various previews of the email although one Utah State Bar member claimed [5]to have opened the email while in the house gallery at the Utah State Capital."[4] On March 11, Utah State Bar released a statement to the media stating that the image "was inadvertently added to the email as a result of a human error" and the “error is being addressed as a personnel issue.”

Complaint Reporting and Review Process Against Member Attorneys

The Utah State Bar complaint filing process is governed under Chapter 14, Article 1, Rule 105, and Chapter 14, Article 5 of the Judicial Council Code of Judicial Administration. This code is established by the 14 members of the Judicial Council. The Judicial Council holds monthly meetings throughout the state. All the meetings are open and may be attended by interested parties. They provide an opportunity for other branches of government, federal agencies, and citizens to have issues addressed by the judiciary. [6]


  1. ^ Utah Bar Overview, Martindale Hubbell, retrieved 2012-10-11
  2. ^ Meet the Bar President, Utah State Bar, retrieved 2018-04-06
  3. ^ Meet the Bar Commissioners, Utah State Bar, retrieved 2018-04-06
  4. ^ a b "Lawyers who received accidental email of woman's breasts speak out". fox13now.com. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  5. ^ https://gizmodo.com/the-utah-state-bar-is-investigating-how-it-emailed-all-1823537815
  6. ^ "Rules Governing the Utah State Bar". www.utcourts.gov. Retrieved 12 October 2018.

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