Thursday, June 5, 2014

Legal Briefs: Bail, Religious Freedom, ACLU & Days of '47

  • Bail reduced for man accused of posing as Mormon missionary in Las Vegas, Nevada robbery. Las Vegas Sun.
  • Norman Vincent Peale award winner speaks of defending religious freedom. Church News.
  • ACLU cries foul on the Salt Lake City Council as it tries to officially influence the decision to exclude Mormons Building Bridges from the Days of '47 Parade. While the ACLU understands the council's intention to improve Mormons' relationship with the gay community, it's still "a bridge too far". They feel a governmental body should not try and influence a private event. Salt Lake Tribune

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Florida Judge Fights Public Defender

I know I shouldn't laugh at this but it's just so unbelievable... It seems to me that both of these guys need to take a long vacation.

Amicus Brief in Eller v. Intellectual Reserve

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus brief (see below) in Eller v. Intellectual Reserve. The case involves the dating website Mormon Match and it's use of the term "Mormon". The LDS church argues that the term Mormon may be used to describe church members generally, however, the term cannot be used in commerce.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Legal Briefs: Pleasing the Court, Utah Attorneys General

  • What do Judges really think about the phrase 'May it please the court?' Is it obligatory or just old fashioned? I can say from personal experience that it is very uncommon for an attorney here in Arizona to use that phrase. ABA Journal.
  • Investigators served search warrants Monday at the homes of former Utah attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. Sounds like they may have been involved in some Chicagoland style politics. Deseret News.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Register Now for the BYU Education Week's Continuing Legal Education Program

Mark your calendars now for our annual BYU Education Week Continuing Legal Education Program, held in Provo, Utah, on August 19 - 22, 2014. An overview of each of the classes offered during this year’s CLE program is attached to this email. The full class schedule for the entire Education Week program, including the CLE courses, will be posted online on June 20, 2014, at

In order to attend the CLE courses, you must register as a Campus Education Week participant. In addition to the Campus Education Week tuition, attorneys seeking Continuing Legal Education credit are required to pay a $35 fee for the week to be paid at the door of 214 Crabtree Building (this covers the state CLE costs). CLE credit verification has already taken place for Utah, but participants must seeking credit for all other states must check with their respective state bars for verification that the CLE courses will be accepted for credit.

Registration for the entire Education Week program is already open.  To register, go to

This is an excellent opportunity to earn up to 20 CLE credits over four days for less than $100.00