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April 30, 2009

Law Day 2009

09_LawDay_cover-72dpi.jpg May 1, 2009 is Law Day. This year's theme is A Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial.

A number of activities are planned for Law Day, including the Judge for a Day contest, a Hinckley Institute of Politics Panel, and an Art and the Law contest.

More information about this year's Law Day activities is available on the court's website.

April 29, 2009

Class: Juvenile Court Basics

crayons.jpgWant to learn about Utah's juvenile justice system? The Utah State Law Library is offering a free class about Utah's juvenile courts. Topics include:

• Child Welfare proceedings
• Delinquency proceedings
• Rights of juveniles
• Role of the Guardian ad Litem

When
Thursday, May 28th
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Where
Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State Street

Instructor
Whitney Kania, Juvenile Court Law Clerk, Utah State Courts

Register Today!
Class size is limited. Please call 801-238-7990 or email library@email.utcourts.gov to reserve your spot.

Tonight: Foreclosure 101

You are invited to a free introductory class on foreclosure, which includes information about how to prevent foreclosure, and your options if you have been served with a notice of default.

When: Tonight (4/29) at 7 p.m.
Where: Taylorsville Library (4870 South 2700 West, Taylorsville, UT 84118)

If you have any questions, please call the Utah State Law Library at 801-238-7990.

April 28, 2009

Say Cheese!

During the month of February law libraries across the country were invited to photograph all aspects law librarianship for the American Association of Law Libraries' 2009 Day in the Life Photo Contest.

A committee selects the five best photos in five different categories:

- Librarians as Information Evaluators and Managers
- Librarians as Expert Researchers
- Librarians as Teachers and Trainers
- Librarians as Trailblazers in New Technology
- The Artistry of Librarianship
- Most Humorous

We were thrilled to learn that two of our entries were finalists ... and one was a winner!

This photo - Blended Reference - was voted the best photograph in the Librarians as Expert Researchers category.
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This photo - Simple Marketing - won third place in the Artistry of Librarianship category.
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We submitted several photos that didn't make it to the finals. We will post these on our blog and our Facebook page soon.

April 27, 2009

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

09_ncvrw_icon.jpgApril 26 - May 2, 2009 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), 42 U.S Code §10601 et seq.

Utah has several services available for victims of crime:

There are also several national organizations:

Wireless Password: knock

The wireless password for the week of April 27, 2009 is knock.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

April 24, 2009

New Court of Appeals Briefs

We have received 30 new Court of Appeals briefs. The docket numbers range from 20060591-CA to 20080447-CA (list not inclusive).

If you're looking for a specific brief, contact the library by phone (801-238-7990) or email to make sure we have it. If you can't come in to make copies yourself, we offer a document delivery service for 25 cents per page and will scan and email the briefs to you.

April 23, 2009

New book: Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report

deposicn.gifOn February 1st, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia STS-107 was returning to Earth after several weeks in space. Disaster struck and the shuttle disintegrated upon re-entry over Texas, and all seven crew members were lost.

We have just received NASA's Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report from the U.S. Government Printing Office as part of our Federal Depository Library collection.

You can read this report at the State Law Library, or you can get the report online. The report analyzes every component of this tragic event, including structural malfunctions and crew training.

We also have the 2003 Columbia Accident Investigation Board Report in our collection, and it too is available online.

If you're interested in more information, NASA maintains a website dedicated to the Columbia, including crew member profiles, news reports, and records released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Tonight: Landlord/Tenant Law

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You are invited to a free introductory class on landlord/tenant law in Utah, presented by Fred Anderson, an attorney at Utah Legal Services. There will be plenty of time for questions, so if you're a landlord OR tenant, bring your "What if..." and "Can they..." questions!

When: Tonight (4/23) at 7 p.m.
Where: West Jordan Library (1970 West 7800 South)

If you have any questions, please call the Utah State Law Library at 801-238-7990.

Class: Guardianship of a Minor Basics

hopscotch Are you a grandparent who needs to register a grandchild in school? Are you caring for someone else's child and want to be sure you can authorize medical treatment if necessary? Do you have questions about how to establish a guardianship for a minor child?

The Utah State Law Library is offering a free class about establishing a guardianship for a minor. Topics include:

• Who can be a guardian
• Why you might want a guardianship
• The difference between a guardianship and conservatorship
• The rights and responsibilities of a guardian
• How to request a guardianship appointment
• How to terminate a guardianship appointment

When
Thursday, May 21st
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Instructor
Mary Jane Ciccarello, Staff Attorney, Utah State Courts

Register Today!
Class size is limited. Please call 801-238-7990 or email library@email.utcourts.gov to reserve your spot.

April 22, 2009

New Research Guide - Utah Government Publications and Documents

The Utah State Archives has posted a new Utah Government Publications and Documents research guide on their website.

The guide describes the public documents serial set, the state depository system and how to find publications.

Thanks to the Researching the Utah State Archives blog for bringing this to our attention.

Small Claims Class

moneyThinking about filing a small claims case? Want to learn more about the small claims process in Utah?

The Utah State Law Library is offering a free class for the public about small claims cases. Topics include:

• Small claims process
• Rules of Small Claims Procedure
• Small claims forms
• An overview of collecting a judgment
• Appealing a small claims case

When
Thursday, May 14th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Instructor
Tim Shea, Senior Staff Attorney, Utah State Courts

Register Today!
Class size is limited. Please call 801-238-7990 or email library@email.utcourts.gov to reserve your spot.

Tonight: Landlord/Tenant Law

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You are invited to a free introductory class on landlord/tenant law in Utah, presented by Tim Williams, an attorney at Utah Legal Services. There will be plenty of time for questions, so if you're a landlord OR tenant, bring your "What if..." and "Can they..." questions!

When: Tonight (4/22) at 7 p.m.
Where: Columbus Library (2530 South 500 East, South Salt Lake City)

Can't make it tonight? We're offering a second class tomorrow, April 23, at the West Jordan Library (1970 West 7800 South, West Jordan).

If you have any questions, please call the Utah State Law Library at 801-238-7990.

April 20, 2009

Classes for Self-Represented Parties: May - July

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The Utah State Law Library will hold its Resources for Self-Represented Parties class on the following dates:

Friday, May 8th
Friday, June 12th
Friday, July 10th

All classes will start at 3:30 p.m. and last about an hour.

The class introduces the resources available for people representing themselves in court, including how to find an attorney, legal clinics, forms, and the Online Court Assistance Program. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Utah State Law Library.

Register Today!
Class size is limited. Please call 801-238-7990 or email library@email.utcourts.gov to reserve your spot.

Wireless Password: jolly

The wireless password for the week of April 20, 2009 is jolly.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

April 17, 2009

National Library Week Wrap Up

As National Library Week draws to a close I want to thank those who joined us. We had a good turnout for our classes, and I hope you enjoyed our daily trivia quiz.

We look forward to celebrating with you next year!

- Friday's Quiz Answers (PDF)

National Library Week Quiz - Presidential Trivia

Today's National Library Week quiz topic is presidential trivia.

Submit your answers to library@email.utcourts.gov by 5:00 today. We will post the answers to today's later today.

State laws prevent us from giving prizes, but you can feel proud of your knowledge of library and legal trivia, and get a tiny bit of fame! Good luck.

- Friday's Quiz (PDF)
- Thursday's Quiz Answers (PDF)

Bonus Word Search
- Find the Appellate Court Judges (PDF)

April 16, 2009

National Library Week Quiz - History of the Utah Legislature

Today's National Library Week quiz topic is the history of the Utah Legislature.

Submit your answers to library@email.utcourts.gov by 5:00 today. We will post the answers to today's quiz tomorrow morning, as well as the names of those who got all of the answers correct.

State laws prevent us from giving prizes, but you can feel proud of your knowledge of library and legal trivia, and get a tiny bit of fame! Good luck.

- Thursday's Quiz (PDF)
- Wednesday's Quiz Answers (PDF)

April 15, 2009

Tonight: Landlord/Tenant Law

You are invited to a free introductory class on landlord/tenant law in Utah, presented by Martin Blaustein, an attorney at Utah Legal Services.

When: Tonight (4/15) at 7 p.m.
Where: East Millcreek Library (2266 Evergreen Avenue, Salt Lake City)

Can't make it tonight? Two more landlord/tenant classes will be offered next week on April 22 at the Columbus Library and April 23 at the West Jordan Library.

If you have any questions, please call the Utah State Law Library at 801-238-7990.

National Library Week Quiz - Congressional History

Today's National Library Week quiz topic is the history of the U.S. Congress.

Submit your answers to library@email.utcourts.gov by 5:00 today. We will post the answers to today's quiz tomorrow morning, as well as the names of those who got all of the answers correct.

State laws prevent us from giving prizes, but you can feel proud of your knowledge of library and legal trivia, and get a tiny bit of fame! Good luck.

- Wednesday's Quiz (PDF)
- Tuesday's Quiz Answers (PDF)

April 14, 2009

National Library Week Quiz - Utah Court History

Today's National Library Week quiz topic is the history of the Utah Courts.

Submit your answers to library@email.utcourts.gov by 5:00 today. We will post the answers to today's quiz tomorrow morning, as well as the names of those who got all of the answers correct.

State laws prevent us from giving prizes, but you can feel proud of your knowledge of library and legal trivia, and get a tiny bit of fame! Good luck.

- Tuesday's Quiz (PDF)

- Monday's Quiz Answers (PDF)

April 13, 2009

Find us on Facebook

The Utah State Law Library is now on Facebook! Once you become a fan, when you log onto Facebook you'll see library updates, including information about upcoming classes and tours. You can also post suggestions on our Wall. Let us know what type of classes you'd like us to offer or suggest ways to improve our outreach. We want to hear from you! find_us_on_facebook_badge.gif

National Library Week Quiz - Library of Congress

Today's National Library Week quiz topic is the Library of Congress, the world's largest library.

Submit your answers to library@email.utcourts.gov by 5:00 today. We will post the answers to today's quiz tomorrow morning, as well as the names of those who got all of the answers correct.

State laws prevent us from giving prizes, but you can feel proud of your knowledge of library and legal trivia, and get a tiny bit of fame! Good luck.

- Monday's Quiz (PDF)

Wireless Password: igloo

The wireless password for the week of April 13, 2009 is igloo.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

National Library Week

April 12 - 18, 2009 is National Library Week, celebrated across the country by all kinds of libraries, including law libraries.

We invite you to join the Utah State Law Library as we commemorate this week with a series of classes and a daily trivia quiz.

The quiz will be posted each day on our blog, and topics include the Library of Congress, historical trivia from Utah's courts and legislature, the U.S. Congress and U.S. presidents.

We hope you'll join our celebration!

April 10, 2009

April 16, 2009 is National Health Care Decisions Day

All adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves. These decisions can be written in an advance directive so that others know what they are. Advance directives come in two main forms:

• A “healthcare power of attorney” (or “proxy” or “agent” or “surrogate”) documents the person you select to be your voice for your healthcare decisions if you cannot speak for yourself.
• A “living will” documents what kinds of medical treatments you would or would not want at the end of life.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare through conversations and the completion of advance directives. The NHDD initiative also is working with providers and facilities to ensure that individual wishes are respected, whatever they may be. Organizations and individuals interested in participating in or learning more about National Healthcare Decisions Day can do so on the NHDD Web site, which contains free outreach tools, a listing of national, state and community participants, and information about advance care planning.

Additional resources are available on the ABA Commission on Law and Aging Web Site.

Additional resources on advance planning and end-of-life legal issues can be found at ABA Law Info: Your Gateway to Information on Legal Topics that Affect Your Life.

Information about Utah’s law and advance healthcare directive form and instructions are available on the Web Site of the Utah State Courts.

April 08, 2009

National Library Week Classes

In commemoration of National Library Week (April 12-18, 2009) the Utah State Law Library will be offering the following classes and tours:

Introduction to Resources for Self-Represented Parties
The class introduces the resources available for people representing themselves in court, including how to find an attorney, legal clinics, forms, the Online Court Assistance Program and other resources. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Utah State Law Library introducing the print and electronic resources available.

When
Monday, April 13th 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15th 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Westlaw Basics
This class will teach you how to search for case law, statutes, and other information using specialized search techniques. You will also learn about the various options for printing and saving.

When
Tuesday, April 14th 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Introduction to HeinOnline
HeinOnline provides access to historic and current legal publications, including law reviews and Federal material, and includes content not available on Westlaw or LexisNexis. Learn how to access these documents and view, print, and download them in PDF form.

When
Thursday, April 16th 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


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Register Today!
Registration is required for all classes. To reserve your spot:
• Call 238-7990
• Email library@email.utcourts.gov
• Or, stop by the State Law Library

Where
All classses will be held at the Utah State Law Library
Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State Street, Room W-13

April 07, 2009

Tonight: Bankruptcy Basics

You are invited to a free introductory class on bankruptcy, presented by Utah attorney Jory Trease.

When: Tonight (4/7) at 7 p.m.
Where: Columbus Library (2530 South 500 East, South Salt Lake City)

Can't make it tonight? Mr. Trease will be presenting an additional Bankruptcy Basics class tomorrow (4/8) at the Kearns Library (5350 South 4220 West, Kearns) at 7 p.m. And if you can't make it to either class, check out the web video created by the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts.

If you have any questions, please call the Utah State Law Library at 801-238-7990.

April 06, 2009

Wireless Password: honks

The wireless password for the week of April 6, 2009 is honks.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

April 03, 2009

Looking for Traffic School Information?

Do you have questions about traffic school?

Traffic school locations, dates, and fees vary by city and county. Most traffic matters are handled in justice court, so you should contact the relevant justice court for information about how they handle traffic citations, including traffic school locations, times, and costs.

Many justice courts have their own web pages linked from the official city or county website. Select a city or county from the drop down list at Utah's City and County Government Resources and look for a link that says "court," "justice court," "municipal justice court" or something similar.

Taylorsville Municipal Justice court, for example, provides a General Information for Traffic Matters page, which includes information about traffic school.

Midvale City Justice Court and Murray Municipal Justice Court provide information about traffic school on their websites.

Not all justice courts have websites. You can use the Utah State Courts Directory to find phone number and address information for all justice courts in Utah.

For more information about traffic cases, check out the Utah State Court's Traffic Matters page.

April 02, 2009

Court-Ordered Community Service

We've received several questions recently about court-ordered community service. If you've been ordered to perform community service as part of your restitution, there are several ways of find out where you can complete this service:

1. Contact your local Adult Probation and Parole office. To find the location nearest you, choose a region number under "Learn More."

2. The court clerk's office may have copies of court-ordered community service locations.

3. You can also find a list of court-ordered community service locations online through 2-1-1.

Ask the clerk's office how they would like you to report your community service hours.