Month: January 2009

2009 Annual Report

The Utah State Courts’ Annual Report to the Community is now available online.
The Report highlights the Self-Help Center and the Utah State Law Library, as well as the reorganization of court clerks.

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2009 State of the Judiciary Address

Today at 2:15 p.m., Chief Justice Durham will present the State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Utah House and Senate.
Listen or watch live through the Legislature’s website. After the speech, you can view a copy of the address via the Utah State Courts’ website.

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Opening Day of the Utah State Legislature

Today is the first day of the 2009 Utah legislative session.
The Utah Constitution was amended by voters this fall to change the opening day of the Utah State Legislature from the third Monday in January to the fourth Monday. Previously opening day coincided with the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.
The legislative session runs for 45 days. The amendment to Article VI Section 2 of the Utah Constitution also included a provision that excludes federal holidays from the count of legislative days, so Presidents’ Day is no longer counted as a legislative day.
You can track the work of the Utah Legislature during its session on its website: http://le.utah.gov.

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Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is Now Daily

The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is now the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents. This change became effective with the new presidential administration on January 20, 2009.
Whatever its title, this is the official publication of executive orders, proclamations, presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary, and is published by the Office of the Federal Register.
From the Daily Compilation page you can browse documents by date or search by keyword.

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Researching and Using Utah Appellate Briefs and Other Appellate Resources

Curious about how to find and use appellate briefs?
Check out Mari Cheney’s article Researching and Using Utah Appellate Briefs and Other Appellate Resources in 22 Utah Bar Journal 22 (January-February 2009 ).
The article describes how and where to find briefs, and summarizes other appellate resources such as the appellate opinion notification service, online oral argument recordings, and pro se guides.

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A Peaceful Transition of Power – Inauguration Day

Want to learn more about the history and traditions of inauguration day?
The U.S. Senate’s Inauguration Day Events web page explains the traditions surrounding inauguration day, including the procession to the Capitol, the swearing-in ceremony, the inaugural address, parade and the inaugural ball.
If you’re interested in inaguration days gone by, the U.S. Senate’s inauguration gallery has images from inaugurations between 1853 and 1905.

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YouTube and the U.S. Congress

YouTube has teamed up with both the U.S. House and Senate to present video by and about representatives and senators.
Click on the map to see which members have a YouTube channel and select Washington, D.C. to see which congressional committees also have their own channel. Some members are posting video to solicit questions and feedback from constituents, and other members are posting “Behind the Scenes” videos.
You can subscribe to one or both channels or simply click on a video you are interested in viewing.

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