Message from the President

Welcome to the Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s Website.  If you are already a member, you know about all the great programs and events the FBA presents each year.  If you are not a member yet, you should be. Download a current membership application.

Each year, the FBA provides benefits and hosts a number of quality events at deeply discounted rates for its members, including the following:

  • Sidebar Luncheon Series: A quarterly CLE program, during which practitioners have an opportunity to meet with federal judges in an informal setting.
  • Quarterly Newsletter:  Each year, the FBA issues 2-4 newsletters with judicial and practitioner profiles, summaries of notable opinions, and the Clerk of the Court’s update about happenings at the federal courthouse.
  • Southern Utah Federal Law Symposium :  This symposium is held each spring in sunny St. George.  It kicks off with a keynote reception at the beautiful Tuacahn Center for the Arts, followed by a full day of CLE with federal judges and national speakers, and ending with scramble golf tournament at the Coral Canyon Golf Course.
  • Ronald N. Boyce Federal Court Litigation Practice Seminar: This annual seminar is held each fall in honor of the late Honorable Ronald N. Boyce.  The seminar offers a full day of CLE taught by Utah’s federal judges.
  • Tri-State Seminar :  The Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming chapters take turns hosting the annual Tri-State Seminar in Park City, UT; Sun Valley, ID; and Jackson Hole, WY.  In addition to the beautiful surroundings, the major draw of this seminar is getting to hear from a panel of the Chief Judges and Chief Magistrate Judges of the federal courts in all three states. 
  • Criminal Law Seminar : This annual seminar is hosted jointly with the Criminal Law Section.  It offers a full day of CLE focusing on federal criminal law issues. 
  • Introduction to the Federal Court:  This event helps both mentors and mentees meet one of the requirements of the New Lawyer Training Program.  At this event, judges and court staff introduce the lawyers to the federal court, provide tips for effective practice, describe the resources available to practitioners, and offer a tour of the courthouse.
  • [New this year!] Networking Social with Law Students:  The FBA will be hosting an evening reception for law students to come learn more about the FBA and meet some of the FBA’s most prominent members.
  • [New this year!] Clerks’ Appreciation Reception:  The FBA will be hosting an evening reception honoring the hardworking clerks of the federal district court.
  • Aiding the Federal Judiciary and host events to promote the federal practice: The FBA is deeply committed to supporting the federal judiciary and increasing access to justice.  To further that goal, the FBA has worked closely with the federal court to create and maintain the Federal Appointment Wheel and Help R.I.S.E.  This year, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, FBA will host a luncheon and free CLE focusing on civil rights law. 

    For more information regarding the foregoing events, please view our Recent Events and our Calendar.

The Utah Chapter of the FBA is not only one of the most active legal associations in Utah, but it is also one of the most active chapters of the National Federal Bar Association.  Your membership with the Utah FBA also entitles you to the following benefits from the National Federal Bar Association:

Networking  
Connect with a vast network of federal practitioners extending across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  

Leadership  
Governance positions within the association help shape the FBA’s future and make an impact on the growth of the federal legal community.  

Learning  
Explore best practices and new ideas at the many Continuing Legal Education programs offered throughout the year—at both the national and chapter levels.

The Federal Lawyer

A monthly (ten issues per year) magazine with detailed judicial profiles and articles focusing on federal legal issues. Access past issues.