The Utah Implementation Task Force on Regulatory Reform was created in Autumn 2019 to work on the proposals in the August 2019 report on “Narrowing the Access-to-Justice Gap by Reimagining Regulation”
Its goal is to optimize the regulatory structure for the legal services market, in order to increase access to and affordability of legal services. It is taking a data-driven, risk-oriented approach, that also allows for new innovative models to be tried out in a controlled Regulatory Sandbox.
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Justice Deno Himonas was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court in 2015. For the decade prior, he served as a district court judge, where he was able to try hundreds of criminal, civil, and family law cases and run a felony drug court.
In addition to his judicial duties, Justice Himonas has taught at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and has been a visiting lecturer at universities in Kiev, Ukraine. He is the 2017 Honorary Alumnus of the Year of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, a recipient of the Judicial Excellence award from the Utah State Bar, and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Justice Himonas is deeply involved in the access-to-justice movement and can often be found speaking about access-to-justice around the country. He currently chairs two access-to-justice task forces, one on licensed paralegal practitioners and the other on online dispute resolution, and co-chairs a third, which is reimagining the regulation of the practice of law.
Justice Himonas graduated with distinction from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in economics and went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Chicago. Upon graduation, he spent fifteen years primarily litigating complex civil matters in private practice.
John Lund has practiced law the old-fashioned way since 1984. He is a shareholder with Parsons Behle & Latimer, where he represents clients in challenging litigation and trials throughout the West. Mr. Lund is recognized by Chambers USA as a Band 1 lawyer for commercial litigation and is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Lund is the immediate past president of the Utah State Bar and has been involved in leadership of the Utah Bar for over a decade. He recently concluded two terms as the lawyer representative on Utah’s Judicial Council, which oversees Utah’s judicial branch. He has served on various committees and projects relating to improving access to justice and innovation in the practice of law. These include co-chairing the Utah Bar’s 2015 Futures Commission, developing the Utah Bar’s online interactive directory of lawyers, serving on the Utah Supreme Court’s task force for Licensed Paralegal Practitioners, serving on the Utah Supreme Court’s task force for reform of Utah’s attorney discipline system, and establishing Utah’s newly formed Access to Justice Commission.
Currently, Mr. Lund co-chairs a joint task force of the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Bar that is recommending significant and potentially disruptive changes to the regulation of legal services in order to bring innovation to legal services and thereby improve access to justice.
Tom Clarke has served for fourteen years as the Vice President for Research and Technology at the National Center for State Courts.
Before that, Tom worked for ten years with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts first as the research manager and then as the CIO. As a national court consultant, Tom consulted frequently on topics relating to effective court practices, the redesign of court systems to solve business problems, access to justice strategies, and program evaluation approaches. Tom concentrated the last several years on litigant portals, case triage, new non-lawyer roles, online dispute resolution, public access/privacy policies, and new ways of regulating legal services.
Christine Durham retired from the Utah Supreme Court in 2017, after serving as a Justice for 35 years and as Chief Justice and Chair of the Utah Judicial Council for 10 of those years. She currently co-chairs Utah’s Coordinating Committee on Access to Justice and the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Before joining the Utah Supreme Court, she served on the state trial court after a number of years in private practice. She received her B.A. with honors from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Duke University.
Ms. Durham is past president of the Conference of Chief Justices of the United States and also past chair of the American Bar Association’s Council on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the entity that accredits American law schools. She is an emeritus member of Duke University’s Board of Trustees, the Council of the American Law Institute, and the Board of Overseers for the Rand Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and served on the governing boards of the American Inns of Court Foundation, the Appellate Judges Conference of the ABA, the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession, the Federal Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, and is past president of the National Association of Women Judges.
Ms. Durham has been active in judicial education. She was a founder of the Leadership Institute in Judicial Education and recently served on the ABA’s President’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Education. She also served on the Advisory Board for the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Project of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at Denver University and is currently on the Board of Trustees of University of the People, an accredited tuition-free online institution (www.UoPeople.edu). She helped create and lead the Utah Coalition for Civic Character and Service Education and served on the Utah Commission on Civic Education. She taught state constitutional law for many years at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, and served for twelve years on the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission. She has received honorary degrees from five Utah universities and has been recognized nationally for her work in judicial education and efforts to improve the administration of justice.
Among others honors, in 1997 Ms. Durham was the National Association of Women Judges’ Honoree of the Year; in 2007 she received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence; in 2008 she received the “Transparent Courthouse” Award for contributions to judicial accountability and administration from the Institute for the Advancement of the Legal System at the University of Denver; and in 2012 she received the Eighth Annual Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence from the American Judicature Society.
Heather Farnsworth is a partner in the law firm of Match and Farnsworth, PC, and has practiced in the area of Social Security Disability law since 2002. Ms. Farnsworth represents individuals throughout the entire process, from the initial application with Social Security, through hearings before an Administrative Law Judge. Ms. Farnsworth also represents claimants before the Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council and Federal District Court.
Ms. Farnsworth holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah and received her law degree from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law in 2002. Ms. Farnsworth is admitted in Utah and Idaho and handles administrative claims throughout the United States.
Ms. Farnsworth is active in the legal community and has served on the Board of the Women Lawyers Utah from 2008 through the present, and as the President of the Women Lawyers of Utah from 2011 through 2012. In addition, Ms. Farnsworth is also very active in the general community and currently serves as the Co-Founder and Organizer for Cancer Bites, SLC, a benefit in which 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and as and Advisor on Salt Lake Community College’s Women’s Business Institute Advisory Board.
Ms. Farnsworth has been named by Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” in the area of Health Law for the years 2010, 2011, and 2012. Ms. Farnsworth has also presented several seminars for the National Business Institute, including: “Social Security Disability: Get the Basics Down" and "Tackling Complex Social Security Law Issues: Preparing for the Hearing."
Gillian Hadfield, B.A. (Hons.) Queens, J.D., M.A., Ph.D. (Economics) Stanford, is the Schwartz Reisman Chair in Technology and Society, Professor of Law and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto. She also serves as Director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. Her research is focused on innovative design for legal and dispute resolution systems in advanced and developing market economies; governance for artificial intelligence; the markets for law, lawyers, and dispute resolution; and contract law and theory. Professor Hadfield is a Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto and at the Center for Human-Compatible AI at the University of California Berkeley and Senior Policy Advisor at OpenAI in San Francisco. Her book, Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.
Professor Hadfield served as clerk to Chief Judge Patricia Wald on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. She was previously on the faculty at the University of Southern California, New York University, and the University of California Berkeley, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Harvard, Columbia, and Hastings College of Law. She was a 2006-07 and 2010-11 fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution in 1993. She has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Agile Governance, Future Council for the Future of Technology, Values and Policy, and Global Agenda Council for Justice. She is currently a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Education and is an advisor to courts and several organizations and technology companies engaged in innovating new ways to make law smarter and more accessible.
Margaret Hagan is the Director of the Legal Design Lab at Stanford University, as well as a lecturer in the Institute of Design (the d.school). She is a lawyer, and holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a DPhil from Queen’s University Belfast, an MA from Central European University, and an AB from University of Chicago. She specializes in the application of human-centered design to the legal system, including the development of new public interest technology, legal visuals, and policy design. Her research and teaching focuses on the development and evaluation of new interventions to make the legal system more accessible. Her recent articles include “Participatory Design for Innovation in Access to Justice” (Daedalus 2019) and “A Human-Centered Design Approach to Access to Justice” (Ind. JL & Soc. Equal. 6, 199, 2018).
Steven Johnson is a 1977 graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He has been a member of Utah State Bar since 1977, and of the State Bar of California since 1989. He has worked for a small Salt Lake City law firm, is the former general counsel for an international marketer of turkeys and turkey products, and is currently a solo practitioner in Highland, Utah, advising and representing clients in a variety of legal matters including business and corporate issues, real property matters, and contracts; and he has also served as an arbitrator and mediator in private practice and for the Better Business Bureau.
He has spent a good part of his career serving in the Bar and serving the courts of the State of Utah to enhance access to justice. He has served as an officer, including chair, of both the Corporate Counsel Section and of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Bar. He has been a member of Utah State Bar’s Fee Arbitration Panel since 1999, and chaired the Panel from 2006 to 2010. He was appointed as a member of the Supreme Court’s MCLE Board in 1999, and served as Trustee of the Board for 4 years. He served 7 years as an Associate Editor of the Utah Bar Journal beginning in his second year of law school, and served for 10 years as a member of the Bar’s Government Affairs Committee.
Mr. Johnson has served 20 years on the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, and for the last 9 years has served as chair of that committee. He has served as a member of the Supreme Court’s Commissioner Conduct Commission for the past 9 years, and currently serves as a member of the Fourth District Justice Court Nominating Commission. He is a member of the Utah State Courts’ Certified Panel of Arbitrators.
The Supreme Court has also asked him to serve on three Court task forces—the Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Task Force, the Office of Professional Conduct Task Force, and the Task Force on Regulatory Reform.
In 2018, the Supreme Court awarded him the Service to the Courts Award for his contributions to Utah’s judicial system. In 2019, he was awarded the Utah State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award.
Mr. Johnson served on 3 different occasions in the countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea, teaching government employees how to organize and manage farmer cooperatives so that they can go out and teach farmers how to run cooperatives to better their economic status. He has helped them to amend their cooperative codes to eliminate inconsistencies and to fill in gaps in the laws.
Larissa Lee is the Utah Appellate Court Administrator. Before joining the courts, Larissa was a banking attorney with the law firm Jones Waldo in Salt Lake City. Her practice focused on new bank applications and regulation. Prior to that, Larissa served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Carolyn B. McHugh on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Christine M. Durham on the Utah Supreme Court. Larissa received her law degree from the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law, and her MBA from Boise State University.
Larissa is an editor for the Journal of the British Blockchain Association and has published several articles on finance and technology, including New Kids on the Blockchain: How Bitcoin’s Technology Could Reinvent the Stock Market; What’s Missing from FDIC’s Notice on Brokered Deposits; The Ban Has Lifted: Now is the Time to Change the Accredited-Investor Standard; Admission of Guilt: Sinking Teeth into the SEC’s Sweetheart Deals; and We’re Getting Warmer: Why Advising Clients to Disclose Material Risks Associated with Climate Change is Best Practice.
Lucy Ricca is a Fellow and former Executive Director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession at Stanford Law School and a Special Project Advisor of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS). Ricca was a Lecturer at Stanford Law School and has written on the regulation of the profession, the changing practice of law, and diversity in the profession.
As Executive Director, Ricca coordinated all aspects of the Center’s activities, including developing the direction and goals for the Center and overseeing operations, publications, programs, research, and other interdisciplinary projects, including development and fundraising for the Stanford Legal Design Lab. Ricca joined Stanford Law School in June 2013, after clerking for Judge James P. Jones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Before clerking, Ricca practiced white collar criminal defense, securities, antitrust, and complex commercial litigation as an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ricca received her B.A. cum laude in History from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Rebecca L. Sandefur is Professor in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University and Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. Her research investigates access to civil justice from every angle -- from how legal services are delivered and consumed, to how civil legal aid is organized around the nation, to the role of pro bono, to the relative efficacy of lawyers, nonlawyers and digital tools as advisers and representatives, to how ordinary people think about their justice problems and try to resolve them. In 2013, Sandefur was The Hague Visiting Chair in the Rule of Law. In 2015, she was named Champion of Justice by the National Center for Access to Justice. In 2018, she was named a MacArthur Fellow for her work on inequality and access to justice. She is currently Editor of Law & Society Review.
D. Gordon Smith is the Dean and Glen L. Farr Professor of Law of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University. Dean Smith is a leading figure in the field of law and entrepreneurship and has done foundational work on fiduciary theory. He has also made important contributions to the academic literature on corporate governance and transactional lawyering. For his work in promoting the study of corpus linguistics and design thinking in law schools, Dean Smith was included in the Fastcase 50 (2017), which honors “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.”
Dean Smith earned a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University. He has taught at six law schools in the U.S., as well as law programs in Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, and Hong Kong. Before entering academe, Dean Smith clerked for Judge W. Eugene Davis in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and was an associate in the Delaware office of the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
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