SALT LAKE CITY--Clyde Snow & Sessions today announces President Rodney G. Snow was sworn in as President of the Utah State Bar after Mountain States Super Lawyers recently named him one of the top 75 attorneys in the state.
"I am honored to be serving in this position, and I look forward to seeking new opportunities to further the Bar's proud tradition of service to lawyers and the community both in an official capacity and as a practicing attorney," Snow said. "Thank you for this privilege; thank you for your support."
Snow was sworn in by Chief Justice Christine M. Durham of the Utah Supreme Court before several hundred members of the Utah State Bar, fellow colleagues at Clyde Snow, and family members at the 2011 Annual Summer Convention in San Diego. Having served as President-Elect over the past year, he will oversee operations for the Bar's 10,000 members until July 2012.
In his acceptance speech, Snow commended former leadership, staff, and current members for their devotion to the Bar and its services. He applauded outgoing President Robert L. Jeffs, whom he described as thorough and committed. And while giving thanks to the elder law committee, he jokingly said, "I'm gonna need some help this year."
Snow also spoke about how the lawyer image has been tarnished over time. Some have made the law more of a business than a profession, he said. After reading a definition of a profession- "a group pursuing a common art...in the spirit of public service"-he challenged members of the Bar to be people lawyers, not just business lawyers. Recognizing the Bar's work to reestablish a positive image, he simultaneously rallied members of the Bar to take a proactive approach. Members will need to keep up with the changing industry and community needs if they are to be part of the "profession" as it is defined, he said.
"There is no better way to improve our image than a return to service," he said. "I may be the only Bar president to assume the post without a voice box," Snow said, "and maybe there's a message in that."
Snow joined new Bar Commissioners Robert O. Rice and Evelyn J. Furse in swearing to defend and uphold the U.S. and Utah Constitutions and to fulfill responsibilities with integrity. The ceremony concluded as Jeffs passed the presidential gavel of the Utah State Bar to Snow.
"The law has been good to me; I hope I've been good to it," he said.
Honored for his work in White Collar Criminal Investigation and service to the profession, Mr. Snow has also been listed among the Utah Legal Elite and Super Lawyers and is a Fellow in both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation.
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