U.S. District Chief Judge Bruce S. Jenkins has appointed a special advisory group to help the federal courts figure how they can better process civil cases.
Such panels are being appointed in all 94 federal court districts under the Judicial Improvements Act of 1990, but the Utah District is one of 10 selected for a pilot project. Panels in the districts are being asked to develop plans to reduce expense and delays in civil suits; the pilot projects will do it on an accelerated basis, to help guide the rest of the panels.In addition to Jenkins himself, appointees to the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group, who will serve for up to four years, are:
- Sidney G. Baucom, former vice president and general counsel, Utah Power & Light Co.
- Dee V. Benson, U.S. attorney for Utah.
- Burton F. Cassity, associate general agency manager, Equitable Life Assurance Society.
- Carol Clawson, litigator at the law firm Giauque, Crockett & Bendinger.
- James Z. Davis, president-elect, Utah State Bar.
- Carman E. Kipp, president of the Utah Chapter, American College of Trial Lawyers, and bar representative to the American Bar Association Committee.
- Ann Milne, director of Utah Legal Services Inc.
- Lee Teitelbaum, dean and professor, College of Law, University of Utah.
- Utah Attorney General R. Paul Van Dam.
- D. Frank Wilkins, former member of the Utah Supreme Court; currently specializing in mediation and arbitration.
- Gerald Williams, professor, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University; specialist in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. He is also a former board president of Utah Legal Services.
The federal court's clerk, Markus B. Zimmer, is the committee's reporter. Ex-officio members are U.S. District Judges David K. Winder, J. Thomas Greene Jr. and David Sam; and U.S. District Senior Judges A. Sherman Christensen and Aldon J. Anderson.