Thursday, January 8, 2015

Think Big in 2015

It is time to resurrect this blog and start the new year thinking BIG!  Watch ahead for exciting developments!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mandatory Electronic Filing on Criminal Cases starts March 31

For all criminal attorneys - in case you have not heard, as of MARCH 31, 2014, all documents other than the Information are to be electronically filed in district court criminal cases.

Informations will be electronically filed as of January 1, 2015.

This new rule becomes effective October 28, 2013 under Rule 2-205.
(Subject to change after the comment period)  

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bar Photo ID Cards

I checked out the Utah State Bar website and found out that the Bar has moved to a photo- ID card for members of the Utah State Bar. The new photo ID card is now issued as part of the newly admitted attorney process.  The old, non-photo ID cards are being phased out.
You can elect to not have an image on the card but that may impact your ability to access law enforcement areas such as the jails or the use of court access lines that are dedicated to attorneys.

If you want to get a photo ID card, it will cost you FIVE BUCKS ($5) 

You can take care of it in person (it will take about 10 minutes to be completed) :

Utah Law & Justice Center
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
p: 801.531.9077
M-F 8:00 - 5:00, closed for State and Federal holidays.

Or you can do it online:  Photo ID for $5
You will need to fill out a form and submit a photo, then pick up your card.

A lot of the state bars are moving in this direction. 

By the way, some state bars do not charge for cards like this one or this one

And some state bars do not have photo IDs.

As soon as I get my new photo ID card, I will let you know what it looks like.


Friday, October 18, 2013


"The Utah State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners and the Utah State Bar would like to congratulate Ms. Janise Macanas on her election as the new Commissioner for the 3rd Division which represents Tooele, Salt Lake, and Summit Counties. Ms. Macanas will be filling the vacancy left by Mr. James D. Gilson after his election to President-Elect of the Utah State Bar."

Thank you everyone for voting and for your encouragement and support. 

What next?  I am still finding out what my commissioner assignments will be. 

I want to remain in touch with you so we can exchange information and get your input.  The Bar will not give me your email addresses so the only way to reach attorneys is through this blog or if I have you in my email contact list. 

Watch this blog for updates and announcements.  

Please feel free to contact me at

Mahalo nui loa, Janise


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Thumbs Up!


"Hi Janise:  I sent this message to all the attorneys in our office:

Dear Attorneys: If you are unsure for whom to vote for bar commissioner, I would highly recommend Janise Macanas. Very smart and dedicated, and she was universally liked in law school, and has been at the AG's office, where she's also universally liked,  for her entire career." 

Thanks for sending us a 1:45 a.m. e-mail. That time stamp alone earned you a vote from every attorney in this office. But seriously, we are all voting for you because you are amazing. You have always been a complete joy and delight to work with. You understand our clients’ issues and you see the big picture. Don’t forget about us when you’re a hot shot Bar Commissioner. J


"Janise, below is actual proof that I voted - even half way around the world [Iraq]- and I voted for you! Best of luck" 
"I must add my name to those who strongly support Ms. Macanas. I have worked with and around her for many years I can and will say that she is thoughtful, considerate, bright, helpful and would add significantly to any commission she might be elected to and serve."
"To my Facebook friends who are members of the Third Judicial District in Utah:
Please vote for Janise Macanas in the upcoming Commission election. She has been a great friend, mentor and advocate to and for me. She is not afraid to raise her voice against politics and is driven to help promote diversity in the bar at many levels. She is not afraid to speak up and is a government employee.  Vote for someone who will actually represent what you want. The Commission needs her to keep people on track and will work hard to represent you. Let's show the Commission that people will vote and want Janise." 
Facebook: "She's the only candidate that addressed the issues. The other three seemed to rely on vague ideas." 

"You'd be very good. Hope you get elected."

"Hi Janise, I do not know you, but I voted for you for a bar commissioner position.
After reviewing each of the candidates for bar commissioner, I see that you are most qualified. I cast my vote, after going through the interesting steps to re-obtain the login and password."

"Janise, I am so thrilled you are running for bar commissioner. Let me know how I can help. I already put your message on Facebook and got lots of likes and positive comments."


"So delighted to see someone from the AG's Office is running, I voted for you and hope you win.  I am telling everyone I know that we need your talents, skills, and expertise on the commission.  And you are the most real and down to earth candidate out there."


"Janise, I told everyone here to vote for you, can't wait to see how you will rock the commission. "


"Janise, You are the most interesting bar commish candidate, and I'm rooting for you.

Sending good thoughts (and votes) your way. I know elections are so tough. I don’t know if my opinion counts (because I’ve never even heard of your competition), but I think you will win! Good luck. I’ll be sending you happy thoughts.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Don't waste your POWER

Dear Friends:

If you play video games, you know how you start out on the journey, things start getting tough, you meet opposition, and then ta-dah, you suddenly have the chance to get more coins, fly and jump, be a super ninja, and you are super-charged? 

If you are a serious gamer, use it or lose it, because soon you will be back to normal, and the extra power disappears. 

Just like video games, we are halfway through elections, and you are super-charged.  You have the POWER OF ONE VOTE.  Use it or lose it, folks, after the polls close Oct.11, it will be back to normal. 

Winners only win when people with the POWER OF ONE VOTE, collectively use their POWER.

There are thousands of attorneys out there who hold the POWER don't waste your POWER of ONE VOTE.

Without an election, the Bar would simply appoint commissioners to represent you.  Don't waste your POWER.

Thanks to all those who have already used their POWER and voted for me!  Janise 


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Alert!! Online Ballot Glitch & How to Solve It

Online ballots for the 3rd District Bar Elections were emailed to attorneys on Sept. 26 Attorneys reported to me that they did not get my campaign messages or their ballots from the Bar.  I did not get my own message or ballot and had to go and track it down so I could vote for myself-- and yes, it was a huge pain!

I reported the glitch to the Bar, but in the meantime, polls close Oct 11 at 5pm, so here is how to bypass the glitch and vote before the deadline:

1.  Check your email inbox, spam, and filtered mail for your ballot.
2.  If you can't find your ballot, call the Bar at (801) 531-9077 and tell them you want to vote and insist on assistance.  You're a lawyer, so keep on it, and cut through the red tape.
3.  VOTE for Janise Macanas (that's me) and make sure you get confirmation of your vote.
4.  Contact 5 of your friends and explain all of the above.

Since there is a glitch which apparently affects government attorneys and more, the best chance I have to win is by using the voting tree strategy, where friends tell friends and spread the word.  Please join the "Janise Macanas Voting Tree" and get the word out that voting has started and please track down your ballot.  Thanks to all my friends and peeps who are putting my election message on FB and Twitter and who are out there watching my back.

Below is a message that you can copy and paste in your email and send to your friends:

"Dear Friends,
My friend Janise Macanas is running for 3rd District Bar Commissioner.  She is qualified for the position and very hard working.  She will not raise bar dues and will watch out for us when important decisions are made.  Online ballots have already been emailed and voting runs from Sept 27 - Oct 11.  Attorneys are reporting that they have not received any election messages or their ballots.  If you cannot track down your ballot, call the Bar at (801-531-9077) and tell them you want to vote. To view Janise's campaign message visit  I am confident Janise will do her part to bring positive changes to the Bar once elected.  Please do your your part and help her win by voting.   I already voted for Janise and encourage you to do the same. 
Regards, -----"