Rex Blackburn Elected Vice President of Uniform Law Commission

(July 28, 2011) -


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For Immediate Release:

Idaho Attorney Elected Vice President of National Law Group
Rex Blackburn of Boise Elected Vice President of Uniform Law Commission

July 28, 2011 – Rex Blackburn, an attorney in Boise, Idaho, has been elected to serve a one-year term as Vice President of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).  Mr. Blackburn was elected Vice-President at the 120th Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission which recently concluded in Vail, Colorado.  Mr. Blackburn is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Idaho Power.

Founded in 1892, the ULC is an organization comprising more than 350 practicing attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators and other state officials – all lawyers – appointed by every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states.  Commissioners donate their time as a pro bono public service.

At the 120th Annual Meeting of the ULC, four new uniform acts were approved:  the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act; the Uniform Certificate of Title Act for Vessels; the Harmonized Uniform Business Organizations Code; and the Model Protection of Charitable Assets Act.

Other officers elected at the ULC’s 120th Annual Meeting are:  Michael Houghton, partner in the Wilmington, Delaware, law firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, President; Anita Ramasastry, D. Wayne & Anne Gittinger Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, Washington, Secretary; and Charles A. Trost, Of Counsel with the Nashville, Tennessee, law firm of Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis, Treasurer.

Mr. Blackburn was first appointed to the ULC from Idaho in 1993.  As an Idaho uniform law commissioner, he has served on numerous drafting committees, including the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act and the Uniform Limited Partnership Act.  He also served as Chair of the Drafting Committee on the Uniform Discovery of Electronically Stored Information Act.  He currently chairs the Drafting Committee on the Uniform International Choice of Court Agreements Act.

Mr. Blackburn assumed the responsibilities of Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Idaho Power on April 1, 2009.  He joined Idaho Power in January 2008 as Lead Counsel.  Mr. Blackburn graduated from the College of Idaho and the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  From 1980 through 2007, he was a trial lawyer in private practice in Boise.

Uniform law commissioners come together as the Uniform Law Commission once a year to study and consider drafts of specific statutes in areas of the law where uniformity between the states is desirable.  U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis and David Souter, and former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, have all served as uniform law commissioners.  Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has promulgated more than 200 uniform acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, the Uniform Securities Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

Further information on the Uniform Law Commission can be found at the ULC’s website at www.uniformlaws.org.

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