2016 Spring Dinner Dance

The Salt Lake County Bar Association

Cordially Invites You to Attend

its Annual

Spring Dinner Dance & Election of Officers 

June 3, 2016

The Country Club

2400 East Country Club Drive 

RSVP to:  Ms. Jeri Tovey

jeri-tovey@rbmn.com or (801) 531-2099 

$80 per person for SLCBA members and guests

$90 per person for non-SLCBA members and guests 

Limited Seating

RSVP by May 27, 2016 

Cocktails at 6:00 PM

Dinner at 7:30 PM 


Sundance ‘n CLE

The Salt Lake County Bar Association & the Utah Minority Bar Association Present

Sundance ‘n’ CLE @ Brewvies: “3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets”

3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets is a prize-winning Sundance film that documents the shooting of Jordan Davis, a black 17-year old, and the ensuing trial of his white shooter, Michael Dunn. The documentary highlights the real world, and often deadly consequences of racial bias, specifically with regard to black men and boys, and recounts one community’s search for justice within the judicial system.

After the screening, we will be joined for a panel discussion with Professor Erika George, Dr. Bryan Hotchkins and ACLU Legal Director John Mejia.

Dinner buffet, beer, and 2.5 hours PROFESSIONALISM/CIVILITY CLE CREDIT (pending)

When:        Thursday, February 25 at 5:00 p.m.

Where:       Brewvies Cinema Pub; 677 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Must be at least 21 years of age.

Cost:          $30 for SLCBA/UMBA Members, $40 for all non-member attorneys, and $20 for students/non-attorneys.  Payment to SLCBA in advance or at the door.

RSVP:        Please RSVP by e-mail or telephone by Tuesday, February 23, to:


(801) 323-3311

Nov. 5, 2015 – New Lawyers/Judges Reception – at the Gallivan Hall

Please join us for one of SLCBA’s most popular annual events:

New Lawyers & Judges Reception

Meet and mingle with new colleagues, established practitioners, and judges over delicious appetizers and beverages of all kinds.  This is a FREE event.

WHERE:  NEW VENUE – the GALLIVAN HALL (North end of the Gallivan Center Plaza, 239 Main Street in Salt Lake City)

WHEN: Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM

Watch out for our email blast going out soon with more information about the event and RSVPs.

May 20, 2015 CLE on Race, Schools and the Criminal Justice System

The Salt Lake County Bar Association Presents:

Race, Schools, and the Criminal Justice System: Are Schools Pushing Certain Students in the Wrong Direction?

A Live-Radio Panel Discussion with Emily Chiang and Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, moderated by Doug Fabrizio

Emily Chiang is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, where she directs the Public Policy Clinic and teaches courses on constitutional law, as well as a seminar on race, equality, and the law.

Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh is the president of the Utah Education Association. She was an educator in Utah’s public schools for more than 35 years and the recipient of the 2009 Utah Teacher of the Year award.

Doug Fabrizio is the host and executive producer of RadioWest on KUER 90.1.

This CLE will be broadcast live by KUER 90.1 and will focus on whether school disciplinary measures taken as early as Elementary School are having the unintended consequence of funneling children into the criminal justice system. Due to constraints of live radio, questions to be asked during the broadcast should be emailed in advance to bbombard@kuer.org.  The broadcast will go from 11:00 to noon, and lunch will be served at noon with an unrestricted question and answer session thereafter.

Lunch and 1.5 hours CLE CREDIT (pending)

When:  Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Where:  Wasatch Retreat and Conference Center located within

The Episcopal Church Center of Utah, 75 South 200 East,

Salt Lake City (free parking in the Diocese Parking Lot)

Cost:  $20 for Salt Lake County Bar Members, and $25 for all others.

Payment to Salt Lake County Bar Association in advance or

at the door.

RSVP:  Please RSVP by e-mail, fax, or telephone by Monday,

May 18, 2015, to:

Barbara Noble

(801) 799-5893 (telephone)

(801) 799-5700 (fax)


222 S. Main, Suite 2200


2015 Spring Dinner Dance & Election of Officers

The Salt Lake County Bar Association

Cordially Invites You to Attend Its

 Annual Spring Dinner Dance & Election of Officers

 Friday, May 29, 2015

 Cocktails at 6:00 PM/Dinner at 7:30 PM

 The Country Club

 2400 East Country Club Drive, Salt Lake City

 Featuring Music by AM Bump (Cocktails) & DJ Seuren (Post-Dinner)

 Silent Auction to Benefit the

Salt Lake City Area Family Justice Center at the YWCA

 RSVP to Ms. Jeri Tovey at jeri-tovey@rbmn.com

or (801) 531-2099 by May 22, 2015

 $80 per person for SLCBA members/$90 per person for non-members

 Limited Seating

 Cocktail Party Attire

Trialapalooza 2015

The Salt Lake County Bar Association Presents:


SEVEN Utah District Court Judges/Commissioner To Discuss Trial Practice-Related Topics:

Presiding Judge Royal I. Hansen, Judge Robert W. Adkins, Judge Douglas Hogan, Judge Barry G. Lawrence, Judge Richard D. McKelvie, Judge Kara L. Pettit, and Commissioner Michelle Tack.

Lunch and 1 hour CLE CREDIT (pending)

When:  Friday, April 24, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

Where:  Wasatch Retreat and Conference Center located within

The Episcopal Church Center of Utah, 75 South 200 East,

Salt Lake City (free parking in the Diocese Parking Lot)

Cost:  $20 for Salt Lake County Bar Members, and $25 for all others.

Payment to Salt Lake County Bar Association in advance or

at the door.

RSVP:  Please RSVP by e-mail, fax, or telephone by Monday,

April 20, 2014, to:

Barbara Noble

(801) 799-5893


Winter 2015 President’s Message – Amy Sorenson

“Well, that’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

-Garrison Keillor

2014-2015 SLCBA President Amy Sorenson

2014-2015 SLCBA President Amy Sorenson

Come partner-making season, the other offices of my law firm have a tendency to accuse the Salt Lake City office of assessing our partner candidates like Garrison Keillor does the children of Lake Wobegon – that is, all the Salt Lake City office partner candidates are above average.  From my point of view, however, the problem is not that they aren’t, but that they are.  In fact, the math works out just fine, once you dwell for a moment or two on what a special place Salt Lake City is to practice law, and the outsized opportunities it presents for professional development.  Allow me a few examples of the outstanding upcoming events available to those of us lucky enough to live and practice law here.

This week, no less a figure than United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will visit Salt Lake City, and 500 people have signed up to hear her remarks at the Marriott Downtown at City Creek on January 29th. (Take a look herein for Kate Conyers’ excellent review of Justice Sotomayor’s inspiring early life biography, My Beloved World.)  This fall, Salt Lake City will play host to the 2015 Federal Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention at the Little America Hotel, September 10 through 12.  The FBA will welcome hundreds of lawyers and judges from all over the country, and the FBA is actively soliciting local speakers.  If you are interested in being considered as a speaker, please contact Peggy Hunt, President of the Utah Chapter of the FBA, at hunt.peggy@dorsey.com, for the application form and details.

The next month, October 7 through 11, 2015, Salt Lake City welcomes the 2015 National Association of Women Judges Conference, and hundreds more distinguished jurists and lawyers from throughout the United States and the world will descend on Salt Lake City’s Grand America Hotel.  There are many ways to get involved in this conference.  If you are interested in being a sponsor or in learning about more opportunities to support the NAWJ Conference, or just in attending, please contact Tammy Georgelas, tgeorgelas@scmlaw.com, or Margaret Niver McGann, mmcgann@parsonsbehle.com, for details.  The National Association of Women Judges has been a leader since its founding in issues concerning judicial independence, diversity and fairness in the courts, equal access to justice, and combatting human trafficking.

In the near term, keep an eye out for more outstanding CLE opportunities from your Salt Lake County Bar, including another after work art-meets-law CLE like the one we hosted this past October, the screening of the award-winning Olympic documentary “Ready to Fly” (see Clem Landau’s great summary inside if you missed the event itself), the Trialapalooza/Appealapalooza judicial lunch Q&A CLEs, and much, much more.

In the meantime, and again as Garrison would advise, “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”

2014 New Lawyers & Judges Reception

The Salt Lake County Bar Association Cordially Invites You to Its

New Lawyers & Judges Reception

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:30 to 8:00 PM

to Welcome the New Admittees to the Bar

Location: The Alta Club 100 East South Temple (Parking Available Northeast of the Alta Club)

No Cost to Attend.  Hors d’oeuvres and Drinks Will be Served.

RSVP to Ms. Sandy Felkins at sandy-felkins@rbmn.com or (801) 531-2099 by October 17, 2014.

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Fall 2014 President’s Message – Amy Sorenson


2014-2015 SLCBA President – Amy Sorenson

Probably like many of you, this past month, I’ve been dropping my kids off at their new school.  The classrooms are sunny and perfectly organized, there are neat rows of hooks for backpacks lining the halls, and inspirational quotations on the walls greet the students every morning.  Walking with them to their classrooms, I am filled not only with gratitude, but with something awfully close to . . . envy.  The rhythm of the school year, its promise of a fresh start, of reunions with old friends and encounters with the new, the take-it-to-the-bank inevitability of growth and change, belonging.  These happy certainties can seem awfully distant at least from law firm life, if not from the life of the law generally.

But perhaps our world, the daily work of lawyers and judges, of attending or conducting hearings, drafting pleadings, and managing client meetings and calls, needn’t be so far removed from the intellectual growth, bright new beginnings, new and old friends, and sense of community associated with the school year.  To me, membership in professional associations — like the Salt Lake County Bar Association – has always provided the working world equivalent.

In this regard, the Salt Lake County Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee – Judge Michele Christiansen, Chris Hogle, Clem Landau, Kristy Larsen, and Rita Cornish – puts together, year after year, an incredible roster of CLE events that do nothing less than expand your substantive knowledge, your perspective, and your connections.  If you don’t believe me, I invite you to join us at our next “Trialapalooza” or “Appealapalooza” CLE for an informal lunch discussion with one of our fine trial or appellate judges seated at each table of attendees.

Of course, there’s more to school than learning, and acknowledging milestones is as important as the knowledge gained throughout the year.  On October 23, the Salt Lake County Bar Association celebrates promising new beginnings with our annual New Lawyers, New Judges reception at The Alta Club.  The event is an outstanding way to welcome our newest colleagues to the profession and to celebrate the accomplishments and dedication of some of our most experienced professional friends, as they take their places as the newest Utah judges.

On December 5, the Salt Lake County Bar Association will host another of our much anticipated annual traditions – the Holiday Party at the beautiful Salt Lake Country Club.  In the hands of the Salt Lake County Bar’s incredibly able Socials Committee – Jonathan Pappasideris, Mark Kitrell, Sam Meziani, and Jennifer Mastrorocco – events like these have become beloved ways to mark the passage of another year with your friends and colleagues and to celebrate the holidays.

Through our Art and the Law program, the Salt Lake County Bar Association promotes public awareness of the rule of law and our system of justice by sponsoring an annual art contest in our local elementary and middle school classes, depicting the ABA’s annual Law Day theme.  Winners are chosen by our state court judges, who volunteer for duty and well appreciate the learning process the students go through in taking an often abstract theme – last year’s was “American Democracy and the Rule of Law:  Why Every Vote Matters” − and conveying it visually.  Jack Nelson and Blakely Denny are heading up the Art and the Law program this year, and we expect another great group of submissions from schools across the county.

There’s a lot more to look forward to in this year of your Salt Lake County Bar membership, of course – we have incredibly dedicated executive committee members committed to keeping our community informed by producing this excellent newsletter and heading up our social media and membership drive efforts, as two more examples − but this course syllabus would be far too long if I tried to capture it all.

Thank you for your membership in the Salt Lake County Bar association, and if I or any of the officers of the Salt Lake County Bar Association can serve you better, please call.  Unlike my kids, I can’t promise you’ll be taller at the end of the year, but we are proud to think we’re a part of your professional growth.  I’ll see you at our next event.