“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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, or Margaret Niver McGann, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.”