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2014 Prepare to Practice

March 21, 2014 @ 11:15 am - 1:30 pm


The View From My Chair –
What I expect from a Law Clerk or Associate

S.J. Quinney College of Law, Sutherland Moot Courtroom


This event is open to students and recent graduates.

“Prepare to Practice was one of the most useful events for me personally that the law school has offered.  We were given a valuable opportunity for an open and candid discussion with attorneys and a Judge about how to be successful in either a summer clerkship, or as a new associate.

For me, the best part of the program was the tour of the Matheson courthouse.  After being shown around, we met Judge Toomey who took us back to her chambers and invited us to ask anything that we wanted.  It was a very personal and intimate interview with a judge that one doesn’t often get.”

– Maureen Minson, `14


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Prepare to Practice
Need to find a case in hurry? Want to track your billable hours on your iPhone? Need to select a jury with an iPad? There’s an app for that! This program introduces students to apps and web tools which can help them succeed as associates and clerks. It also provides tips on selecting apps and using them in practice.

Joanne Vanderstreek, Reference Librarian, Utah State Law Library

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. – Break

12:15 to 1:30 p.m. – “The View from My Chair: What I expect from a Clerk or an Associate.”
What makes a successful associate or law clerk? Find out from partners, attorneys and judges who have worked with associates on a regular basis. Learn how to improve your chances of success as an associate or clerk in today’s competitive professional market. Here’s your opportunity to ask questions, learn what is expected and get professional tips on success.

This panel discussion includes Heidi Leithead, Judge Kate Toomey, Judge David Nuffer and Kory Christensen.

Moderator: Ross E. McPhail, Assistant Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law

Friday, March 21– Third District Court – Visit the Judge in Chambers and sit through a Judge’s Calendar.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – An afternoon at the court with Judge Vernice S. Trease

The program is jointly sponsored by the Utah State Law Library and the S.J. Quinney College of Law Library.


KToomeyJudge Kate A. Toomey took the oath of office in January 2007 after her appointment to the Third District Court by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., and serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Toomey graduated from the University of Maryland in 1991, served as a judicial law clerk with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, then joined the Maryland Public Defender’s Office. She was an associate with the Salt Lake City law firm Anderson & Karrenberg from 1993 until 1996, when she joined the Utah State Bar’s Office of Professional Conduct. Judge Toomey was the managing editor of the University of Maryland Law Review, the managing editor, then editor-in-chief of Voir Dire, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Utah Bar Journal. Judge Toomey serves as a member of the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Advisory Committee on Professionalism, and is a member of the Grand Jury panel. She was elected to the Board of District Court Judges in 2009, and has served as the board’s chair. Judge Toomey is an advisory board member of the Family Justice Center and is president of the David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inns of Court.

Leithead WEB 2Heidi E. C. Leithead is a shareholder at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless in Salt Lake City. She focuses her practice on employment law, representing employers and management in counseling and training as well as complex litigation-related issues before federal and state trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies.  She has substantial civil rights and constitutional law experience in areas relating to employee policies and agreements, unlawful discrimination and harassment (Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, Utah Antidiscrimination Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 42 USC §1981, and so forth), plant closures and restructuring (WARN Act and so forth), employee leave laws (Family and Medical Leave Act and so forth), wrongful termination, employment litigation defense, noncompetition and related agreements and issues, wage and hour laws, and other employment-related matters.

She received her B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Utah and went on to receive her J.D. degree in 1987 from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law, where she was awarded the Order of the Coif and Leary Scholar academic designations and served as a staff member and on the Board of Editors of the Utah Law Review. Ms. Leithead recently was appointed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert to serve on the Workers Compensation Fund Board of Directors.  She is also is an adjunct professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, where she teaches Employment Discrimination Law.

89535_NewImageKory Christensen is a partner in Stoel Rives’ Intellectual Property group. He has a global practice with clients in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Sweden, and throughout the United States. His practice emphasizes domestic and international patent procurement in the software, computer, and medical device industries. A substantial portion of Kory’s practice is also dedicated to intellectual property counseling, due diligence, strategic patent analysis, intellectual property enforcement, and opinion letters regarding patent validity and infringement.

Active in the national legal scene, Kory co-authored a book on patent reform published by Thomson Reuters. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on patent-related issues. Although his legal practice is primarily outside of Utah, he is still very much involved locally, serving as Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar and as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Utah College of Law.

cropDavidNuffer1257789999Judge David Nuffer was appointed as a United States District Judge in the District of Utah in March 2012 after serving since 1995 as a United States Magistrate Judge. He serves on the Federal Judicial Center Judges IT Training Advisory Committee. He also teaches alternative dispute resolution at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. He practiced law 25 years in St. George Utah after graduating from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. During his years as a lawyer, he was a member and Chair of the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission and a commissioner and president of the Utah State Bar.

He is a frequent lecturer on technology and legal issues. He has presented to judges, lawyers and law students in Brazil and Czech Republic and Rule of Law work in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Sharjah, Egypt, and Ukraine, as well as regularly hosting judge visits from many countries. He taught lawyers from Iran in Antalya, and Istanbul, Turkey. He has taught with the Leavitt Institute to law professors and law students in Ukraine and is co-editor of the Leavitt Institute curriculum Foundations of a Free Society, a course emphasizing ethics, citizenship and the practice of democracy.

VTreaseJudge Vernice S. Trease was appointed to the Third District Court in November 2006 by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. She serves Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties. Judge Trease graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Lewis and Clark College and received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1988. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Trease served the community of Salt Lake County as a senior trial attorney, capital qualified attorney, and assistant director with the Salt Lake Legal Defender Assoc. She is a recipient of the Utah Minority Bar Association Community Service Award. Judge Trease has served as a member of the Utah Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in Criminal and Juvenile Justice System, and the State of Utah Office on Domestic and Sexual Violence Domestic Violence Justice Planning Group. Judge Trease currently serves on the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Judicial Council’s Fine/Bail Schedule Standing Committee, and is the chairperson of the Judicial Council’s Court Interpreter Standing Committee. She is the National Association of Women Judges and is a member of the David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inns of Court. 4/10



March 21, 2014
11:15 am - 1:30 pm
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