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.
– Maureen Minson, `14
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 Glen Dawson, Judge Evelyn J. Furse and Catherine Larson.
Moderator: Ross E. McPhail, Assistant Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law
Heidi 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.
Judge Glen R. Dawson was appointed to the Second District Court in September 1994 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. He received a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark College of Law at Brigham Young University in 1980. Judge Dawson served in Washington, D.C., as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice from 1980 to 1986. He relocated to Utah in 1986, where he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Utah until his appointment to the bench. Judge Dawson currently oversees Mental Health Court for Davis County and is a member of the Utah Judicial Council. He is a current member and past president of the Rex E. Lee American Inn of Court. Judge Dawson is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah in the Trial Advocacy Department as well as an Adjunct Professor at Weber State University in the Criminal Justice Department. 8/14
The Honorable Evelyn J. Furse has served as a Federal Magistrate Judge for the District of Utah since 2012. Judge Furse is a member of the Local Federal Rules Committee, the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Aldon J. Anderson Inn of Court. She also co-chairs the District’s risk/need assessment subcommittee of the Assisting Reentry to our Communities Committee (ARC) and works with the Federal Judicial Center on training regarding the issue of pretrial release in criminal cases. She previously served as a 3rd Division Utah Bar Commissioner and President of Women Lawyers of Utah. In 2010, Judge Furse received the Utah State Bar’s Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession. Prior to her appointment, Judge Furse worked as a Senior City Attorney with Salt Lake City Corporation. Prior to that position, as a partner with Howrey, LLP, Judge Furse practiced complex corporate litigation. She received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her J.D. at New York University School of Law where she also graduated cum laude. Following graduation from NYU, Judge Furse came to Utah to clerk for the Honorable Justice Christine M. Durham on the Utah Supreme Court and went on to work in Washington, D.C. at Covington & Burling.
Catherine M. Larson has over 20 years experience representing physicians, nurses, hospitals, skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, and other health care providers in a variety of medical malpractice litigation matters. She has handled a wide variety of medical malpractice cases, including failure to diagnose, birth injuries, delay in diagnosis of cancer, and wrongful death. She has tried several cases to juries and arbitration panels with successful results. In addition, she represents health care professionals in licensing issues with the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. She frequently provides seminars on health care related issues. Her nursing background and expertise enhance her unique qualifications to practice in these areas.