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Prepare to Practice 2016

April 7, 2016 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

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

S.J. Quinney College of Law 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

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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.

Lunch provided.

This panel discussion includes Heidi Leithead, Kory Christensen

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

dawsonJudge 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

Judge Chin(2)Judge Augustus Chin received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1995. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Utah in 1989. In addition, Chin earned a diploma in Material Maintenance from the Army Logistics Management College in Texarkana, Texas in June 1990. Prior to attending law school, Chin worked as a production controller/planner for the Tooele Army Depot. After graduating from law school, Chin worked as a law clerk for 3rd District Court Judge Tyrone E. Medley and then as a city prosecutor for Salt Lake City and as a prosecuting attorney for the Summit County Attorney’s Office. He later joined the law firm of Rasmussen & Miner before joining Wasatch Advocates. In 2000, Chin received the University of Utah’s Young Alumnus of the Year award and in 2003, the Scott M. Matheson Award for service to law-related education. He served as president of the Minority Bar Association in 1998 and was awarded the Utah Minority Bar Association’s Lawyer of the Year in 2007. He also served as president of the Utah State Bar from 2006-2007 and as a Utah State Bar Commissioner from 2001 through 2008.

heidileitheadHeidi 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.


Kory 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.


April 7, 2016
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
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