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Utah Celebrates Pro Bono Celebration

October 24, 2016 @ 1:15 pm - October 27, 2016 @ 2:15 pm

Events are taking place all week so be sure to scroll through to the bottom of this page

Monday, October 24, 2016

12:15 – 1 :15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
Tim is a 1996 graduate of the College of Law. In 2000 he began working with victims of childhood sexual abuse. Due to the difficulty most victims of childhood sexual abuse have in discussing their experiences, many if not most victims are faced with expired statute of limitations by the time they make their first report. As a result, much of Tim’s practice is pro bono work on behalf abuse survivors. Tim will speak about the importance of providing support and pro bono representation to survivors and their families, and will discuss one of those experiences in particular, a pro bono project on behalf of 25 survivors of abuse by Franciscan priests and religious brothers. That project spanned over six years (2006-2012), ended in the California Supreme Court, and resulted in the publication of the personnel files of six Franciscan predators. Those men had, with one exception, escaped identification and prosecution for their crimes thanks to an employer that was willing and determined to conceal their crimes against children. Tim will describe how that six-year pro bono project empowered 25 survivors to end five decades of secrecy and cover-ups of crimes against children.  

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Award Presentations:
Keynote Address: Timothy Hale

Timothy Hale earned his B.A. degree from Cal State Sacramento in 1992, and his J.D. degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1996 where he was a member of the Law Review. After being admitted to practice in California in 1996, he has focused on civil litigation. He participated in his first jury trial to verdict in 1998, and has served as lead counsel in trial and binding arbitration of a number of lawsuits, most recently in February 2014 in a childhood sexual abuse jury trial against the Boy Scouts of America in Santa Barbara Superior Court.Timothy Hale

His work on behalf of childhood sexual abuse victims began in 2000 with a team of lawyers responsible for obtaining on behalf of a single client what is believed to be the first million-dollar pre-trial settlement in the history of the Catholic clergy-abuse scandal. Since then he has represented numerous victims of childhood sexual abuse, with abuse settlements to date totaling in excess of $40 million.

In 2008 he was part of a team of clergy abuse lawyers named as Finalists for Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Public Justice Foundation for the work that resulted in the Los Angeles and San Diego clergy abuse global settlements in 2007. Those settlements totaled over $858,000,000.

In June of 2007 and March of 2009 he obtained two groundbreaking rulings in the Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of twenty-five clergy abuse victims for the publication of Franciscan priest – perpetrator personnel files: that the privacy rights of the perpetrators were outweighed by the compelling State interest in preventing the future sexual abuse of children; and that the priests’ personnel files should be released to the public. When the Franciscans and the perpetrators fought those rulings to the State’s highest court, he served as lead appellate counsel through the conclusion of that process when the Franciscans’ appeals were rejected by the California Supreme Court.

The Franciscan perpetrators’ files were released to the public in 2012, and may be viewed here: http://bishopaccountability.org/franciscans/.  That battle also resulted in a precedent-setting published appellate opinion, In re The Clergy Cases I (2010) 188 Cal.App.4th 1224, that became the basis for subsequent similar releases of perpetrator personnel files in, among others, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, such as those of Father Matthew Kelly. Fr. Kelly’s files can be viewed here.

In January 2012 he became the first attorney to obtain a ruling from a California trial court ordering the Boy Scouts of America to turn over all of their secret Ineligible Volunteer “Perversion” Files from 1971 – 2011. When the Boy Scouts fought that ruling, he served as lead appellate counsel until the California Supreme Court rejected the Boy Scouts’ appeal. When that case went to trial in January 2015 in Santa Barbara Superior Court, he served as lead trial counsel. The Boy Scouts settled after the second week of testimony and documentary evidence.

Award Winners:

Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award- Commissioner Joanna Sagers
Distinguished Pro Bono Attorney Award- Charles Stormont
Distinguished Pro Bono Law Student Award- Dave Duncan

For questions about this event contact Miriam (801) 585-3479.

Free parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pro Bono through the Clinical Program Panel – This is a student event
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Room 3603

Street Law Legal Clinic Blitz
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Horizonte (1234 Main Street) 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Annual Pro Bono Bake Sale
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Level 2 by the elevators
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Debtor’s Legal Clinic Training & Lunch – This is a student event
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Room 4603

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Panel participants include: Brian Rothschild (Parsons Behle & Latimer), Mark Andrus (Lexington Law Firm), and Tyler Needham (Access to Justice Director of the Utah State Bar)


October 24, 2016 @ 1:15 pm
October 27, 2016 @ 2:15 pm
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
383 South University St
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States
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