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12:15-1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom, Level 6
Join the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Pro Bono Initiative for this year’s Utah Celebrates Pro Bono week. Three service awards will be given to an SJQ student, a practicing attorney and a local law firm for their outstanding pro bono service efforts. The award winners are listed below. Kate Conyers (’08) will speak at this year’s kick-off address. Kate’s presentation will include how she became a public defender, the homelessness issue in Salt Lake City and the government’s response (“Operation Rio Grande”) from her perspective as a public defender, as well as challenges to access to justice statewide and some solutions and opportunities to address them.
Keynote speaker: Kate Conyers
Kate Conyers is a public defender at Salt Lake Legal Defender Association where she practices as a felony attorney. She previously practiced commercial litigation at Snell & Wilmer and parental defense at Lokken & Associates. She graduated from the University of Utah with her JD/MPA in 2008.
Kate serves as a Commissioner for the Third Division of the Utah State Bar and on the boards of the Women Lawyers of Utah, the Salt Lake County Bar Association, the Leadership Advisory Board for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, YWCA Utah and the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center. She has served as Past President of the Young Lawyers Division as well as on the boards of Utah Minority Bar Association, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and And Justice For All’s Emerging Legal Leaders. She has created and developed many law-related programs, including the Veterans Administration Legal Clinic and UMBA’s annual fundraiser that raises over $20,000 for a local non-profit organization. She also serves as a Small Claims Judge Pro Tempore.
Although it varies by year, Kate currently provides around 150 hours of pro bono services each year. She enjoys participating in several legal clinics, including the Tuesday Night Clinic, Street Law, and Expungement Clinic. She also assists the clients of VOA’s Homeless Youth Resource Center with criminal cases.
In 2016, Kate was awarded the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service by the American Inns of Court and the Young Lawyer of the Year Award by the Utah State Bar. In 2014, Kate received the Pro Bono Publico Young Lawyer of the Year Award and the Scott M. Matheson Award for the American Voter Project on behalf of YLD. She has also been recognized as one of Utah’s Legal Elite from 2014-2017 and honored with the Utah Association of Criminal Defense’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013.
Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award- Mary Jane Ciccarello
Distinguished Pro Bono Law Firm Award- Holland & Hart
Distinguished Pro Bono Law Student Award- Aaron Thomas Cunningham
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.
Pro Bono through the Clinical Program Panel – This is a student event
“Helping the Needy through the Clinical Program”
12:15 – 1:15 p.m., Room 3603
Clinical Program students will discuss service work while doing internships for credit. Second and third-year law students will share stories about their clinical experiences, including work done at the following clinics: Civil, Criminal, Innocence, Public Policy, and Tax. Lunch provided.
Annual Pro Bono Bake Sale
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Level 2 by the elevators
*Contact Josie Hall to donate »
PBI Student Director Training. Room 4603
American Indian Legal Clinic
Urban Indian Walk-In Center (120 W. 1300 S. Salt Lake City)