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Utah Celebrates Pro Bono Week

October 23, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - October 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

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

Monday, October 23, 2017

Utah Celebrates Pro Bono Kick-off

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.

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Award Presentations
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.

Award Winners

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.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Annual Pro Bono Bake Sale
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Level 2 by the elevators
*Contact Josie Hall to donate »

Access To Justice in Utah – This is a student event
12:15-1:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom
Presented by the PDO, PBI & Clinical Programs
Come network with judges, learn about the need for greater access to justice in Utah and the various pro bono opportunities available throughout the State both during law school and beyond.
Lunch provided.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

PBI Student Director Training. Room 4603


Friday, October 27, 2017

American Indian Legal Clinic
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Urban Indian Walk-In Center (120 W. 1300 S. Salt Lake City)


October 23, 2017 @ 1:15 pm
October 27, 2017 @ 7:00 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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