College of Law announces 2016 Alumni Awards

The S.J. Quinney College of Law is pleased to announce the 2016 Alumni Awards. These distinguished attorneys will be honored at the Alumni Dinner on May 3, 2016 at the College of Law.

Honorary Alumnus

Ralph Mabey

Ralph_Maybey_apwakoRalph R. Mabey is a Professor of Law at the S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah and shareholder at Kirton and McConkie. He received his law degree from Columbia University where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served on the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review.

Judge Mabey served with distinction as a United States Bankruptcy Judge before returning to private practice and teaching. His judicial opinions have been cited frequently by courts and scholars. Judge Mabey is the past President and Chair of the American College of Bankruptcy. He served as an appointee of the Chief Justice of the United States to the U.S. Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on the Bankruptcy Rules. He also served as the managing editor of the Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser and on the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. He is a Contributing Author to Collier on Bankruptcy. He is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, the American Law Institute, and a founding member of the International Insolvency Institute. Read more »


Alumnus of the Year
Jackson Howard, class of 1950.

jackson-howardJackson B. Howard has had a long and distinguished career.  After serving in the Navy he entered the University of Utah College of Law.  Jackson began his legal life upon bar admittance in 1950.  He commenced his practice in Provo, Utah, creating the law firm of Howard, Lewis and Petersen.

Jackson has not only had a notable legal career, he has also served his profession in many other ways.  He was a Utah State Bar Commissioner; Past Governor of Western Trial Lawyers Association; President of the Central Utah Bar Association; Past President of the Utah Chapter American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomate; Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Utah Trial Lawyers Association; Member of the Inner Circle of Advocates; Master of the Bench, American Inns of Courts, Past President Christensen Inn (Inn #1); Past President and Trustee, University of Utah Law School, Alumni Association; Former Director International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Captain USNR (Retired).

Jackson’s legacy continues in the legal arena.  Two of his children are lawyers, one of whom, Glorianne H. Bailey, is a 1978 graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law.  She is married to Michael F. Bailey, a 1976 graduate, whom she met in law school. Read more »

Alumna of the Year

Denise Dragoo, class of 1976.

Dragoo_DeniseDenise A. Dragoo, Esq., is an equity partner in Snell & Wilmer’s Salt Lake City office.  Ms. Dragoo received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado in 1973 with honors, is a 1976 graduate of the University of Utah, College of Law, and received a Masters of Law in Environmental Law and Land Use in 1977 from the Washington University School of Law, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ms. Dragoo has served as a member of the Leadership Council for the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy & Resources, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and is the Utah State Bar’s Trustee to the Foundation.  Ms. Dragoo is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Energy Law, Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation, Government Relations Practice, Mining Law and Natural Resources Law.  She has also been recognized as a leader in her field of Energy & Natural Resources by Chambers USA (2010-2015); Mountain States Super Lawyers (2007-2015); Utah’s Legal Elite (2009-2015).

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Dragoo served as Special Assistant Utah Attorney General to the Utah Board and Division of Oil, Gas & Mining and was responsible for drafting the Utah Coal Mining and Reclamation Act.  Ms. Dragoo practices before the Board of Oil, Gas and Mining, the Utah State Engineer, the United States Department of the Interior, Board of Land Appeals and state and federal courts.

She has been recognized by the Utah State Bar as Natural Resource Lawyer of the Year and received the Distinguished Service Award, Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section. She has been named as the Woman Lawyer of the Year and received the Dorothy Merrill Brothers Award for advancement of women in the legal profession. She served four terms on the Utah State Bar Commission, is past president of the Board of Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake and of Women Lawyers of Utah. She is married to Craig Anderson, Chief Deputy, Environment and Health Divisions, Office of the Utah Attorney General. Read more »

Young Alumna

Katherine E. Judd, class of 2007.

Katherine-E-JuddMs. Judd is a shareholder at Clyde Snow & Sessions. She advises and represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment law matters. Ms. Judd has experience defending employers in federal and state litigation of claims involving: discrimination, sexual harassment, Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, wrongful termination, restrictive covenants, and wage and hour issues. Additionally, Ms. Judd counsels employers with respect to employment and compliance issues including employee terminations, reductions-in-force, handbooks, and the development of personnel policies and procedures.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Judd was employed in human resources at General Electric and Yellow Freight (now YRC). Following law school, Ms. Judd served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Dee Benson at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. Read more »

Young Alumnus

Matthew Barraza, class of 2006.

Mattew BarrazaMatt has been a trial attorney at Salt Lake Legal Defenders since graduating from law school. He is presently a felony attorney based in the West Jordan courts. There, Matt handles an enormous case load. He spends every Monday, all day, in drug court, representing defendants and helping them, through court supervision, eliminate addiction and stay out of the criminal justice system. The rest of his week is spent on felony cases. He is currently part of a team defending a defendant accused of a capital crime.