Class Action: Alumni making news, December 2017

Bruce Collier (’74) receives the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro-bono Award from the Idaho State Bar Collier works for Kneeland, Korb, Collier and Legg PLLC in Ketchum and has spent 50 hours providing legal service to a local woman needing assistance on family law matters. Collier is a graduate of University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Donald Hansen (’81) retires as the civil litigation chief for the Salt Lake County district attorney
He has worked for the district attorney since 2001, where he served as lead counsel in jury and bench trials before State and Federal courts and countless administrative proceedings. Prior to his work with the Salt Lake County district attorney, he worked for the Utah Attorney General, in which capacity he served as litigation counsel for critical legal cases throughout the State. Utah- born and bred, Donald graduated from the University of Utah before obtaining his law degree from the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Donald has been published in many legal proceedings and is admitted to practice law before the Utah Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, the Oregon Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Donald currently lives in the Mill Creek area of Salt Lake and is the father of four children and the grandfather of 12.

Keith J. McCafferty (’85) joins Hancock Estabrook, LLPs further expansion into the Ithaca area
His practice concentrates in the areas of estate planning and corporate governance. Prior to McCafferty joining Hancock Estabrook, McCafferty was director of operations for Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., a not-for-profit law firm that provides free legal aid to low income and other vulnerable people with civil legal problems. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law.

John W. Huber (’95) appointed to Leadership Position as Member of the Attorney’s General’s Advisory Committee by Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Huber has served as the United States Attorney for the District of Utah since 2015, and in August 2017, the Senate again confirmed his appointment. Prior to being United States Attorney, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for 13 years. Huber began his prosecutorial career in the Weber County (Utah) Attorney’s Office, and later served as the Chief Prosecutor for West Valley City, Utah, before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in 2002. He received his B.A. from the University of Utah and his J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law.

Kim Cordova (’01) appointed as the executive director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice by Governor Gary Herbert
Before joining Edward Brass in criminal defense practice in 2010, attorney Kim Cordova was first a law clerk and then a prosecutor for the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office from 2000 through 2009. She represented the State of Utah in a variety of felony cases, including homicides, and tried numerous cases to verdict. She has particular expertise in alleged sex offenses, having been assigned to the special victims team in the District Attorney’s office, which focuses on offenses against adults and children, including offenses such as rape and aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Ms. Cordova has developed expertise in direct and cross examination of expert witnesses in areas such as eyewitness identification, medical professionals, and DNA. In her first two years as a defense attorney she has acted as co-counsel in a lengthy, highly publicized homicide trial, and won not guilty verdicts in a multiple complainant sex offense case and in an aggravated kidnapping case.