Class Action: Alumni making news, May 2019

Nicole M. Deforge (’96) named in Utah Business 30 Women to Watch
Nicole Deforge currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Fabian VanCott. She has over two decades of experience serving the diverse needs of her clients in both the transactional and litigation realms and loves the challenge and variety of her practice. On the litigation front, Nicole has represented numerous clients in federal and state court, at the trial and appellate court levels, and in federal, state, and local administrative proceedings. On the transactional front, she began her practice in the intellectual property arena, concentrating on trademark, copyright, trade secret, licensing, data privacy, and computer law, and she continues that focus to this day.

Charles Livsey (’04) Elected to The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Livsey is a member of Ray Quinney & Nebeker’s Tax and Estate Planning Section. His legal practice includes:  Estate and trust administration, estate and gift planning, and probate administration and taxation, with a focus on Split Interest Trusts, Family Limited Liability Companies, Private Foundations, and Charitable Foundations. Livsey is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).  He also has considerable experience in Real Estate Land Use Planning.

Abby Barraclough (’06) named in Utah Business 30 Women to Watch
Abby Barraclough manages Zagg’s legal department and oversees outside legal service providers. More specifically, Barraclough manages the company’s contracts, intellectual property and compliance matters, and also provides regular training for ZAGG’s employees on legal and compliance issues. Barraclough also directs and works closely with Zagg’s director of human resources.

Amy N. Fowler (’11) named in Utah Business 30 Women to Watch
As a reputable member of the community, Amy Fowler was elected to be a Salt Lake City Councilwoman in 2017. Amy Fowler has been active in the Salt Lake Legal community since graduating in 2011 from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. She practiced criminal defense at the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association for 5 years as a trial attorney. She is the co-founder of the LGBT & Allied Lawyers of Utah, a Utah State Bar association, and is a Utah State Bar commissioner.  Amy spent five years working and living with different communities in Guatemala and speaks Spanish fluently. Se habla español. Amy is licensed to practice law in the state and federal court in Utah.

Jared Ruga (’16) won Daytime Emmy for Quiet Heroes
As the Founder and CEO of Vavani, Jared is integrally involved with all of Vavani’s verticals. He develops and supervises the strategic vision for the whole company and oversees the operations of its various development, production, and distribution activities, while also managing business development and sales. Prior to founding Vavani, Jared served as President of Media & Entertainment at Sentry Financial, where he managed Sentry’s investment portfolio of media companies and projects. Hailing from an extensive liberal arts academic background with advanced degrees in law, business, and film (from the University of Utah) and bachelor’s degrees in International Business and Philosophy/Communication (from the Honors Program at the University of San Diego), Jared strives to blend multiple perspectives into a more holistic understanding of the key issues. Aside from serving as a co-founding board member of Lightspark, Jared serves on the board of Voterise, and on the Development Committee of Sundance Institute’s Utah Advisory Board. He is also an advocate for the LGBTQ community and has taught film classes at the University of Utah.

Marina Peña’s (’18) work in the public policy clinic helped accomplish the passing of bill SB32
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law alumna Marina Peña, whose work in the public policy clinic was instrumental in the passing of the SB32 bill, attended the ceremonial signing of the bill into law earlier this month. The law grants juveniles additional rights in delinquency cases. She currently works for the Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys.