Mentor Lunch Program Still Has Openings

The Mentor Lunch program gives students an opportunity to meet with an attorney and two or three other students over lunch to learn more about  the attorney’s practice and to develop your networking skills.  Attorneys will have you meet them either at their office or at a restaurant.  The program began in late May and will run through June.  PDO has been getting great reviews from the students who have participated!  The time and exact location of each lunch is noted on the attorney biography information below.

This is a fun way to gain some useful tips about both law school and your future careers over a casual lunch paid for by the mentor, and we encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to network over the summer.  Please respond to Kay at kay.shelton@law.utah.edu or call 587-8317 and indicate which attorney you would like to have lunch with.  You can also drop by PDO to sign up!  All of the mentor attorneys listed below still have openings.  Students may sign up for multiple lunches, so take advantage! 

With regard to dress, it is best to err on the side of being overdressed rather than too casual.  You will be representing yourself to legal employers, and some lunch places actually expect nicer attire/jackets on men (i.e., Alta Club).  Thus, unless you are told otherwise by PDO or the attorney you are eating lunch with, please plan to wear business-appropriate clothing.  Although it does not need to be as dressy as you would for an interview, jeans, shorts, t-shirts, and tennis shoes and casual sandals are not appropriate.  For men, think button down shirt and a jacket, khakis or dress pants.  Women, a skirt or nice pants and blouse or nice sweater.

Attorney Biographies for Mentor Lunches that still have availability (chronological order):

Megan Anderson Houdeshel, Judicial Clerk, Justice Parrish and Joanna Miller-Judicial Clerk, Judge Hilder

Friday, June 11
(One spot still available)  Students should meet Ms. Houdeshel and Ms. Miller at 11:45 am at Vinto, located at 418 E. 200 South.
Joanna Miller is originally from Denver. She moved to Salt Lake City from Germany to attend law school at the U. Since graduating from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2006, Joanna has gained valuable experience within the field of family law and has worked solo practitioner and a small law firm. She has also worked for several different judges at the Third District Court. She is currently a law clerk for judges Hilder and Peuler.

Megan Houdeshel is a 2009 alumnus of the S.J. Quinney College of Law.  After clerking for Justice Parish, Megan will join Parr Brown Gee & Loveless.

Jill Pohlman, Partner, Stoel Rives

Tuesday, June 15
(Three spots still available) Students will meet at 11:45am at Stoel Rives, located at 201 S. Main, Ste. 1100.  Parking will be validated.
Jill Pohlman is a partner of the firm practicing in both the Litigation and the Labor and Employment practice groups. She concentrates her practice in complex business litigation and is experienced in a variety of substantive areas, including corporate governance, professional liability, antitrust, real and intellectual property, and other general contract and tort matters. Jill also represents clients in a variety of employment related disputes before federal and state courts and administrative tribunals, and she regularly counsels large and small businesses in employment related matters.  Jill worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for Chief Judge David K. Winder at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, 1996-1997; she was also a Law Clerk for Stoel Rives LLP, 1995-1996, and a Law Clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah, 1994-1995.  She received her J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1996, where she was a member of the Utah Law Review and received the Order of the Coif.

Russell C. Fericks, Shareholder, Richards Brandt Miller & Nelson

Two dates:  Wednesday, June 16; Friday, June 25
(Four spots still available June 16; three spots still available June 25) Students will meet Mr. Fericks at 12:00pm at the firm, located in the Wells Fargo Building (299 S. Main).  Lunch will take place at Café Molisse.  Mr. Fericks has requested casual dress.
Mr. Fericks’ general civil practice includes problem solving and litigation in areas of real estate, construction, business and contracts.  His broad practice allows him to analyze legal issues from many angles and evaluate the costs/benefits of multiple options.  He has both drafted and litigated contracts, construction agreements and real estate transactions,  Mr. Fericks has served in a number of managerial positions at Richards Brandt Miller Nelson, and from January 2000 through December 2004 he was the firm’s Managing Attorney.  He received a J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1982.

Trina Higgins, U.S. Attorney’s Office

Friday, June 18
(Two spots still available) Students should meet Ms. Higgins at 12:00pm at Sawadee, located at 754 East South Temple.
Trina Higgins received her J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1995, where she was staff member of the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Journal.  She also had the opportunity to extern for Justice Daniel Stewart at the Utah Supreme Court.  From 1996-2002, Ms. Higgins worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, and has since worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Utah as a Violent Crime Section Chief, Assistant United States Attorney.  She is currently chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Third Judicial District Court, Vice-President of the Salt Lake County Bar and served for seven years as the Utah State Bar Character and Fitness Committee.

Derek Williams, Shareholder, Snow Christensen & Martineau

Monday, June 21
(Two spots still available) Students will meet Mr. Williams at 11:30am at the firm, located at 10 Exchange Place. 
Mr. Williams’ practice of law is focused on most areas of civil litigation, including medical malpractice defense, product liability, personal injury defense, and adoption law.  Mr. Williams has assisted in the representation of various doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care providers involving regulatory, insurance, and professional liability matters. Mr. Williams also represents multiple large retailers against personal injury and premises liability lawsuits. Before joining Snow, Christensen & Martineau, 
Mr. Williams worked for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, where he was significantly involved in the complex litigation and subsequent settlement between the state and numerous tobacco companies.  Mr. Williams is also experienced in the practice of adoption law, representing adopting parents, agencies, and birth parents. Mr. Williams has repeatedly stated that some of his most enjoyable moments as an attorney are when he “appears before a judge and finalizes an adoption for a couple who are trying to build their family.”  Aside from his practice of law, Mr. Williams is married, and happy to be a father to a son and a daughter. He enjoys spending his free time with family, reading, golfing, and skiing.  He received his J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2003, and served as a Judicial Clerk for Judge Pamela T. Greenwood at the Utah Court of Appeals, from 2003-2004.

Jeffrey Hunt, Shareholder, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless

Tuesday, June 22
(Two spots still available) Students will meet Mr. Hunt at 12:00pm at the firm, located at 185 South State, Ste. 800.
Jeffrey Hunt practices in the area of commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on First Amendment, media, and intellectual property law. Mr. Hunt regularly represents national and local media companies in state and federal courts and counsels clients on defamation, privacy, First Amendment, and related issues. He serves as local counsel for two national television networks. Mr. Hunt is also a registered lobbyist in the State of Utah.  Mr. Hunt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University in 1983. During the four years following, he was a Copy Editor for The Des Moines Register, and a Reporter for the Quad-City Times and Deseret News.  Mr. Hunt is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and is a regular guest lecturer on First Amendment and Media Law at the University of Utah, Weber State University, and Brigham Young University. In 1992, he founded the Utah Freedom of Information Hotline at Parr Brown, which provides free legal assistance to the public and journalists. He is a two-time recipient of the Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award from the Utah Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and received an Honorary Publisher award from the Utah Press Association. In 2004, Mr. Hunt received the Service to Journalism Award from the University of Utah Department of Communications.  Mr. Hunt was selected for the 2006-2010 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, was recognized as one of Utah’s Legal Elite for 2005-2008, and 2010 and was listed in the 2007-2009 editions of Mountain States Super Lawyers.  He was ranked as a top Utah lawyer for First Amendment and media litigation by Chambers and Partners USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2005-2010 editions.  Mr. Hunt received his J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1990, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Utah Law Review, as well as a member of the Order of the Coif.