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Annual Alumni Dinner

May 14, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Annual Alumni Dinner

Rice Eccles Stadium: 4th Floor, Scholarship Room & 5th Floor, Mezzanine

Reception: 5:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
Award presentations: 6:30 p.m.

$50 per person.

Registration required »

Alumna of the Year Award: Diana Hagen ’98
HagenDiana Hagen is the Appellate Chief of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. She received her law degree Order of the Coif from the University of Utah College of Law (1998), where she received 1st Place, Best Brief, and Best Oral Advocate in the Traynor Moot Court Competition, competed as a member of the National Moot Court Team, and served as a Note and Comment Editor of the Utah Law Review. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for federal District Court Judge Tena Campbell. After her clerkship, she joined the litigation section of the Salt Lake City law firm of Parr Waddoups Brown Gee & Loveless, where she focused on media and First Amendment law. Diana joined the Appellate Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in January 2001. Since that time, she has briefed hundreds of appeals and has personally argued more than 70 cases before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. As Appellate Chief, Diana is responsible for supervising all federal criminal appeals from the District of Utah as well as reviewing and assisting with civil appeals. In addition to her appellate work, Diana periodically works on novel or challenging matters at the trial court level. Most notably, Diana was on the trial team that successfully prosecuted Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee for the kidnaping of Elizabeth Smart. Diana is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where she has taught Appellate Practice for many years. Diana is a Past-President of both the Salt Lake County Bar Association and the Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and currently serves as Secretary of the Women Lawyers of Utah. Diana spends her free time with her husband and two children and volunteers as a Girl Scout troop leader.

Alumnus of the Year Award: Cary D. Jones ‘76
Jones_CaryThe areas of concentration for Cary Jones’ practice include real estate transactions, focusing in resort, hotel, retail, and office development and disposition; office/retail leasing; zoning and land use; partnerships and joint ventures; real estate financing; and construction. Jones’ serves as a board member on the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, an Executive Committee member on the Los Angeles Central City Association, the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, and Former Chair of the Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s School Board of Trustees. His representative real estate cases include the following: Lead counsel for leading ski resort operator in acquisition, disposition and development of ski resorts in Colorado, California, Nevada, Utah, and Vermont, Lead counsel for acquisition, development and leasing of one million sq. ft. research and development park in Los Angeles, California, Lead counsel for acquisition, entitlement and development of one million sq. ft. manufacturing and distribution facility in Utah, Lead counsel for Utah Transit Authority on all real estate and land use matters for $185 million acquisition of Union Pacific facilities for 175-mile Wasatch Front Commuter Rail Project, Lead counsel for acquisition and development of 20,000-seat amphitheater facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, Lead counsel for large grocery retailer in sale of 600,000 sq. ft. mixed use office/retail project in Salt Lake City, and lease of 250,000 sq. ft. to large national bank and Lead counsel for American Stores Properties, Inc. in acquisition of California Smith’s Food & Drug Stores.

Young Alumnus of the Year Award: Brian Rosander ‘05
Brian P. Rosander is a shareholder at the law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer, where he practices in the firm’s Real Estate, Banking, and Finance department.  Mr. Rosander is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah in the Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) Program where he teaches a Real Estate Due Diligence Course.  He has served in several community and professional leadership positions, including, as the former President of the Young Alumni Association for the S.J. Quinney College of Law and as former President of the Young Leaders Group for the Urban Land Institute (Utah Chapter).  Mr. Rosander received his law degree from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business from the University of Utah in 2001.



Honorary Alumnus of the Year: The Honorable Dee V. Benson – J. Rueben Clark Graduate – Class of 1976
Dee Benson
Dee Benson is a judge on the United States District Court for the District of Utah. He was a member of the charter class of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where he was an editor on the Law Review, and graduated in 1976. That same year he played professional soccer with the Utah Golden Spikers of the American Soccer League. After graduating from BYU law school, Judge Benson spent approximately 8 years practicing with the Salt Lake City law firm of Snow, Christensen & Martineau. Thereafter, from 1984 through 1989, Judge Benson served in various government posts in Washington, D.C., including: Legal counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee (1984 – 1986); Chief of Staff to United States Senator Orrin Hatch (1986 – 1988); Legal counsel to the Iran-Contra Congressional Investigating Committee (1987); and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States (1988 – 1989).

In 1989, Judge Benson returned to Utah as the United States Attorney for the District of Utah. He held this post until 1991 when he was appointed as a United States District Judge by President George H.W. Bush. From 2001 to 2008 he served as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Utah. In May 2004, Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court appointed Judge Benson to serve a seven-year term as a Judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in Washington, D.C. His term ended in May, 2011. Judge Benson currently serves on the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing branch of the United States Courts. Judge Benson also holds adjunct law school professorships at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, and teaches courses on criminal trial practice and evidence.


Free parking available at the stadium lot. For questions contact Megan (801) 581-6679.


May 14, 2015
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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College of Law