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Downtown CLE – Pro Bono Ethics ‘Toolkit’

April 3, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (doors open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and networking)
Governor’s Office of Economic Development
60 East South Temple, 3rd Floor, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Hosted by the University of Utah
S.J. Quinney College of Law Young Alumni Association

$15 registration fee for catered lunch – Register online »
*1 hour of ethics CLE pending

Is this CLE for you?  Well, is a friend of a friend getting a divorce? Did your uncle call about updating his will? Is your neighbor asking you about a workplace issue? Did you get asked to serve on a board? Wondering how to approach your firm about taking on a pro bono matter?  Ever thought of attending a pro se calendar or Tuesday Night Bar?

Attorneys have an ethical obligation to perform pro bono work.   But in performing that work, attorneys are bound by the same ethical rules that apply to their daily practice—some of which have special application in the pro bono and volunteer context.  In this one hour presentation, a dynamic and insightful panel will introduce you to different pro bono and volunteer opportunities available to attorneys, the ethical considerations and Professional Rules of Conduct you should be aware of before taking on pro bono and volunteer work, and how to start creating your own personal “pro bono policy” based on your existing demands and goals. The panel will discuss important ethical considerations such as formation of the attorney-client relationship, communications, confidentiality, conflicts, competency, and candor in pro bono and other volunteer representation.  The CLE will also provide each attendant with an ethical “toolkit” of resources, practical examples, and guidelines for confidentially, competently, and successfully taking on pro bono legal work.


Moderator Tyler Needham is the Access to Justice Director at the Utah State Bar. He is responsible for creating, managing, and growing innovative Pro Bono programs statewide. This includes the Utah State Bar’s Pro Bono Commission; Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program; Utah’s eight Pro Bono District Committees; recruiting lawyers to provide pro bono services; advertising the programs to the public; matching appropriate clients with lawyers; providing the Pro Bono Commission, Modest Means Committee and Bar Commission with information on how the programs are running and advising on what can be done to improve the programs; and coordinating with other organizations to assure that areas of need are being served. He regularly presents at events to lawyers and the public explaining pro bono services and recruiting volunteers.
Tyler received his law degree from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2015. While in law school he clerked for a variety of legal positions, including Utah Legal Services, the Utah Office of Guardian ad Litem, and the Utah Pro Bono Initiative. Previously he worked as a law clerk for the Salt Lake County District Attorney.


Presenter Kate Conyers is a public defender at Salt Lake Legal Defender Association where she currently practices as a felony attorney in West Jordan. She previously practiced commercial litigation at Snell & Wilmer and parental defense at Lokken & Associates. She graduated from the University of Utah with her JD/MPA in 2008.
Ms. Conyers serves as a Commissioner for the Third Division of the Utah State Bar and on the boards of the Women Lawyers of Utah (WLU), Salt Lake County Bar Association, and on the Leadership Advisory Board for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She has served as Past President of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD).  Ms. Conyers has a long history of being involved in the community, including serving on the boards of Utah Minority Bar Association (UMBA), Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (UACDL), and And Justice For All’s Emerging Legal Leaders (ELL). She has created and developed many law-related programs, including most recently the Veterans Administration Legal Clinic and UMBA’s annual fundraiser.
In 2016, Ms. Conyers was awarded the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service by the American Inns of Court and the Young Lawyer of the Year Award by the Utah State Bar. In 2014, Ms. Conyers received the Pro Bono Publico Young Lawyer of the Year Award and the Scott M. Matheson Award for the American Voter Project on behalf of YLD.


Presenter Danielle Hawkes is a founding partner of The Salt Lake Lawyers. She focuses on complex family law litigation. Danielle received her law degree in 2010 from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law. She is the vice-president of the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Utah and also serves on the Family Law Executive Committee at the Utah State Bar.
After graduating from law school Danielle served a one-year fellowship in Washington DC with Georgetown Law and the Law Students for Reproductive Justice working in women’s and immigrants’ rights with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Danielle served as the student coordinator for the Guadalupe Legal Clinic, a low income legal clinic, and was a co-founder of Rainbow Law, a free legal clinic focusing on LGBT law in Salt Lake City. All of her pro bono work now focuses on LGBT issues.


Presenter Nathanael Mitchell enjoys helping people solve problems.  His practice ranges from criminal defense to civil litigation.  He has worked in a variety of areas, including commercial litigation, employment, cyber security and privacy, bankruptcy, governmental liability, insurance defense, and white collar defense.  Nate is also a member of Snow Christensen & Martineau’s Snow Trial Services team.
Nate is a member of Snow Christensen & Martineau’s Appellate Practice Group which serves as an editorial team to the Utah Bar Journal, providing summarized versions of representative appellate cases decided by the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Utah Supreme Court, and Utah Court of Appeals.
During law school, Nate actively sought out practice opportunities.  He completed an externship with the Honorable Michele M. Christiansen at the Utah Court of Appeals.  He also participated in the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Criminal Clinic, where he was assigned to the Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office and prosecuted misdemeanors and assisted with research issues in felony cases under the supervision of an attorney. Nate was also a member of the school’s National Moot Court team.  Following his graduation, Nate served as law clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Shelby for the United States District Court, District of Utah.


Public transportation: UTA buses 2, 205, 209, 220, and several others lines stop nearby. Parking: Use City Creek Parking at either garage entrance. After the ticket kiosk, follow the signs to the Food Court and enter the East Elevators marked World Trade Center/Food Court. At the Food Court take the main escalators up to the lobby of the World Trade Center. The elevators are located straight ahead. Take them to the 3rd floor.


April 3, 2017
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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