Utah State Bar honors S.J. Quinney College of Law alumni during fall conferences

The Utah State Bar honored attorneys and judges at two separate events this month, one in Moab and one in Salt Lake City.

Ten state court judges from across the state of Utah, a Utah Court of Appeals judge, and a Utah Supreme Court Justice received the Judicial Excellence Award during the Utah State Bar Litigation Section conference in Moab.

“This award is given to recognize the judges who promote an orderly and civil litigation process and have demonstrated exemplary character and competence in performing their judicial duties,” said Heather Thuet, vice-chair of the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar.

Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant of the Utah Supreme Court; Judge Gregory K. Orme, Utah Court of Appeals; Presiding Judge Thomas L. Willmore of the 1st District; Presiding Judge W. Brent West of the 2nd District; Judge Thomas L. Kay of the 2nd District; Judge Ryan M. Harris, formally of the 3rd District and now a member of Utah Court of Appeals; Judge Todd M. Shaughnessy of the 3rd District;  Judge Lynn W. Davis of the 4th District; Judge Derek P. Pullan of the 4th District; Judge G. Michael Westfall of the 5th District; Judge Lyle R. Anderson, of the 7th District; and Judge Samuel A. Chiara of the 8th District received the awards.

In 2014, Thuet recognized Utah judges were not receiving the recognition they deserved from the profession, so she initiated the program and has continued to spearhead event.  Each year, the 2,000 members of the Litigation Section cast their vote.

The Litigator’s Cup will also be awarded to Jess A. Krannich of Manning, Curtis, Bradshaw and Bednar. Krannich is also an adjunct professor at the S.J. Quinney School of Law.  The Litigator’s Cup is an award given to the attorney who has made significant contributions to the mission of the litigation section.

Also honored in Salt Lake City by the Utah State Bar this month were immigration attorney Leonor Perretta and civil litigator Julia Kyte, who were honored as the Bar’s Outstanding Mentors.  Linda M. Jones received the Bar’s award for Professionalism and Rob Rice and Rodney G. Snow were honored as Outstanding Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year. Marianna Di Paolo was honored with the Community Member award.

Di Paolo is an associate professor and the director of the Center for American Indian Languages in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah and a research associate of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian.

Di Paolo currently serves on the Utah State Supreme Court Committee on Model Utah Jury Instructions-Civil and on the American Indian Resource Center Advisory Board at the University of Utah.

Perretta, senior attorney at Perretta Law Office in West Jordan, focuses on immigration and deportation law.  She works closely with several non-profit immigration organizations to provide services to those who cannot afford an attorney.

Kyte practices civil litigation at Stirba Law Office. She represents health care professionals in licensing matters and medical malpractice cases. In addition, Kyte represents corporate entities as well as police officer’s civil rights cases.

Jones is a partner at Zimmerman Jones Booher in Salt Lake. She is an appellate specialist and has practiced before the Utah appellate and district courts, handling criminal and civil cases. She is an adjunct professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, and has served on several Utah Supreme Court and Judicial Council committees. She was recently nominated by Governor Gary Herbert to fill a vacancy on the Third District Court.

Rice, of Ray Quinney & Nebeker, focuses on employment and labor law. He spends much of his time working with low income workers in the Salt Lake Valley. He was voted one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” by Utah Business Magazine. Rice is past president of the Utah State Bar and was named employment law Lawyer of the Year in 2017.

Snow is chairman of the Board of Directors of Clyde Snow & Sessions. He focuses his practice in the areas of white collar crime and government and independent investigations. He represents corporate clients and officers in grand jury investigations and before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Those honored who are S.J. Quinney College of Law alumni include: Shaughnessy; Krannich; Perretta; Jones; Rice and Snow.

The Utah State Bar works to create a justice system that is understood, respected and accessible to all. More than 9,000 attorneys are credentialed by the Bar to practice law in Utah.