Class Action: Alumni making news, August 2019

Mark Risman (’78) receives two honors in the world of sports
Marc Risman, a member of the California Bar since 1978 and the Nevada Bar since 1979, and who taught Sports Law at the U College of Law and serves on our Board of Trustees, was elected to the Board of Governors that manages the Laguna Seca Raceway. For the last 25 years, Marc has been the attorney for drivers, teams, and venues in motorsports. On August 10, Marc was the first attorney ever inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. The honor was bestowed upon him for his representation of boxers outside the ring, where they were most vulnerable. Earlier, Marc won a copyright case before the 9th Circuit for his client, the marine artist Wyland.

Raymond Takashi Swenson (’78) retires from full time law practice
Raymond Takashi Swenson, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired) is retiring from full time law practice, advising on and litigating the environmental impacts of nuclear weapon systems and their production. Swenson attended the S.J. Quinney College of Law on a scholarship from the Air Force JAG Corps, and after work in Washington, DC and Japan, he earned a Master of Laws degree in environmental law from George Washington University. At HQ Strategic Air Command, he advised on the deployment of the B-2 stealth bomber and MX ICBM. After several years with Ballard Spahr in Salt Lake, Swenson became corporate counsel for Bechtel on their contract with the Department of Energy to clean up the nine nuclear reactors at the Hanford Site in Washington where most of the plutonium in nuclear weapons was produced. After retiring as Senior Counsel at CH2M/JACOBS, he will continue teaching environmental law and policy for Washington State University.

Jensie Anderson (’93) to be honored at the 2019 Utah Philanthropy Day
Professor Anderson received a B.F.A. from the University of Utah in 1985, and a J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1993. Before joining the College of Law in 1999, Professor Anderson worked as a litigation associate with Holme, Roberts & Owen (1993-1994), served as staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah (1994-1997), and specialized in the areas of social security law and indigent criminal defense with Cannon, Cleary & Match (1997-1999). Professor Anderson served as president of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center from January 2001 until 2011, and is currently RMIC’s Legal Director. She litigates innocence and wrongful conviction claims throughout Utah, Wyoming and Nevada. She also serves as director of the Innocence Clinic and administrative supervisor of the Criminal Clinic (both prosecutor and defender) at the College of Law. Professor Anderson teaches legal methods, innocence investigation and post-conviction process, criminal process, lawyering skills, and introduction to law.

David McCray (’99) appointed as a justice on the California Courts-Martial Appellate Panel
McCray has been of counsel at Beveridge & Diamond, PC since 2014. He served as assistant chief counsel for the California Department of Transportation from 2007 to 2014, where he was deputy attorney III from 2005 to 2007. McCray served in multiple positions during his 21 years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force, including staff judge advocate of the 9thReconnaissance Wing from 2002 to 2005, chief of the Air Force Environmental Litigation & Tort Branch from 2001 to 2002 and special assistant U.S. attorney for the Environmental Defense Section from 2000 to 2002. He was deputy chief of the Compliance and Planning Branch for the U.S. Air Force from 1999 to 2000 and deputy staff judge advocate for the 509th Bomb Wing from 1996 to 1998. McCray earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law and a Master of Laws degree in environmental and natural resources law from the University of Utah, College of Law.

Chelsea Koch (’00) appointed to 3rd District Court
Since 2008, Koch has run her own private practice. She has also served as a public defender in Tooele County, and she worked as an assistant federal defender and trial attorney for the Utah Federal Defender Office from 2003 to 2008. She holds a Juris Doctor from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, and a bachelor’s in psychology, also from the University of Utah.

James Cleary (’18) joins Barnhisel, Barlow & Stephens
Cleary began his legal career as a student clerk at the Utah Court of Appeals in 2017. He then moved to the private sector where he worked at various firms doing personal injury, estate planning, family law, and appeals work. While in school, Cleary completed the litigation and dispute resolution program that included training in litigation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and other important legal skills.