WOMEN LAWYERS OF UTAH
VOLUME 19 NUMBER 4 SEPTEMBER 2005
Mission Statement: The mission of Women Lawyers of Utah is to provide opportunities for women
lawyers to develop and advance their careers and to further the cause of women in Utah generally.
The objectives of its mission are to educate and inform, to offer support, to encourage community
affiliation for professional success, to seek greater responsiveness to women's needs from Utah's justice
system and better living and working conditions for all Utah women.
ARMENIAN WOMEN IN BUSINESS COME TO UTAH
From left to right: Andrea May, Stacey Dunn, Gayanne Margaryan, Ruzanna Danielyan, Kay Hanson, Melissa Miller, Desiree Guillane, Cheryl
Feld, Shelly Cassity, Susan Black Dunn, Carol Delbridge and Parandzem Gevorgyan. Bottom right: Interpreter Artur Hakopyan, Gayanne
Margaryan, Ruzanna Danielyan.
Women and Economic Development
September 16, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 three Armenian Business women Ms. Parandzem Gevorgyan, a managing partner and business
visit Utah and make a stop at the law office of Dunn & Dunn. consultant in her own country, stated that “the men in my
The women were invited by the U.S. State Department to firm are still the ones who go to court.” She said the country
come to America and meet with professional women to learn still prefers to see men in the courtroom. They are still seen
about business practices in this country. The ladies included as being more competent and in control in the courtroom
Ms. Rusanna Danielyan, Head of the Armenian Business than the women. And most of the men would prefer to deal
Association, Ms. Gayane Margaryan, Founding Director of with other men instead of women. Gevorgyan did say that
Ready Steady Co., and Ms. Parandzem Gevorgyan, an she does do a lot of lawyer work but mostly with women and
attorney. The women asked questions about the glass ceiling, then with mostly family issues.
gender roles and other prejudices that American Women face
very day. They ladies were very interested in the balance of The ladies also inquired about federal, state and local polices
power between men and women in business. that are aimed at promoting women’s prominence in the
business and professional world.
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WLU’S 2005 ANNUAL FALL RETREAT ABOUT OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
“DIFFERENT PATHS IN THE LAW”
Banafsheh Akhlaghi could not
This year the retreat will be held at The Chateaux at Silver have foreseen the path her
Lake, a luxurious French country-style lodge located in the legal career would follow. In
heart of mid-mountain Silver Lake Village at Deer Valley. September 2001, current
The Chateaux has an outdoor hot tub and swimming pool, events led her to abandon her
and is just seconds from Deer Valley hiking, shopping, position as a law school professor teaching
mountain biking and spa services. Constitutional Law to work overtime defending
Friday, October 28, 2005:
In October 2001, Ms. Akhlaghi created Akhlaghi
4:30-7:00 p.m. Registration and Check In
& Associates, a private practice based in San
The Chateaux at Silver Lake
Francisco, where she specialized in immigration
5:30 p.m. Social Hour and civil rights law. Three years later, Ms.
The Silver Lake Lodge— Akhlaghi transformed Akhlaghi & Associates into
located directly across from the Chateaux the National Legal Sanctuary for Community
Advancement (NLSCA), a non-profit
7:00 p.m. Dinner at the Silver Lake Lodge organization.
Presentation Reva Beck Bosone Scholarship: NLSCA is the first, and currently only, legal
Terrie T. McIntosh, Woman Lawyer of the Year organization solely dedicated to providing
accessible pro bono and low-cost legal advocacy to
Keynote Speaker: Banafsheh Akhlaghi, Esq. protect the civil rights of Middle Easterners,
“The Path from Teaching the U.S. Constitution to Protecting It"
Muslims, and South Asians in the United States.
Join us after dinner at the WLU Hospitality
As a first generation Iranian who immigrated to
Suite at the Chateaux. the United States, Ms. Akhlaghi has a great sense
of the unique issues facing these communities.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
In July 2003, Ms. Akhlaghi received the 'Local
9:00 a.m. Breakfast begins Hero' award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian
The Silver Lake Lodge Best of the Bay issue. In March 2004, Ms.
Akhlaghi was additionally honored by the Asian
9:30 a.m. Morning Session Law Alliance's Legal Impact Award for her efforts
The Silver Lake Lodge defending the civil rights of immigrant
Panel discussion: “Creative Pro Bono” communities.
Moderator: Lauren I. Scholnick,
Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Ms. Akhlaghi will speak to WLU about her path in
Panelists: the law, and all its unexpected and rewarding
Jensie Anderson, Rocky Mountain Innocence Center turns.
Mary Gordon, Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar
Kristin Erickson, Pro Bono Initiative
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
2005 Annual On October 13 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Women Lawyers of Utah In order to encourage people of color and
Fall Retreat women to consider law as a career, Holland &
October 28-29, 2005 Hart, LLP, and the Utah Minority Bar
Association are hosting
The Chateaux at
Silver Lake “Oh the places you’ll go – A career in law
Deer Valley Resort and how to get started.”
Utah State Bar 645 South 200 East
Reserve your space now by calling Caryn
Kelly at (801) 595-7824 or
On October 5 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. WLU and Utah
Trial Lawyers Association are hosting a CLE entitled
“Personal Injury Law-Is it for You?” Deadline October 7, 2005.
Join some of Utah's top female personal injury
attorneys who will discuss:
• Nuts and Bolts of Personal Injury Law On October 26 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law
• The Lifestyle of a Personal Injury Lawyer Sutherland Moot Courtroom
• Pitfalls for the Personal Injury Attorney Law School Financial Aid Workshop
• Case Management For more information
Utah State Bar 645 South 200 East
There is no charge for this event; lunch is included. Look for WLU’s Winter Mentoring Social with
students, new lawyers, and all WLU members in
On October 12 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law
Sutherland Moot Courtroom If you have something you would like on
Lawschool Application Workshop. the calendar please contact
Encourage interested women you know to Dawn Emery at
consider a career in the law. firstname.lastname@example.org or
For more information 835-8192
For Sponsoring Retreat Scholarships:
Bendinger Crockett * Dunn & Dunn * Holme Roberts & Owen * Magleby & Greenwood * Manning Curtis
Bradshaw & Bednar * Ray Quinney & Nebeker * Strindberg Scholnick & Chamness * Lauren Barros, PC * Bokelie
Law Office * Brandon T. Burningham, Attorney * Alicia Henning, Attorney
* Louise Knauer, Attorney * Lems Law Office
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2005 WLU Retreat Registration Form
We look forward to seeing you at Deer Valley this year! Not only does the retreat provide an opportunity to obtain CLE credits,
but it is also a great opportunity to relax, catch up with old friends and meet new ones. We’ll enjoy great company, great food,
and a great place to spend the night. Full registration includes both sessions and meals; participants also have the option to register
for either one of the two sessions independently. CLE credit is pending.
For lodging, WLU has secured a discounted group rate at the Chateaux at Silver Lake. Find a friend to share a room with, or book
a room for yourself, by calling, 1.800.782.4813. Please reference group number 20T307, or visit our website at
www.utahwomenlawyers.org where the Individual Lodging Reservation form can be obtained. Rooms start at $135, and booking
your room separately allows you to pay for the room with a credit card. Rooms must be booked separately this year to
help accommodate our growing numbers.
WLU Member: Non-Member:
Full Registration: Full Registration:
Both sessions and meals $ 115.00 ______ Both sessions and meals $ 160.00 _____
Evening Session Only, October 28: Evening Session Only, October 28:
Social Hour, Dinner & Speaker $ 80.00 ______ Social Hour, Dinner & Speaker $ 110.00 _____
Breakfast Session Only, October 29: Breakfast Session Only, October 29:
Breakfast and Panel Discussion $ 40.00 ______ Breakfast and Panel Discussion $ 55.00 _____
Contribution to Scholarship (Optional) $ _______
WLU Membership Dues (*If not a WLU member but paying dues below, select WLU Member price above*)
In practice less than 1 year Free
In practice less than 3 years $ 30.00 $ _______
In practice more than 3 years $ 40.00 $ _______
Late Registration Fee (after October 7) $ 15.00 $ _______
Total Amount Enclosed $ _______
*$100.00 scholarships toward retreat registration fees are available for law students, solo practitioners and attorneys employed by
government and non-profit entities. To apply, please submit this registration form with a brief note describing your circumstances.
You will be contacted as soon as possible if you are eligible for a scholarship.
Please return this completed registration form by October 7, 2005 for early registration, but no later than
October 21, 2005 with a check payable to: Women Lawyers of Utah. Send this form and your payment to WLU,
c/o Margaret Plane, ACLU of Utah, 355 North 300 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103.
Thanks for joining us for the 2005 WLU fall retreat, and helping to make this year’s retreat our most successful retreat
Don’t forget to book your room thorough Deer Valley or the Individual Lodging Reservation form available on our web site
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Prominent Utah Attorney
Announces Intent to Re-enter
Private Practice at Jones Waldo
SALT LAKE CITY– March 28, 2005 – Constance Lundberg, Julie Woodyatt
who is credited as being the first female partner at a major Utah has recently
law firm, has announced that she will join the Salt Lake City opened her own
law firm of Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough and return law office in
to private practice. Orem, Utah
She will come to Jones Waldo from Brigham Young University, practice
where she has been serving as associate dean and library concentrates on
director of the J. Reuben Clark Law School for the past 16 family law.
“Practicing law has always been my first love and being able to
do that at Jones Waldo is something I look forward to,” said
Ms. Lundberg. “Working at the J. Reuben Clark Law School Sharee Moser is a
has been extremely rewarding and allowed me to experience new associate at
many great things. Private practice is where my heart is and Magleby &
the time is right for me to go back down that road.” Greenwood where
Considered by many in the legal profession to be one of the concentrates on
most knowledgeable and well-connected attorneys in Utah, commercial
Ms. Lundberg plans to join Jones Waldo this fall, where she litigation.
will specialize in environmental and resources law, as well as
“Jones Waldo considers itself very fortunate to have somebody
like Constance Lundberg joining our firm,” said Keven Rowe,
president of Jones Waldo. “We have worked with her on
several occasions over the years and have seen first-hand the WLU’s website
kind of talent she has. There is no doubt she will be a great has a new look!
addition for us.” Visit us at:
The S.J Quinney College of The Washington School of Law is looking
Law is searching for a new dean. Go for instructors. Contact Mary Thomas
LOOKING to their website to nominate someone Graduate Tax Program Director (801) 446-
FOR A or to apply yourself. 4336.
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