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Pre-Law Fellowship Workshop Made Possible by Mentors

By May 15, 2024News

On Saturday May 11th, UCLI held the third UCLI & Kirton McConkie Pre-Law Fellowship Workshop. Parsons Behle & Latimer kindly offered to host us in their law offices in downtown Salt Lake City, providing a beautiful venue and a great lunch for all participants. Special thanks to Parsons Behle’s Chief People Officer, Nicole Farrell, who made all the necessary arrangements and took time out of her weekend to join us in person for the event. 

We were honored to be joined by Paula Gluzman, a consultant and the director of Diversity & Inclusion at Spivey Consulting Group, who flew to Salt Lake City from California to join us for the day. This workshop was the first of three that Paula will conduct in person to focus exclusively on law school applications, walking the Fellows through the process and helping them hone their application materials. The focus of this first workshop was resumes, letters of recommendation, and addenda. Fellows received targeted, specific information about how to be successful with each of these components of the law school application, then sat down with a mentor to implement the principles they learned about. 

Utah is full of incredible attorneys who routinely sacrifice their time to make our community a better place to be, and it was inspiring to see the four who joined our workshop this past week. Nicole Farrell, beyond facilitating the event logistics, also provided an introduction to her firm and her own legal journey for Fellows, then assisted them one-on-one with their resumes. Her colleague Monica McCann, an associate attorney at Parsons Behle, volunteered to join and not only worked with Fellows individually but also provided an impromptu presentation during lunch that described her own journey to a legal career in Utah and provided additional pointers on successful resume characteristics. Two of the Fellowship’s formal mentors joined on Saturday as well, Maria Cruz, Legal Counsel at Intermountain Health, and Scarlet Smith, a shareholder at Strong & Hanni. Each had helpful, practical advice for the Fellows and powerful personal examples of how to combine professionalism and a people-driven passion in their careers.

We thank Paula Gluzman and each of the attorneys for their time and effort on behalf of the 2024 Pre-Law Fellows. We also extend our gratitude to program sponsors Kirton McConkie, University of Utah Office of General Counsel, LSAC DEI Pipeline, Utah Bar Foundation, and Family Law Executive Committee Bar Section for their contributions that have made all of this possible.

Maria Cruz, attorney at Intermountain Health, assists Sophie Gordon with her resume

Monica McCann, an attorney at Parsons Behle, discusses resume pointers with University of Utah student Iradukunda Esperance

Strong & Hanni attorney Scarlet Smith looks over law school application materials with Utah Valley University senior Victoria Roberts

The 2024 UCLI & Kirton McConkie Pre-Law Fellows with attorney volunteers on May 11, 2024

*This project received funding from the Law School Admission Council, Inc. (LSAC).  The opinions and conclusions contained in this document are the opinions and conclusions of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of LSAC.

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