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By December 31, 2019June 22nd, 2021News

2019 DEI in Utah Law:

  • Elizabeth Kronk Warner became the first female and first Native American Dean of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney Law School.
  • BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School welcomed its first Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Barbara Melendez.
  • Dorsey & Whitney increased its paid parental leave to 15 weeks (with additional time permitted for lawyers who give birth).
  • Utah’s Federal Court welcomed new Magistrate Judge Cecilia Romero, formerly a partner at Holland & Hart.
  • This fall, UCLI’s Executive Director provided training on D&I issues to the Utah State Court judges, the Utah Attorney General’s Office, and a department within Salt Lake County.
  • Eli McCann became the first open LGBTQIA+ shareholder at Kirton McConkie.
  • Tiffany Shimada, an IP lawyer, became the first African-American female income partner in a national or international firm in Utah.
  • Dorsey & Whitney’s new Diversity Hours Policy allows 50 hours annually of diversity-related work, activities, and training to count toward billable hours requirements.
  • This fall, Stoel Rives, one of the 5 national investors in the Move The Needle (MTN) Fund, kicked off the MTN “On Track” program to promote more diverse attorneys into the equity partnership tier.
  • Diverse captains of the UCLI-supported state championship West High Mock Trial Team, Tejitha Agarwal and Gideon Gomm, were admitted to Yale University & the Parsons School of Design, respectively.
  • Parr Brown and the Utah Attorney General’s Office became the first firm & organization, respectively, to become UCLI Certified.
  • This summer, UCLI hired its first permanent Executive Director, Aida Neimarlija, Esq., an Assistant Director, Ling Ritter, and four interns, Jon Olsen, Joseph Rivera, Liliane Kwizera, & Paola Robles.