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Third Annual UCLI Fundraiser Luncheon, “Mentorship Matters”

By March 29, 2024News

On March  21st, 2024, the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion held its Third Annual Fundraiser Luncheon: Mentorship Matters at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek. We were grateful to be joined by nearly 250 guests, representing numerous law firms across the state, as well as Utah’s courts, and other organizations. We were also grateful to be accompanied by Ray Quinney & Nebeker and Parsons Behle & Latimer as our Impact Sponsors, as well as our incredible guest speakers. 

The event began with co-chair board member Fran Wikstrom, welcoming all attendees and introducing this year’s fundraiser theme “Mentorship Matters”, the importance of mentorship, and the work UCLI is continuing to do in supporting mentorship. Fran then segued into introducing the first Impact Sponsor, Nichole Briceno representing Ray Quinney & Nebeker as well as the second Impact Sponsor, Christina Jepson representing Parsons Behle & Latimer. After short words from the Impact Sponsors, sixth grade teacher Mr. John Arthur was introduced onto the stage. There was an epic chest bump and a standing ovation before he was even through with his speech. After Mr. Arthur’s inspiring words about mentoring the students in his classroom and UCLI’s Meadowlark Mentoring Program, attendees were then introduced to Utah State Bar President Erik Christiansen, who spoke about why one should choose to donate to support UCLI and how all donations would be met 1:1 by a matching grant from the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation. After Erik Christiansen, Noami Botchway, a current BYU Law Student and recipient of the Utah Legal Inclusion Fellowship (sponsored by UCLI, Intermountain Health and Kirton McConkie), took over the stage with her wisdom and experiences with mentorship. Following Naomi’s words, attendees were presented on a video filmed and edited by current UCLI Interns Aileen Vargas, Urah Goh, and Christina Rodriguez. This outreach video is titled “Voices of the Rising Generation”. The short video captured different individuals on their perspective on mentorship. The video can be found here

After the video, keynote speaker Dr. Christy Glass was introduced. Dr. Glass is a professor of sociology at Utah State University. She offered profound perspectives on mentorship and its significance, emphasizing her key message: unlocking mentorship’s transformative power benefits both others and ourselves. You may view her inspiring and practically helpful presentation here

The Luncheon also featured a silent auction with 25 different items. Items including Utah Jazz 360 club tickets, Snowbird lift passes, tickets to the Leonardo, and other exciting items. We are very grateful for everyone that contributed to the silent auction. 

Thank you to all who attended the 2024 UCLI Fundraiser Luncheon and for your generous donations and support. The individual donations and silent auction bids – when matched by the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation – will total $26,000. All of these funds will go towards advancing UCLI’s mission, providing mentorship and resources to students as they make it and to and through law school and beyond. We are grateful to have another successful event and to have guests be able to attend and support UCLI’s mission. Without each individual, organization, and law firm, UCLI would not be where it is today. 


Thank you to our Impact Sponsors

Ray Quinney & Nebeker 

Parsons Behle & Latimer


Thank you to our Scholarship Sponsors

Kunzler Bean & Adamson

Rocky Mountain Advisory

Keller Preece


Thank you to our Table Sponsors

Strong & Hanni


Foley & Lardner

Kirton McConkie

Snell & Wilmer

Greenberg Traurig

And Justice For All

Holland & Hart

Workman Nydegger

Young Lawyers Division

Spencer Fane

Parr Brown


Lowenstein Sandler


Thank you to our Silent Auction Donors

Brighton Ski Resort

Chef Arturo Thompson

Clark Executive Detailing

Natural History Museum of Utah


The Leonardo

Utah Jazz

Utah Olympic Park

Cactus and Tropical

Hale Center Theatre

Healing Mountain Massage

Kings English Bookshop

Centerpointe Legacy Theatre

Downtown Alliance

Kelly Fletcher Jewelry


Utah Symphony/Utah Opera

Caffe Molise

Ballet West

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