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August 6, 2005

Utah Minority Bar Association First 50 Event

Utah Minority Bar Association First 50 Event

The Utah Minority Bar Association is proud to announce that it will host a gala dinner and program on October 15, 2005 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City to honor the first fifty lawyers of color to practice law in the State of Utah (the "First 50"). This will take the place of the annual UMBA scholarship banquet. The First 50 honorees hailed from, and practiced in, many communities throughout Utah. To make this event a proper tribute to the First 50, we ask your assistance in several areas:

1. Mark your calendars and save the date to attend. UMBA has negotiated special rates at the Grand and/or Little America for lodging. The event takes place the same weekend as BYU and U of U homecoming weekend and can be attended in conjunction with homecoming activities.

2. The Utah State Bar and the American Bar Association are helping to sponsor the event. However, many sponsorship opportunities are still available. There are many levels of sponsor donations to fit the budgets of the largest or smallest of law firms, legal agencies/offices, legal departments, bar sections and associations, law schools and alumni groups, individual donors, etc. Ticket prices and donations will not only help fund the First 50 event, but will subsidize future scholarships to minority law students as well as other UMBA programs such as recruiting and mentoring minority lawyers in the state of Utah.

3. Following is the preliminary list of the First 50 honorees. UMBA's research committee has scoured historical records, bar and school records, and interviewed numerous people to compile this list. If anyone was left off the list, it was not intended. Please assist us by providing us the name(s) of anyone you believe we may have omitted and any relevant information, if you have it (e.g., approximate time period of practice, date of law school graduation, or current contact information). Likewise, if you have any stories or information regarding any of the honorees listed, please send it to us in the form of a brief description. We are compiling short biographies on each of the honorees. We also welcome any pictures (we will attempt to return pictures sent to us but would prefer you scan them and send us a copy electronically).

4. For ticket prices, sponsorship opportunities, venue/lodging details, information on any of the First 50 honorees, or if you want us to send you or your business/organization information, please call, fax or e-mail Sean Reyes at 801-536-6663 (direct line) 801-536-6111 (fax) or Cheryl Mori at 801-524-3141 (direct line). Your attendance and participation will help us celebrate the contributions of these individuals who were/are pioneers in the legal field, minority communities, and Utah at large.

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"and Justice for all" Law Day 5K Run/Walk - April 30, 2005

"and Justice for all" Law Day 5K Run/Walk - April 30, 2005

The 23rd annual Law Day 5K Run/Walk was held Saturday, April 30, 2005 in conjunction with the Utah State Bar's Law Day activities. Proceeds from the run support "and Justice for all," the collaborative fundraising campaign which supports free civil legal aid to indigent and disabled Utahns served by the Disability Law Center, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake and Utah Legal Services.

Instead of the traditional pistol start, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff started the Run with the bang of a gavel. In all, 1,029 participants registered for this year's event - an all time record.

Fastest time by a female in the race was Kathryn Connor, and Jon Bowie was the fastest overall male. Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar swept the speed team competition, winning all three top spots. The law firm of Ray, Quinney and Nebeker won the Recruiter Competition and the traveling "and Justice for all" trophy, with 208 participants. Congratulations to all our winners!

Many local businesses and organizations have generously underwritten the costs of putting on the event - in both cash and in-kind donations - so that Run proceeds will go to the "and Justice for all" campaign. We express our sincere gratitude to all the sponsors of the event and to the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and Dean Scott Matheson, Jr. who graciously allowed us the use of the law school facilities.

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