Visiting Professionals


Alek El-Kamhawy graduated from the Ohio State University with Maters Degree in the City and Regional Planning with emphasis on International Development and the structure of Revolving Loans to the Developing Countries including overview of public corruption and money laundering. At the Cleveland Marshall College of Law his studies focused on International Criminal Law and International Human Rights under the guidance of a former legal counsel to MI5 and MI6. He is a graduate of National Criminal Defense College, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the International Development at the University of Southern Mississippi with emphasis on National Security. His research is directed at foreign discovery. He is on the expert panel for foreign discovery at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Washington D.C. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cuyahoga Community College where he prepared and taught law related courses, including Criminal Law and Procedure and International Human Rights. He organized a presentation by a visiting scholar from Hague Tribunal at Lake Erie College addressing matters of Transborder Organized Crime and International Human Trafficking. He further cooperated with officials from HIAS in their efforts to halt human trafficking from the former Soviet Union. He practices in the Criminal Law area and represents clients in Federal and State Court in cases ranging from possession of drugs to homicide. He participates in complex litigations including terrorism and white-collar related matters.

Alyse Graham has most recently been a visiting and adjunct professor of law at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to that, she was a federal prosecutor, first in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and then in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Alyse graduated from Yale University and received a law degree from
Stanford Law School. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Gilbert Merritt of the United States Court of Appeals for the
Sixth Circuit. Following her clerkship, Alyse was an associate with the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York
where she practiced primarily white-collar criminal defense. She is married to Colin Stretch, also an attorney, and has
three children. The family recently relocated to the West Coast and now resides in San Mateo, CA.

Ann Tolley received her Juris Doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 2006.  In law school, Ann served as president of the Student Bar Association and was an associate editor on the Education and Law Journal.  Additionally, she worked as a research assistant to Dr. Stefan Talmon at Oxford University. Prior to law school, Ann received a Master of Arts in Recreation Management from Brigham Young University in 1994, where she was Valedictorian of the College of P.E. and Recreation Graduate School.  Ann served on the Mapleton City Counsel from 2006 to 2009.  She currently works as a management and legal consultant for Tolley Professional Consulting and is the director of S.A. Lifeline Foundation, a non-profit organization.


Judge Ben H. Hadfield was appointed to the First District Court, State of Utah, in March 1993. Prior to his service as a District Judge he worked in private practice for 15 years. He graduated from Weber State College in 1975 with a degree in Political Science and German, then graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1978. During his time on the bench Judge Hadfield has served as Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee, seven years as a member of the Board of District Court Judges, three years as a member of the Judicial Council and two years as First District Presiding Judge. Judge Hadfield married Annette Griffiths in 1974. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren.

Bill Ryan received his BA with honors from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from the University of Utah. He also received a certificate from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Mr. Ryan has worked as Assistant U.S. attorney in
Utah for 25 years. He has litigated civil cases involving personal injury, land disputes, environmental hazards, trespass, civil rights, medical malpractice, tax enforcement, and claims against federal officials. Mr. Ryan has also prosecuted major felony criminal cases. He has trained prosecutors and magistrates in Haiti and has taught litigation at the U.S. Department of Justice Advocacy Center. Mr. Ryan speaks French and enjoys creative writing, tennis, and classical literature.

Bob Reeve received his Juris Doctorate, graduating with distinction, from the University of North Dakota in 1992.  Prior to receiving his JD, Bob received a Masters in Public Administration and Bachelors of Arts from Brigham Young University, and a Masters in Science, Philosophy from the University of Utah.  He currently works in private practice in Las Vegas and Los Angeles County, handling contract, family law, product liability/wrongful death, criminal law, landlord-tenant, personal injury, social security, wills and trusts, and employment law. Bob served as a District Attorney and County Counsel in Esmeralda County, Nevada.  He has worked as a Deputy District Attorney & law clerk in Stanislaus County, Modesto, CA. He is a member of the Nevada, California, and Washington D.C. Bars. Bob is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, can understand Italian and French, and is currently studying Russian.


Chauncey received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School in June 2011, where he was a member of the Law Review and Vice President of the International Law Society. He just completed a one-year clerkship for Judge Murray Snow in the U.S. District Court of Arizona. Chauncey now practices international law at White & Case, a law firm in Washington D.C. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Russian from Brigham Young University He gained a love of Ukraine when he served a two-year service mission in Donetsk during the Orange Revolution, which kindled his passion for international law and politics. Chauncey is an accomplished pianist. In his free time he enjoys playing and watching basketball and american football.


Christine Leavitt is currently Associate General Counsel at Leavitt Group Enterprises, the 12th largest insurance brokerage in the United States.  Christine graduated from Brigham Young University Law School with honors in 2008, and she was the Valedictorian of her graduating class at Southern Utah University, where she double majored in Political Science and Spanish.  During law school, Christine was selected to be a member of the Moot Court Traveling Team, and she received the J. Reuben Clark Public Service Award for work with Utah Legal Services and the Beaver County Public Defender’s office.  Christine was admitted into the Utah State Bar in 2009 and into the California State Bar and Arizona State Bar in 2010.  Christine is married to Parker Leavitt, an accountant, and has three adorable daughters.  She is an accomplished pianist and enjoys long distance running.

Judge Daniel Gibbons served as a Justice Court Judge in Utah’s Third District starting in 2001. He presided over a combined full-time court serving the cities of Holladay and Cottonwood Heights. Judge Gibbons graduated with honors
2010-11 Visiting American Professionals 16 TLI UPDATE 2011/2012 from the University of Utah in 1983, and in 1986 received a J.D. from the Willamette University College of Law. Following graduation, he joined  the Salt Lake City firm of Kirton &McConkie, where he worked for nine years. In 1995 Judge Gibbons went into solo law practice, where he focused upon civil trial work. On thebench, Judge Gibbons created both a drug court and a domestic violence court. He has traveled multiple times to Ukraine for TLI. Judge Gibbons is currentlyserving as an LDS mission president in Novosibirsk, Russia.

David Cundick graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah in 1981 where he received a B.S. degree in Sociology in addition to a Certificate of Criminology. He received his J.D. from Brigham Young University in 1984. Upon completion of law school, Mr. Cundick worked as a general litigator representing mostly corporate clients including Maverik Country Stores, Inc. and Mast Construction. He has extensive litigation experience in many areas of law. He is a former Tooele County Deputy Attorney and was also a partner in the Law firm of Parker, Freestone. Mr. Cundick has extensive criminal experience both as a criminal prosecutor and defense attorney, and has litigated cases of aggravated murder, murder, rape, distribution and possession of controlled substances, kidnaping, forcible sex abuse, etc. Mr. Cundick has conducted many jury trials throughout his career as an attorney, including first degree murder, rape aggravated assault and white collar crimes involving hazardous waste, securities fraud and tax evasion.


Derek Brown received his undergraduate degree in English Literature at Brigham Young University. He later attended Pepperdine School of Law, during which time he worked with the United States Department of Justice in Los Angeles, and as an intern for the Utah Supreme Court. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Pepperdine Law Review, and received numerous awards, including the First Place Advocate Award for the Dalsimer Moot Court Competition. After law school, Derek served as a law clerk for Judge Ruggero Aldisert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Philadelphia, PA). He then worked with the international law firm Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., where he practiced constitutional and appellate law, and filed numerous briefs with the United States Supreme Court. Derek then served as Legal Counsel for United States Senator Robert F. Bennett in Washington, D.C., where he advised the Senator on the legality of legislation pending before the United States Senate. After relocating to Salt Lake City, Utah in 2005, Derek then served as Legal Counsel for Senator Orrin G. Hatch. Derek later served as President and CEO of Two Little Hands Productions, a national production company that produces a line of educational products, which includes a national television show on PBS. Derek also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Communications Law at Brigham Young University, where he has taught since 2007. He teaches courses in media law and ethics. In 2010, Derek was elected to the Utah House of Representatives. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, as the Chair of the Professional Licensure Review Committee, and on both the Business and Labor Committee, and the Judiciary Committees. He is also Of Counsel with the Utah-based law firm Pia Anderson Dorius Reynard & Moss. Derek sits on the Advisory Board of Intermountain Home Care, as well as on Board of Directors of the Utah Connections Academy, a public charter school. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Signing Time Foundation, with whom he has traveled to Ghana, Africa, volunteering in a school with deaf children. Derek and his wife, Emilie de Azevedo, have three boys and a girl.


Judge Derek P. Pullan was appointed to the Utah Fourth District Court in September 2003 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He received a law degree from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1993, graduating cum laude. Judge Pullan worked as a law clerk at the Utah Supreme Court from 1993 to 1994. He served as a deputy county attorney in Washington and Wasatch counties from 1994 to 1999. Judge Pullan was appointed and subsequently elected to serve as the Wasatch County Attorney from 1999 to 2003. As county attorney, he acted as both the elected felony prosecutor and as legal counsel to the county legislative body and executive branch. Judge Pullan was elected as presiding judge in 2007 and served two terms. He is an adjunct professor at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University where he teaches the law of evidence. Judge Pullan has been a member of the Utah Supreme Court Committee on the Civil Rules of Procedure since 2008. During the past three years, that Committee has proposed substantial revisions to the civil rules aimed at reducing the cost of litigation and providing increased access to the courts.


Derek Redman received his Juris Doctorate in 1981 from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. He practiced law in the province of Alberta for over 25 years before being appointed to the Provincial Court of Alberta in 2007 where he continues to sit, handling matters in all the courts jurisdictional areas including criminal, civil, family and child welfare. As a lawyer he carried on both a litigation and an active mediation practice. Derek was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2000. He also instructed at both the local university and college level and internationally in both the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. A strong believer in community service he has served on a variety of community organizations including the Board of Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge Senate. Derek spends his spare time writing, training for triathlons and at his cabin in the Rocky Mountains with his wife and 3 sons.

Judge Donald J. Eyre, Jr., was appointed to the Fourth District Court in November 1994. He served Juab,
Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. He received a law degree from the University of Utah in 1976 and worked
in private practice from then until his appointment to the bench. Judge Eyre was appointed Nephi City attorney in
1978 and also served as Juab County attorney. He served on the Jury Education Committee, the Justice Court Standards Committee, and the Children and Family Law Standing Committee. He currently serves on the Utah Judicial Council.

Dwight Epperson is the owner of an employee benefit consulting business in Central Louisiana, and serves on the athletic council of Northwestern State University. Prior to this, he owned and acted as general counsel for a retail franchised business operating throughout Louisiana, during which time he was honored as the Louisiana Small Business Person of the Year 2010 Runner Up; the Louisiana Central Region Small Business Administration Person of the Year 2010; and Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year 2009. Previously, he was director of the legal department of an international wealth management company, and was franchise and litigation counsel for Quaker State Corporation’s Salt Lake City, Utah headquarters, during which time he was a member of the Utah Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, a member of the Aldon J. Anderson American Inn of Court, and Chair of the Franchise Section of the Utah State Bar. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and his law degree from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Jillyn Cahoon Epperson, are parents of eight children.

Judge G. Michael Westfall was appointed to the Fifth District Court in 2003. He serves Beaver, Iron, and Washington counties. He graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1981. Judge Westfall was a partner in the law firm of Gallian, Westfall, Wilcox and Welker, and worked as a law clerk with the Utah County
attorney’s office. Judge Westfall is a member of the Utah State Bar Association, the Federal District Court for Utah, the
United States Supreme Court, and the Southern Utah Bar Association. He has also served as a small claims judge pro
tempore in Washington County. He currently serves on the Judicial Council.

Gordon R. Muir is a member of the law firm Hawkins, Folsom & Muir in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Muir received his law degree in 1983 from the Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, and his LL.M. in Taxation in 1989 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Muir has been a lecturer on the faculty of the Golden Gate University, Graduate School of Tax, as well as an instructor/speaker on various estate planning topics for the Nevada CPA Foundation, National Business Institute, Inc., the State Bar of Nevada, and various other public and private groups. Mr. Muir authored “Using a Computer to Calculate the Interrelated Interest Deduction on Estate Tax Deferrals,” published in Estate Planning by Warren, Gorham & Lamont, Ltd. Mr. Muir practices primarily in estate planning, including wills, trusts and estates, probate, estate and gift taxes, and guardianships; and now dedicates a significant portion of his practice to trust and estate litigation. Mr. Muir is admitted to practice in all Nevada Courts, in the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and the District of Northern California. He is a member and past President of the Northern Nevada Estate Planning Council and is also a member of the State Bar of Nevada (Probate, Trust and Tax Sections), the Washoe County Bar Association, the National Lawyers Association, the Nevada Justice Association, and The American Association for Justice.


Judge Guy R. Burningham served as a Utah State District Court trial judge from 1992 until his retirementin 2004. Prior to his service as a district court judge, he served as the Chief Deputy County Attorney for Utah County. Prior to that, he was a privately practicing attorney. A graduate of the University of Utah College of Law in 1973, Judge Burningham has been extremely active in community organizations, professional associations, and committees. His  service includes being a member of the Grand Jury Panel of Judges, the Court Technology Committee, and the Task Force on Collection of Victim Restitution and Court Ordered Debt. In addition to serving TLI, Guy and his wife, Pam, have served in China.


Judge Hans Q. Chamberlain was appointed to the Fifth District Juvenile Court in August 1995 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Beaver, Iron, and Washington counties. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was the senior member of the law firm of Chamberlain & Higbee. He also served as Iron County attorney for eight years and is the past president of the Utah State Bar, the Statewide Association of Prosecutors, and the Southern Bar Association. Judge Chamberlain has also been a member of the Utah State Board of Regents and is a past member and chair of the Southern Utah University Board of Trustees. He has served on the Board of Juvenile Court Judges and was chair from 1997 to 1998. He is a past member and chair of the Standing Committee on Court Facilities Planning. Judge Chamberlain currently serves as the vice chair of the Judicial Council.


Heidi Meldrum graduated from the University of Ottawa law school in 2003 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 2004. She practices in the areas of regulatory and administrative law, with a focus on oil and gas law with the law firm of Parlee McLaws LLP. Heidi’s oil & gas practice is focused in the areas of oil and gas development and surface rights relating to wellsites, facilities and pipelines, including licensing, surface access, and reclamation issues under the jurisdiction of the Surface Rights Board (SRB), the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), and Alberta Environment. Her experience in these areas includes dealing with courts and administrative tribunals (SRB, ERCB, and Alberta Utilities Commission), and coordination and preparation of regulatory and access documents for oil and gas operators.  She also does some work in employment law and general litigation.


Jack Brannelly is an attorney and an entrepreneur, who strongly believes that we live in an incredible era.  He is also a husband and father.  He has been employed as both an Attorney and Entrepreneur.  He is currently working with Vanguard Legal.  Before becoming an attorney Mr. Brannelly received a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in English/Philosophy/Spanish.  He then went on to get a Juris Docorate, attending both Howard University and the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.


James Lake is a registered patent attorney specializing in client counseling and procurement of intellectual property rights in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Lake’s technical areas of emphasis include materials science, nanotechnology, semiconductor processing, energy production, metallurgy, chemical manufacturing, medical devices, printing ink and toner, and a variety of niche areas associated with basic research and development. In addition to procuring and maintaining patent portfolios, he supports engineers and scientists in implementing innovation initiatives. He facilitates efforts to enhance value with his involvement before the patent process begins, as well as after it ends. Prior to joining the firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer, Mr. Lake was a shareholder in an IP law firm. Before pursuing a legal career, he earned a degree in chemical engineering and obtained several years of experience in the field working as an environmental engineer in the energy industry.

James W. McConkie, II received his undergraduate degree with honors from Brigham Young University. He later received his J.D. from the University of Utah. Mr. McConkie served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting
federal felony cases. In 1978, he was nominated and ran as the Democratic candidate for the office of Utah Attorney General. He has served on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence and on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Improving the Jury System. Mr. McConkie has also been an adjunct professor at Westminster College. He now works as a partner in his own law firm.

James W. McConkie III is a shareholder and director with Utah based law firm of Prince Yeates. He graduated with a J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1999. Upon graduation, Mr. McConkie worked as a visiting associate with an international law firm in Prague, Czech Republic. He also studied at the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria. Mr. McConkie is a founder and board member of the Wallace Toronto Foundation, a non-profit engaged in humanitarian and educational projects in the Czech and Slovak Republics. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Utah.


Jason Giles is an associate at the law firm of Nyemaster Goode in Iowa. He is a member of the Business, Finance, and Real Estate Department and practices in the area of corporate and partnership law (organization, operation, and planning), regulatory law (financial institutions and insurance), commercial law (secured loans, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital and general contracting), securities law (public and private securities offering, public company reporting and compliance), and intellectual property law (trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property and IT licensing). Prior to joining Nyemaster Goode, Jason clerked for a federal district court judge in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to his continued membership on the Polk County Bar Association Law Day Committee and the Iowa State Bar Association Legal Forms Committee, Jason is very active in the community in both youth and scouting programs, having served in various positions of scout leadership for the Boy Scouts of America, most recently as the Troop Representative for his local BSA scout troop. Jason is also very active with his church, serving a full-time two-year mission to Ecuador as a young man and currently serving as an ecclesiastical leader. Jason is a member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute CLP Class of 2008-09. Jason received his B.A. cum laude from Utah State University, and his M.B.A. and J.D. with highest honors from Drake University, where he also received the Public Service Certificate and was an Opperman Scholar.


Jean M. DeFond is a Senior Director and Senior Counsel at Avanade Federal Services LLC (“AFS”) in Seattle, Washington.  AFS is an affiliate of Avanade Inc. providing IT consulting services to the US government.  At AFS, Ms. DeFond oversees government contracting (including services provided to other government customers in state and local governments in the US and Canada), and legal compliance.  Prior to joining AFS in October 2009, Ms. DeFond was First Vice President and Senior Counsel at JPMorgan Chase, and before that, she held the same post at Washington Mutual Bank in Seattle, leading two teams of attorneys in Washington and California supporting commercial, community and SBA lending and related special credits operations.  Prior to going in house, Ms. DeFond was a partner with Bogle & Gates PLLC in Seattle and a partner (and earlier, an associate) at Lane Powell in Portland, Oregon.  At Lane Powell, her practice focused on commercial real estate and lending, and representing a number of government units in public contracting matters.  She is a graduate of Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.  Before enrolling in law school, she worked in various capacities for the Budget and Management Division and the Department of General Services of the State of Oregon.  During law school she worked as a law clerk at Bonneville Power Administration and in the Office of the City Attorney for the City of Portland, Oregon.  Ms. DeFond attended Brigham Young University and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Lewis & Clark College. She lives in Edmonds, Washington, with her husband, Allan Fagg.


Jeffrey Laurence, J.D., CLU®, ChFC®* has been practicing law in Washington State since 1992 and has been a member of the California State Bar since 1995. He graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1991, and a Bachelor of Science in History with a minor in Anthropology from Utah State University in 1988. He also attended the University of New Mexico. For the first seven and a half years of his practice, he focused on estate planning and small business advising. In 2000 he went in-house with Safeco Life & Investments and assisted in the transition to Symetra Life Insurance Company where he managed government affairs. Jeff has been a member of the board of the Association of Washington Business (AWB) since 2009, and serves as a member of the board and treasurer of the Seattle chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. After achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, Jeff has continued his commitment to Scouting as an adult, currently in the role of District Commissioner of the Aurora District of the Chief Seattle Council. Jeff is married to Heather McKay Laurence and is the father of two sons, Iain McKay Laurence age 16 and Axel Morgan Laurence age 6.


Joann Shields is a Salt Lake City, Utah lawyer who specializes in commercial, class action, False Claims Act, and failed bank litigation. After graduating from J. Reuben Clark Law School, Ms. Shields lerked for The Honorable David Sam in the United States District Court for the District of Utah. She then joined the litigation boutique of Campbell, Maack & Sessions. Ms. Shields has served as in-house and outside counsel for numerous business entities. She is a Master Barrister in the American Inn of Court. Ms. Shields has served as president of the Utah State Bar Corporate Counsel Section, and she has overseen a program to help battered women protect their rights. She speaks French, is trying to learn Russian, and enjoys skiing, the fine arts, and foreign travel.


Jonathan Bruce is an author, lawyer and two-time Peace Corps volunteer who has recently returned from teaching in Ukraine.  He has also been a Peace Corps volunteer and university instructor in Bulgaria.  Jonathan speaks Russian, Bulgarian, French and Spanish.  He routinely uses foreign languages in his advocacy for clients.  Before becoming licensed as an attorney, Jonathan worked at the Sacramento County Office of the Public Defender, where he researched and wrote pre-trial motions in homicide cases in the Major Crimes division.  As a public defender, felony prosecutor and lawyer in private practice, Jonathan has represented clients in federal and state district and appellate courts.   The range of his criminal cases have spanned from misdemeanors to death penalty post-conviction advocacy.   Jonathan has litigated numerous jury trials, hundreds of preliminary and pre-trial hearings in felony cases, and many other adjudicatory hearings. Raised in Oregon, Jonathan served overseas in the U.S. Army infantry.  He earned a master’s degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was also a graduate student instructor.  Prior to attending law school, Jonathan earned a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Sofia while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria. Jonathan’s current commitment to immigration law grows out of his international experience.   In addition to creative writing, Jonathan’s interests include ancient and modern history, intellectual history, the history of science, and Chinese and Malaysian martial arts, including tai chi, wing chun and kuntao silat.  Jonathan is currently writing his second novel about an American lawyer in Ukraine.


Joseph Long graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1991. He worked briefly in insurance defense for a law firm in Las Vegas, and in 1993 he opened a private law practice there. He focused primarily on Family, Probate, and Immigration Law. In 1999, Joe accepted a position with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General. He and his wife moved their family to the small mining town of Ely, Nevada, to represent the Attorney General as a criminal prosecutor for three rural counties. Joe retired from the Attorney General’s office in October 2009. In 2010, he established a private law practice in Ely and continues to practice law.

Kirby Riffel is a prominent criminal defense lawyer from Arkansas. He is the recipient of the Arkansas State Bar Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year award. He has practiced law in Arkansas for over 35 years and has tried cases of all types along the criminal defense spectrum. He has taught for TLI multiple times and is well-liked among the students he has
taught in Ukraine.

 Judge Larry M. Boyle received his undergraduate degree in economics from Brigham Young University and his law degree from the University of Idaho. Following law school, he clerked at the Supreme Court of Idaho. While in private practice, he appeared in many courts outside of Idaho, and he served as president of the Seventh District Bar Association. Upon commencing his judicial service, he has served as an Idaho state district judge, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Idaho, and as a magistrate judge for the District of Idaho. Judge Boyle has been a visiting lecturer at numerous universities. He is also a frequent contributor to various legal journals and publications.


In addition to running his own legal practice, Arrow Legal Solutions Group, Attorney Loren M. Lambert writes extensively as an essayist, creenwriter and is an independent film producer.  Mr. Lambert is a board member of GreenTreeYoga and OFFER (a non-profit organization that promotes advocacy, education and research for persons with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia).  He has also been a kayak, canoe and rafting guide on the Snake and Salmon rivers. Mr. Lambert studied at the University of Utah, the University of Seville Spain and the J. Reuban Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. His law practice, established in 1991, mainly focuses on disability law and employment law.  Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Lambert clerked for Judge Ray Harding, a Trial Court Judge in the Fourth District of Utah, and performed a three year tour of duty as a JAG officer in the United States Army. While attending the University of Seville, Mr. Lambert taught English and trained with the Mercantile Club’s flat water kayak and canoe team.  While in the military, he has lived in Virginia, Georgia, Washington, California and Korea and his river running has taken him to British Colombia, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Virginia, Colorado, and of course, all over Utah where he was raised and currently resides. Mr. Lambert’s other interests include photography, swimming, yoga, weight lifting, biking, and camping.  Mr. Lambert has competed in wrestling, volley ball, long distance running, triathalons and kayaking.  He speaks fluent Spanish and his achievements include a black belt in Tae Kwon-Do and winning the Governor’s Cup in kayaking in Jackson, Wyoming.


Lori Lewis, originally from Southern California, now lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since February 2003, Lori has served as a staff attorney and career law clerk for United States Magistrate Judge David Nuffer. Prior to this, she was one of three staff attorneys for the Utah Court of Appeals. Since graduating from the University of Utah College of Law, Lori has also worked as a judicial law clerk for Judge Russell W. Bench at the Utah Court of Appeals, and gained trial experience as a prosecutor in the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Lori has participated in teaching through the Leavitt Institute in L’viv and Chernivtsi in 2009 and in Simferopil in 2010.


Judge Louraine C. Arkfeld recently retired from the bench after twenty-six years. She had served as the Presiding Judge for the Tempe Municipal Court since February 1994. Prior to her appointment she had been a judge in the Phoenix Municipal Court since 1984 and the Assistant Presiding Judge there since 1989. Judge Arkfeld continues to serve on the Arizona Judicial Council, chair the Serving Orders of Protection Task Force for the O’Connor House and serve on the Board of the Tempe Community Council. In addition to presiding over Tempe’s Mental Health Court, Judge Arkfeld also presided over the Regional Homeless Court and served on the board of Arizona State University Law School’s Homeless Legal Assistance Project. She was the winner of the 2005 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence presented by the National Center for State Courts and the 2006 Hero in Women’s Mental Health award. Judge Arkfeld served as the Judicial Member-at-Large of the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors and as the chair of the Board’s Program, Evaluation and Planning Committee, is a Past Chair of the Judicial Division of the ABA and the ABA Commission on the American Jury Project and currently serves on the Council of the International Law Section. She also chaired the ABA Working Group on the Rule of Law and an Independent Judiciary. Judge Arkfeld is also a member of the International Women Judges’ Association and the World Jurists Association.


Lynn Driscoll graduated from the University of Lancaster in 1979, receiving a B.A. (l-Ions) in Languages and Music. She went on to receive a LL.Dip in Law from the City University London in 1980, and passed the Bar Examination of England & Wales from the Inns of Court School of Law in London in 1981. She was called to the Bar of England & Wales and admitted to the Bar of Queensland, Australia in December 1981. She went on to receive an LL.M International Business Law from University College London in 1991. Her professional experience includes: Practice at the Bar in Queensland, Australia from 1981-1984; Practice at the Bar of England & Wales in London, Leeds and Manchester from 1984-2005; Appointed Head of Commercial/Chancery Department in Barristers' Chambers in 1998; Judicial Appointment as a High Court Examiner in London from 1989-2005. She also taught at Nottingham Law School as a part-time university lecturer in advocacy and Intellectual Property Litigation. Since 2000, Lynn as worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as Associate Director of Public Affairs - (Europe West) from 2005-2008; Acting Director of Public Affairs - ( Europe West) in 2008; and Office of General Counsel- (Europe Area) in Frankfurt, Germany from 2008 to present. Lynn speaks English, German, French, Spanish, Czech, Russian, and Italian.

Mike Peterson graduated from the University of Utah Law School in 1987. After graduation, he worked as a corporate law and medical malpractice litigator at Richards, Brandt, Miller & Nelson in Salt Lake City, Utah. For the last 20 years,
Mike Peterson has been a felony trial attorney at the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association. Mike Peterson is a certified Capital (Death Penalty) attorney and one of the felony supervisors in his firm. He has tried many felony cases to verdict before juries.
Robert Kempton was born in Solomonville, Arizona. He received his undergraduate education at Arizona State University and
served an LDS Mission in Virginia, North Carolina & West Virginia. He graduated with a J.D. from ASU in 1969. After graduating, he was a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. He then worked in private practice, dealing mainly with probate, tax and estate planning, and commercial transactions. He went on to work as International Legal Counsel to a major multinational corporation in Africa. He is currently working as International Legal Counsel in Kyiv.

Judge Roger L. Hunt was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Nevada in May 2000. He served as Chief Judge of the District of Nevada from January 2007 to May 2011. Judge Hunt served as a United States Magistrate Judge from July 1992 to May 2000, and was chair of the Executive Board of the Ninth Circuit Magistrate Judges Conference at the time of his nomination by the President and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Judge Hunt took Senior Status on May 26, 2011. Judge Hunt and his wife of over 46 years, Mauna Sue, are the parents of 6 children, 5 of whom are living, and the grandparents of 15 grandchildren with two more to be born in the spring. A native Nevadan, Judge Hunt received his undergraduate degree in history from Brigham Young University in 1966. He worked on a master’s degree for one year and then entered law school at the National Law Center at George Washington University, receiving his J.D. degree, with honors, in 1970. While attending law school, Judge Hunt worked as a Legislative Aide, on the staff of United States Senator Howard W. Cannon.  Judge Hunt passed the Nevada Bar in 1970 and was appointed Deputy District Attorney in January 1971. In December 1971, he joined the Las Vegas firm of Rose & Norwood; he became partner eighteen months later and remained with the firm under the name Edwards, Hunt, Hale & Hansen until his appointment to the bench in 1992. Judge Hunt serves on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, the governing body for the Circuit. He served as the judicial liaison for the Criminal Justice Act Panel for 15 years where he coordinated the Court Appointed Attorneys Panel. He served on the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instruction Committee for seven years, was also a member of the Ninth Circuit Library Committee,  was co chair of  the CM/ECF (Case Management-Electronic Case Filing) Implementation  Committee, and chair of the Case Management Subcommittee.  He is also a past president of the Nevada American Inn of Court. Since September 2006, Judge Hunt has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation (also a Presidential appointment) (the Congressionally established Foundation, chaired by Madeleine Albright, awards scholarships to graduate students in public service fields). As an historical aside, in 1965, during his college years, Judge Hunt participated in a 5-month cultural exchange for the U.S. Department of State, visiting Ceylon(now Sri Lanka), India, Nepal, East Pakistan(now Bangladesh), West Pakistan(now Pakistan), Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece and Vienna, Austria, plus a visit with the ambassadors of each country at the United Nations and Washington, D.C.


Judge Samuel D. McVey was appointed to Utah’s Fourth District Court in 2004. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1977 and the Naval War College in 2006. He received a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University. Judge McVey is a retired Marine Colonel. He was a partner in the law firm of Kirton & McConkie from 1989 to 2003. During part of that time he volunteered as a judge pro tem. Judge McVey has served on various Utah State Bar and American Bar Association committees.


Sandra McLean is a Judge in the Butte County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to that position in 2005. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she worked in private practice in California, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. She graduated with a B.S. from the Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. McLean has been active in the community and also served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.

Sara Lucas is an attorney at Petro & Nielsen in Provo, Utah. Her specialties include contracts, probate & estate planning, business law, real property, planning & zoning, water law, adoptions, and miscellaneous civil work. Prior to joining the law firm, Ms. Lucas worked as a law clerk at Utah’s Fourth District Court. She graduated with a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University.
Thomas Christensen was born in San Antonio, Texas. He was married in 1978 to Kathryn Stewart. They have seven children. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1979, and with a J.D. 1981 from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at BYU. He was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 1981. Thomas is admitted
to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, District of Nevada; and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Thomas has obtained a Martindale-Hubbell “A-V Rating”. He has also been named a Nevada Super Lawyer by Super

Thomas Forsyth is a felony prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix, Arizona. He specializes in narcotics transportation and sale cases in one of the nation's main drug trafficking corridors. He also has significant jury trial experience in violent, deadly weapon and property crimes cases. Originally from the redwood forests of California's north coast, Thomas served as a volunteer missionary in southern Brazil from 1998 to 2000. He then graduated from Brigham Young University in 2003 with a degree in Business Management (Finance emphasis) and a minor in Portuguese. After a stint as a Business Operations Analyst, Thomas attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2008 with a concentration in international law. While at UC Hastings, he served as an executive editor of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly journal, published his student note, co-founded the school's first J. Reuben Clark Law Society chapter and interned at a global freight forwarding company as well as the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. When not working, Thomas enjoys traveling, watching movies and spending time with his wife and three young children.


Judge Thomas M. Higbee was appointed to the Fifth District Juvenile Court in January 2001 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Beaver, Iron, and Washington counties. Judge Higbee received his law degree from the University of Utah Law School in 1980. Prior to his appointment, Judge Higbee was in private practice for 20 years. He was the senior partner in the law firm of Higbee & Jensen at the time of his appointment. Judge Higbee has served on the Board of Juvenile Court Judges and was its Chair in 2007-2008.  He has served on several committees and currently serves as co-chair of the Judicial Council's Standing Committee on Children and Family Law.


Tiffany received her Juris Doctorate from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in December 2008, where she competed on the school's moot court travel team. She spent a summer working as an extern for a U.S. federal judge in Salt Lake City, Utah and currently works as a consultant for Jenkins Insurance. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Linguistics with a minor in German from Brigham Young University. The highlight of her undergraduate experience was studying abroad in Vienna, Austria. She enjoys playing the flute, reading, and shopping. She and her husband have three children.


Timothy J. Burnham has been a partner with Gurevitch Burnham Law Office since 2009. He provides legal services in the areas of Civil Litigation, Family Law, Mediations, Real Estate, Corporate law, and Wills and Estates. Tim is a Registered Family Mediator and a Registered Collaborative Family Law Professional. Having obtained his Bachelor of Laws (2006) and Bachelor of Commerce (2003) Degrees from the University of Alberta, Tim has spent the Majority of his professional career with Gurevitch Burnham and its predecessor, Gurevitch Headon & Associates. Prior to working in Grande Prairie, Tim had a successful career in Real Estate while living in Edmonton, where he worked in the areas of both Commercial and Residential transactions between the years of 2002 and 2006. Tim and his family moved to Grande Prairie during the summer of 2006 to join the GUREVITCH BURNHAM LAW OFFICE as an articling student. Since that time he became an Associate and now a Partner. In addition to the practice of law, Tim has been involved in the community in many ways, including coaching basketball and soccer, being a scout leader, and serving as the President of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Mental Health Association - Alberta Northwest Region. Tim has also been an instructor for the Parenting After Separation Seminar since 2008. Tim also maintains an active involvement with his church and continues to fill various positions within it. Tim has also been active in his profession by serving on, or consulting with several committees within the Alberta legal profession, including: The Parenting After Separation Revision Steering Committee, the Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Alberta Marketing Committee, and the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society Legal Liaison Committee


Timothy Miguel Willardson is in-house General Counsel for Diversified Maintenance Systems, Inc., a woman-owned small business providing construction and maintenance services to the United States government. Mr. Willardson has been General Counsel for Diversified Maintenance Systems since its inception in 1996. Mr. Willardson was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1984, after graduating from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Mr. Willardson has been general counsel to a number of firms providing services to the United States Government. He is a member of the Bar of the United States Court of Federal Claims, the 11th Federal Circuit, the 10th Federal Circuit, and all of the courts located in Utah. He has prosecuted cases cases in state and Federal courts at all levels below the United States Supreme Court. He has practiced as a partner in a law firm, as a sole practitioner, and as in-house counsel at various times in his career. He is married and he and his wife have eight children and eight grandchildren.


Todd Moulton was born and raised on a ranch in Teton Valley, Idaho, at the base of the Grand Teton range. Todd Moulton has served in the financial industry the last 24 years. He was a senior vice-president and financial advisor for Merrill Lynch from 1987 to 1996 before becoming an independent investment advisor the last 15 years. He is a former member of the board of directors for DHL Airways and was also a member of Raymond James Institute of investment management consulting. Todd lives in Provo, Utah with his wife, Jill. They are the parents of seven children and have two grandchildren. Todd enjoys raising cattle, golfing traveling and studying world history.


Trish Cassell is a Deputy District Attorney in the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. Trish graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990. Following her graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle, United States District Judge for the District of North Carolina, and Judge Dee V. Benson, United States District Judge for the District of Utah. Following her clerkship,Trish started her career in the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. In addition to prosecuting in the District Attorney Office, Trish also was a prosecutor in the Sandy City Attorney’s Office. Trish has prosecuted many cases from misdemeanor DUIs and assaults to homicide cases. Trish is currently the supervisor of the Juvenile Division of the District Attorney’s Office. She is also assigned as the prosecutor in the 3rd District Court’s Mental  Health Courts.


Troy K. Walker was raised as an "Army brat", son of a decorated Army Aviator.  He has lived all over the United States, including Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Hawaii, California, Nevada and Oregon, and he has also lived in Germany.  He graduated from Alta High School in 1985.  He then served an LDS Mission in San Diego California from 1985-1987.  He married Stefain Walker in 1989. They now have four children Emma, Dallas, James & Grace. Troy went on to receive an A.S. in Business from Salt Lake Community College, a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Utah, and a J.D. from Willamette University.  He has been in private practice since 1996.  His areas of practice include landlord tenant, products liability, personal injury, and criminal defense.  He spent 13 years in a small firm in Sandy and then opened his own office in Draper Utah. He worked as a prosecutor in law school and spent one year under Lora Miller as an Assistant District Attorney criminal division. Troy has represented people and small business his entire career. Currently, his focus is Aviation law, Personal Injury and Criminal Defense.  He also has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Third District Court small claims division since 1998. He currently is a member of the Draper City Council. He has served as Mayor Pro Tem, Liaison to Draper Youth Council, Peer Court, Appeals Board, and the Economic Development team.


Tyler Ayres graduated from the Truman Wesley Collins College of Law at Willamette University in 2001. Following graduation Tyler began his practice in Salt Lake City, Utah where he and his wife Tyra were originally from. This is where they are raising two children, Savannah age eight, and Abel age four. Although he studied business and finance law Tyler was drawn to a practice comprised mostly of the representation of people accused of minor offenses in the criminal justice system. In 2003, Tyler started Ayres Law Firm and focused his practice on the representation of individuals accused of misdemeanor offenses. Since that time Ayres Law Firm has represented thousands of individuals and has conducted hundreds of trials, motion hearings, and pre-trial conferences.