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Andrea Martinez Griffin to Receive 2015 Utah State Bar Raymond S. Uno Award
Recognized for Contributing to the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.
At its Spring Convention in St. George on March 14, the Utah State Bar is honoring Andrea Martinez Griffin with the Raymond S. Uno award for her professionalism, public service, and public dedication which has enhanced the advancement of minorities in the profession and the administration of justice.
Andrea Martinez Griffin grew up in Salt Lake City and Orange County, California. She graduated from UCLA in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a minor in women’s studies. Following graduation, she became an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah. She attended law school at the University of Utah and graduated in 2003. Martinez Griffin works on adult felony prosecutions at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office and was previously a Deputy District Attorney there. Between those two jobs, she worked at the Utah Juvenile Defender Attorney’s Office, representing children charged with delinquent acts in juvenile court. Martinez Griffin served as a member of the YWCA Parent Advisory Board, University of Utah Young Alumni Board, Third District Judicial Nominating Commission, Minority Bar Association, Salt Lake County Bar Association, and Women Lawyers of Utah. She was also a mentor in the Utah State Bar’s New Lawyer Training program. The Third District Nominating Commission had eleven judicial vacancies to fill during the past two years, and the commission ensured that nominees sent to the governor had solid professional credentials, good character, and a strong work ethic. In addition, Martinez Griffin has been mindful and supportive of the need to add diversity to the bench and the legal profession. She has encouraged qualified minority candidates to apply for judicial vacancies and has ensured that every candidate is given fair consideration. “With Utah’s growing minority populations, a diversified judiciary can only help to increase public confidence and trust in our legal system,” said Utah Minority Bar Association President Melinda K. Bowen, “Andrea has led the nominating commission in considering and making progress toward this important goal. In both her work on the nominating commission and in her daily practice, Andrea has demonstrated professionalism, public service, and public dedication to help advance minorities in Utah’s legal profession.” When she is not busy with work or professional endeavors, Martinez Griffin is raising two boys, Colin and Reece. She volunteers at their school and enjoys reading with them, running, and enjoying the great outdoors. The award’s namesake is the Honorable Raymond S. Uno (retired from the Third District Judicial Court), who was the first president of Utah Minority Bar Association. The Utah State Bar was established in 1931 and regulates the practice of law under the authority of the Utah Supreme Court. The 11,500 lawyers of the Bar serve the public and legal profession with excellence, civility, and integrity. They envision a just legal system that is understood, valued, and accessible to all. Visit www.utahbar.org for more information.