Awards at Fall Forum

Utah State Bar Recognizes Attorneys & Citizens for Support of Profession & Community

Awards for Professionalism, Pro Bono Service, Mentoring, and Community Service presented at 11th Annual Fall Forum

Salt Lake City – The following awards were presented today at the Utah State Bar’s 11th Annual Fall Forum, a gathering of attorneys featuring keynote speakers and breakout sessions at the Little America Hotel.

The Utah State Bar was established in 1931 and regulates the practice of law under the authority of the Utah Supreme Court.  The 11,000 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.

WILLIAM S. BRITT
Professionalism

William Britt was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania (1965); Utah and US District Court, District of Utah (1969); and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1983).  He received his BSChE, with honors in 1954 from West VirginiaUniversity and his LLB in 1964 from DuquesneUniversityLawSchool.  He was a member of the Duquesne University Law Review (1952–1954).

Britt is a founder of the law firm TraskBritt where he is currently Of Counsel.

CAREER ACTIVITIES:
Chemical Engineer, PPG Industries, 1954–1955, 1959–1960.  Special Weapons Officer, U.S. Navy, 1955–1959. Patent Agent and Attorney, 1963–1965, 1966–1969, PPG Industries. Professor of Law, Duquesne University, 1965–1969.  Patent Attorney, Private Practice, SLC, Utah, 1969–2013.  Member, Industrial Advisory Board, College of Engineering, University of Utah, 1993–2013.  Member, Academy of Chemical Engineers, West Virginia University, 2001–2013.  Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, 1992–2013.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS INCLUDE:

  • Utah State Bar
  • Utah Bar Mentoring Program – participant 2010–2011 and 2013–2014
  • American Bar Association

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:
Past Board Memberships –

  • Association for Retarded Citizens, Allegheny Chapter, Pennsylvania – Legal Counsel (1965–1969)
  • CampKostopulos
  • Legal Services for the Handicapped (now the DisabilityLawCenter)
  • Project Turn, now Turn Community Services
  • Special Olympics

Current Activities –

  • Engineering Scholarship Sponsor – University of Utah, Utah State University, West VirginiaUniversity
  • Utah Food Bank – Volunteer

CIVIC AWARDS:

  • Volunteer of the Year (2004) College of Engineering, University of Utah (Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity Scholarships, 1999–2004)

ELIZABETH ELON THOMPSON
Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Elizabeth Thompson graduated cum laude from BYU in both her undergraduate and law school studies.  As an undergraduate, she majored in Spanish and minored in Political Science.  In law school, she distinguished herself in the trial advocacy and moot court programs.  In her first year she won the best brief award for her class, and in her second year she was a finalist in the George Washington Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition in WashingtonD.C., and in her third year she placed first in the John C. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Competition in Fairfax, Virginia.  She frequently returns to the law school to judge student competitions and to conduct training sessions on oral advocacy for students.

Thompson graduated from law school in 2009, and her first two years in practice were spent primarily doing plaintiff’s litigation.  She drafted motion-work and discovery, took depositions, and second-chaired a trial.  She then moved in-house where she is currently corporate counsel for SirsiDynix, a global library software provider.

Thompson always hoped her law degree would better enable her to serve her community.  Shortly after being sworn into the Bar, she volunteered to assist a family with setting up guardianships for their two autistic teenage sons.  Having no experience in family law, she sought out an experienced mentor who shared with her his forms and answered her questions.  In 2012, she responded to a “check the box” campaign to encourage attorneys to indicate on their licensing renewal form that they were willing to have the Bar refer pro bono cases.  She counts herself fortunate that her family and her work are supportive of her pro bono activities.

When she is not negotiating contracts, Thompson is a photography, scrapbooking, and musical theater enthusiast.  She is the youngest of eight children.  She grew up in Salt Lake City where she graduated valedictorian from WestHigh School in 2003.  She has a special nostalgia for West High, the place where she met her husband, Steven.  They married shortly after he returned from his LDS mission to Hungary.  They have a daughter, Ellie, who is 3 years old, and they have another child due in April.

BRENT H. BARTHOLOMEW
Outstanding Mentor

Brent Bartholomew has served as an Attorney Guardian ad Litem with the Office of Guardian ad Litem since 1997.  Prior to that, he worked as an attorney with Utah Legal Services.  Bartholomew graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, BrighamYoungUniversity, in 1984, and that same year he was admitted to the Utah State Bar.  He is a certified child welfare law specialist through the National Association of Counsel for Children and currently serves on the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee for the Rules of Juvenile Procedure

He also is a Utah State Bar Examiner and helps with the Nebo Attendance Court Truancy Program as a volunteer.

HUGH CAWTHORNE
Outstanding Mentor

Hugh Cawthorne holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of London.  He also has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Birmingham in England and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona.  He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature of England and Wales, a Fellow of both the Royal Institute of Arbitrators in England and the British Institute of Management.  He is admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in Arizona and Utah.  He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court since 1992.

Cawthorne has significant background and experience in both academia and law practice, having been successively trainee, associate and principal in both the private sphere and local government service in England from 1958 to 1983.  At the same time he held part and full time law teaching posts there in more than one institution of higher education, culminating in Head of the Faculty of Business Studies and Law at the University of Central England from 1978–1983.  He has been a clerk, associate and principal in the U.S since then, concentrating in Estate Planning, Taxation, International Law, Immigration, General Business and Litigation, both Civil and Criminal.

In Tucson, Cawthorne was an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Arizona.  He was an Adjunct Professor of Estate Planning at the College of Law at the University of Utah for five years, has been Chair of the International Law Section of both the Arizona and Utah State Bars, Chair of the Utah Non-Profit Section, and is currently Vice- Chair of the Estate Planning Section, a Committee member of the Elder Law Section and a Director of the Utah State Bar Foundation.

Work and family time permitting, Cawthorne loves the great outdoors, including tennis, golf and swimming.  He also enjoys serving on local non-profit Boards and Committees, playing the violin and singing (bass) in various choirs with his wife Clara (soprano).

ROBERT AUSTIN
Community Member of the Year

Robert Austin is the K-12 Social Studies Specialist for the Utah State Office of Education.  He has worked for the USOE since 2005, after teaching middle school in Salt Lake City for ten years.  He earned his B.A. at CornellCollege in his home state of Iowa, his M.A. at The Ohio State University, and his Secondary Education Credential at EasternMichiganUniversity.  He has called Utah home for 25 years.  He worked with area non-profits before beginning his teaching career.  He has served on a number of local non-profit boards and advisory groups as well as on the board of national social studies organizations.

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