2016 Distinguished Paralegal of the Year Award
On May 19, 2016, the Paralegal Division of the Utah State Bar and the Utah Paralegal Association held the Annual Paralegal Day Luncheon at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City. Appellate Court Administrator Timothy Shea spoke on Paralegal Practitioners: Improving Access to Civil Justice and Improving Consumer Protection.
One of the highlights of this event is the opportunity to recognize the individuals who have achieved their national certification through the National Association of Legal Assistants. This year there were five individuals recognized for passing the Certified Paralegal Exam: Lexi Balling, Nicole McCullough, Kathryn Peterson, Kelsi Wall, and David Yeager. Also, there were three individuals recognized for passing the Advanced Certified Paralegal Exam: Lexi Balling, Erin Stauffer, and Suzanne Williams.
Paralegal Day is also the day to recognize the Distinguished Paralegal of the Year award. The purpose of this award is to honor a Utah paralegal who, over a long and distinguished career has contributed to the profession with his or her service.
This year we received many great nominations and are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Distinguished Paralegal of the Year award is Shari Faulkner. Shari was nominated by her attorney Margaret Plane. Shari is retiring in June after nearly thirty years as a paralegal. She has worked for VanCott Bagley Cornwell & McCarthy, Durham Jones & Pinegar, and for a short time, the Utah Attorney General’s Office. The last six years, Shari has worked for the Salt Lake City Attorney’s Office.
Shortly after becoming a paralegal, Shari joined what was then known as the Legal Assistants Association of Utah (LAAU). She served as chair of the CLE committee and on the board of LAAU for several years. She is a founding member of the Paralegal Division of the Bar and is committed to enhancing and serving the legal profession. For example, for five years, Shari was a member of a screening panel for the Utah Supreme Court’s Ethics and Discipline...