Paralegal Division, 0817 UTBJ, Vol. 30, No. 4. 59

Paralegal Division

Vol. 30 No. 4 Pg. 59

Utah Bar Journal

August, 2017

July, 2017

2017 Paralegal of the Year Award

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Paralegal Division of the Utah State Bar and the Utah Paralegal Association held the Annual Paralegal Day Luncheon at the Hilton in Salt Lake City. The Honorable Dale A. Kimball was the keynote speaker and talked about paralegals and their ethical responsibilities. Judge Kimball shared with us some highlights from his years on the bench and insight on how paralegals can enhance the profession.

One of the highlights of this event is the opportunity to recognize the individuals who have achieved their National Certification through NALA. This year there were seven individuals recognized: Cyndie Bayles, Dixie Calkins, Stacey Luby, Diane Samudio, Erin Stauffer, Suzanne Nelson, and Clover Owen. Well done!

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 by his or her ethical and personal conduct, commitment, and activities exemplified for his or her fellow paralegals the epitome of professionalism and rendered extraordinary contributions and service.

This year we received some outstanding nominations and are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Distinguished Paralegal of the Year award is Teresa Robison. Teresa has been a paralegal for thirty-nine years. She earned a certificate in paralegal studies at the Rancho Santiago Community College located in Santa Ana, California. She began her career as a deposition paralegal for the law firm of Portigal and Hammerton in Irvine, California.

In 1980, she moved to Utah and joined the law firm of Callister Nebeker & McCullough (CNM). For fourteen years at CNM, Teresa organized and conducted a paralegal training program. The program enlisted attorneys and other speakers who presented professional training for paralegals at monthly lunch meetings. Topics included: documentation and purposes of wills, revocable trusts, probate (both formal and informal), charitable foundation creation and operation, charitable giving, small business planning, and tips on drafting the various related documents. She is currently a senior paralegal with The McCullough Group.

Teresa is a champion of the fair treatment and professional respect for paralegals. In 1984...

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