News: Mary Corporon and the Utah Indigent Defense Commission Ready to Tackle Utah's Public Defender Problems
// Oct 20, 2016
As we reported back in June, C&J criminal defense attorney Mary C. Corporon was appointed to the newly formed Utah Indigent Defense Commission. The Commission was formed following "four years of study by a state task force, which included hiring the Sixth Amendment Center to review the way the accused are being represented in Utah." During a recent judiciary interim committee hearing at the Utah State Capital, members of the Commission provided the committee with an update regarding the Commission's progress. Chairman Michael Zimmerman told lawmakers that "the commission hopes to quickly dole out $1.5 million in funding to counties in the most need, while also beginning to collect data about how the counties and cities provide public defenders." Specifically, Zimmerman told lawmakers, "[The state] has never gathered data and has never given [the counties] any money. We need to put in place statewide information to give them feedback. But in the process, we can certainly identify some that are in worse need than others and put some of this money out pretty quickly." The Commission will be hosting its first meeting on Fiday November 4, 2016, at the the Utah State Bar Building. Read more about the Utah Indigent Defense Commission here.
Heather Thuet to speak on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession
// Apr 17, 2018
On Thursday April 19th, Heather will be speaking at the New Lawyer Ethics Course held at the Utah Law & Justice Center regarding diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Heather's discourse will begin at noon.
Karra Porter represents parolee shot three times by parole agent charged with aggravated assault
// Apr 9, 2018
Karra Porter discussed the shooting of her client Joe Alvin Gomez at a press conference at the offices of Christensen & Jensen today. The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office announced today that it had filed a criminal charge against AP&P Agent Andrew O'Gwin,