News: Nate Alder champions design innovation to help basic consumers get through the legal system
// Jul 6, 2017
LawX is a novel program at BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School set to launch this fall with a mission to level the playing field when it comes to accessing the legal process. "There's a crisis in law right now and it's that legal services are very expensive," said LawX program director Kimball Parker. "(Utah) Supreme Court Justice Constandinos Himonas has pointed out that a massive number of defendants who get sued in our state don't respond."
Taking on this problem, and the approach that will be embraced to identify a solution, is at the heart of what will make LawX so unique. It will be among just a handful of programs across the country that are carving out new territory at the intersection of law and technology. The dean of BYU's law school, D. Gordon Smith, said old approaches in training for the legal profession are due for an overhaul. "One of the things we've thought a lot about is how to prepare our students for changes in legal practice because of technology," Smith said.
Alder noted that LawX's format of combining a high-tech approach with a goal centered on building fairness in the law was both timely and noble. "Our field is really long overdue for accepting and adopting technology and innovation," Alder said. "And it's a tribute to Dean Smith for being a visionary, being very public-minded and being very concerned about our legal institutions and the administration of justice. Helping consumers, everyday people, who are just trying to get through our legal system is incredibly admirable."
C&J represents nurse who was assaulted after abiding by hospital policy against allowing police blood draw on an unconscious accident victim
// Aug 31, 2017
Alex Wubbels, was assaulted and arrested after explaining to police that she couldn't draw a blood sample from an unconscious person at University Hospital. A Salt Lake City police detective asked for a blood sample. After explaining to the detective that the police needed a warrant, consent from the unconscious patient, or that the patient needed to be under arrest before the blood sample could be drawn, the officer grabbed the nurse, twisted her arm back, dragged her outside, and left her handcuffed in a hot patrol car.
Three of C&J's attorneys have been selected by their peers for 2018's Best Lawyers in America awards
// Aug 17, 2017
Sarah Spencer, Phil Ferguson and Karra Porter have all been named by their peers in The Best Lawyers in America's 2018 publication. Each of these three is a legal star in their own right and these recognitions are further proof that we have the best attorneys in the state working for C&J.
Mary Corporon interviewed regarding Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott
// Jul 23, 2017
Mary Corporon faced news cameras this week in a press conference to address the status of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott. In the midst of a sensitive health situation, Mary helped the Ott family take steps to provide a guardianship for the former County Recorder's health and to step down from his position with the county. Christensen & Jensen is proud to have attorneys that are tactful, professional, and composed under pressure. A link to the interview is provided below.