News: Dave Richards & Sarah Spencer win 10th Circuit Appeal
// Nov 1, 2017
Attorneys at C&J are again involved in appellate cases highlighted in the Utah Bar Journal. Sarah Spencer and Dave Richards represented the defendants in the Tenth Circuit appeal in Pyle v. Woods, 874 F.3d 1257 (10th Cir. Nov. 1, 2017). The 10th Circuit sided with our client in a civil rights case based on the warrantless search of Utah’s prescription drug database in the course of a theft investigation. The case involved a Cottonwood Heights detective, investigating the theft of opiods from Unified Fire Authority ambulances, accessed the database to develop suspect leads of those who might have had opiod dependencies.
Two suspects leads resulted but neither was ever prosecuted for the theft. Both plaintiffs brought suit for alleged violations of their civil rights under the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution as well as a claim under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The appellate court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the Constitutional claims on the basis of qualified immunity and agreed that the defendants’ actions fit within exemptions to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. At the time of the investigation, a warrant was not necessarily required to access the database. Christensen & Jensen attorneys are frequently at the forefront of reported case law and have expertise in appellate practice.
Stephen Kelson Selected as Keynote Speaker at Utah State Bar Spring Convention
// Mar 8, 2019
Stephen Kelson was the keynote speaker at the Utah State Bar Spring Convention in St. George this week. He presented findings on his ongoing study focusing on "Violence in the Legal Profession and a Study of Our Colleagues Nationwide."
DRI presentation "Preserving the Reocrd for Appeal" by Sarah Spencer
// Feb 28, 2019
Sarah Spencer will provide a DRI webinar presentation on "Preserving the Record for Appeal" available on May 29, 2019. Sarah's commitment to DRI events helps all members improve their legal skills and hone their craft. We are lucky to have her with C&J and congratulate her on being selected to present.
Sarah Spencer selected as DRI Apellate Advocacy 2019 Seminar Chair
// Feb 25, 2019
Sarah Spencer has been appointed as the Program Chair of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) National Appellate Advocacy Seminar, to be held in Chicago on July 19, 2019. Sarah has been active in the Appellate Advocacy Committee of DRI since 2014 and has provided her insight in many DRI articles.