News: J.D. Lauritzen quoted by news on the audit of SLC police internal investigation policies
// Apr 18, 2018
Last summer, body cam footage of the arrest of Nurse Alex Wubbels by former SLC Police Officer Jeff Payne went viral. Outrage over the incident prompted a state audit of the internal investigation policies. The audit also looked at off-duty employment by SLC Officers and whether police managers understand religious accommodations outlined in the Civil Rights Act. The audit did not review how or why the incident occurred, but found that the police acted within a somewhat reasonable timeframe for the internal investigation and officer discipline.
The audit does note, however, that the "public appeared displeased with the length of time taken to investigate and discipline the officers involved." C&J associate J.D. Lauritzen and one of the attorneys who represented Wubbels, issued a statement quoted by the press which said,
I agree with the public's concerns acknowledged in the audit about the investigative process into police officer misconduct. As the audit suggests, the public has a right to be concerned if police officer misconduct is investigated under a different set of rules than those for average citizens. In my opinion, the contrast between how police misconduct is investigated, only serves to create greater distance between the police and the communities they serve.
Christensen & Jensen has broad experience in police civil rights cases, both as plaintiff and defense. J.D. Lauritzen is part of a civil rights team that deals with wrongful arrests, excessive force, police shootings and other civil rights claims. Read more about the audit and J.D. Lauritzen's statement to the press here.
Christensen & Jensen P.C. Included in the 2021 Edition of the “Best Law Firms” in the United States
// Nov 9, 2020
On November 5, 2020, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers jointly announced the Eleventh Edition of the “Best Law Firms” in the United States. C&J is proud to be included with the other elite and impressive law firms chosen for 2021.
C&J Attorneys, Amber Stargell & George Burbidge, to be panelists for ALFA International DAPP Webinar
// Nov 3, 2020
George Burbidge and Amber Stargell will be panelists for the upcoming ALFA International DAPP (Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program) Webinar on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. central time. They will speak about their involvement with Christensen & Jensen, the ALFA International member firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. This complimentary webinar will explore the importance of a diverse law firm, its significance, and its reflection of the firm’s culture and values. According to ALFA International, diversifying the workplace is vital for the firm’s bottom line.
George Burbidge is the former Managing Director of C&J and oversaw the firm’s DAPP involvement for the first year. He is an AV-rated trial lawyer and has represented businesses of all sizes.
Amber Stargell began her work at C&J as a summer clerk with the DAPP program in 2018. Since graduating from the University of Utah, Amber practices criminal, civil, personal injury, and probate litigation at C&J.
C&J attorney, Jeff Enquist, to serve on Salt Lake County Redistricting Commission
// Oct 27, 2020
Christensen & Jensen Attorneys would like to congratulate and announce that Jeff Enquist has been appointed to the Salt Lake County Redistricting Commission. Drawing electoral district boundaries is an important job and we are happy to have one of our own C&J attorneys selected for the task. The council appointed Jeff to the Commission on September 15, 2020. Congratulations, Jeff! We are proud to have you on our team.