Rosemary J. Beless, an attorney in the firm of Fabian & Clendenin, has been named lawyer of the year by the Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section of the Utah State Bar.

The selection was based on excellence in the practice of law and service to the bar committee that addresses natural resources issues, a spokesman said.Beless, who has specialized in natural resources law for the past 10 years, is a director of the Utah Wildlife Federation and is active in committees of the Utah Mining Association.

She is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, where she served as senior editor of the Utah Law Review.