The Utah State Bar has presented its top awards for achievement and service for 1998.
State Bar commissioners presented the awards to the following individuals at the organization's 68th annual meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho:- Judge of the year - Third District Judge Tyrone E. Medley, who serves as co-chairman of the Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness. He was cited for being a strong advocate for the administration of justice to all people.
- Distinguished lawyer of the year - Leonard J. Lewis, of the Salt Lake firm of Lewis & Lewis. A graduate of Stanford University Law School, Lewis has served on the University of Utah Board of Trustees and chaired the State Building Board.
- Distinguished young lawyer of the year - Martin N. Olsen, of the firm of Olsen & Olsen. A graduate of the U. College of Law, Olsen serves as a pro bono guardian ad litem in divorce and custody cases and works with terminally ill children at Primary Children's Hospital.
- Distinguished service to the profession by a nonlawyer - John Florez, one of two public members serving as a state bar commissioner. He was recognized for his conscientious commitment to the legal community.
- Distinguished division award - Legal Assistants Division, under the direction of Peggi Lowden. The division of the State Bar promotes the knowledge and understanding of the roles of a legal assistant in the delivery of legal services. It was recognized for developing a model for licensing legal assistants in Utah.
- Distinguished committee of the year - Courts and Judges Committee, under the leadership of Brent V. Manning. It has been involved in the preparation and submission of guidelines to help the Bar Commission respond to criticism of courts and judges. It also helped plan the move to the new Scott M. Matheson Courthouse.
- Pro bono lawyer of the year - Herm Olsen, of the firm of Hillyard, Andersen & Olsen. He was recognized for providing volunteer legal services to the Navajo people in the Four Corners area.
- Pro bono law firm of the year - Snow & Jensen, St. George, which has been providing free legal resources to area residents through a monthly "talk-to-a-lawyer" program at the Washington County Library.
- Special achievement award - 4th District Judge Lynn W. Davis, for his efforts to assure equal access to the courts for minorities, particularly linguistic minorities.
- Distinguished service award - Lee E. Teitelbaum, who recently stepped down as dean of the U. College of Law, a job he held since 1990. He has authored numerous books and articles focusing on juvenile justice and domestic law.
Award recipients are selected on the basis of achievement; professional service to clients, the public, courts and the bar; and exemplification of the highest standards of professionalism.