April 7, 2014
On April 2, Jensie Anderson, Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was honored as the 2014 Christine M. Durham Utah Woman Lawyer of the Year at the Women Lawyers of Utah Annual Fireside Chat.
Anderson, a 1993 graduate of the College of Law, has been a clinical professor at the college since 1999. Her extensive history of community engagement and volunteerism includes serving as the as president of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center from January 2001 until 2011, and her current work as RMIC's Legal Director. She also has a long-standing practice of providing free legal advice to the indigent and homeless population in Salt Lake City. At the College of Law, Anderson is the director of the Innocence Clinic and administrative supervisor of the Criminal Clinic (both prosecutor and defender).
At the Fireside Chat, held at the Zions Bank Founder’s Room, Justice Durham said she was in “complete awe” of Anderson, and added that Anderson’s work on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center “so clearly demonstrates and defines the compassion and commitment of this truly amazing woman.”
Upon receiving the award, Anderson said, “I feel so lucky to be able to do the work I love with the full support from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center.” She added that she was “humbled and flattered by the honor, and particularly inspired to be named amongst the group of women who have previously won the award.”
The purpose of the Chrstine M. Durham award is to recognize an outstanding woman in the legal profession who exemplifies professionalism, excellence, and a dedication to furthering the opportunities for women in the law. Recent distinguished recipients include Carlie Christensen, Judge Vernice Trease, and Heidi E.C. Leithead.