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Utah Bar honors 9 judges, lawyers

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The Utah State Bar has presented awards to nine individuals who showed high achievement and strong professional standards. The awards were given this past week by the Board of Bar Commissioners during the bar's 71st annual membership meeting.

Honored were:

Raymond M. Harding Sr., one of three individuals named judge of the year. Harding, who retired last year after 40 years as an attorney and judge, served on the bench in 4th District Court since 1995.

Sharon P. McCully, another judge of the year. She was appointed to 3rd District Juvenile Court in 1983. She is secretary of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and is the lead judge for the Salt Lake City model court.

Anne M. Stirba, another judge of the year. She chairs the Utah Judicial Council Management Committee. A judge in 3rd District Court, she was the first woman elected to the Utah State Bar Board of Commissioners.

Alan L. Sullivan, who was named distinguished lawyer of the year. Sullivan, a trial lawyer for 26 years, is a partner and member of the executive committee in the Salt Lake office of Snell & Wilmer. Starting in 1998, he has chaired "And Justice For All," a campaign to create a private fund to help Utah Legal Service, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake and the Disability Law Center.

Mitchell R. Barker, who was chosen as pro bono lawyer of the year. Barker has been a solo practitioner in Utah for 16 years and now heads the litigation department of Lister Law Offices. He is known for helping people who otherwise would not have had enough money for an attorney.

Jo Brandt, who was named community member of the year. She is the victim service coordinator for the Utah Attorney General's Office and for 10 years has headed the 3rd Judicial District Victim's Rights Committee.

Victoria Coombs Bushnell, who has been chosen as distinguished young lawyer of the year. A Park City attorney with the firm of Bushnell & Kozak, she has for the past three years organized and operated the Tuesday Night Bar Program at the Utah Law and Justice Center, which provides free legal help.

Bruce L. Olson, who has been selected as tax practitioner of the year. Olson, a tax attorney with the Salt Lake firm of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker, was honored for distinguished service.

Hardin A. Whitney, who was chosen to receive the Peter W. Billings Sr. Dispute Resolution Award. Whitney, who has practiced law for 50 years, helped create Utah Dispute Resolution, a nonprofit service that offers free mediation services to low-income people.

The Legal Assistance Division has received the distinguished section of the year award. Among other things, members have conducted a statewide fund drive for the American Red Cross and made a large donation to the "And Justice For All" campaign. The section is headed by Ann Streadbeck.