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Operations Committee



Chair:
Stephen L. West
Udall Shumway, PLC
1138 N. Alma School Road
Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: (480)461-5341
Fax: (480)833-9392
slw@udallshumway.com

Executive Secretary:
Michael Newton
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
111 S. Main Street
Suite 2100
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801)933-4037
Fax:
mnewton3@gmail.com

Executive Director:
Gayla L. Moss Sorenson
Brigham Young University
338 JRCB
Provo, UT 84602
Phone: (260)446-4463
Fax: (801)422-7831
sorensong@law.byu.edu

Chief Technology Officer:
Peter M. Midgley
Brigham Young University
3760 HBLL
Provo, UT 84602
Phone: (801)422-3821
Fax: (801)422-0463
pmm@byu.edu

History Task Force:
Suzette Alles
World Trade Center Utah
60 E. South Temple, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone:
Fax:
suzette.alles@gmail.com

History Task Force:
Elizabeth Shaw Smith
1154 S 1620 E
Springville, UT 84663
Phone: (714)396-0720
Fax:
ess@egarysmithlaw.com

History Task Force:
Nancy Stevenson Van Slooten
Not Available
Phone: (801)571-1535
Fax:
nancyvanslooten@gmail.com

Website Task Force:
Anthony Mark Mendenhall
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
211 Commerce Street
Suite 800
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone:
Fax: (615)744-7329
tmendenhall@bakerdonelson.com

Workings of Committee

The Operations Committee manages the day-to-day affairs of the entire Law Society.  Under the direction of the Chair, the Operations Committee coordinates work among the various Law Society committees and works with both regional and local leaders to improve the experience of our members.  To accomplish these tasks, the Operations Committee meets on a weekly basis with its various constituencies and provides both leadership and support by carrying out assignments.

Meet the Committee


Stephen West, Chair

A 1987 cum laude graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Stephen L. West is this year celebrating 30 years with the same law firm – Udall Shumway PLC of Mesa Arizona – where Steve is an equity owner and member of the firm’s management committee. He completed undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in 1980, graduating with a degree in accounting and a minor in English.   From college, he went to work for the corporate accounting group of Marriott International in Washington, D.C. and later worked for the Midland, Texas office of Main Hurdman (now KPMG) where he focused on oil and gas taxation and became a certified public accountant in 1982.   Steve’s legal practice focuses on business formation and dissolution, purchases and sales of business assets and interests, loan documentation, security arrangements, sales and leases of commercial property and estate and business succession planning.  Steve has been married to Julie Wilbur West for 38 years.  They have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.



Gayla Moss Sorenson, Assistant Dean

Gayla Moss Sorenson serves as the Assistant Dean of External Affairs for BYU Law, a position that allows her to use her professional skills in conjunction with her passion for BYU Law, its students and alumni, and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. She graduated from BYU magna cum laude with a B.S. in Accounting and then earned her J.D. cum laude from BYU Law School. Beginning her legal career at the law firm Lewis & Roca in Phoenix, she moved to Motorola as in-house counsel working as a litigator, then a commercial attorney supporting global transactions, and finally ending her twenty years there as a Vice President and senior legal advisor. After leaving Motorola, she became the Director of Global Compliance Operations for Biomet, Inc., a medical device company. Three years ago her career took an unexpected turn when she accepted a position as Dean of Admissions for BYU Law School. In 2016 the students of BYU Law honored her with the Student Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Sorenson’s legal training has empowered her to serve in numerous settings. For many years, her volunteer work focused on children as she served on a local Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors and acted as a guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children. She actively participates in the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and has served as a Senior Fellow with the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. She has spoken in venues ranging from Clark Law Society conferences to BYU Education Week to help raise awareness about the importance of religious freedom for people of all faiths. She is married to Ferril Sorenson, and they gratefully parent and grandparent an ever-growing family.


Michael Newton, Executive Secretary

Michael Newton grew up in Centerville, Utah and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  He received his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.  While in law school, Michael served as chapter chair of the local student chapter of the Law Society and as a member of the Student Chapters Board.  Michael is a transactional attorney who focuses primarily on transactions and SEC compliance for publicly traded companies. Michael practiced for two years at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York City before moving back home to Salt Lake City in 2014, where he practices at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Michael and his wife, Sara, live in Kaysville, Utah with their three children.

 

Contact Us

The Operations Committee is always interested in hearing from our members with ideas to make the Law Society better, and from friends of the Law Society interested in supporting our mission.  If you would like to speak with a member of the Operations Committee, please contact our Executive Secretary, Michael Newton, at mnewton3@gmail.com.

History

The Operations Committee is always interested in hearing from our members with ideas to make the Law Society better, and from friends of the Law Society interested in supporting our mission.  If you would like to speak with a member of the Operations Committee, please contact our Executive Secretary, Michael Newton, at mnewton3@gmail.com.

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