Legal Services Corporation Honors Utah Attorneys for Pro Bono Service

October 18, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Board of Directors will present Pro Bono Service Awards on Monday, October 21, to five Utah attorneys in recognition of their extraordinary commitment to equal justice. The LSC Pro Bono Service Award Reception will be held in conjunction with the LSC Board of Directors’ quarterly meeting. The reception will take place at 5:00 p.m. at Zions Bank, One South Main Street.

Utah Bar Foundation President Lori W. Nelson will deliver opening remarks. She is a shareholder with the Salt Lake City-based law firm Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough PC. She will be joined by Dean D. Gordon Smith, Woodruff J. Deem Professor of Law, Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School, and Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Peggy Hunt, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, and LSC Board Chair John G. Levi will also offer remarks.

Recipients of LSC’s Pro Bono Service Awards were nominated by LSC grantee Utah Legal Services. The recipients are:

  • Nicholas J. Angelides, an attorney who spent nearly 24 years as internal auditor and then judge advocate general in the Air Force and 14 years working with the Utah Attorney General's Office. He is now a volunteer attorney with Utah Legal Service three times a week, working on as many as 30 cases at a time. His work focuses on issues particularly important to older clients, including wills, powers of attorney, medical directives, health care problems, and landlord-tenant issues. 

  • Chad McKay, an attorney and former juvenile court public defender. He has volunteered with Utah Legal Services since 2009, spending hundreds of hours on divorce, custody, guardianship, adoption, parental rights, and consumer protection cases. 

  • Malone Molgard, an attorney and volunteer with Utah Legal Services since 2013. He works in the First Judicial District of Utah, where his pro bono efforts have allowed Utah Legal Services to serve clients in more rural parts of northern Utah.  He has successfully secured uncontested court decisions and negotiated settlements for clients in family law and bankruptcy cases.  

  • Carolyn Morrow, a former professor of language at the University of Utah from 1968-2006. She decided to launch a second career in law, graduating with her law degree in 2009 from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Since that time, she has worked exclusively as a volunteer attorney for Utah Legal Services on divorce and custody cases.

  •  Linda F. Smith, the James T. Jensen Endowed Professor of Transactional Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where she previously served as the clinical program director. She has volunteered with Utah Legal Services for three decades, litigating complex custody, divorce, contested adoption, and protective order cases.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 132 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.