The Utah State Bar has announced the winners of the Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award for Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession and the Raymond S. Uno Award for the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession.
The winner of the Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award is Jenifer Tomchak of Tomchak Law, and the winner of the Raymond S. Uno Award is Melinda Bowen.
Tomchak received her bachelor's in Political Science from Utah State University. She interned in Washington, D.C. for Senator Mike Crapo and in 2004 earned an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Utah. She clerked for Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant and practiced at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, becoming a shareholder. She started her own firm, Tomchak Law, in 2017. She has served as a committee and board member of Young Lawyers Division, Woman Lawyers of Utah and the Litigation Section.
Bowen is currently a visiting professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. She previously practiced at Snow Christensen & Martineau in Salt Lake City, in the white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation practice groups, and she currently maintains an of-counsel relationship with the firm. She also worked as a judicial law clerk for Judge Tena Campbell in the United States District Court for the District of Utah and for Judge Carolyn McHugh on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Melinda received both her B.S. and J.D. from Brigham Young University, and she currently teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Bowen has served and continues to serve in various volunteer positions. She is a past president of the Utah Minority Bar Association and currently serves as co-President of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion, a position she has held since the organization's formation in 2016.
The awards will be presented in March at the Bar's Spring Convention in St. George.