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Susanne Gustin
Third District Candidate

James D. Gilson It would be an honor to serve as a Bar Commissioner in the Third Division of the Utah State Bar. For background, the law is “in my blood.” I come from a long line of Utah lawyers. My father practiced law in Utah for forty years. My grandfather and great-grandfather were prominent Utah attorneys as well. As such, I was raised to believe that the law profession is an honorable one.

I am a criminal defense attorney with twenty years of experience. For the first five years of my career, I was a public defender. Since 1997, I have been in private practice handling serious felony offenses.

As a trial lawyer, I spend nearly every day in court and am familiar with the day-to-day workings of our judicial system. Based upon this experience, I am aware of the strengths and weaknesses of our courts in ensuring justice for all. The Utah State Bar, I believe, should play a role in making sure all persons have access to our judicial system and can afford competent representation.

Besides my experience in the courtroom, I have leadership experience outside the courtroom as well. In 2002, I served as president of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. From 2011-2012, I was president of the David K. Watkiss--Sutherland II Inns of Court.

I will continue to promote the bar’s new lawyer mentoring program and bar programs that promote the integrity of our profession. As a mentor two years ago, I realized the value of the bar’s mentoring program and wished it had been available when I was a new lawyer.

Throughout my career, I have been a recipient of the benefits of being a member of the Utah State Bar and it is time for me to give back. I am committed to the bar’s mission statement of “promoting justice, professional excellence, civility, ethics and respect for and understanding the law.”

If elected, I will listen to your concerns and suggestions about how the Utah State Bar can better serve your needs. I ask for your vote and the privilege to serve as your Bar Commissioner in the Third Division.

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