The countdown has begun for the JRCLS Women in Law Regional Conference on April 30, 2016 at Utah Valley University. Register here now! We will be posting information about each of the speakers in the days leading up to the conference. See below for information on Karen Clemes, General Counsel for Utah Valley University, and one of the plenary speakers at the event. Stay tuned for details about the other speakers next week.
Karen Clemes joined Utah Valley University April 1, 2015 as its first General Counsel. She earned her J.D. at California Western School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude, first in her class. She completed both her master’s degree in humanities and bachelor’s degree in comparative literature at BYU. After her law school graduation, she worked as a law clerk for Judge David Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Karen has extensive legal experience, including as Associate General Counsel for Ancestry.com prior to her current appointment. She has also been Of Counsel with Ballard Spahr LLP, a national law firm, and was Director of the HR Legal Division and Chief Standards (Ethics) Officer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For nearly a decade, she was an associate and then partner at the California law firm Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP (now Dentons US), where she litigated employment and business cases and provided state and federal labor and employment law counsel to a variety of clients.
In addition to practicing law, Karen is an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, where she teaches employment law. Karen is currently the International Chair of the Women in the Law Committee for the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. In 2011 she received the Association of Corporate Counsel Mountain West Chapter’s “Outstanding New Corporate Counsel” Award.