BYU Law Alumni Chapter Board Members

President
Amy Larsen

Immediate Past President
Tommy Christensen

Executive Secretary
Morgan Luedtke

Committee Chairs
Tamar Cerafici, Giving
Julie Adams DeFord, Class Presidents
Anthony Loubet, Communcations
Tim Overton & Jorge Gavilanes, Leadership & Inclusion
Richard Salgado & Kate Sookhoo, Events

BYU Law Administration
Gayla Sorenson, Assistant Dean of External Relations
Adam Balinski, Director of External Relations

Read on to learn more about the board members of the BYU Law Alumni Chapter.

Amy Larsen – President

Favorite BYU Law memory: SBA activities: Halloween parties, with fun games like “Guess the weight of the huge pumpkin”; the Angel Tree fundraiser; the Professor Roast; and winning the coveted BYU Law “Food Locker”!

About: Amy G. Larsen (’04) is President of BYU Law School’s Alumni Chapter. She practices at Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City in the First Amendment and Religious Liberty section. She also serves on the Conference and Events Committee of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Amy lives with her husband and two sons in Bountiful, Utah, and hobbies include talking incessantly, attending Ballet West performances, and cheering for the Cougars and the Utes in football, except when BYU plays Utah, in which case she only cheers for BYU!

Tommy Christensen – Immediate Past President

Favorite BYU Law memory: Being passed by three grade school girls and one octogenarian near the finish line of the J. Reuben Clark Ambulance Chase from the law school to the hospital.

About: Tommy is from Las Vegas Nevada. He married Kathryn Stewart in 1978. He received a BS degree in Mathematics from BYU in 1979 and a Juris Doctor degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1981. He and his wife have seven children, one girl and six boys. They have 12 grandchildren. He practices in the area of personal injury at his own firm, Christensen Law, which he started in 1984.

Morgan Luedtke – Executive Secretary

Tamar Cerafici – Giving Chair

Favorite BYU Law memory: I happily remember the patience the faculty had for our class, especially after the cockroach march.  Dan Curriden and I sang a song for Reese Hansen’s estates class, and the Nativity play we did in Clifton Fleming’s Federal Taxation class.

About: Tamar graduated with relief (if not honors) in 1988. For the next 30 years, she practiced law and consulted in Utah, Idaho, and random places all over the country. She spent most of her career educating engineers in the ways of environmental law and telling them where they could build their nuclear plants. Because she is an environmental lawyer, she’s really good at asking recalcitrant people for money. She writes and provides online compliance training as well.

She is married and her four stepchildren have taught her humility and her grandchildren have kept her in trouble with the four stepchildren. Occasionally she plays the harp, paints, and acts in plays. 

Julie Adams DeFord – Class Presidents’ Chair

Favorite BYU Law memory: I have fond memories of the annual Halloween parties and remember still, with trepidation, arguing before Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the annual Moot Court Competition.

About: Julie Adams DeFord is an attorney and owner of DeFord Law, P.C., in Nampa, Idaho, where she practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, guardianship/conservatorship, real estate and business transactions. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1996. Julie was a member of the National Moot Court Team and earned the award of Order of the Barristers. Julie is a past President of the Idaho Third District Bar Association and received the Professionalism Award for the Third District Bar Association in 2016. She is a Community Advisory Board member for Boise Public Radio and serves with several other professional organizations.

Anthony Loubet – Communications Chair

Favorite BYU Law memory: My favorite law school memory was several classmates forme a rock band for the talent show, Orin Peasly and the Limited Purpose Public Figures, and performed a parody of Boston’s “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Don’t Stop Studying.”

About: Anthony (’15) is a Deputy County Attorney for Utah County in their civil division. He assists the Board of County Commissioners of Utah County in drafting and amending county ordinances; negotiating sensible contracts among various cities, governmental entities, and businesses; litigating cases on behalf of Utah County; and advising various county departments and boards of directors. He is also running for state representative for Utah House District 22. Anthony and his wife live in Kearns, where they purchased their family home and are raising their six children.

Tim Overton – Leadership & Inclusion Co-Chair

About: Tim and with his wife are the parents of five children. Tim is a partner in Dickinson Wright‘s Phoenix office. Tim’s primary areas of practice are commercial litigation, bad faith, class actions, construction, product liability, and American Indian affairs. In addition to Tim’s wide-ranging litigation practice, he spends a substantial amount of practice time counseling corporations, organizations and law firms on all things diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including addressing discrimination allegations.

He has received the Arizona Black Bar Association’s Individual Excellence in Diversity Award, and been named a fellow for the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (2017). He serves as a governor-appointed Commissioner on the Arizona Commission on African American Affairs, participates on the Arizona African American Leadership and Legislative Committee, and teaches a class on Race and the Law at Arizona State University Law School.

Jorge Gavilanes – Leadership & Inclusion Co-Chair

Favorite BYU Law memory: It’s difficult to narrow it down to a single favorite memory when part of the class of 2014. A sample of some fond memories start with a classmate having a great run selling (at cost) regular Coke from a cooler at his carrel, well before the embrace of caffeinated drinks on campus; “study” groups; SBA Halloween party, talent show, and many other free food events; finding an orange cone in the parking lot that was not in use to save our parking spot while on a Cafe Rio run for a club event; and walking out of the law school at the end the day to see the mountains glowing in the sunset.

About: Jorge (’14) is a partner at Kuck Baxter Immigration in Atlanta, Georgia, where he practices in all areas of U.S. immigration and nationality law. Jorge serves as lead attorney of Emory Law School’s Emory Immigrant Legal Assistance Clinic; a volunteer, student-run clinic in partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jorge also volunteers as vice-chair in the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Richard Salgado – Events Co-Chair

Favorite BYU Law memory: Getting to know faculty well by being a TA for different professors, but then—as a result—being mercilessly subjected to parody right along with them during the Professor Roast.   

About: Richard (’06) is a partner at Jones Day in Dallas, Texas, where he focuses on trials and appeals.  A Californian transplanted to Texas, he lives with his wife, three daughters, and one son (all proud native Texans) in a small but growing suburb east of Dallas.

Kate Sookhoo – Events Co-Chair

Favorite BYU Law memory:  Eating candy in our carrels in between classes and watching classmates perform gymnastics in the aisles of the carrels.

About: Kate (’03) was an associate in the family law group at Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia until she left to stay at home with her five favorite clients—her kids! Since 2017, Kate has been serving as the Assistant Director of Communication Assigned to Media Relations in the Philadelphia Region for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kate loves reading, Legos, running, and spending time with her family. Kate lives with her husband and five kids in Wilmington, Delaware.

Gayla Sorenson – Assistant Dean of External Relations

Favorite BYU Law memory: My favorite memory from BYU Law: One of my favorite lessons from law school was Professor Woody Deem’s challenge to “create the illusion of the first time”–the idea that you should be as excited and prepared when doing something the 100th time as you were the first time. He was a great professor who really cared about his students. He taught me the law, but more importantly, he taught me about life.

About: For members of the Alumni Association, Gayla (’85) is known not only from her role as Dean of External Relations but also for her previous volunteer work as a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU Law. She has, throughout her legal career, maintained a passion for the Law School that has been highlighted by her service.  

Adam Balinski – Director of External Relations

Favorite BYU Law memory: Law school ended up being a blast because of my study group. We laughed together, we cried together—we kept each other sane. We still stay in touch and get together for BBQs and Christmas parties. Recently, most of us traveled to Canada when one of our group members got married up there.

About: Before returning to the law school, Adam (’16) launched Crushendo. When he’s not at BYU or stoking his startup, you can find him getting into trouble talking politics on Facebook, or playing crazy ball (imagine baseball, dodgeball, and manhunt had a baby) or skiing with his family.