Paul C. Burke Lauded as “Utah Hero”

June 1, 2015

Paul C. Burke, the Firm’s General Counsel, has been recognized as a “Utah Hero” for his legal work defending the rights of gay and lesbian teens and for his public advocacy of equality for Utah’s LGBT citizens.  The award citation states that “his tenacity, zeal, and compassion have made him a champion of the underserved and most disadvantaged in our community.”

Mr. Burke will receive the “Utah Hero” award at the Grand Marshal’s Reception at the Utah Pride Festival on Friday, June 5th at 7:00 PM at Washington Square in Salt Lake City.  Burke will also be honored on Sunday, June 7th at 10:00 AM during the Utah Pride Parade, the state’s second largest annual parade.

In addition to representing abused LGBT teens, Mr. Burke led a team of RQN attorneys, including former U.S. Attorney Brett L. Tolman, John W. Mackay, and Mica McKinney, in filing an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Utah Pride Center and a national coalition of equality groups in the cases addressing the Defense of Marriage Act and California Proposition No. 8.

Mr. Burke was also recognized for co-authoring with Mr. Tolman and Mr. Mackay a series of columns in the Salt Lake Tribune advocating equal rights for LGBT Utahns.  Below are links to these columns, which correctly predicted the arrival of marriage equality in Utah.