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Paul C. Burke attended the Hollywood premiere of Lifetime’s movie Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story, which highlighted the Firm’s pro bono representation of an abused lesbian teenager. Through the efforts of John W. Mackay, Brett Tolman, Mr. Burke and others at the Firm, Cooper made legal history in Utah by obtaining a court order establishing her right to live as an openly gay teenager in Utah.  This legal battle was chronicled in the book “Saving Alex,” Cooper’s memoir co-written by Joanna Brooks, on which the movie is based.

Mr. Burke, who serves as the Firm’s general counsel and was recognized this summer as the Utah State Bar’s Attorney of the Year, was interviewed on the red carpet before the movie’s premiere and then participated in a panel discussion after the showing.  Mr. Burke was also interviewed for and appeared in a documentary accompanying the movie, “Beyond the Headlines: The Alex Cooper Story.” 

Mr. Burke was portrayed in the movie by Wilson Cruz, tweeted about the role.  Cruz is best known for his recurring roles in Star Trek: Discovery, Thirteen Reasons Why, and My So-Called Life.