Prior to attending law school, Stewart was the executive director of No More Homeless Pets in Utah. After graduating law school, Stewart joined the law firm of renowned Utah civil rights attorney Brian Barnard. Brian taught him how to stick up for the little guy in court and to use the justice system to pursue justice for people who are often overlooked, ignored or forgotten by those in power. When Brian passed away unexpectedly, Stewart was appointed managing attorney of the firm, the Utah Legal Clinic, and continued the work he had begun with Brian. In 2016, Stewart left the Utah Legal Clinic to start a private practice.
Stewart is experienced in both the trial and the appellate level and has brought appeals on behalf of his clients at the Utah Supreme Court and the Federal Ten Circuit Court of Appeals.
Stewart currently has two rescue dogs and his hobbies include biking and photography.
S.J. QUINNEY COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2009
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
B.A., Philosophy, 1996
Activities & Affiliations
• Associating attorney of the American Civil Liberties Union
• Utah District Court, Utah Supreme Court, Federal District Court for the District of Utah, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
January 2016 to Present
Private practice, litigation counsel.
Board Member and Cooperating Attorney for the Pioneer Justice Center ((501(c)3 application pending).
September 2012-January 2016
Managing Attorney and CEO, Utah Legal Clinic Foundation and Utah Civil Rights & Liberties Foundation, a 501(c)3 not for profit public interest law organization. Responsible for overall practice management and all litigation. Practice areas included federal civil rights, domestic, trusts and estates, probate, contracts, employment law, bar admission and disciplinary matters, and GRAMA litigation. Also served as lead counsel in federal and state appellate matters.
Cooperating Attorney for the American Civil Rights and Liberties Union of Utah Litigation counsel in First Amendment cases
August 2009-September 2012
Attorney, Utah Legal Clinic / Brian M. Barnard. Primarily engaged in litigation of Federal Civil Rights claims. Managed cases from initial intake through discovery and final decision on the merits. Responsible for drafting briefs and motions, conducting depositions and oral argument.
May 2008-November 2009
Appellate Law Clerk, Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association. Researched legal issues, drafted variety of motions including appellate briefs, interlocutory appeals, and motions to quash. Responsibilities also included assisting on capital case motions and issues.
August 2006 –October 2009
Law Clerk, Utah Legal Clinic/Brian Barnard
Performed legal research and drafted office memoranda. Responsible for preparing trial briefs, motions and memoranda in civil litigation. Occasional drafting of informational memoranda for clients.
April 2000-August 2006
Program Director / Chief Financial Officer, No More Homeless Pets in Utah, a 501(c)3 not for proof organization. Member of executive team of non-profit organization. Responsible for management and oversight of an substantial annual budget, personnel, human resources, outreach programs, and two veterinary clinics. Participated in fundraising, event planning, grant writing and reporting, and some legislative lobbying. Presented on behalf of the organization at national meetings and conferences.
2009 2009 - S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, Juris Doctor, with Honors
January 2007 - 2009 S.J. Quinney College of Law Pro Bono Program, Homeless Law Clinic
January 2007 - June 2007 S.J. Quinney College of Law Pro Bono Program, Family Law Clinic
April 2007 - 2009 Vice President, Public Interest Law Organization
2008 Traynor Moot Court Competition - Finalist
2008-2009 S.J. Quinney College of Law National Moot Court Team
2008-2009 Intern, Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association. Served as co-counsel in jury trials, assisted in motion practice, client interviews, and legal research.
2007 S.J. Quinney Merit on Entrance Scholarship
2007-2008 S.J. Quinney Leadership Scholarship
1998 University of Utah, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Minor in Chemistry
UACDL, GRAMA in Criminal Cases (October 24, 2013)
Faculty, National Business Institute CLE, Legal Issues Involving Local Governments (April 2013)
Faculty, National Business Institute CLE, Gun Law (April 19, 2016)
Topics: Public Participation and Free Speech Issues, Open Meetings / Open Records, Access to Private Information About Public Employees, Code
Enforcement of Loitering and Panhandling, and Second Amendment Issues
PRO BONO & COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Salt Lake City Homeless Court, volunteer attorney, 2011-present – provide criminal and other legal advice to homeless clients attending the Salt Lake City Homeless Court bi-weekly.
Pro Bono Clinic for Pro Se Family Law Litigants – Third District Court – 2016 to present. Represent pro se family law litigants in hearings and mediation.
Homeless Street Law Viaduct Clinic, 2007-2011. Provided criminal, domestic, civil rights, and other legal advice to homeless clients.
Presenter of protester “Know you Rights” legal training with the ACLU of Utah, Occupy Salt Lake, Peaceful Uprising, and various other activist groups. 2009 to present.
Cooperating Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah on various cases. 2011 to present.