USU kicking off HASS Distinguished Speaker Series

Last year, the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Utah State University established its Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series with guests who represent the college’s diverse departments and programs who return to campus to speak about their professional expertise and experiences.The series returns for the 2009-10 academic year with it first guest, attorney Nathan “Nate” Alder, Friday, Sept. 11. The hour-long presentation begins at 11:30 a.m. at the David B. Haight Alumni Center at USU (approximately 650 N. 800 East, Logan). Hourly guest parking is available at the Aggie Terrace, adjacent to the Alumni Center. Alder’s presentation is free and all are invited, especially HASS students. A light lunch is provided.Established by HASS Dean Yolanda Flores Niemann, the intent of the series is to bring distinguished graduates back to campus to reflect on their education at USU and how it impacted their careers.”The experiences of our accomplished alumni will help students and community members understand the connections between their educations and their lives,” Niemann said.Alder is a seasoned litigator and leader in resolving complex legal disputes. He represents individuals and corporations in preparing claims and defenses for mediation, arbitration and trial. He has been recognized by his peers for work in product liability, personal injury, insurance, civil litigation, civil trials and dispute resolution.He was an active in multiple areas as a student at USU. Participated in the Honors Program and graduated with a degree in history and a minor in economics. He received his bachelor’s degree from USU in 1991. In student government, he served as ASUSU academic vice president.Today, Alder is a member of Christensen and Jensen, a 26-attorney law firm in Salt Lake City. He served as president of the Utah State Bar 2008-09. Following his time at USU, Alder graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington) with a J.D. from the School of Law and an M.P.A. from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He clerked for a federal district court judge in Salt Lake City. He received his mediator training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University’s School of Law in Malibu, Calif.For information on the HASS Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series, contact the college at (435) 797-4072. The series is coordinated by Teri Guy in the HASS office.

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