Thursday, May 10, 2007

Grandma gets her Law Degree on Friday

Salt Lake City Grandma to graduate from the U of U Law School on Friday May 11th.
Carrie Lynn Peterson was born in 1957 at Ballard Hospital, in the Norwegian fishing district of Seattle. She attended Lincoln High School, the oldest school building in the Seattle School District where she met and fell in love with her sweetheart Mark Towner.

After 3 years of dating, they were married in the LDS Oakland Temple in 1976. By the age of 28, Carrie had given birth to five daughters. After the delivery of their youngest daughter, Carrie decided it was time to finish her College Degree, and in 1989 she graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma in business administration from the University of Washington.

For the next 14 years Carrie devoted her life to raising her daughters, and in partnership with her husband built several successful businesses and even ran for the Republican Nomination for Congress in Utah's 2nd district in 2002.

Again after the graduation of her youngest daughter from High School, and having always wanted to continue her education, Carrie applied for and was accepted to the University Of Utah Collage Of Law.

Thirty One Years of Marriage and three years of Law School and here we are.

She is lovingly referred to by her law school professors, the Dean of the Law School and her current employer, noted attorney Peter Stirba as "Grandma", a badge she wears proudly for them and her 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

Carrie L. Towner
1331 Green Street · Salt Lake City, Utah 84105 · (801) 897-0151


University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah
Jurist Doctor Candidate, Graduate May 11, 2007
Publications and Awards
Student Note: “Parents Kidnap Their Own Child: The Parker Jensen Story,” Journal of Law and Family Studies, 2006
Executive Editor, Journal of Law and Family Studies
College of Law Outstanding Achievement, Constitutional Law
Reva Beck Bosone Writing Competition Scholarship, 2004-2005, Women in Politics
Women’s Law Caucus, President, 2005-2006
Moot Court Competition Candidate
Academic Support Program Property Teaching Assistant

University of Washington, School of Business, Seattle, Washington
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Business Administration 1989 – GPA 3.7
cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Beta Gamma Sigma
Legal Experience
Judicial Clerkship, Third District Court, Judge Atherton Summer 2005
Law Clerk, Utah Attorney General’s Office, Tax Division Summer 2005 to 2006
Law Clerk, Stirba and Associates, Civil and Criminal Litigation Summer 2006 to Present
Professional Experience

AWUC, Inc. Draper, Utah 2000-2005
President/Owner of event-planning company offering commercial contract catering to corporations, state agencies, and facility management. Responsible for successful operation of start up business achieving 250K in gross revenues in 2003. Continued business through first year of law school.

Alaska Perinatology Associates Anchorage, Alaska 1996-1999
Directed operations and start up for the only Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic in the State of Alaska, with medical clinics in both of the major hospitals in Anchorage and a freestanding obstetric clinic. Achieved revenues of 3 million in the second year of operations. Developed policies and procedures for operations and marketing, achieving high quality customer service and recognition throughout Alaska. Supervised corporate build out of additional office and managed corporate relocation. Successfully directed Medicaid audit.

Alaska KIdney Center Anchorage, Alaska 1994-1996
Business Manager
Spearheaded installation of medical billing software, transforming previous paper ledgers, allowing Universal Billing (UB-92) and secondary electronic billing. Increased revenues with electronic billing system and working collections to an additional 300K within eight months of installation.

Health-Net Services of Washington & Alaska Seattle & Anchorage 1980-1994
Director of Business Development/Marketing, Training, Business Management/Co-Owner
Value-added reseller (VAR) of proprietary software (The Medical Manager®) Built team of professionals that led company growth and success to become the northwest’s leading dealer for The Medical Manager®.

Community Service
Rotary, Draper/Riverton Chair of 2004 Summer Steak Fry and Auction raising funds designated for the Draper Riverton Rotary Park for children with all abilities.

SCORE, Business Counselor Offered business counseling and advice including business ideas, developing detailed business plans, space planning, business networking, marketing, and assistance in obtaining financing.

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