Sutherland Newsletter – April 5, 2007

1.Legacy Awards to Honor Those Who Promote Charity, Family, and Faith

On Thursday, May 3, 2007, the Sutherland Institute will host the 2007 Legacy Awards Banquet in the Rice-Eccles Stadium and Towers at the University of Utah.  The event will honor Utah community leaders for their efforts to promote charity, family, faith and freedom.



“This black-tie awards dinner program is a unique opportunity to express public support for private efforts to make Utah a better place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Senate President John L. Valentine.  “I appreciate our friends at the Sutherland Institute taking an evening to highlight selfless, principled, and generous acts of personal sacrifice and community service.”



The honorees will include:

  • Legacy Award: Mr. Stan and Mrs. Mary Ellen Smoot for a lifetime of service in promoting faith, family, and freedom
  • Charity Award: Mr. Khosrow Semnani for his generosity in behalf of the Maliheh Free Clinic
  • Family Award: The Conservative Caucus for their work at the Utah Legislature in support of families



We invite you to participate as a guest, table sponsor, or event sponsor.  Seating is filling up quickly.  Please RSVP to Liv Moffat or Lisa Montgomery at the Institute office, 801-355-1272.  Click here for an invitation and pricing list.


2.Paul Mero Wins “Best of” Award for His Stylish Threads

Salt Lake City Weekly came out with its 2007 “Best of” awards today and Sutherland Institute President Paul T. Mero was named as “Best Dressed Hawk.”  Read more by clicking here.

3.The Freedom of Speech on High School Campuses

Lyall Swim, Sutherland’s director of operations, participated as a panelist in a Youth Freedom Forum on Wednesday, March 28 to discuss the freedom of speech on high school campuses.  Swim was among four panelists addressing a variety of questions concerning the First Amendment and the role it plays in public schools.  He said, “It‘s important to remember that when we‘re talking about government schools, we‘re talking about a limited public forum and therefore there is a degree to which the schools can and should limit speech.”


4.UtahSchools.Org featured in Three Newspapers

Three Utah newspapers published articles over the past week featuring Sutherland’s re-launch, the largest independent clearinghouse of Utah school information.  As quoted in the Deseret Morning News on Friday March 23, Katie Christensen, Sutherland’s public relations manager, said, “We feel it is essential to parents to have some sort of clearinghouse to look at schools in their area and compare them one to another — the end result is choosing the best schools for their children.”

  • Charter schools, Granite, Jordan get high marks by Tiffany Erickson, Deseret Morning News, 3/23/2007
  • Web site to help parents choose schools by Nicole Stricker, Salt Lake Tribune, 3/26/2007
  • Charter out-scoring public schools by Brooke Barker, Daily Herald, 3/27/2007