Sutherland Newsletter – September 18, 2008

1.Liv Moffat Promoted to Director of Development

Sutherland Institute President, Paul T. Mero, has announced the promotion of Liv O. Moffat to Director of Development.


“Liv has been an integral part of Sutherland’s rapid growth,” Mero said.  “Her political experience, matched with her tenacity to succeed, has complemented our policy work tremendously.  She has helped us steer the ship and has worked tirelessly in behalf of Sutherland’s objectives.  As director of development, Liv joins Sutherland’s core staff which bears most of the planning (and all of the burdens) of the Institute’s continued growth.”


Having served for the past three years as the manager of development, Moffat will be responsible for directing all of the Institute’s development efforts.  In addition, she will work to further guide and promote the work of the Institute as a member of the executive staff.


Moffat joined Sutherland in 2005 after working as the finance director for the Utah Republican Party for three years.  At the request of the Republican National Committee, she managed events for First Lady Laura Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.


During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Liv helped organize Utah’s Hospitality Center and Governor Leavitt’s opening and closing ceremony parties.  She also has been involved with the International Model United Nations Association where she served on its board of directors, including time as the chairman.  In 2004, Moffat was named one of “10 Women Sure to Change Utah” by Salt Lake Magazine.


Liv and her husband, Steve, live in Salt Lake City and are expecting their first child in October.


2.State of the Union: Why California Matters

In November, voters in California will be asked to decide on the definition of marriage.  To discuss the effects of California’s Proposition 8 on Utahns, the Sutherland Institute will hold a Marriage Law Forum titled, “State of the Union: Why California Matters.”


The event will be held on Tuesday, October 14, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.  Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling the Institute at 801-355-1272.


The 90-minute educational presentation will feature scholar William C. Duncan and former state legislator LaVar Christensen.  Mary Ellen Smoot, former General Relief Society President for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will emcee the event.


“Presently, 27 states, including Utah, have enacted amendments to protect marriage, while judges in two states have said marriage must be redefined,” Duncan said. “This is clearly an issue that can’t be avoided.  Those who come to this event are certain to gain a greater understanding of why marriage between a husband and wife is so crucial to our future.”


Duncan is the director of the Marriage Law Foundation and Sutherland’s Center for Family and Society.  He formerly served as acting director of the Marriage Law Project at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.  A nationally-recognized expert, Duncan has published numerous articles on constitutional and family law issues in a variety of legal journals.


Christensen is a trustee of the Sutherland Institute and has served as a legislator in the Utah House of Representatives.  He was the primary author and sponsor of Utah’s constitutional amendment in support of marriage, passed by the Legislature and adopted by voters in 2004.  Christensen also has successfully sponsored important legislation that recognizes and strengthens parental rights in Utah.