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  • Environmental Attorney and IT Specialist Take End of Year Honors
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 12/13/13 - 03:50 PM | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Chris Earl (Left) Christian Stephens (Right)  Utah.gov photo
    Chris Earl (Left) Christian Stephens (Right) Utah.gov photo
    (SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) - A tireless environmental attorney and an Information Technology specialist were named as attorney and employee of 2013 for the Utah Attorney General’s Office. At an annual awards luncheon Thursday, acting Attorney General Brian Tarbet and Chief Deputy Kirk Torgensen recognized the work of Assistant Attorney General Christian Stephens, who has represented the state on a number of air quality issues, and Chris Earl, an IT specialist who has been handling most of the technology needs for the office as well as recovering records for different investigations.

    Stephens has been involved in some of the more hotly debated cases regarding Utah’s air quality, including nationally significant 10th Circuit Court of Appeals cases like the Tesoro and Holly Refinery expansions and the enforcement of air quality standards with the Stericycle medical waste management company. His dedication to his work was made apparent when a decision was handed down from the Tenth Circuit while he was out of town on leave. He spent the majority of his time away participating in conference calls, directing legal research and editing a draft brief in order to meet the deadline he was given.

    Brian Tarbet praised Stephens by saying “Christian will continue to have a positive impact on the health of Utah residents and the quality of the environment for many, many years.”

    In an effort to cooperate with several investigations, IT specialist Chris Earl worked with investigators to recover missing documents. “Chris has literally worked around the clock to preserve the integrity of our office’s data and to conduct the efforts at data recovery,” said Assistant Attorney General David Sonnenreich. “His efforts have resulted in the recovery of thousands of pages of lost emails. The integrity and good spirits he brings to his work has materially improved the level of cooperation and significantly reduced possibility of future data loss.”

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