Kirstin Norman, Executive Director

Kirstin Norman is the Executive Director and handles the administrative responsibilities for the PDA. She received a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU in 2009, and following law school, clerked for Commissioner Patton in the 4th District. She also practiced law in Utah County, focusing on family law and juvenile court cases before taking a brief hiatus to raise her small, slightly-mischievous children. Before becoming Executive Director, Kirstin assisted with various PDA projects, including the annual conferences, beginning in 2014. She was honored to be selected to attend the Family Defense Leadership Workshop sponsored by the Casey Family Programs in 2017, and finds great fulfillment in continuing to work with parental defense leaders across the country to provide meaningful change for parents and families involved in child welfare proceedings.

Grant Dickinson, President

Grant Dickinson has been a member of the Parental Defense Alliance since 2010, and at the 2016 Annual Conference, was announced as the President of the Board of Directors for the PDA. Grant's practice focuses mainly in Utah County and like many of our members focuses on Parental Defense, Criminal Defense, and Family Law related cases. Grant achieved the Parental Defense Alliance 2012 Appellate Attorney of the Year for a case in which he finally obtained a reversal of the trial court's termination of his client's parental rights in L.G. v. State. The main issue in this case is rights of incarcerated parents. In addition to his duties as President of the PDA Board of Directors, Grant also represents the 4th district. While studying at Willamette University, Grant served each year on the executive board of Willamette University's Public Interest Law Project. Prior to Law School, Grant was employed at the Fourth District Court as Deputy Clerk in Commissioner Patton's Court and also as a Deputy Probation Officer.

Carol Mortensen, President-Elect, 1st and 2nd Districts

Carol is the current President-Elect of the Parental Defense Alliance. She is a graduate of the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah where she also earned her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Sociology with a Certificate in Criminal Justice.  During law school, she studied in London, England through the London Law Consortium where she had the opportunity to shadow British barristers in courts throughout England.  After law school, Carol lived in worked in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina as a legal intern on an international team prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity.  Carol is a solo practitioner with a focus on domestic and criminal law.  She has maintained a contract as a Public Defender in the Juvenile Court in Weber County since 2010 handling both parental defense in child welfare and juvenile defense in delinquency cases. Prior to her career in law, Carol was a licensed substance abuse counselor where she worked with clients in inpatient treatment, prison, jail, and youth correction settings.  She has a strong background in advocating for families and helping parents and children resolve issues and reunify when possible.  Carol is an avid world traveler when she is not in the court room. 

Jordan Putnam, 3rd District

Jordan is a native of San Diego who, up until this month, was a big Chargers fan. Jordan moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University, and law school at the University of Utah.
Jordan is passionate about parental defense and joined Lokken & Associates in 2013. His practice also includes divorce/custody and criminal defense.
When he isn't in the courtroom, he enjoys hiking, skiing, and picking up after his kids

 

 

 

Micahel Rawson, 5th District

Michael Rawson grew up as an Air Force ‘brat' attending about 20 different schools across the country. He graduated from BYU in Journalism. Michael worked for 30 years as a television news reporter in Salt Lake City for KUTV and KTVX and acquired four Rocky Mountain Emmys along the way.
He went to law school at age 50. In 2002, he received his J.D. from Western State University School of Law in Fullerton, California. After passing the Utah Bar, Michael moved to St. George and began his second career. He works mostly in family law, criminal defense and child welfare. Michael has been a parental defender since 2003. He finds it has been a very satisfying challenge. In 2011, Michael received the PDA's Trial Attorney of the Year award.
On the personal side, he finally got married at age 60 to Miriam who he had met 35 years before at BYU. Michael is an avid reader of non-fiction, mostly history, and considers himself an amateur baseball historian.
Michael looks forward to his duties on the Board of Directors representing parental defenders in Southern Utah.

Mark Tanner, 7th & 8th Districts

Mark H. Tanner graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marriott School of Management in 1983. He pursued his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the College of Law at the University of Tulsa, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, earning his JD in 1986. He has worked as Emery County Attorney, Carbon County Public Defender, Emery County Conflicts Counsel, and in private practice. He is married to the former Nanette Hinkins. They are the parents of 10 children, and six grandchildren (so far).
Mark is active in his community. He has served as the youth baseball county league president and city commissioner. He has served on and chaired the Orangeville City Zoning and Planning Council, and chaired the Orangeville Centennial Celebration. He has served many years in the Boys Scouts of America, and currently serves as the Tavaputs District chairman. He was awarded the Silver Beaver in 2012. Mark currently serves as South Eastern Utah Bar Association (SEUBA) president, serves on the Pro Bono Committee for the Seventh Judicial District, and as a board member for Heritage Funeral Home. He was awarded the PDA Attorney of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
He represents parents in DCFS matters, and also practices in the areas of criminal defense, bankruptcy, estate planning and other family matters. Mark loves being with his family, serving the community and cheering the youth on to responsible and productive adulthood.