Disability Law Center 40th Anniversary Gala & Dinner

November 3, 2018
6:00-7:00 pm
Wine & Hors D’oeuvre Reception
Live Music

7:00-9:00 pm
Keynote Speaker: Matthew Wangeman
Community Justice Awards
Moab Getaway Raffle

University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law, 6th Floor
383 South University Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

Cocktail Attire


profwangman Matthew Wangeman
Wangeman has been a disability advocate and activist for over 30 years at the local, state and national levels. Matthew assisted in the development and implementation of the Disability Studies Minor at NAU which happens to be the only minor its kind in Arizona. Matthew was the chairperson for the Arizona DD Council several years ago and he was also a board member for the Protection & Advocacy Agency in his state.

He is especially proud of his sixteen year old son who he loves and admires! Matthew and his son, Elijah, were the focus of a short film called, “My Dad Matthew” that has gone on to win several awards. He is currently an instructor in the Disability Studies Minor at Northern Arizona University.


Barbara ToomerLifetime Achievement Award – Barbara G. Toomer
Join us in celebrating our “Advocate of the Year” Barbara G. Toomer, a long-time friend and partner of the DLC who passed away in 2018. Barbara G. Toomer, who used a wheelchair after contracting polio in 1956, was a trailblazer who passionately championed civil rights for people with disabilities here in Utah and across the nation.

She was a tireless advocate who wrote letters, made phone calls, gave testimony and met in person with many leaders in Washington D.C. and at the Utah legislature. When diplomacy was not effective, Barb and her army of volunteers turned to non-violent protest to champion the causes of equality, accessibility and civil rights for people with disabilities.

Read more about her amazing life here, and join us and her family on November 3rd to honor her. Proceeds from the gala will go to fund the Barbara Toomer Disability Rights Fellowship, named in her honor.

Fraser Nelson PhotoExcellence in Service Award – Fraser Nelson
Fraser Nelson was the executive director of The Disability Law Center from 1997-2007. Her passion helped set the tone and usher in many of the DLC’s policies and procedures that still exist today–most notably her efforts to make connections and inspire change at the legislative level. She was instrumental in the establishment of “and Justice for all” and the Community Legal Center.

She has gone on to do incredible work founding the Community Foundation of Utah, serving as the Director of Data & innovation at the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office and teaching at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. She is currently the Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Sorenson Impact Center.

Inspirational Leadership Award – Founding Board Members
Hon. Christine M. Durham
Stephen D. Swindle
Lionel H. Frankel
Edward M. Garrett
Lyn C. Isbell
Robert Ruff
Ruby K. Robinson

Proceeds from the gala will go to fund a disability rights fellowship in honor of the work of Barbara Toomer, a long time hero, friend and partner of the DLC who passed away in 2018.

The fellowship provides the opportunity for advocates to gain significant experience in family, disability, and/or housing advocacy and/or law while providing justice for Utahns who are unable to afford an attorney.

With this fellowship, we honor Barbara’s lifetime of service to people with disabilities and pass the torch to new advocates who will continue the work.


Parsons Behle & Latimer
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
Janet & Dave Deisley
Cannon Disability Law
Jan & Michael Brock
G. Ross & Barbara G. Toomer Family Trust
Clyde Snow
Utah State University
First Utah Bank
University of Utah Law School


Ticket sales are now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Mitchell at 801-366-4548. Thank you!