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PROFILE

 

Travis Marker is a pro-tem judge, attorney, mediator, and social entrepreneur.  Mr. Marker enjoyed his youth in Ogden, Utah, living near the mouth of Ogden Canyon and the mountains above Ben Lomond High School.  He is a proud Scot and enjoys serving the Ben Lomond, Ogden City, and Weber County communities through his law office.  He established his office at the historic Five Points area of Ogden - the first economic hub of Weber County at the time of Fort Bingham.  Mr. Marker actively works with non-profit groups, organizations, businesses and churches to address social concerns in this area.

 

EDUCATION

 

  • Ben Lomond High School - 1994

  • Weber State University - BS English & History (Double major) - 2000

  • Willamette University College of Law - JD - 2003

  • Willamette University Center for Dispute Resolution - Certificate in Dispute Resolution - 2003

  • Bond University School of Law - LLM (Dispute Resolution) - 2004

BOARD MEMBER

  • Interfaith Works - Steering Committee - 2015 to Present

  • Five Points Foundation - Director - 2014 to Present

  • Ben Lomond Alumni Association - Executive Committee - 2010 to Present

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

  • "Fantine and the Damned: Ethics and Parental Defense," Utah Court Improvement Program, Midway, Utah, 2018.

  • "Alfred Hitchcock's The Rope and the Psychology of Murder,"  The Scrivener's Quill, Saint George, Utah, 2018.

  • "A God in Ruins: The Human Family and Civility." Scrivener's Quill, Marietta, GA, 2018.

  • "The State as a Moral Person and the Role of a Lawyer in a Corrupt State." Scrivener's Quill, Marietta, GA, 2018.

  • "Substance Abuse, Evidence, and the Girl on the Train." Scrivener's Quill, Marietta, GA, 2018.

  • "Catch-22, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Mental Illness in the Social Contract." Scrivener's Quill, Marietta, GA, 2018.

  • "A Streetcar Named Desire and Female Equality in the Law." Scrivener's Quill, Marietta, GA, 2018.

  • "Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, and the Quest for Freedom." Scrivener's Quill, Marietta, GA, 2018.

  • "Pride, Prejudice and Property," First Citizens Community Bank, Wellsboro, PA, 2018.

  • "Great Expectations: Picking the right Trustee," First Citizens Community Bank, Wellsboro, PA, 2018.

  • "Breaker Morant - Scapegoat of the Empire," Scrivener's Quill, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018.

  • "Bridge of Spies, Valkyrie, Nuremberg: The Pursuit of Justice and War," Scrivener's Quill, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018.

  • "Little Big Man and the Quest for Civility," Scrivener's Quill, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018.

  • "I know Why the Cage Bird Sings and Still I Rise," Scrivener's Quill, PA, 2018.

  • "Justice and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café." Scrivener's Quill, PA, 2018.

  • "John Grisham and Robert Louis Stevenson on Will Contests." Scrivener's Quill, PA, 2018.

  • "While Mortals Sleep, Restoring the Balance," Scrivener's Quill, Philadelphia, 2017.

  • "The Law of Kindness and the Prodigal," Scrivener's Quill, Warwick, RI, 2017.

  • "Hanukkah: Light and Identity." Scrivener's Quill, Charlotte, NC, 2017.

  • "In Cold Blood and the Criminal Narrative," Scrivener's Quill, Wilmington, NC, 2017.

  • "Health Care and Medicalization in the Social Contract," Scrivener's Quill, Jackson Hole, WY, 2017.

  • "Popular Participation in the Legal System: Emma Goldman and Anarchy," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, GA, 2017.

  • "Saint Joan, Politics, and the Administration of Justice," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, GA, 2017.

  • "Eve on Trial: Statutory Interpretation and the Curse," Scrivener's Quill, Marietta, GA, 2017.

  • "Marie Laveau: Voodoo Queen and Civil Rights Activist," Scrivener's Quill, Marietta, GA, 2017.

  • "Mediating Deception," Utah Dispute Resolution, Salt Lake City, December, 2016.

  • "Mediating Evidence on 34th Street," Utah Dispute Resolution, Salt Lake City, December, 2016.

  • "Charles Dickens, Mediation, Poverty, and the Administration of Justice," Utah Dispute Resolution, Salt Lake City, 2016.

  • "The Star: Competence and Knowing Your Case," Scrivener's Quill, New Orleans, Louisiana, November, 2016.

  • "Evidence on 34th Street," Scrivener's Quill, New Orleans, Louisiana, November, 2016.

  • "A Jury of Her Peers, Ethics and Evidence," Scrivener's Quill, Shreveport, Louisiana, November, 2016.

  • "The Salem Witch Trials and Their Continued Relevance to the Administration of Justice,"  The Boise Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Boise, Idaho, October 2016.

  • "Professionalism and Henry VI: Kill all the Lawyers!"  Scrivener's Quill, Boise, Idaho, October, 2016.

  • "Billy Budd, The Bounty, Ethics, and Conflicts of Laws," Scrivener's Quill, Boise, Idaho, October, 2016.

  • "Fahrenheit 451 and Legal Education: Knowledge Beyond Its Use For Just Clients," Scrivener's Quill, Reno, Nevada, July, 2016.

  • "The Oxbow Incident: Integrity within the Legal System," Scrivener's Quill, Providence, Rhode Island, June, 2016.

  • "Defending the Murder Gene," Scrivener's Quill, Providence, Rhode Island, June, 2016.

  • "Korematsu and the Ethics of Fear," Scrivener's Quill, Burlington, Vermont, June, 2016.

  • "John Muir, The Lorax, Silent Spring and Environmental Advocacy," Scrivener's Quill, Saint George, Utah, 2016.

  • "Professionalism and the Merry Wives of Windsor," Scrivener's Quill, Philadelphia, April, 2016.

  • "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Mental Illness," Scrivener's Quill, Pittsburgh, March, 2016.

  • "C. S. Lewis on the Pslams and Justice," Scrivener's Quill, New Orleans, LA, November, 2015.

  • "Inherit the Wind, Faith, Prejudice and the Administration of Justice," Scrivener's Quill, Burlington, VT, May 2015.

  • "Rudyard Kipling and the Law of the Jungle," Scrivener's Quill, Pittsburgh, April, 2015.

  • "Professionalism and Game Theory," Scrivener's Quill, New Orleans, April, 2015. 

  • "Perfidia, Edmond Dantes & Professionalism as a Cause of Action," Scrivener's Quill, New Orleans, April, 2015. 

  • "An Opium Eater and Substance Abuse in the Law," Scrivener's Quill, New Orleans, April, 2015. 

  • "The Death of the Lawyer: Overcoming the expectations of the Law," Scrivener's Quill, New Orleans, April, 2015. 

  • "Rousseau and the Social Contract," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, March, 2015.   

  • "Emerson, Politics, and Respect for the Legal System," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, March, 2015. 

  • "Mary Wollstonecraft and Professionalism," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, March, 2015.  

  • "Hobbes, the Laws of Nature, and the Administration of Justice," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, March, 2015.  

  • "Francis Bacon on Sedition," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, March, 2015.  

  • "Euthyphro and Conflict of Laws," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, March, 2015.  

  • "John Stuart Mills on the Limits to Authority," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, March, 2015.  

  • "Crito and the Preserving the Legal System," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, March, 2015.  

  • "Pro Bono Work, Professionalism, and the Fruits of Solitude," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, March, 2015.  

  • "Antigone and the Rectitude of Official Action," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, March, 2015.  

  • "Locke on the Dissolution of Government," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, March, 2015.  

  • "Thomas Paine on the Origin and Design of Government," Scrivener's Quill, Atlanta, March, 2015.  

  • "The Law Firm of Belloc, Silverstein, and Dahl and the Boy Who Cried Wolf," Scrivener's Quill, New Orleans, November, 2014.

  • "Professionalism, O'Connor, and The Man Who Was Thursday," Scrivener's Quill, New Orleans, November, 2014.

  • "Walls and the Boundaries to Professionalism," Scrivener's Quill, Jackson Hole, October, 2014.

  • "Frankenstein, Hubris, and Tragedy," Scrivener's Quill, Second District Court, Ogden, Utah, October, 2014.

  • "Vampires: The Ethics of Representing the Damned," Scrivener's Quill, Second District Court, Ogden, Utah, October, 2014.

  • "Uriah Heep and The Help," Scrivener's Quill, Boise, Idaho, October, 2014.

  • "Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice," Scrivener's Quill, Boise, Idaho, October, 2014.

  • "Thou Mayest Choose For Thyself," Scrivener's Quill, Springdale, Utah (Zion National Park), June, 2014.

  • "Lying and the Practice of Law," Scrivener's Quill, Pittsburgh, PA, March, 2014.

  • "Long Day's Journey into Night: Addiction & the Law," Literature and the Law - J. Reuben Clark Law Societies of Las Vegas, Saint George and William S. Boyd School of Law - Las Vegas, Nevada, 2013.

  • "It's A Wonderful Life and You Will Contribute a Verse," Literature and the Law - J. Reuben Clark Law Societies of Las Vegas, Saint George and William S. Boyd School of Law - Las Vegas, Nevada, 2013.

  • "Prejudicial To the Administration of Justice" Literature and the Law - Portland, Oregon, November 21, 2013.

  • "Ethical Dilemmas in Representing Powerful Clients," Literature and the Law - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 6, 2013.

  • "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: The Lawyer as Public Citizen and Representative," Literature and the Law - Madison, Wisconsin, November 5, 2013.  

  • "Euthyphro, the Socratic Method, and Client Communications," Literature and the Law - Madison, Wisconsin, November 4, 2013.

  • "Harry Potter & Something Wicked This Way Comes," Literature and the Law - South Bend, Indiana, November 1, 2013.

  • "Horton Hears a Who & Civility in Dispute Resolution,"Utah Council on Conflict Resolution - Saint George, Utah, October 23, 2013.

  • "Children & Literature’s Plea to the Law," Literature and the Law - Boise, Idaho, August 18, 2013.

  • "Thou Almost Persuadest Me: Elements of Effective Advocacy," Literature and the Law - Boise, Idaho, August 18, 2013.

  • "Client Communications & The Parables of Christ," The Boise Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society - Boise, Idaho, August 17, 2013.

  • "J. Evans Pritchard v John Keating: A Case for Professional Judgment," Literature and the Law - Boise, Idaho, August 17, 2013.

  • "Mary Poppins on the Best Interest of the Minor Child," Literature and the Law - Boise, Idaho, August 17, 2013.

  • "Sherlock Holmes: First Impressions & Evidence," Literature and the Law - Boise, Idaho, August 17, 2013.

  • "The Hobbit: The Quest for Professionalism and Civility" - Literature and the Law - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 23, 2013.

  • "Kipling, Doyle, & Professional Judgment" - Literature and the Law - Brattleboro, Vermont (June 6); Cedar City, Utah (June 28th).

  • "Philip K. Dick & the Power of Ideas in Advocacy" - Literature and the Law - Cedar City, Utah - June 28, 2013.

  • "Measure for Measure: Negotiating Against the Scales of Justice" - Literature and the Law - Cedar City, Utah - June 28, 2013.

  • "Name Your Price: Rand, Steinbeck, and the Value of Legal Services," Willamette University College of Law & University of Oregon School of Law J. Reuben Clark Law Society in Eugene, April 5, 2013.

  • "The Attorney Who Would Be King," Webinar - Literature and the Law - March 1, 2013.

  • "The Law, Christmas, & Public Service," presented in Vernal, St. George, Provo, Ogden, and Salt Lake City, Utah, in December 2012.  Three one hour presentations: "Ebenezer Scrooge, Public Service and the Law of the Tithe," "Henry Van Dyke, The Mansion, Public Service as Advertising" and "The Grinch, Capote, Grisham, Pearl S. Buck & Sincerity in Public Service."

  • "Grantland Rice, The Four Horseman and the Power of Wordsmiths," University of Notre Dame School of Law student chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, South Bend, Indiana - November 2012.

  • "Dracula, Bram Stoker, and Client Relations," University of Notre Dame School of Law student chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, South Bend, Indiana - November 2012.

  • "Negotiating the Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis," St. George Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, St. George, Utah - October 2012"Bartleby, the Scrivener," Vermont Bar Association, Burlington Vermont - June 2012.

  • "Professional Judgment and Disinterestedness," Utah State Bar, Ogden, Utah - June, 2012.

  • "Why Negotiators Need Fiction," Utah Council on Conflict Resolution, Salt Lake City, Utah - 2012 Symposium.

  • "Leo Tolstoy, Transcendentalism, and Lawyer Problem Solving," Maricopa County Bar Association, Phoenix, Arizona - March, 2012.

  • "Rudyard Kipling: The Law of the Jungle & The Unwritten rules of Negotiation" - Willamette University College of Law - Alumni Relations Department and the student chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Salem, Oregon - March, 2012.

  • "Hermoninie Templeton Kavanagh: Darby O'Gill & the role of Folklore in Client Interviews" - Willamette University College of Law - Alumni Relations Department and the student chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Salem, Oregon - March, 2012.

  • "Examples of the Believers," J. Reuben Clark Law Society International – Standford University – Annual conference - February, 2012.

  • "Escaping from the Practice of Law: Grisham Books," – William S. Boyd School of Law in connection with JRC student chapter, Las Vegas, Nevada - February, 2012.

  • "Mediation Basics for Attorneys," Institute for Advanced Mediation and Problem Solving – Southern Utah Bar Association, St. George, Utah - January, 2012.

  • "Rudyard Kipling: The Law of the Jungle & The Unwritten rules of Negotiation," J. Reuben Clark Law Society – Saint George Chapter, St. George, Utah - October, 2011.

  • "Using Leverage in Negotiation," Southern Utah Bar Association, Saint George, Utah, December, 2010

  • "Dispute Resolution in the Practice of Law," Panel Presentation on Mediation - J. Reuben Clark Law Society - University of Utah - Annual International Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah - February, 2010.

  • “Fifteen for Success: Negotiation Strategies for the Juvenile Court," Parental Defense Alliance - Annual Conference, Midway, Utah - May, 2009.

  • "Fifteen for Success," Ogden, Utah, November 2008 to November 2009 - created CLE training with fifteen negotiation points.  Accredited for CLE in Texas, Florida, Utah, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, California.  Presented the training for a Utah Council for Conflict Resolution brown bag in Salt Lake; local attorneys in Logan & Provo, Utah; and for mediators in Salt Lake.

  • “Tool Box Mediation for Juvenile Court,” Parental Defense Alliance - Annual Conference, Midway, Utah - May, 2008

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

  • "The River," - poem - The Curlew, Caerwedros, Ceredigion, Wales, UK. December, 2018.

  • "Urban Silence" - poem - 2nd place prize Z-Arts! poetry contest.  Published in Z-Arts! Newsletter, 2013.

  • "Beverly Shores, Indiana" - poem - published online at www.whatsnewlaporte.com - the community home page for Laporte, Indiana.

  • "The Locals Know" - poem - 2nd place prize Z-Arts! poetry contest.  Published in Z-Arts! Newsletter, 2012.

  • “Binghamton Heat” - poem - Dixie State College, Southern Quill, spring 2011.

  • "Does He?" - personal essay - Weber State University, Metaphor Vol. 18, spring 2000.

PHOTOGRAPHY

 

  • "Winter in West Yellowstone," The Curlew, Caerwedros, Ceredigion, Wales, UK. December, 2018.

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Testimonials

"Mr. Marker is a great presenter, is very engaging, and does a great job incorporating the audience into the program." New Orleans review, 2018

"I called Mr. Marker at the last second and he was willing to take my call, he fit me into his calendar. I was panicked with my emergency situation and he provided me sound advice, and solutions. I felt understood and I especially appreciated that he was easy to talk to! I would recommend Mr. Marker to any of my friends or family."   - A Google User

"A thoughtful and thought provoking presentation.  I especially appreciate Mr. Marker's ability to engage  the audience."  Milwaukee, WI, 2016.

"Travis Marker was a most excellent teacher.  I truly enjoyed his style, voice, and speech pattern.  The subject matter was very interesting.  I wish there were more of these CLEs for me to take ASAP.  Great conversation stimulated by Mr. Marker." Wilmington, NC, 2016.

"Always been available to help me out whenever I asked regardless if he specialized in the area or not." - Customer Review from Square, December, 2015.