Alumni Appreciation Night, February 2014.
Eric Kirby (’03, Political Science) is an attorney at Murphy Decker Hensen & Cook-Olson, P.C. in Denver, Colorado. His education at Southern Utah University taught him that with hard work and dedication he could accomplish his goals.
He remembers Professor Roberds teaching him the meaning of critical thinking and to seek for truth. Eric carried and used those skills when he clerked for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and Utah Senator Orrin G. Hatch in Washington, DC, and later when he earned his master’s degree in administration (2005) and his juris doctor (2007) from the University of Denver. He later clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Eric was recently selected as a “2012 Colorado Rising Star” - an award that is presented to less than 3% of attorneys in the state of Colorado. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
Eric’s personal motto is, “It’s a great day to be a T-Bird”. Some of his favorite SUU memories include the one-on-one interactions with the professors, the top-notch educational experiences (both in-class and out-of-class) and the many friends who have since become family.
Eric enjoys spending time with his family camping, travelling and rappelling. He and his wife Janae have four children - two boys and two girls.The Kirbys live in Denver, Colorado.