On Oct. 22, 2010, Herm Olsen received the Utah Minority Bar (UMB) Award for the 2010 Attorney of the Year. The UMB’s Award for Attorney of the Year goes to a member of the Utah State Bar who has demonstrated achievement or dedication to objectives consistent with the purposes of UMB, which include promoting the professional advancement of minority attorneys and the social and civic standing of the minority community; assisting minority attorneys and others in their professional pursuits; to promote the appointment of others in their professional pursuits; and to develop a support system for minority law students and for minority individuals seeking admission to law school. Olsen has contributed to the goals and objectives of the UMB in several areas, including assisting in funding scholarships through American Indian Services, a charitable organization established to provide opportunities through scholarships and out-reach programs for Indian students throughout the United States.
Olsen has, for several years, conveyed food, clothing, and toys to an orphanage in Mexico and also provided a 32-seat bus for the transport of the children. His next orphanage run is scheduled for February 2011. Olsen is a shareholder with the law firm of Hillyard, Anderson & Olsen, P.C., located in Logan, and currently serves as a Utah State Bar Commissioner. Olsen is also an approved Mentor for the Utah State Bar. Olsen has received several awards and made significant contributions in the legal community, including formerly serving as President of the Cache County Bar Association, being named Utah Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2008) and receiving the Utah Business Legal Elite Award for personal injury litigation (2007 and 2009). Olsen was also named as the Top Professor at Utah State University (2006), where he teaches handball.