U.S. Supreme Court Holds Clear Error to be the Standard of Review for Factual Findings Underlying Claim Construction

By Austen Paulsen for BiolawToday.org In a decision answering the long-vexing question of what standard of review appellate courts should apply when reviewing a lower court’s construction of patent claims, the United States Supreme Court held that appellate courts must apply a clear error standard of review to a lower court’s factual findings and a de […]

Eco-Friendly Fonts Save Paper and Ink

By The Green Team Sometimes it’s truly the little things that matter. In addition to printing double-sided documents you can further reduce paper and ink use by being conscientious about your selection of fonts. To start, avoid serif fonts, which have little tails on the ends of the letters that use up more ink. Century […]

Library Survey for Law Students

By Melissa Bernstein for the Quinney Library Blog: Attention Law Students: The library is conducting a brief student survey. Participants have a chance to win an Amazon gift card – simply provide your email address in question 10 if you want to enter the drawing. Your participation in the survey will help us improve the […]

Utah Program on Collaboration

By Mara Elana Burstein for EDRblog.com. “We’re bureaucrats and we have tendencies,” but “when there’s a high level of collaboration, there’s trust and decisions can be made quickly and efficiently.” –ENR agency leaders Environmental and natural resource (ENR) issues are scientifically, politically, culturally, and emotionally complex. Government agencies are tasked with navigating these complexities while […]

Celebrate National Library Week

By Melissa Bernstein for the Quinney Library Blog –   National Library Week, a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country, is April 12-18, 2015. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. This year’s theme […]

Meet COL’s Rockstar Commuters

By The Green Team for GreenTeamBlog.org. Matt Pierce, Valeri Craigle, and Zach Williams are Rockstar Commuters. Let their stories and advice inspire you to reduce your solo car trips and improve air quality. Matt Pierce—metadata specialist and scanning technician at the Library—rides his bike or takes the bus to work everyday. He says, “Try biking […]

Property Rules and Liability Rules for Genetic Data

By Jorge L. Contreras for BioLawToday.org, originally posted on Balkin.com.  For the Innovation Law Beyond IP 2 conference, March 28-29 at Yale Law School In 2009, the Texas Department of Health agreed to destroy a research biobank containing approximately 5.3 million infant blood samples. The samples, stored on index cards as dried blood spots, were collected over an […]

Public Policy Clinic Advances Work to Dismantle School-to-Prison Pipeline in Utah

By Stephanie Pitcher for PublicPolicyClinic.org. The Public Policy Clinic has been forging ahead with several great projects this semester, building on the work from our recently published report and promoting community-wide conversations that would help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in Utah. Currently, the Clinic is focusing many of its efforts on outreach to school districts […]

Fracking in Populated Areas: The Most Literal Application of ‘Not in My Backyard’

By Kirstin Lindstrom for EDRblog.com. With a not-insignificant modicum of success, a recent sea change in public, industry and non-profit collaborative efforts on public land issues has altered the atmosphere of environmental dispute discourse. Despite some notable failures, in the past few years there have been important advances in the public/private collaborative realm. Many collaborations […]

Achtenberg to deliver 2015 College of Law commencement address

(March 16, 2015) —Roberta Achtenberg, a 1975 University of Utah College of Law graduate who President Obama appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2011, will be the commencement speaker at the S.J. Quinney College of Law on May 15. Achtenberg is a civil rights attorney with more than 30 years of senior-level […]