Panel of experts discuss PTSD, legal issues facing veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, the S.J. Quinney College of Law recently hosted a roundtable discussion with several experts about issues faced by veterans, including the legal issues surrounding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The panel of experts included: -Jim Holbrook, veteran and professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law -John Baxter, veteran, judge, and […]

3L Samuel Mehr gains perspective from volunteering to help pro bono clients

By Shelby Jarman Unlike many law students, Samuel Mehr did not always know that he wanted to go to law school. His interests lie in business and finance, and specifically social impact investing. As he was finishing up graduate work in economics at Central Michigan University in 2016, he realized that having a legal background […]

November alumni spotlight: Michele Christiansen Forster

Michele Christiansen Forster began law school at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in the early 1990s as part of the first incoming class in history to consist of more women than men. She’s continued to be a trailblazer since graduating and has held several positions in the public sphere, including serving […]

Ruple visits Pakistan to address looming water crisis and water security

In Pakistan, reliable drinking water is accessible to less than 15 percent of the population, inadequate sanitation contributes to preventable waterborne diseases, and inefficient water management leads to distribution inequities. These problems will increase as Pakistan’s population grows, climate change impacts water availability, and as reservoirs fill with sediment and lose capacity. As the country’s […]

S.J. Quinney College of Law named among “best value” law schools in U.S. by preLaw magazine

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law has been named among the best value law schools in the country in the latest issue of preLaw magazine. The S.J. Quinney College of Law earned a “A” ranking for its overall value in the publication, which is issued by National Jurist magazine.  The College of […]

Student spotlight: 3L Michael Harmond stays true to his roots with pro bono work

By Shelby Jarman When Michael Harmond began law school in 2016, he was leaving behind a five-year career in nonprofit organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of America and the Fair Credit Foundation. “My background is in nonprofits, and when I came to law school, I didn’t want to lose that part of me,” […]

Free speech on college campuses subject of 35th annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate on Nov. 15

Should First Amendment rights of members of university communities be constrained if their speech undermines the mission of the university? That question will be the subject of the 35th Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate on Nov. 15 at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The debate begins at 5 p.m, with a reception […]

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Celebrates Pro Bono Week

Did you know students at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College Law volunteer their time to provide free legal services to those in need at a significantly higher rate in comparison to their peers at other law schools across the country? In 2017-2018, S.J. Quinney College of Law students contributed approximately 28,400 volunteer hours […]

Cassell files petition in Utah Supreme Court alleging under-prosecution of sexual assault cases in Utah

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell filed a petition in the Utah Supreme Court on Oct. 16 alleging four sexual assault cases in Utah were not prosecuted and should be prosecuted through the appointment of a prosecutor by the Utah Supreme Court. Cassell along with a team of attorneys filed […]

October alumni highlight: Meet Rick Schwermer

Rick Schwermer graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1986, launching a career that has been rich in public service. Schwermer has served with the Utah State Courts since 1990, and as assistant state court administrator since 1995. Among other duties, he has served as the judiciary’s representative to the Utah Legislature; coordinated […]