Spruance honored by Utah State Bar for work with law school’s Pro Bono Initiative

JoLynn Spruance, director of the Pro Bono Initiative at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law,  has been named by the Utah State Bar as “Community Member of the Year.” The award will be presented at the 2016 Utah State Bar Fall Forum and is given to someone for outstanding service toward the […]

Peterson appears in USA Today on Trump U analysis

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Christopher L. Peterson appeared in an Oct. 25 USA Today series on “Trump and the Law.” Peterson in recent weeks has fielded several media requests to discuss his analysis outlining why there is a legally sufficient case to impeach Donald Trump under the U.S. Constitution on […]

Rosky appears in media on lawsuit challenging Utah “no promo homo” laws

Equality Utah recently filed a lawsuit challenging state laws that ban positive speech about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Utah public schools.  The lawsuit claims that the laws violate the U.S. Constitution and federal education law by discriminating against LGBT people and restricting the First Amendment rights of students and teachers.  It […]

Baughman publishes new book on criminal law

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Shima Baughman has published a new textbook along with co-authors Paul H. Robinson of the University of Pennsylvania and Michael T. Cahill of Rutgers University.   The book, Criminal Law Case Studies & Controversies, 4E, according to its description from the publisher’s web site,  “eschews traditional reliance […]

Alumna Landau to lead Utah Indigent Defense Commission

The Utah Indigent Defense Commission has announced that Joanna E. Landau, an S.J. Quinney College of Law alumna, has been hired as its executive director. Landau brings experience as a public defender with the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association to the position, where she worked for several years representing indigent criminal defendants on appeal to […]

From young Court TV viewer to aspiring lawyer: Dominca Dela Cruz takes path of public interest law while making a difference in the community

Scott Peterson appeared in headlines daily in 2002 as he became a suspect in the disappearance of his pregnant wife, Laci, in Modesto, California. The case quickly became tabloid fodder as it played out, with grisly details emerging in the following year that pointed to Peterson’s involvement. But as the world viewed Peterson with a […]

Cassell featured in Heritage Foundation debate on Miranda rights

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell recently participated in a debate sponsored by the Heritage Foundation, exploring whether Miranda rights should be remade. “Fifty years ago, a closely divided Supreme Court decided a criminal procedure case known to almost every American – Miranda v. Arizona. To protect a suspect against […]

Fordham Debate on legalization of marijuana draws large crowd

The 33rd Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate on Oct. 19, sponsored by the S.J. Quinney College of Law, drew a packed auditorium and several media mentions.  The debate explored the controversial question of whether marijuana should be legalized in the United States. The debate was referenced in the Salt Lake Tribune,  CannabisFeed, VisitSalt Lake, and KRCL. A […]

From priesthood to the courtroom: Meet S.J.Quinney College of Law student Rob Moriarty

After spending 20 years as a Catholic priest, Rob Moriarty was ready to take a different leap of faith. The Kearns native was leading a congregation of nearly 2,500 parishioners at Saint Francis Xavier Church in 2013 when a simple reality hit: He needed a change. He’d been an ordained priest in the Catholic Diocese […]

Moeinvaziri puts law into practice through college’s Pro Bono Initiative

Each October, the American Bar Association promotes Pro Bono Week —an annual effort to recognize pro bono service in the legal community. The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law this year again will host several events starting on Oct. 24 to encourage a spirit of volunteerism among students and attorneys, and to recognize […]