The man behind the Mitchell Melich Scholarship

Mitchell Melich was a Utah man in every sense of the word. He earned his law degree from the University of Utah in 1934 and went on to serve the university he loved as a regent and an advisory council member. When Melich died in 1999 at the age of 87 it was no surprise […]

Cassell to argue victim’s rights case on restitution for traffic-related crimes before Arizona Supreme Court

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell will argue an important crime victims’ rights case before the Arizona Supreme Court on April 25.  The case involves whether a $10,000 cap on restitution for certain traffic-related crimes imposed by the Arizona legislature is unconstitutional in light of the Arizona’s Victims’ Bill of […]

The president’s “enemy” rhetoric and the press

President Trump’s declarations that the press is the “enemy of the American people,” accompanied by overt hostile acts, are not merely different in degree but different in kind from the tensions and antagonisms with the media that have punctuated many previous presidencies, according to two Utah law professors. RonNell Andersen Jones of the University of […]

Calculating justice: Dryer’s students create sentencing app

The rap sheet for the criminal defendant included a laundry list of petty crimes. There were prior convictions for theft, a case of fraud and a history of violence. So when a judge was faced with how to sentence the defendant for a new offense, she turned to technology for help weighing whether the defendant […]

Law students prepare to handle a terrorist attack

  A bomb explodes in a crowded marketplace packed with shoppers. An armed gunman storms into a nightclub, killing unsuspecting victims on the dance floor.  A plane is hijacked, then flown into the ground, killing hundreds of people on board. All are scenarios from the headlines, but all are also possible scenes that may play […]

Alumni Highlight: Alan Sullivan

Alan Sullivan was studying 17th Century English poetry in 1969 when the course of his career path changed. He didn’t want to head to Vietnam with scores of his peers to fight in the war and knew that deferment was a possibility through enrolling in the AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service program designed to bring […]

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law named among top schools for practical training by The National Jurist magazine

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s strong clinical program, simulation courses, Pro Bono Initiative and other opportunities for students to gain hands on experience before graduation has propelled the college to be named among the best law schools in the nation for practical legal training, according to newly released rankings by The National […]

Rosky publishes new research on anti-gay curriculum laws

Clifford Rosky, a professor at the University’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, will publish a new comprehensive study of anti-gay curriculum laws in a forthcoming issue of the Columbia Law Review. The research, titled “Anti-Gay Curriculum Laws,” explores which issues the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement should prioritize in the aftermath of the […]

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law retains top-tier status

(March 14, 2017) —The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s traditional strengths as a top-tier law school and national leader in environmental law are reflected in newly released rankings of top U.S. law schools. According to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Graduate Schools, the College of Law is ranked 44th […]

Alumni Highlight: Kate Conyers

On the surface, one of the cases attorney Kate Conyers handled early in her career at the the Salt Lake County Legal Defenders Association looked impossible to beat. The defendant, her client, had signed a confession admitting to theft at Wal-Mart. Filling in for a colleague at the jury trial, Conyers first met the defendant […]