SCOTUSblog editor Amy Howe to deliver 2020 commencement address

Editor and reporter Amy Howe will be the featured speaker at the 2020 graduation ceremony for law students on May 8. An expected 93 members of the Class of 2020 are scheduled to graduate at Kingsbury Hall. The second cohort of 16 students enrolled in the newly created Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree program will also […]

U researchers find public safety risks in bail reform

By Paul Gabrielsen, science writer, University Marketing & Communications Discussions of reforming the bail system, which allows defendants to post a monetary bond and leave jail while they await trial, often turn to the question of public safety. Would people out on bail commit crimes? The answer, according to two University of Utah professors, appears […]

GIVING: Lowell Brown gives back to the U

Lowell Brown is a dedicated alumnus who provides tremendous support to the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law after graduating in 1982. In 2015, Brown, began soliciting other law alums in Southern California to name a study room in the new building.  He and his wife Sonja recently made a significant gift to their endowed fund, […]

ALUMNI: Meet Tyler Buswell

Going to law school was a delay tactic for Tyler Buswell. He had graduated with an undergraduate degree in American Studies from Utah State University and wasn’t sure what to do next. “The idea of being a lawyer seemed like it provided me lots of options—more school!—instead of getting a job,” Buswell jokes. He graduated […]

Tales of law degrees and love

No one heads to law school expecting to find love, but when you put a bunch of bright young adults together, the occasional spark is bound to fly. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we celebrate a few of the law students who found love as well as a law degree at the S.J. Quinney […]

Stegner Center research questions whether national monument management plans follow federal law

New research from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment questions whether the federal government followed the law in finalizing management plans for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Two years ago, President Donald Trump cut the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante […]

Kronk Warner featured in diversity issue of PreLaw magazine

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner is featured in the latest issue of PreLaw magazine, a publication of The National Jurist, for her historic appointment as the first Native American and female dean earlier this year. Since assuming her role, Kronk Warner has focused on a number of initiatives […]

ALUMNI: Meet Robert Rice

As a newspaper and television reporter for about four years, Robert Rice wrote hundreds of stories about politics and Utah’s early Olympics bid. But he said he really learned how to write during his first year of law school, at the University of Utah. “As a journalist, I had some writing skills. But I must […]

Shaping young minds: 3L Stacie Simpson leads the Kids’ Court program

Any law student will tell you that there’s a lot of schoolwork—legal research, assigned readings, writing briefs—that doesn’t directly relate to physically going to court. But 3L Stacie Simpson spends five days a week in a pretend courtroom preparing for a battle with a team of young attorneys, witnesses, and bailiffs as part of the […]

ALUMNI: Meet Todd M. Justesen

By Angela Turnbow The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law last year graduated 16 students from its inaugural cohort for the new Master of Legal Studies program, creating a new group of alumni who are now a part of the College of Law community. The Master of Legal Studies program is a three-semester […]