Bridging a Utah Cultural Divide: What’s Environmental Education Got to do With it?

by Paul Parker for  With over 100 groups, involved in environmental education (EE) in Utah, why don’t we talk to each other about issues and best practices? More than 50 environmental, government and educational leaders met to share their experiences and expertise in environmental education   This is exactly what HawkWatch International and the […]

Is There an Alternative to “Peacekeeping” Failures?

By Wayne McCormack for A recent article on the Foreign Policy blog[1] describes the knowledge of White House officials about the genocide unfolding in Rwanda in 1994 and their willful decision to pull UN peacekeeping forces out of the country. The article seems startling but all it really does is add details to what […]

Does HIPAA preempt state law claims related to privacy of individually identifiable health information?

By Cullen Archer for   Introduction The Supremacy Clause provides that the Constitution, and Laws and Treaties made pursuant to it, “shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”[1] Accordingly, if there is a conflict between federal law and state law, the latter is preempted. The difficulty is determining whether state or local law should […]

The Value of Iterative NEPA and Collaboration

By David Loomis & Jay Strand “Iterative and collaborative design are complementary, as at each increment various stakeholders are consulted. These methods do not map easily to the policy maze and institutional hierarchies that currently make up the apparatus of . . . planning.” – Anil Bawa-Cavia In 1970, Congress passed the National Environmental Policy […]

Forget Me Not: An Overview of the Right to Remove or Protect Personal Information

By Travis Walker for BiolawToday blog This spring faculty from the Center for Law and Biomedicine[1] at the S.J. Quinney College of Law discussed a new and important concept – the right to be forgotten. Professors Jorge L. Contreras[2] and Leslie Francis[3] presented on data use and how the law should respond. The CLE[4] addressed […]

Law Library Summer Hours

By Melissa Bernstein for the Quinney Library Blog- Summer hours for the law library begin on Saturday, May 9. The library will be open on Sundays from 1pm to 6pm, Monday through Thursday from 8am to 8pm, Fridays from 9am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm. Reference assistance is available Monday through Friday […]

Spotlight on the Bench to Bedside Competition

By Austen Paulsen for BiolawToday blog. On Wednesday, April 8th, the Center of Medical Innovation hosted the 5th annual Bench to Bedside Competition Night. As the patent fellows for the Center of Medical Innovation, Michelle Kevern and I were able to help six Bench to Bedside teams in drafting and filing provisional patent applications. We […]

Mow Mow Mow Your Lawn, But Not on High Ozone Days

By the Green Team  Who knew that your gasoline-powered lawnmower (or leafblower) is as much a part of our summertime air pollution problem as your gasoline-powered vehicle? On Earth Day, the Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality announced a lawnmower discount and exchange event, at which electric lawnmowers would be available for a discounted price. But […]

Law Day – May 1

By Melissa Bernstein for the Quinney Library Blog – Did you know that May 1 is Law Day in the U.S.? This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Read the President’s Law Day proclamation here. Law Day, a national day to celebrate the rule of law, was first proclaimed in 1958 […]

The Donation Ban on Gay Blood

By Travis Walker for the blog. Last December the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to modify regulations for gay blood donors. Under the current rule, men who have had sex with other men since 1977 (MSM)[1] are barred for life from contributing blood in any form.[2] The new proposal would allow MSM […]