Citizen Referendum? I vote “needs review”

By Larry Schooler for EDRblog.org.  Did the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote resolve anything? What does such a narrow margin of victory for the Leave (EU) position really mean? What about the referendum in Austin, Texas, on transportation networking companies like Uber and Lyft? The measure was drafted by the companies and when it failed, two of […]

In the Footsteps of Many: Collaboration is Key to Preserving the National Park Experience

By Cory MacNulty for EDRblog.org. Just under 12 million people visited Utah’s 13 national park sites in 2015.  Park enthusiasts are flocking to these iconic landscapes to scramble up Angels Landing at Zion National Park, contemplate the Milky Way galaxy and dark, starry night skies at Bryce Canyon National Park, and to experience an awe […]

“Endless pressure, endlessly applied:” Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness Bill

By Rick Johnson for EDRblog.org.  It’s a special day when the President of the United States opens the door and invites you in. As Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) would later say to President Obama as we stood in a circle around the Presidential Seal on the Oval Office rug, “You know, Rick here has been […]

Kendra Brown on being a LABS Student Fellow

By Kendra Brown for BiolawToday.org. For the 2015-2016 academic year I had the incredible opportunity to work as a Biolaw Fellow for the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences. My fellowship worked in conjunction with my position as the Student Director of the Medical-Legal Clinic through S.J. Quinney’s Pro Bono Initiative. The Medical-Legal Clinic provides […]

Anikka Hoidal on being a LABS Student Fellow

By Anikka Hoidal for BiolawToday.org. Being a fellow is the most rewarding experience of my law school career. This year I had the opportunity to work on a number of research projects under the guidance of Dr. Francis and Professor Brown. Among my favorite experiences this year was joining Dr. Francis and Professor Brown at the […]

Protecting the Victims of the “Victimless Crime”

By Samuel Hall for GlobalJusticeBlog.com. As of the last estimate conducted by the Fondation Scelles (an organization dedicated to fighting global sexual exploitation) there are approximately one million prostitutes in the United States. According to comprehensive studies on the subject, more than 70% of these prostitutes were sexually abused as a direct precursor to prostitution. […]

Human Trafficking and Transnational Enforcement

By Amanda Ulland for GlobalJusticeBlog.com Human trafficking is often considered to be modern day slavery.[1]  Human trafficking, in the transnational sense, is the process in which people are recruited or taken from their country of origin and transported to a destination in a foreign country where they are exploited for the purposes of forced labor, […]

How Dialogue Can Help Small Rural Towns Navigate Planning Challenges

By Bob Ford, Pam Leach, and Tracy Dutson for EDRblog.org. Rockville is a small town located at the edge of Zion National Park that has a proud history of being a quiet, rural, agricultural community.  Like many other locations in the Intermountain West, Rockville is experiencing stresses on its infrastructure and way-of-life as tourism grows, […]

U.S. Responsibility in the Refugee Crisis

By Nicole Kunzler Pearce for GlobalJusticeBlog.com The Syrian/Iraq War has created a refugee crisis unlike any the world has seen. Nearly 5 million Syrians have fled their homes and country.[1] Another 6.6 million remain internally displaced.[2] Bringing the total number of refugees to nearly 11 million individuals living as refugees, half of those being children.[3] […]

Spotlight: Bench to Bedside Competition Night

By Austen Paulsen for BioLawToday.org. This year, the University of Utah’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) hosted the 6th annual Bench to Bedside competition on Monday, April 4th.  As patent law fellows for the CMI, Thomas Woodland, Dave Duncan and I worked with many of the competitors, explaining the process of obtaining patent protection on […]