VanCott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy gift brings slice of history to law school

The black-and-white photo shows a downtown Salt Lake City street bustling in 1899 with celebration: Women with parasols and long trumpet-like skirts and men sporting bowlers and straw boaters. The slice of history documented in the photo includes a caption to mark the occasion — hundreds gathered for a parade to mark the homecoming of […]

Meet disability law attorney Dianna Cannon

Dianna Cannon applied to law school as a back-up plan. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Cannon longed to go to graduate school for art history in 1989. High tuition for the program she was interested in at the time stopped her. Her plan-B, however, quickly elevated into what she realized should have been her plan-A […]

Meet family law attorney and advocate Lauren Barros

Lauren Barros wanted to find a career that aligned with a simple but challenging goal: To make a difference in the world. “I knew law school would give me more power to help make the world a better place,” said Barros, who arrived at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1990 […]

Meet Utah Solicitor General Tyler Green

Tyler Green first thought of a career in law as an undergraduate at the University of Utah, when he took a class on media law and the First Amendment. “That was my first exposure to case law and legal reasoning outside of the occasional bad sitcom or movie. I enjoyed the class, and law sounded […]

The difference maker

Jane Marquardt didn’t initially think of law as career she could pursue. “I was going to be a teacher, that was my major in college,” said Marquardt, a 1977 graduate of the University of Utah College of Law who today serves as vice chair at Utah’s Management & Training Corporation, where she serves on the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

U alum Skyler Anderson shares story of deportation battle with law students

For two years, Constantine Golicov sat in a Utah County Jail, facing the possibility of deportation to Moldova —a country he’d left as a 15-year-old in 2001 to start a new life in the U.S. with his family in Utah.  His crime? He’d been placed in deportation proceedings in 2012 after a third-degree felony conviction […]

Starting a new chapter in alumni relations

Lou Cisz arrived at the University of Utah in 1986 at a time when the market was hungry for law students to join the ranks at large law firms across the country. He fell in love with bankruptcy law during a summer internship at Richards, Brandt, Miller and Nelson, finding himself in the courtroom on […]