Alumna Cristina Ortega to deliver 2019 commencement address

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law alumna and veteran prosecutor Cristina Ortega will be the featured speaker at the 2019 graduation ceremony for law students on May 10. Eighty-five members of the Class of 2019 are expected to graduate at Kingsbury Hall. Seventy-five spring graduates will join 10 law students who graduated in […]

S.J. Quinney College of Law alumna Cecilia Romero selected to become federal magistrate judge

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law alumna Cecilia Romero has been selected to become a federal magistrate judge. The U.S. District Court for Utah announced Friday that Romero has been chosen to fill an upcoming vacancy on the federal bench. Romero will fill the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells, who will […]

November alumni spotlight: Michele Christiansen Forster

Michele Christiansen Forster began law school at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in the early 1990s as part of the first incoming class in history to consist of more women than men. She’s continued to be a trailblazer since graduating and has held several positions in the public sphere, including serving […]

Free speech on college campuses subject of 35th annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate on Nov. 15

Should First Amendment rights of members of university communities be constrained if their speech undermines the mission of the university? That question will be the subject of the 35th Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate on Nov. 15 at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The debate begins at 5 p.m, with a reception […]

October alumni highlight: Meet Rick Schwermer

Rick Schwermer graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1986, launching a career that has been rich in public service. Schwermer has served with the Utah State Courts since 1990, and as assistant state court administrator since 1995. Among other duties, he has served as the judiciary’s representative to the Utah Legislature; coordinated […]

Alumna Moeinvaziri honored with the Catherine Caputo Hoskins Emerging Leader Award from the Community Action Partnership of Utah

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law alumna Melissa (“Mel”) Moeinvaziri has received the Catherine Caputo Hoskins Emerging Leader Award from the Community Action Partnership of Utah (CAP Utah). Each year, CAP Utah holds an annual Poverty Conference to train professionals and volunteers in the nonprofit, government and business sectors whose work is focused on alleviating […]

SCHOLARSHIP: Utah Law Review Opportunity Fund

The Utah Law Review Society was founded in 1948 with the purpose of serving the interests of students, the bench, the Utah State Bar and surrounding areas. Since then, its scope has expanded to include legal issues of importance both domestically and internationally. The Utah Law Review is a student-run organization, with all editorial and organizational decisions […]

ALUMNI: Why Reunions Have Meaning

By Lori Nelson We are in the middle of this fall’s reunion planning cycle and it occurred to me that while I really want alumni to attend their reunions I hadn’t really thought through why.  It was the “why” that caught my attention. I know, for my own reunion last year, I was very excited […]

ALUMNI: Meet U.S. Supreme Court fellow and alumnus Parker Douglas 

Parker Douglas jokes that friends tell him he’s the legal equivalent of Forrest Gump. With a storied legal career that has included a diverse array of cases tried while working as an assistant federal defender and in private practice before joining the Utah Attorney General’s Office in 2014, Douglas has worked on some of Utah’s […]

S.J. Quinney College of Law maintains strengths in U.S. News & World Report rankings

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s traditional strengths as a perennially-ranked law school and national leader in environmental law are reflected in newly released rankings of best U.S. law schools. According to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Graduate Schools, the College of Law is ranked 54th among 202 […]