Fostering productive dialogue and civility in divided times

Politically motivated shootings. People being viciously attacked—verbally and physically—just because they are a certain race or ethnicity. Vitriol flying back and forth across social media. Friends, neighbors, and even family members that no longer speak to each other as a result of how they voted in the last presidential election. There is no question that […]

Public Policy Clinic publishes “Misbehavior or Misdemeanor? A Report on the Utah’s School to Prison Pipeline”

School disciplinary actions are decreasing in Utah’s public school system, but disparities in the amount of discipline administered along racial lines continues to exist and in some cases has worsened, according to a new joint report released today by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and Voices for Utah Children, a non-profit […]

Cassell appears before Wisconsin legislative committee to advocate for crime victims’ rights

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell traveled to Madison, Wisconsin this week to testify before a joint legislative committee regarding Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin — a proposed amendment to the Wisconsin state constitution that would protect crime victims’ rights. Cassell has testified before the Idaho and Nevada legislatures earlier this […]

FACULTY: Hwang invited to present at prestigious Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum

Cathy Hwang, an associate professor at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, has been selected to participate in the Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum at Stanford Law School on June 6-7. Her paper, Deal Momentum, is forthcoming in the UCLA Law Review, and explores the role of non-binding agreements in sophisticated, high-value business deals.  “Parties often […]

The president’s “enemy” rhetoric and the press

President Trump’s declarations that the press is the “enemy of the American people,” accompanied by overt hostile acts, are not merely different in degree but different in kind from the tensions and antagonisms with the media that have punctuated many previous presidencies, according to two Utah law professors. RonNell Andersen Jones of the University of […]

Calculating justice: Dryer’s students create sentencing app

The rap sheet for the criminal defendant included a laundry list of petty crimes. There were prior convictions for theft, a case of fraud and a history of violence. So when a judge was faced with how to sentence the defendant for a new offense, she turned to technology for help weighing whether the defendant […]

Rosky publishes new research on anti-gay curriculum laws

Clifford Rosky, a professor at the University’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, will publish a new comprehensive study of anti-gay curriculum laws in a forthcoming issue of the Columbia Law Review. The research, titled “Anti-Gay Curriculum Laws,” explores which issues the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement should prioritize in the aftermath of the […]

New research explores impact of broadening CRISPR patents

New research published by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Associate Professor Jorge Contreras in the journal Science proposes that universities currently holding CRISPR patents open their licenses to broader segments of the biopharma industry —a change that could potentially lead to important discoveries for human health and medicine.   “Because the potential for […]

U law professors submit amicus curiae briefs in State of Washington v. Trump case

The S.J. Quinney College of Law has arranged to live stream the Ninth Circuit oral argument in State of Washington v. Trump into the  law school’s moot courtroom on Feb.7, beginning at 4 p.m. MST. This is an unusual argument in that advocates will be participating via telephone, but at a minimum, audio will be available for the entire […]

Sundance, philosophy and the law: S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Leslie Francis will bring academic perspective to film festival

There’s a new correspondent reporting live from the Sundance Film Festival this year. Leslie Francis, a professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will be reporting from the festival from the lens of her academic expertise in law and philosophy. She’ll attend about 25 films at the festival from Jan.19-29, where […]