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Public Policy Clinic Report on School Dicipline Cited in Fusion.net Story

Work of the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Public Policy Clinic was cited in a May 26, 2015 story on Fusion.net Fifty-five American Indian students in Utah elementary schools were referred to law enforcement in 2011, compared to zero of their white counterparts, according to a new report from the University of Utah Law School’s Public […]

American Indians Disproportionately Disciplined at School Compared to White Students, Clinic Research Shows

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH MEDIA RELEASE   Deep dive as part of “School-to-Prison Pipeline” research at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Public Policy Clinic brings to light disturbing disparities. May 22, 2015 – School disciplinary actions handed down to students at Utah public schools disproportionately impact American Indian children over all other […]

Public Policy Clinic Students Host Community Meeting

April 7, 2015 – Public Policy Clinic students Stephanie Pitcher, Amy Martz, Amy Shewan and Vanessa Walsh, traveled to Montezuma Creek, Utah to host a community meeting.  The goal was to listen to concerns of the Navajo community regarding school disciplinary actions. The meeting was held at the Aneth Chapter house and was attended by school officials, […]

Public Policy Clinic Student Presents at ASU Symposium

On March 27, 2015, Vanessa Walsh `16, a student in the public policy clinic, presented information on school disciplinary data for American Indian students at the STPP in Indian Country symposium held at the Sandra Day O’Conner Law School at Arizona State University. The one-day event brought together individuals to discuss pipeline concerns, experts who […]

Deseret News Editorial Cites Work of Public Policy Clinic

A March 6, 2015 editorial in the Deseret News titled, “In our opinion: Closing the ‘discipline gap’ in our schools to keep kids in class” cites the work of the Public Policy Clinic. The publication From Fingerpaints to Fingerprints: School-to-Prison Pipline in Utah, is the work of Professor Emily Chaing’s class, and Jordin Albers, Sean Brian, […]

High School Student Opines on School-to-Prison Pipeline

Urged to take action by Professor Emily Chiang and College of Law students enrolled in the Public Policy Clinic, high school student Varesh Gorabi published an op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune titled, “Help us divert students from the school-to-prison pipeline.” Gorabi, a student and writer for the Highland Rambler at Highland High School, joined youth from all over the […]

‘A Lot of Positive Experiences’: 2L Walsh Describes her Involvement in Public Policy Clinic

Vanessa Walsh, a 2L, came to the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law after a career in the financial industry where she planned and managed the operating budget for the customer service division of a national credit card company. After the death of her parents and a failed attempt at early retirement, she […]

3L Smurthwaite Publishes Articles in Diplomatic Courier Reflecting on his Experiences Interning in China

Last summer, Alan Smurthwaite, a 3L at the University of Utah S.J. College of Law, completed an international law internship in China through the Utah-Qinghai EcoPartnership. Upon returning to Utah, he published two co-authored articles, “Improving Water Quality in Qinghai Province” and “Open Innovation and IP Trends in China: Insights on the Utah Qinghai EcoPartnership,” […]

Chiang Interviewed on School Discipline

Professor Emily Chiang was interviewed on the KNRS Rod Arquette Show December 1, 2014. The interview focused on school discipline and Utah’s School-to-Prison Pipeline. Listen to the complete interview here »

2L Vanessa Walsh Publishes Op-Ed on School Discipline

Vanessa Walsh, a 2L at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, published an op-ed in the Deseret News on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Titled “School discipline needs to change,” Walsh comments on her work as part of the Public Policy Clinic with Professor Emily Chiang. “One in 5 students drop out of Utah high schools. […]