From the Dean’s Desk: Fall 2023

RES GESTAE | Fall 2023

Elizabeth Kronk Warner, a Native woman with white skin and dark-brown hair wearing a red blazerDear alumni and friends,

I have really enjoyed our SJQ on the Road events these past several months and catching up with alumni around the country. I am energized by the amazing work you do. When visiting with alumni, I am regularly asked how things are at Utah Law. The short answer is that things have never been better! We continue to have the best students in the country, and I am regularly impressed with the impactful research and consulting being done by our world-class faculty.

We welcomed three new full-time faculty members to Utah Law at the start of this academic year, and they are already making powerful contributions. We are also fortunate to have the best staff of any law school in the country. I am heartened to see Utah Law valued in recent U.S. News and World Report Rankings, currently ranked the highest we have ever been—no. 32 overall and no. 12 among public law schools. All of this would not be possible without the amazing support we receive from our alumni and donors. Thank you for all you do.

But this doesn’t tell the full story of just how amazing this SJQ community truly is. This is where Res Gestae is so helpful in telling the stories of how our community members truly impact society. I really enjoyed the stories in this edition. First, our feature story about the Serassio sisters, who attended Utah Law together and truly made their mark on the profession. Similarly, a recent graduate is making his mark, as Vince Mancini was hired shortly after graduating to join the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

This edition of Res Gestae also highlights the Beatrice F. Kroesche Foundation Scholarship, established by the Foundation to honor the late Beatrice Kroesche. A 1983 alum of the College of Law, Beatrice was truly inspirational as she completed law school despite tremendous obstacles. We are honored to count her and her son, Tom Kroesche of the Kroesche Foundation, among our alumni. We are also delighted to have the scholarship in Beatrice’s name to help support students such as Paulina Barboza, whom you will read more about. Because of the generosity of alumni and donors like Tom and the Kroesche Foundation, we can not only ensure the legacy of important members of our community but also help to support our students.

It is because of support like this that Utah Law continues to thrive. That is why I am so excited that President Taylor Randall has invested a $3.5 million matching challenge to support student scholarships over the next five years. We invite you to make a gift to our general scholarship fund or an endowed fund of your choice, matched dollar for dollar by President Randall. Join us for this incredible opportunity to raise $7 million in scholarships, with every penny of your gift doubled and going directly to our students. Make your gift online or via check, securities, a pledge over time, or more options on our website, law.utah.edu/give.

As always, thank you for your support.  I feel so fortunate to be part of this vibrant SJQ community.

Chi Miigwetch (many thanks!),

Elizabeth Kronk Warner

Jefferson B. & Rita E. Fordham Presidential Dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law