Visiting Assistant Professor Mikayla Irvin expresses excitement for new opportunity at S.J. Quinney

Sep 04, 2023 | Alumni

Mikayla Irvin, a young white woman with blonde hair wearing a light-pink blouseMikayla Irvin has joined Utah Law as a Visiting Assistant Professor! She most recently worked in private practice, where she specialized in commercial litigation and appellate law.

“Prior to private practice, I clerked for Utah Supreme Court Justices John A. Pearce and Paige Petersen, whose red pens profoundly shaped my legal writing,” Irvin recalls. “I arrived at my clerkships as a recent S.J. Quinney grad, and it was largely the love I developed for the College of Law as a student that led me back here as a member of the faculty.”

Irvin will be teaching applied legal writing, problem solving & analysis, and a section of legal professions this year.

“I’m excited to have a front row seat to the students’ development into bar-licensed lawyers with killer legal writing skills and unwavering moral compasses,” she says. “I’m also looking forward to participating in the lunchtime workshops preparing 2 and 3Ls for the bar exam. Applying for and taking the bar is a long and often stressful process, and I’m anxious to create a space for students to ask questions or voice concerns.”

Since Irvin is a recent S.J. Quinney graduate, she knows the faculty well and is excited to be back at the law school.

“The faculty here at S.J. Quinney is truly unmatched. I was first introduced to the College of Law faculty as a student, and my professors were beyond brilliant, deeply caring and devoted to their students,” Irvin recalls. “I feel so blessed to be back amongst such a great group of individuals.”

When she’s not teaching, Irvin says she loves to be outside.

“I like to visit local farmers’ markets and read a book in the sun. I’m also always on the hunt for a great new spot for a meal or a drink.”

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