Welcome to Utah Law’s new faculty for the 2023 school year

Sep 07, 2023 | Faculty

The S.J. Quinney College of Law has welcomed several new faculty members to our community this year. We also celebrate our faculty who have taken named professorships and new leadership roles at Utah Law. Please join us in congratulating them!


Associate Professor Daniel Aaron, a young man with olive skin and dark brown hair and a beard wearing a navy blazer and navy and fuchsia floral shirt
Daniel Aaron

Associate Professor Daniel Aaron joins S.J. Quinney from Harvard Law School, where he earned his JD after earning a medical degree from the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. His research centers on health law, and Aaron will also be teaching a class on tort law.


Professor Brigham Daniels, a white man with light brown hair, glasses, and a light brown beard.

Brigham Daniels

Professor Brig Daniels was a visiting professor in 2022 and has joined Utah Law full-time in 2023. He previously served as the Marion B. and Rulon A. Earl Professor at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. Daniels focuses on the creation and administration of environmental law, the commons, and public risk management and will be teaching torts, property law, and environmental law.

Associate professor Erick Sam, a man with dark-brown hair and dark brown eyes and olive skin wearing a charcoal suit jacket

Erick Sam

Associate Professor Erick Sam has joined S.J. Quinney by way of New York University, where he was a fellow in the law school and visiting scholar in the philosophy department. He received his PhD in philosophy from Duke University, JD from Yale Law School, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in philosophy and in economics from Brown University. Sam previously practiced as a tax attorney in the New York office of the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell and will be teaching classes on tax law and contracts.



Mikayla Irvin, a young white woman with blonde hair wearing a light-pink blouse
Mikayla Irvin

Assistant Professor Mikayla Irvin, a recent S.J. Quinney graduate, has returned to the college as a visiting professor. She most recently worked in private practice, where she specialized in commercial litigation and appellate law. Prior to private practice, she clerked for Utah Supreme Court Justices John A. Pearce and Paige Petersen. Irvin will be teaching applied legal writing, problem solving & analysis, and a section of legal professions this year.