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Utah Court of Appeals holds special oral argument session for students and public at College of Law

Apr 10, 2024

The Utah Court of Appeals held oral arguments on Wednesday, April 3, at the College of Law to give students a firsthand look at the state’s appellate court proceedings. Judge Ryan M. Harris, Judge Gregory Orme, and Judge Ryan Tenney heard arguments from two different cases in the moot courtroom and held a question-and-answer session from students about the proceedings.

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U.S. News ranks Utah Law #28—our highest ranking ever

Apr 09, 2024

The S. J. Quinney College of Law has been ranked #28 nationally—and #11 among public law schools—in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Law Schools ranking, released this morning. This is the college’s highest ranking ever, the first time we’ve reached the Top 30, and our sixth straight year of gains.

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Professor Amos Guiora featured in local media for efforts to halt abuse within the Utah National Guard

Apr 09, 2024

Professor Amos Guiora, an expert in complicity law and the director of the Bystander Initiative, was featured in Salt Lake Tribune and KUTV articles about his new partnership with the Utah National Guard to report and investigate abuse.

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Spring to D.C.: 2L Sam Snell shares experiences living in the U.S. capital for a semester

Apr 08, 2024

For the past few months, Snell has made Washington, D.C., his home as part of the new Spring to D.C. program, a partnership between the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Hinckley Institute of Politics that allows 2Ls and 3Ls to spend a spring semester living and working in the U.S. capital.

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Professor Brigham Daniels interviewed by local media about endangered bird and its impact on Great Salt Lake conservation efforts

Apr 04, 2024

Professor Brigham Daniels, director of the Great Salt Lake Project, was recently interviewed by The Salt Lake Tribune and ABC4 about the petition to protect the Wilson’s phalarope, a shorebird, under the Endangered Species Act.

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Pro Bono Initiative offers free family law legal advice at Kearns Public Library

Apr 04, 2024

The Pro Bono Initiative (PBI) at the S.J. Quinney College of Law is committed to serving the community by offering brief legal advice sites throughout the Salt Lake valley. One of our newest legal help programs is the family law site at the Kearns Public Library, held the fourth Thursday of each month from 5-7 p.m.

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Professor Chris Peterson interviewed by KUER about Utah’s new Olympic bid

Apr 03, 2024

Professor Chris Peterson, an expert in consumer finance, was recently interviewed by Utah’s public radio station, KUER, about what Utah’s new Olympic bid means for taxpayers.

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Utah Law holds poverty simulation April 9 to represent low-income families living on limited budget

Apr 02, 2024

Utah Law is holding a poverty simulation on Tuesday, April 9, aiming to bridge the gap between understanding and experiencing the daily hurdles faced by those in need. Over the course of an hour, divided into four 15-minute sessions representing a week each, individuals will assume the roles of residents struggling to balance the demands of providing for their family with the limited resources at their disposal.

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Research Professor Danya Rumore quoted in The Atlantic about conflict resolution research and new Utah DEI law

Apr 02, 2024

Research Professor Danya Rumore was quoted in an article in The Atlantic about Utah’s new Equal Opportunity Initiatives law and how it affects universities.

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Don’t give up your power when dealing with conflict

Apr 01, 2024

Over my many years of doing conflict resolution and collaboration work, it has become very clear to me that we have a serious problem with power. People involved in conflict often describe themselves as powerless. Or they ask questions such as “How do you negotiate with people who have more power than you?” or “What do I do if they have all of the power?” Or they wonder how parties can collaborate when there are serious power imbalances.

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3L Molly Hemenway receives Dee Benson Memorial Scholarship

Mar 29, 2024

3L Molly Hemenway earned her undergraduate degree in political science but says she didn’t have a clear idea of a career path afterward. She worked a lot of different positions, mainly in the service industry, and couldn’t find something that was a good fit.

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Understanding the petition to list the Wilson’s phalarope

Mar 28, 2024

Today, a number of environmental groups filed a petition to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service asking the federal government to list Wilson’s phalarope as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The purpose of this brief analysis is to explain the significance of the petition to policy makers and Utah’s public and to provide thoughts about the best approach for the state to take regarding the petition.

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Caitlin Imhoff shares passion for Utah Law clinics and environmental justice

Mar 26, 2024

Caitlin Imhoff recalls being a very argumentative child and frustrating her parents because she was so good at arguing. While law school was always part of her plan while she was growing up, Imhoff first earned a degree in English with a creative writing emphasis and double minors in philosophy and medieval and renaissance studies. When she decided to take a break between her undergraduate and law school, Imhoff joined Teach for America and taught seventh-grade English in Las Vegas, Nev., for a year, which she says was very challenging.

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Pioneering legal aid with the Pro Bono Initiative prison legal site

Mar 25, 2024

Students participating in the Pro Bono Initiative at the College of Law have a new way to serve community members: a legal site at the Utah State Correctional Facility 15 miles northwest of campus.

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Barista, bartender, bar: 3L Anthony Tenney’s journey to law school

Mar 22, 2024

3L Anthony Tenney initially planned on the life of an academic after pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from Ohio State University. However, after working in the service industry for several years as a barista and bartender and then losing his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he began thinking of alternative ways to influence his community.

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Utah Law announces new Alexander Zeev Guiora Bystander Initiative Award

Mar 20, 2024

It was after his father’s death in 2015 that Professor Amos Guiora learned that Zeev Guiora, a highly regarded psychology, psychiatry, and linguistics professor, was an extraordinary mentor to a wide range of students worldwide.

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Supreme Court justices mention Prof. Teneille Brown’s amicus brief in Diaz v. United States case oral arguments

Mar 19, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Delilah Guadalupe Diaz v. United States (No. 23-14), for which Professor Teneille Brown
co-wrote an amicus brief in February 2024. The justices mentioned the amicus brief directly in arguments, and Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson asked the parties about examples in the brief.

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3L Michael Meszaros discusses his experience as a veteran with Humans of the U

Mar 18, 2024

“Coming to law school has been a really nice change of pace. I like being encouraged to ask questions and use my brain, rather than just being expected to do as I am told.”

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Utah Law remembers alumnus Raymond Uno

Mar 14, 2024

The College of Law mourns the passing of retired judge Raymond Uno—a Utah Law alumnus, the first minority judge in Utah, and a towering figure in the state’s legal community.

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Utah Law alumna Melissa Holyoak confirmed as Federal Trade Commission commissioner

Mar 12, 2024

Utah alumna Melissa Holyoak (JD ’03) has been confirmed to serve as a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) commissioner. Holyoak was nominated by President Biden in July 2023 to serve as an FTC commissioner, and her term will end Sept. 25, 2025.

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MLS student Evangelina Marquez feels confident at Utah Law

Mar 11, 2024

Now that she is halfway through the one-year (three semesters) MLS program, Marquez confidently says that it’s the people at Utah Law who have made it an enjoyable experience.

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