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Utah Business 2024 Legal Elite list honors Utah Law alumni and faculty

Jun 24, 2024

Utah Business partnered with law firm Kirton McConkie to present the 2024 Legal Elite, which honors 100 leading Utah lawyers who have made significant contributions in their respective legal fields. The award judges included Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner, along with alums Mike Mower and Noella Subdury.

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Sharing memories: Honoring alums George K. Fadel and Roger Thompson

Jun 21, 2024

The College of Law recently introduced a brand-new way to celebrate older alums and, on the same day, honored both the class of 2024 and graduates spanning the decades at the annual Alumni Awards. We’ve spotlighted just two of the attendees—George Fadel and Roger Thompson.

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Professor James Holbrook celebrates 50 years as a Utah Law alum

Jun 11, 2024

Clinical Professor James Holbrook recently celebrated his 50th year as a graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Now an inducted member of the Golden Gavel society, he is also a recent recipient of the Alumni of the Year award, which he received at the Alumni Awards ceremony April 12.

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Humans at SJQ: Meet the students, alumni, and faculty we’ve featured in 2023-2024

May 29, 2024

The S.J. Quinney College of Law has a wonderful community that includes a wide variety of people, each with their own story of what drew them to the legal field. Here are some of the amazing Humans at SJQ that we featured this year.

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Lightbulb moment: Alum Mark Pittman shares how law degree supports entrepreneurship

May 27, 2024

One night in March 2014, Mark Pittman (’15) was stuck at a traffic light on 700 E after leaving the University of Utah campus. Suddenly, he had an inspiration for a brand-new business.

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Spirit of Quinney: Award recipient and alum Kelley Gale discusses his commitment to mentorship

May 23, 2024

Kelley Gale completed his undergraduate degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. When it was time to attend law school, the Intermountain West appealed to him—and the S.J. Quinney College of Law held other benefits as well.

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Convocation: Celebrating and recognizing the class of 2024

May 10, 2024

Congratulations to the S.J. Quinney College of Law Class of 2024, who graduated Friday, May 10, at Kingsbury Hall.

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Alum Richard Burbidge shares his path to trial law and youth restorative justice

May 08, 2024

“Within about six months of passing the bar and starting work at the firm, I found myself second-seating a complex commercial trial in federal court,” Burbidge recalls. “I felt like a kid in a candy store.”

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Say the word: Celebrating Utah Law convocation with a linguistic tradition

May 06, 2024

Convocation is a time for graduates to reflect on their first day embarking on their law school experience—and it’s also a time to recall the class word that Reyes Aguilar bestows upon the incoming class at orientation to describe the unique energy the students bring to the College of Law community.

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Utah Law holds inaugural Golden Gavel Society event and celebrates with annual Alumni Awards

Apr 23, 2024

The College of Law celebrated alumni with more than 75 years of experience, students just embarking on their careers, and everyone in between at its April 12 events. Learn more about the ways we’re spotlighting the Utah Law family.

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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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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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A dare opened doors: Judge Mary Noonan reflects on opportunities in her career

Mar 05, 2024

A dare initially started Judge Mary T. Noonan (’86) on the path toward a legal career. Noonan studied sociology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and recalls that her friends were preparing to take the LSAT. On the eve of their exam, they said, “Mary, we dare you to show up for the exam! And think about law school!”

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College of Law mourns Jan Graham, alum and former Utah attorney general

Feb 12, 2024

The S.J. Quinney College of Law mourns the loss of former Utah Attorney General Jan Graham, who passed away Jan. 29 at age 74 after fighting peritoneal cancer for nearly 10 years.

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MLS alumni spotlight: Glen Proctor

Jan 25, 2024

Glen Proctor graduated with the in-person master of legal studies (MLS) class of 2022. Get to know him better in this alumni spotlight.

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Act II: Clinical Professor Jensie Anderson’s Post-Conviction Clinic gives clients a second chance

Jan 22, 2024

Though she earned a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in theater performance from the University of Utah and spent five years pursuing acting in Houston and New York City before beginning law school, Professor Jensie Anderson hadn’t set foot on stage for nearly 30 years. That changed in fall 2023.

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Honoring a single mother’s sacrifice: Kroesche family expands scholarship program to Utah Law

Jan 03, 2024

Navigating law school as a single parent has been challenging, but an understanding S.J. Quinney staff and faculty—and help from the Beatrice F. Kroesche Memorial Scholarship—have made the journey easier for 2L Paulina Barboza.

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Helping consumers make cents of finance law: Meet honors attorney Vince Mancini

Dec 28, 2023

Vince Mancini’s goal when he started at Utah Law in 2020 was finding a legal job in the public interest sector—and when he graduated in 2023, his years of focus within this specialty paid off.

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Alumni Relations Director Lori Nelson retires after 30-year legal career

Dec 21, 2023

Congratulations to alumni relations director Lori Nelson, who will be retiring at the end of 2023! Nelson began her position at the S.J. Quinney College of Law in November 2015 after more than 20 years of law practice.

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Remembering Carey Serassio Seager: Sisters recall years at Utah Law together

Dec 14, 2023

Four sisters never planned to attend the same law school. But as luck would have it, it happened anyway. The Serassio sisters include Melanie (’98), Helen (’00), Carey (’02) and Serena (’07), each with a unique story as to how they ended up at Utah Law.

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