The Honorable Scott M. Matheson, Jr., a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and former dean of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will deliver the commencement address at the college’s 101st commencement ceremony on May 9, 2014.
Judge Matheson was nominated to the Tenth Circuit in 2010 by President Barack Obama and unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate. Previously, he held the Hugh B. Brown Chair in Law and also served as dean at the college from 1998 to 2006. A native of Salt Lake City, he graduated from Stanford in economics, Oxford in modern history as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School. He also has served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., United States Attorney for the District of Utah, Visiting Associate Professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Deputy County Attorney for Salt Lake County, associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly, manager of two successful gubernatorial campaigns, and legislative assistant in a congressional office.
Bob Adler, Interim Dean of the College of Law, said he is “thrilled” that Judge Matheson will provide the commencement address. “Graduation is a time of change for our students as they go out to do great things, but it’s also a time to welcome our esteemed colleagues and friends back to the College of Law community. Judge Matheson is a great friend to the college and has an outstanding reputation for integrity, intellect and compassion. We look forward to hearing the perspectives he will share with our graduating class.”
Commencement will be held May 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus. For more information, click here.