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S.J. Quinney College of Law professor and students ask U.S. Supreme Court to take on case of Robert Cameron Houston

A law professor and team of students from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law  are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to take on the case of Robert Cameron Houston, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2006 for killing a youth counselor when he was just […]

Pro Bono Week Event with Sara Kruzan Draws Media

On October 28, 2015, the Pro Bono Initiative office at the S.J. Quinney College of Law hosted an event title, “Sara Kruzan’s Story: Resilience, Survival, & Pro Bono Advocacy” At the age of 11, Sara Kruzan was forced into a life of drugs, violence, and sexual exploitation. After a decision that changed her life forever, […]

Teter, College of Law Students Work on Behalf of Prison Inmate Who Claims He’s Been Abused by Idaho Prison Guards

A University of Utah associate professor of law is working on a high-profile case in Idaho in which a prison inmate claims that prison officials have retaliated against him because previous litigation he brought forth got a guard fired. Professor Michael Teter earlier this month filed a brief in a pro bono case before the Ninth […]

Richards, Teter Win University Teaching Awards

Richards, Teter Win U Teaching Awards University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law professors Bill Richards and Michael Teter have each been recognized by the University of Utah for their teaching skills. Richards, a clinical professor at the College of Law since 1996, was awarded the University Distinguished Teaching Award for 2015. He will […]

Teter Argues Before 9th Circuit with Support from Students Bagshaw, McCallum and Luman

On Wednesday, October 8, Professor Michael Teter argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Maddox v. Battle. The case involved a prisoner’s excessive force claim against one of his guards. Maddox sued his guard for violating his constitutional right to be free from excessive force. The case went to trial, with Maddox representing […]

Teter, Students File Petition for Writ of Certiorari with U.S. Supreme Court

On August 12, Michael Teter, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court. “We are seeking a writ to review the Utah Supreme Court decision in State v. Trotter,” Teter said. “The question presented is whether […]

Downtown CLE: Dealing with Gridlock in Congress

Senate Democrats recently changed the filibuster rules on votes to confirm judicial and executive branch nominations.  Under the old rules, at least 60 votes were required to invoke cloture and cut off debate on nominations.  Under the new rules, however, the vote to end a filibuster and invoke cloture requires only 51 votes, so that […]

Teter, Dahl to Discuss Dealing with Gridlock in Congress at Downtown CLE, Feb. 10

On Monday, February 10, Michael Teter, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, and Alex Dahl, a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Washington, DC, and former Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, will present a Downtown CLE on the causes and consequences of filibuster reform […]

Teter Weighs in on Broken Judicial Confirmation Process in Cato Institute Journal

In January 2014, Michael Teter, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, contributed an essay, “ Senate Rules and Norms, Not the Size of the Federal Government, are to Blame for the Broken Judicial Confirmation Process,” to Cato Unbound, the Cato Institute’s monthly online magazine. The title of […]

Cassell to Argue Victims’ Rights Case Before U.S. Supreme Court, Jan. 22

On January 22, 2014, Professor Paul Cassell of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney  College of Law, will argue before the United States Supreme Court in a case involving the restitution for victims of child pornography crimes. Cassell represents “Amy,” a victim of child pornography. The case involves a dispute over how to allocate the costs […]