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Student Organizations and Officers 2018-2019

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Student Bar Association

The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the official student government of the S.J. Quinney College of Law. SBA plans student activities, organizes the mentor program for 1L students and many other programs to help law students.

The SBA also serves as the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) and elected student government of the College of Law. As voting members of the College Council, SBA Board members serve as representatives of the student body to the law school faculty and administration.

Thus, the SBA is the student voice to this decision-making body of the law school. The SBA can affect policies regarding curriculum, grades, class and exam scheduling, legal clinics, and so on. The SBA participates in faculty retention, promotion and tenure evaluations. On the lighter side, the SBA also sponsors social events, philanthropies, and intramural sports.

  • Dallas West, President
  • John Lahtinen, Vice President
  • Paul Cannon, Secretary/PR
  • Jessica Ramirez, Treasurer
  • Rebecca Rasmussen, Social Activities Director
  • Sydney Sell, 3L Rep
  • Iqan Fadaei, 2L Rep

The Air & Waste Management Association

The Air & Waste Management Association: U of U Student Chapter is a multidisciplinary student collaboration between the Engineering Department and the Law School. The organization is designed to improve student knowledge of relevant environmental topics by providing a neutral forum for exchanging information.

American Constitution Society

The mission of the American Constitution Society is to harness the values of compassion and respect for each individual, and to re-incorporate them into American law and politics, in order to build a stronger and more decent national community. The Society’s role is to influence the debate on the law, both in its interpretation and its creation, and to promote traditional American values of compassion and respect for each individual in legal and political debate.

The Art & Media Law Alliance

The Art & Media Law Alliance was founded in 2011 to provide students with networking and learning opportunities in art and entertainment law. The organization is dedicated to reaching out to lawyers in the field as well as other students and artists. The Art & Media Law Alliance frequently works with Utah Lawyers for the Arts to put on seminars for both the legal and artistic community. Seminar topics range from music law to street art, licensing, copyrights, and almost everything in between. Past presenters include music law guru Thomas Leavens, whose firm Leavens, Strand, Glover, & Adler represents the Pitchfork Media empire.

ASUU – College of Law

The ASUU Legislative Branch consists of the Senate and Assembly. The Student Senate is composed of 16 Senators, one elected from each college. The Senator for the College of Law is Jeff Van Hulten. Their primary responsibility is creating, coordinating, and evaluating legislation for student advisory councils (SACs). The Assembly is composed of 48 representatives elected from each college at the University, in proportion to the number of students enrolled in that college. The primary role of the Assembly is to appropriate funds to the various student groups and organizations on campus.

  • Carley Herrick, Senator
  • Amanda Roosendaal, Assembly

Business Law Society

The business law society is a student organization for anyone interested in the law and business. We focus our events on how the law and business intersect. These events include speakers (varying from in-house counsel to the president of a multi-billion dollar company) and visits to businesses in Salt Lake to see how the law and business interact in the real world. Through these events, we hope to encourage and inform students of the possibilities available for careers in business law.

  • Paul Cannon, President
  • Lisa Sledge, VP
  • Ciera Archuleta, Treasurer
  • Tyler Hubbard, 2L Rep

Family Law Society

The Family Law Society aims at providing the student body an opportunity to learn about the various subspecialties of family law, connect with current practitioners of family law, explore how social science, current events, politics, and family law interact, and lastly to keep the Utah community informed with on the current and evolving family law doctrines, practices, regulations, and guidelines. Visit the Family Law Society websiteVisit the Family Law Society Facebook page

  • Breanna Marchesani, President
  • Sydney Sell, Co-VP
  • Alyssa Miller, Co-VP
  • Wendy Vawdrey, Secretary
  • Kiley Tilby, Treasurer

Federal Bar Association

The FBA represents the Federal legal profession. We consist of more than 16,000 federal lawyers, including 1,200 federal judges, who work together to promote the sound administration of justice and integrity, quality and independence of the judiciary. The FBA also provides opportunities for scholarship and for judges and lawyers to professionally and socially interact.

  • Mary Royal, President
  • Paxton Lewis, VP
  • Ashley Anderson, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Kim Reeves, Activities Coordinator
  • Kit Erickson, 2L Rep

Federalist Society

The Federalist Society was founded in 1991 for the purpose of ensuring political balance in the debate over legal issues at the College of Law. Its goal is to bring noted conservative legal scholars to campus and arrange for them to debate speakers sponsored by other law student groups. Federalist Society events engender lively discussion for the benefit of everyone in the law school community. The Federalist Society is open to anyone interested in legal issues. It is a non-partisan group affiliated with a national organization of over 100 law school chapters. For more information, visit our national chapter at and attend the next meeting of the Utah Law Chapter.

  • Kim Reeves, 1st Officer
  • Benjamin Harman, 2nd Officer
  • Kristine Ingle, Treasurer

If/When/How (Lawyering for Reproductive Justice)

Utah Law Students for Reproductive Justice (U-LSRJ) is a student chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. We proudly have both men and women in our ranks because reproductive issues affect us all. The parent organization is a student-led, student-driven national non-profit network of law students and lawyers, committed to fostering the next wave of legal experts for the reproductive justice movement. Reproductive justice (RJ) seeks to address and overcome the roots of reproductive oppression, while constructing legally tenable, realistically accessible avenues for informed, consensual, unobstructed decision making about education, sex, contraception, sterilization, abortion, procreation, birth, and parenting.

  • Katie Cox, President
  • Amylia Brown, VP
  • Rebecca Rasmussen, Secretary
  • Alyssa Farley, Treasurer
  • Jessica Van Wagoner, 2L Rep
  • Caitlin Ceci, Outreach Coordinator

International Law Society

The International Law Society (ILS) is open to all students interested in public and private international law and seeks to promote, educate, and support those interested in international careers. The ILS promotes interest and discussion in issues of particular concern to both private and public international law, including career panels, various cultural events, and academic discussion. The ILS is the University of Utah chapter of the International Law Student Association, which seeks to educate students and lawyers around the world in the principles and purposes of international law, international organizations and institutions, and comparative legal systems, through activities that include academic conferences, the publication of books, magazines, and other academic resources, the global coordination of student chapter organizations, and the administration of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

  • Elisabeth Ferguson, President
  • Carlos Quijada, VP
  • Clancey Henderson, Secretary
  • Nate Henshaw, 2L Rep
  • Chris Eckels, Events Coordinator/Treasurer

Jackie Chiles Law Society

The Jackie Chiles Law Society is dedicated to the examination of how popular culture interacts with the law. The Society meets regularly to discuss how broadcast & print media and the internet affect the American legal system. Recent guest presenters include Patrick Markey, the film producer of A River Runs Through It and The Quick and the Dead, and Sam Lloyd, the actor who plays the attorney “Ted” on the television show Scrubs. The Society also maintains a collection of popular books and movies related to lawyers and the law in the SJQ law library for student use.

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is a group of attorneys, law school graduates, and law students who support our Mission Statement of religious conviction, public service, and professional excellence in the preparation for, and the practice of, the law. Members of the Law Society also subscribe to a central axiom that the rule of law serves to promote fairness and virtue in society. We invite all law students of the LDS faith, and of other faiths, who support our mission statement to become members.

  • Taylor Smith, President
  • John Tipton
  • Wendy Vawdrey
  • Heidi Smith
  • Adrianne Magnesen
  • James Cleary
  • Catherine Danley

Minority Law Caucus

The Minority Law Caucus (MLC), founded in 1985, is a student organization at the University of Utah S.J.Quinney College of Law. The MLC welcomes all law students with an interest in issues affecting racial and ethnic minorities and promotes diversity in the legal profession in general and at the College of Law in particular. The MLC is involved in student recruitment, development of employment opportunities, community service projects and social activities. In addition it sponsors a variety of speakers and programs each year, awards scholarships, and hosts an annual auction to support its scholarship fund.

  • Andres Morelli, President
  • Britny Mortenson, VP
  • Carlos Quijada, Treasurer
  • Monica Gonzalez, Secretary

Natural Resources Law Forum

Open to all S. J. Quinney students, we share common interests in environmental law and responsible outdoor recreation. NRLF coordinates educational activities to serve the community and facilitate contact with leaders in the field of natural resources law. NRLF also sponsors social and volunteer activities such as tree planting, hikes, and cleanup of trails and rivers.

  • Kayla Race, Co-President
  • Nate Broadhurst, Co-President
  • Charles Lyons, Treasurer
  • Annie Keller, Secretary
  • Connor Klosterman, Events Coordinator
  • Abbey Benesh, 2L Rep
  • Gordon Rowe, 3L Rep
  • Caitlin Ceci, 3L Rep

National Lawyers Guild

The National Lawyers Guild is a non-profit federation of lawyers, legal workers, and law students. Since 1937, Guild members have been using the law to advance social justice and support progressive social movements. We have chapters throughout the United States, and our National Office is located in New York City.

Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.


The OUTLaws is an association of LGBT and allied students at S.J. Quinney School of Law. Student leadership of OUTLaws has established the following organizational goals:

  • Educate fellow law students about legal issues and challenges of LGBT community
  • Connect with the LGBT community in Utah to understand current local legal issues
  • Provide volunteer support to existing local organizations (e.g., Equality Utah) working to improve legal standing of LGBT citizens and families
  • Build relationships with practicing attorneys in Utah who are active in the LGBT community
  • Britny Mortenson, President
  • Carlos Quijada, VP
  • David Rummler, Secretary
  • Jen Joslin, Treasurer

Public Interest Law Organization

The Public Interest Law Organization (“PILO”) was formed to increase awareness of public interest law issues and provides a forum for public interest lawyers, professors and students to speak at the College of Law. These speakers supplement the law school curriculum by introducing students to a wide variety of non-traditional legal opportunities in law firms, non-profit organizations, criminal law and many private and governmental agencies. PILO raises funds for and administers the Lionel Frankel Public Interest Fellowship program which provides financial assistance for law students who accept summer public interest work for little or no pay.

  • Darren Struble, President
  • Daniel Surfass, VP
  • Katie Cox, Treasurer

Second Amendment Club

The Second Amendment Club was created to help University of Utah law students understand and intelligently contribute to the public policy and constitutional debate surrounding firearms; to give students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with firearms; to provide students with the opportunity to learn, in a safe and enjoyable setting, how to use and shoot different types of guns; to further knowledge of gun safety; and to connect with an important aspect of American history, culture, and tradition.

Social Justice Student Initiative

The Social Justice Student Initiative (SJSI) welcomes all law students with an interest in issues affecting disenfranchised and targeted populations in our community. The SJSI provides students with opportunities for professional development, skills training, community service projects, and mentorship. The SJSI sponsors a variety of speakers and offers its members unique and exclusive access to statewide trainings to network with victim advocates, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and experts in the anti-violence movement who are equally invested in seeking justice for the undeserved.

  • Darren Struble, President
  • Mariah McAfee, VP
  • Rulon Hopkins, Secretary
  • Josie Hall, 3L Board Member
  • Kirstie Ingle, 3L Board Member
  • Tyler Bugden, 3L Board Member
  • Alex Keith, 3L Board Member

Sports Law Club

The Sports Law Club provides a forum for students interested in sports law to explore career options, network with individuals working in the industry and discuss sports-related legal issues. It also organizes social events like student trips to local sports events and the annual ping pong tournament.

  • Maura Murphy, Co-President
  • James Cleary, Co-President

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund of S.J. Quinney College of Law (SALDF) is a student organization dedicated to raising the profile of the field of animal law and providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Group events and activities include:

  • Meeting to discuss and educate members about current local and national issues regarding animal law
  • Inviting guest speakers featuring members of the legal community who have worked with animal law issues
  • Organizing trips to non-profit animal organizations
  • Participating in fundraising activities for community groups dedicated to animal protection
  • Arranging travel opportunities to national animal law conferences
  • Sydney Sell, Co-President
  • Elena Todorova, Co-President
  • Gordon Rowe, Treasurer
  • Alexis Juergens, 3L Rep
  • Jennifer Bowen, 3L Rep

Student Immigration Law Association

  • Britny Mortensen, President
  • Carlos Quijada, VP
  • Nat McKean, Secretary
  • Elena Todorova,  Treasurer

Student Intellectual Property Law Association

The Student Intellectual Property Law Association is open to all students who have an interest in intellectual property. SIPLA organizes trips to local firms with IP practices and brings IP attorneys to campus for lectures. For more information please contact a board member.

  • Jessica Van Wagoner, President
  • Brian Flach, VP
  • Erika Hanson, Secretary
  • Ciera Archuleta, Treasurer
  • Jen Joslin, 2L Rep

Student Litigation Society

The Student Litigation Society (SLS) is to organize, network, and educate students interested in litigation. The Society will help students connect to helpful resources and practicing litigation attorneys through the Utah State Bar Litigation Department. Members of the Society will also work in connection with the Utah State Bar Litigation Department and serve as operators and organizers of an annual litigation competition and will strive to integrate the talents and experience of mutually interested S.J. Quinney faculty, staff, and students. The Society is dedicated to exposing students to different areas of the law and helping them make connections with practicing attorneys.

  • Kirstie Ingle, President
  • Brian Tuttle, VP
  • Alexis Juergens, Secretary
  • Mitch Tate, Treasurer
  • Anabel Alvarado, Activities Coordinator

Student Veteran’s Association

Many S.J. Quinney College of Law  graduates have served in uniform, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. And many others are military spouses and family members. The SVA supports this community through social events, advocacy, and trainings. Through these activities we aim to enable this community to thrive here at SJQ, and for the greater veteran community to do so throughout the State of Utah.

  • Nathaniel McKean, President
  • Amanda Hansen, VP
  • Jeffery Daybell, Secretary
  • Ian Ambler, 2L Representative

Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at the U of U

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) encourages, at all levels of federal, state and local government, a rational and humane criminal justice policy for America — one that promotes fairness for all; due process for even the least among us who may be accused of wrongdoing; compassion for witnesses and victims of crime; and just punishment for the guilty.

Such a policy respects cherished civil rights and liberties that are fundamental to our democracy. Citizens have a right to expect privacy in their homes, vehicles, and communications; a right not to be deprived of their liberty or property without due process of law; and a right to consult counsel of their choice without it being used against them. America fought for and declared its independence to preserve these rights, and our Founding Fathers inscribed them into the Constitution. But the past decade’s much-heralded “War on Drugs” and crackdown on crime has become a war on ourselves. It has run roughshod over these and other essential rights that citizens across the nation hold dear.  Utah Chapter  |  National Chapter

  • Kristin Wilson, President
  • Daniel Surfass, VP
  • Brody O’Connor, Co-Treasurer
  • Kiley Tilby, Co-Treasurer

Women’s Law Caucus

The WLC is an organization that seeks to be a source of support, opportunity and information for women and men in our community. The WLC promotes interest in issues of particular concern to women, provides a forum for students on issues affecting the legal community, and provides activities that promote involvement in legal and women’s issues. The WLC administers the Reva Beck Bosone Scholarship each fall.

  • Kody Condos, President
  • Sarah Perkins, VP
  • Wendy Vawdrey, Secretary
  • Maryann Dennis, Treasurer
  • Alyssa Miller, Liaison
  • Jennifer Joslin, 2L Rep