November Alumna Spotlight: Patricia Frobes

At a time when law school classes consisted of few women, Patricia Frobes set herself apart from the pack. Frobes was among the top of her class when she graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1978. She went on to become the first woman to lead a practice area and serve […]

October Alumni Spotlight: Dustin Jansen

Dustin Jansen was preparing for a final job interview to become a law professor when he realized the value of connections made while a student at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. A 2006 graduate, Jansen developed great relationships with professors and fellow students during his time at the college. So as […]

September Alumni Spotlight: Mary Jane Ciccarello

Mary Jane Ciccarello aspired to a career in law after her children were born, realizing that she wanted a profession where she could give back to the community by helping people to solve problems. She enrolled at the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1990 at a time when the field of elder law was […]

U law grad turned judge gives back through new Admissions and Inclusion Suite

Gilbert Martinez had a plan when he graduated from Tooele High School in 1965: Go to law school and become a lawyer someday. But when he stepped inside his high school guidance counselor’s office days before graduation to share his aspirations, his idea wasn’t met with enthusiasm. “The counselor looked at my grades and said, […]

Alumna Joan O’Brien’s legal fight to save The Salt Lake Tribune

Chances are if you studied at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, at one point in your student career you picked up a copy of Utah’s largest newspaper, The Salt Lake Tribune, to catch up on the daily news. Like other newspapers across the country, The Tribune in recent years has suffered from a shrinking […]

Alumni Highlight: July 2016 Alumnus Jimmy Gurule

Professor Jimmy Gurule, ’80, is an internationally known expert in the field of international criminal law, specifically, terrorism, terrorist financing, and anti-money laundering.  On June 23, 2016, Professor Gurule testified before the Congressional Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing.  In that testimony he offered recommendations to enhance the U.S. government’s counterterrorist financing efforts, including sanctions […]

Alumni Highlight: June 2016 Alumna Helen Serassio

Helen Serassio, ’00, is Special Counsel for the Federal Transit Administration in Washington, D.C.  She brings more than twelve years of experience at the U.S. Department of Transportation to her role as Special Counsel for the award and oversight of the $10.4 billion in relief funds for response to damages from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.  Helen’s […]

Law students gain advice from practicing attorneys through newly launched mentorship program

Jackson Howard remembers the moment like it was yesterday: He was 23 years old and walked into a Utah County courtroom, where he volunteered to represent a lengthy list of indigent clients on the docket for free. The county —which at the time relied on lawyers from the Utah State Bar to volunteer their services […]

Alumni Highlight: May 2016 Alumnus Matthew W. Driggs

Matthew W. Driggs, ’92, founded the Advocates Law Firm directly out of law school.  During his time here he has successfully tried many personal injury cases to verdict and has argued before the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals. As part of Matt’s leadership of the Advocates the firm has engaged in […]

Alumni Highlight: April Alumna Kate Kendell

Kathryn Dean Kendell (“Kate”) ’88, has spent the majority of her legal career working tirelessly to achieve full justice and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and their families.   Kate’s initial focus upon graduation was to use her legal skills to ensure equal protection of the laws for all citizens.  She engaged in […]