Keiter travels to China to discuss national park system

China is home to a rich history of culture, traditions and breathtaking landmarks, but there’s one thing the country of 1.3 billion people doesn’t yet have: an organized national parks system. The country is hoping to change that, however, and University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Robert Keiter recently was among a […]

Cassell files amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court in high-profile double jeopardy case of Terance Gamble

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the high-profile Terance Gamble case, in which he urges the high court  to reconsider the “dual sovereign” exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause. Cassell filed the brief with Stuart Banner of the UCLA Law […]

Media corner: Baughman available to discuss bail reform in wake of historic California decision to abolish cash bail

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a landmark criminal justice bill into law this week, making the state the first to abolish cash bail and moving it toward a system that gives judges discretion to decide who can be released and who must stay in jail pending trial. Shima Baughman, a professor at the University of […]

Cassell files amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court in support of victims’ rights in death penalty case

A new amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court this week by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell and Allyson Ho of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP outlines the harmful effects for victims’ family members that occur when there are delays in death […]

A note from Dean Bob Adler

Dear friends: It was with mixed emotions that I informed University of Utah President Ruth Watkins and the faculty earlier this year that the 2018-2019 academic year will be my final year as Dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, after a six-year term. I have enjoyed serving as Dean tremendously, including most notably […]

U law students explore curbing opioid addiction through the lens of regulatory issues in new course

By Melinda Rogers When University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law professor Teneille Brown presented research related to opioid addiction and legal issues to a group of county commissioners last fall, the atmosphere in the room could be summed up in one word: Desperate. PHOTO CREDIT: University of Utah U professor Teneille Brown “You could see the […]

Intellectual property expert helps pave a path for open science

By Lisa Carricaburu Future lawyers enrolled in Professor Jorge Contreras’s property law course may not remember every detail of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2005 decision in Kelo v. New London or its impact on eminent domain law, but they do have something to help jog their memories. Who, after all, could forget the selfie Contreras […]

Research: Do too many patents stifle progress in biomedicine?

New research published by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Jorge Contreras in the journal Science this week explores the current state of sharing resources in the biomedical research field and whether the fragmentation of property ownership can stifle research progress, instead of advancing it. Contreras’ essay “The anticommons at 20: concerns […]

States boost renewable energy and economic development when utilities adopt renewable standards

States that require utilities to increase renewable energy see expansion of renewable energy facilities and generation — including wind and other renewable sources, but especially solar — according to new research from Indiana University and two other institutions, including the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Indiana University’s Sanya Carley led a team […]

New research by Baughman explores need to reform bail for those charged with misdemeanors

New research published by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Shima Baughman in the Boston University Law Review this week explores the devastating consequences of incarcerating people who are charged with misdemeanors and are unable to afford bail. Baughman’s research argues that incarcerating defendants who are charged with low-level misdemeanors and who […]