From young Court TV viewer to aspiring lawyer: Dominca Dela Cruz takes path of public interest law while making a difference in the community

Scott Peterson appeared in headlines daily in 2002 as he became a suspect in the disappearance of his pregnant wife, Laci, in Modesto, California. The case quickly became tabloid fodder as it played out, with grisly details emerging in the following year that pointed to Peterson’s involvement. But as the world viewed Peterson with a […]

From priesthood to the courtroom: Meet S.J.Quinney College of Law student Rob Moriarty

After spending 20 years as a Catholic priest, Rob Moriarty was ready to take a different leap of faith. The Kearns native was leading a congregation of nearly 2,500 parishioners at Saint Francis Xavier Church in 2013 when a simple reality hit: He needed a change. He’d been an ordained priest in the Catholic Diocese […]

Moeinvaziri puts law into practice through college’s Pro Bono Initiative

Each October, the American Bar Association promotes Pro Bono Week —an annual effort to recognize pro bono service in the legal community. The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law this year again will host several events starting on Oct. 24 to encourage a spirit of volunteerism among students and attorneys, and to recognize […]

Juergens awarded Maschoff Brennan Fellowship in IP law

Alexis Juergens always knew she wanted to pursue a career in law. Born in Japan, Juergens grew up in Virginia, California and Arizona before her family moved to Utah. Her father worked in government and law enforcement and Juergens felt connected to the law field from watching his experiences. Juergens graduated from Skyline High School […]

Law school launches Low Income Taxpayer Clinic program to serve community, educate students

A new tax clinic at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law aims to provide legal services to low-income families in need of tax law help while providing law students a unique educational opportunity to gain on-the-job experience before graduation. The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic program is a matching grant program from the […]

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, […]

S.J. Quinney College of Law marks first year anniversary with honor for green design

The University of Utah on Aug. 31 will mark the one-year anniversary of the opening of its state-of-the art law school by announcing the facility has been awarded a prestigious LEED platinum designation by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is an acronym that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The designation […]

Federal judge welcomes new class of students to S.J. Quinney College of Law

As law schools across the country welcome students this week, the 93 new arrivals that make-up the Class of 2019 at the S.J. Quinney College of Law received one of their first steps in legal training from a notable source: Judge Scott M. Matheson Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. […]

S.J. Quinney students help to map the law as part of innovative new web site

Kimball Parker saw a void. A University of Utah graduate who went on to become a trial lawyer, Parker watched disparities in who could access legal help as the first few years of his career unfolded. For those with money and resources, navigating the law is no problem. But for those who fall on the […]

2L Angie Portel describes summer clinical work in Ranchi, India

S.J. Quinney College of Law 2L Angie Portel is spending the summer in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India working with Maitri India as part of her Clinical coursework. Portel wrote the blog post (below) for Maitri, after interviewing migrant workers. The post was originally published on Right to Identity for Migrant Workers I am Angie Portel, Juris Doctor Candidate Class […]