The Stegner Center oversees a rich array of scholarships, fellowships, and awards for College of Law students, ranging from cash awards for outstanding papers to fellowships that combine financial support with clerkships and job placements upon graduation. This year’s scholarship recipients include the following individuals:
The Patrick O’Hara Fellowship was awarded to current 3L Emma Whitaker. The fellowship was created in honor of Patrick O’ Hara, an attorney and 1982 law school graduate who worked with the Natural Resources Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office, where he was dedicated to the sensible management of Utah’s natural resources. The O’Hara Fellowship provides comprehensive financial support and mentoring to promising natural resources law students and young lawyers. The program contains three parts: a summer clerkship; a law school merit scholarship; and a two-year position practicing natural resources law in the Attorney General’s Office after graduation.
The Robert Schmid Natural Resources Writing Award went to May 2016 graduate Alexa Mareschal for her paper, “Precaution for the Precarious Honey Bee,” which she originally wrote for Professor Robin Craig’s Toxic Torts seminar. The Schmid Award was established to permanently acknowledge Professor Robert Schmid’s service to students and his contributions to the natural resources field. The fund provides an annual cash award to the student who writes the best paper on a natural resources topic.
The Dewsnup Fellowship in Natural Resources Law was awarded to current 2L Thomas Kessinger. The Dewsnup Fellowship is provided through the generosity of Calvin E. Clark (J.D. ’56) to honor his good friend and classmate, Richard L. Dewsnup, the first Solicitor General of the State of Utah and an outstanding natural resources lawyer. The fellowship recipient receives a grant for the second year of law school and a paid summer clerkship with the chief of the Natural Resources Division of the Attorney General’s Office.
The Edward W. & Betha J. Clyde Scholarship in Natural Resources Law was awarded to current 3L Joshua Johnson. In 1998, Betha J. Clyde gave a gift to the University of Utah College of Law that provides funding to support student participation in Wallace Stegner Center programs. The fund carries her name and that of her late husband, Edward W. Clyde (J.D. ’42), a highly regarded water law expert.
The Khazeni Fellowship in Environmental Law went to current 2L students Will Edwards and Michael Squires. The Khazeni Fellowship was established by the family of Reza Ali Khazeni, who was committed to nature conservation and preservation of the environment. The fellowship provides an award to a student to work for a governmental agency or non-profit environmental organization.
NRLF Natural Resources Scholarship went to current 3L Joseph Amadon. The scholarship provides a tuition waiver for one semester and is awarded based on academic performance, demonstrated commitment in the area of environmental or natural resources law, and a strong desire to work in the environmental/natural resources field.
The Anderson Fellowship in Oil & Gas went to current 2L Nils Lofgren. The Anderson Fellowship in Oil & Gas is provided through the generosity of the Anderson Hatch Foundation, in honor of G.W. Anderson, known by his peers as “a pioneer in Utah’s oil and gas industry.” The Fellowship provides a scholarship and a paid summer internship in the Oil and Gas Law practice group of Holland and Hart LLP.