O’Hara Honors Program in Natural Resources Law

Patrick O’Hara was an attorney whose personal professional life was dedicated to the sensible management of Utah’s natural resources. Patrick practiced law with the firm of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy, then with the Natural Resources Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office. He was an active member and section chair of the Energy and Natural Resource Section of the Utah State Bar, and a distinguished alumnus of the S.J. Quinney College Of Law. Patrick’s wide-ranging interests, engaging personality, and delightful sense of humor endeared him to all who had the opportunity to work with him.

Patrick died in an automobile accident in February 2000. The O’Hara Honors Program has been established to honor Patrick’s memory and to create an opportunity for outstanding law students to hone their expertise in natural resources law and to provide public service to the citizens of Utah.

The O’Hara Honors Program 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 possible two-year position practicing natural resources law after graduation.

Summer Clerkship (after the 2L Year)
Cash Award
Full Year Tuition Benefit
Two-year Paid Position at the Natural Resources Division*

*Upon graduation and passing the Utah State Bar Exam, and depending upon adequate funding in the Attorney General’s office, the program participant will be placed in a two-year fully paid attorney position in the Natural Resources Division.

Current second-year law students may apply.

Application Requirements and Deadline
Application materials should include a resume, an unofficial College of Law transcript, references, and a personal statement indicating interest in pursuing a career in natural resources/ environmental law and highlighting elements in the applicant’s background that have led to this career choice.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee including representatives of the College of Law, the Wallace Stegner Center, the O’Hara family and the Utah Attorney General. Finalists will interview with the committee.

Due: Fall Semester

For Further Information
Please contact Associate Dean Barbara Dickey.