From the Dean

Bob_Adler_bd5ladFrom Dean Bob Adler, April 10, 2017 –

Dear S.J. Quinney College of Law alumni:

In my last annual spring engagement letter to all alumni of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, I focused on what we can do to serve you. I also reminded you how you can be engaged with current students, faculty and activities at the law school. Those included opportunities for you to meet with me and with my faculty colleagues, to join our LinkedIn Network, to visit us in our new building and to use and enjoy its facilities, and to attend our many events, such as our annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate and William H. Leary Lecture. I also highlighted the alumni events our Director of Alumni relations Lori Nelson has been organizing, including Downtown CLEs, Class Reunions, and professional and social events for the Alumni chapters we are forming around the country. Please continue to let us know of other ways we can serve you.

Over the past year, I have better come to appreciate the opposite theme – just how much our alumni do routinely to help the College of Law and its students. Here are just a few examples of the many ways in which you contribute regularly to the College of Law and our students:

  • You coach (or co-coach) one of our moot court competition teams, or serve as a practice judge to help prepare them for their competitions;
  • You teach our students as adjunct faculty or as guest lecturers;
  • You mentor our students, through our Mentor U program, by helping with resume reviews and mock interviews, or as employers or informal advisors;
  • You volunteer at our Pro Bono clinics;
  • Your help our students and recent alumni find rewarding jobs by participating in on campus interviews, our firm crawls, or through your own recruitment;
  • You serve on our Alumni Board of Trustees and our new Past President’s Board;
  • You participate in our leadership luncheons and other student trainings;
  • You help organize or participate in events sponsored by our new alumni chapters around the country;
  • You help organize and attend our class reunions;
  • You attend our events and invite others to attend; and
  • You contribute very generously to our student scholarships, endowments honoring your favorite past professors, the Dean’s Fund, and our annual class campaigns, and some of you have made planned gifts this year.

So the main purpose of this spring engagement letter is to thank you for everything you do for the S.J. Quinney College of Law. As a law school and as a community, we are better and stronger because of your involvement and your support for the school.

Despite the many challenges facing U.S. law schools around the country in the current, rapidly-changing legal environment, we have maintained our stature among the top tier law schools overall (rising one place to 44th) and among the top 20 public law schools in the country. Our program in environmental and natural resources law remains in the top ten in the nation. National Jurist magazine just ranked us 12th in the nation for practical training, and the second greenest law school in the country for a combination of our sustainable building and practices and the quality and breadth of our programs in environmental and natural resources law.

Beyond the rankings, and more important overall, we continue our reputation as a law school that trains young attorneys who can write, counsel, advocate and negotiate—who have practice-ready skills while also graduating with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills for which legal education is best known. Because of our ongoing 100/100-initiative, in which we established a goal of helping every single one of our graduates pass the bar and obtain rewarding professional employment, we are expanding opportunities for every student, and chances for you to help them succeed.

We hope even more of you will take advantage of the many opportunities to be engaged over the coming year, which we are expanding further. If you cannot attend an event in person, for example, most of our programs are live-streamed. Some of our alumni outside Salt Lake City have even been organizing informal gatherings to attend our events remotely while re-connecting and networking with their colleagues.

The College of Law continues its strong national reputation—which helps all of alumni as well as our current students and recent graduates—because of everything you do to help. We appreciate all that you do for your school and welcome your comments and suggestions for further engagement.

With my best wishes,





Bob Adler