SCOTUSblog editor Amy Howe to deliver 2020 commencement address

Editor and reporter Amy Howe will be the featured speaker at the 2020 graduation ceremony for law students on May 8.

An expected 93 members of the Class of 2020 are scheduled to graduate at Kingsbury Hall. The second cohort of 16 students enrolled in the newly created Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree program will also be recognized as well as one student who is graduating with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in environmental, natural resource, and energy law.

Until September 2016, Howe served as the editor and a reporter for SCOTUSblog; she continues to serve as an independent contractor and reporter for SCOTUSblog.

She primarily writes for her eponymous blog, Howe on the Court. Before turning to full-time blogging, she served as counsel in over two dozen merits cases at the U.S.  Supreme Court and argued two cases there. From 2004 until 2011, she co-taught Supreme Court litigation at Stanford Law School; from 2005 until 2013, she co-taught a similar class at Harvard Law School. She has also served as an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law and Vanderbilt Law School.

Howe is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a master’s degree in Arab Studies and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Commencement for law students will be held at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1395 East Presidents Circle on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. Seating will be limited and those planning on attending are encouraged to arrive early. A reception will follow the ceremony inside the S.J. Quinney College of Law building, 383 South University Street.

The law school ceremony follows commencement for all students graduating from the University of Utah on April 30 at 6 p.m. at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. U alumnus John Warnock, a computer scientist and visionary co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., will deliver the commencement address at the university’s 151st campus-wide convocation.