Class Action: Alumni making news, July 2019


Randy Dryer (’76) files amici brief in BYU v. The Salt Lake Tribune 
Dryer is the Presidential Honors Professor in the Honors College at the University of Utah and a Professor of Law (Lecturer) at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. He remains “of counsel” to Parsons Behle & Latimer, Utah’s oldest and largest law firm. He is a nationally recognized expert in media law, having represented virtually every major news organization in the state of Utah and many national news organizations, including 60 Minutes, CNN, Scripps-League Newspapers, Redbook Magazine, The New York Times, and the Associated Press. Dryer is also a recognized expert in social media law and crisis management, having advised numerous private companies and government entities in drafting crisis management plans and social media policies. He speaks frequently around the country on these subjects.

Jared Bennett (’01) publishes book titled Environmental Crime: Pollution and Wildlife Enforcement
Bennett graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Utah College of Law in 2001, earned a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah. From 2001-2002, he clerked for the Honorable Pamela T. Greenwood on the Utah Court of Appeals. In 2002, Bennett was hired as an Honor’s Program Attorney for the Solicitor’s Office in United States Department of the Interior. In 2005, he was hired by the United States Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. Bennett was the Civil Division Chief from August 2013 to August 2017. In the Civil Division, he dealt with all types of civil cases but handled many natural resources cases and defended land-use decisions of federal land management agencies. Bennett has also served as an environmental crimes prosecutor since 2006. In August 2017, United States Attorney John W. Huber appointed Jared to serve as the First Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Utah.

Nubia Peña (’16) wins National Award for Advocacy Against Unfair Treatment of Youth in the Justice System
Peña received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2016. She was selected as one of 25 law students in the nation to be recognized and highlighted for her social justice activism in the National Jurist, a leading news source in legal education. Peña has actively sought to bring awareness to issues of violence and systemic oppression through her personal and professional endeavors. She has close to a decade of experience assisting survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and victims of violent crimes as a Law Enforcement Victim Advocate. Since 2007, Ms. Peña has been the Training and Prevention Education Specialist at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) where she developed training on Teen Dating Violence, Latino Youth Empowerment, Assisting and Empowering Immigrant Survivors, and Understanding Rape and Sexual Assault. Her most recent endeavors include bringing awareness across the U.S. to the intersections of violence prevention and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, a national epidemic that targets our most vulnerable youth with disproportionate school discipline practices that streamline them into juvenile detention centers. Peña is also the Program Coordinator for the Racially Just Utah Coalition where their mission is to positively and proactively ensure racial equality in Utah through policy reform, accountability, and education.