Dryer honored for innovation in legal education

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Randy Dryer has been recognized with a Fastcase 50 award, which honors entrepreneurs, innovators, and trailblazers  who have charted a new course for the delivery of legal services.

The Fastcase awards have been given annually since 2011 and Dryer joins a distinguished list of law professor prior winners from Stanford, George Washington, UCLA, University of Washington, Ohio State and others.

Professor Randy Dryer is using a tool developed by University of Utah alumnus Kimball Parker called CO/COUNSEL as a innovative learning experience for his students, who are participating in a project to map the law in an effort to provide better public legal resources to the community. Photo by Sarah May.

Professor Randy Dryer is using a tool developed by University of Utah alumnus Kimball Parker called CO/COUNSEL as a innovative learning experience for his students, who are participating in a project to map the law in an effort to provide better public legal resources to the community. Photo by Sarah May.

Dryer is a Presidential Honors Professor at the University of Utah and a Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law of the University of Utah. He has been of counsel at the law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer for 37 years. As a recognized expert in the field of First Amendment law and social media law, he has represented significant news organizations both regionally and nationally, including 60 Minutes, CNN, The New York Times and the Associated Press. Additionally he has helped many corporations draft crisis management plans and has not infrequently been called upon to oversee the execution of these plans. As a speaker and commentator on issues of First Amendment law, media law, privacy law and crisis management, he has contributed to the national discussion of new areas of law, or old areas of law made new by technology. Dryer is also known for incorporating technology in his course pedagogy.

Dryer was honored along with Kimball Parker for the work they did in creating a project where students “mapped” the law on a website created by Parker called CO/COUNSEL. Read more on that project here.