O’Hara Honors Program in Natural Resources Law

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 Applied to Tuition
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.

Second-year students.

Application Requirements and Selection
Applicants must complete the Common App and provide the following:

  • a resume
  • a written personal statement (no more than 500 words) that addresses the personal qualifications required by the scholarship
  • an unofficial College of Law transcript

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.