Public Policy Clinic Advances Work to Dismantle School-to-Prison Pipeline in Utah

By Stephanie Pitcher for PublicPolicyClinic.org. The Public Policy Clinic has been forging ahead with several great projects this semester, building on the work from our recently published report and promoting community-wide conversations that would help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in Utah. Currently, the Clinic is focusing many of its efforts on outreach to school districts […]

Deseret News Editorial Cites Work of Public Policy Clinic

A March 6, 2015 editorial in the Deseret News titled, “In our opinion: Closing the ‘discipline gap’ in our schools to keep kids in class” cites the work of the Public Policy Clinic. The publication From Fingerpaints to Fingerprints: School-to-Prison Pipline in Utah, is the work of Professor Emily Chaing’s class, and Jordin Albers, Sean Brian, […]

‘A Lot of Positive Experiences’: 2L Walsh Describes her Involvement in Public Policy Clinic

Vanessa Walsh, a 2L, came to the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law after a career in the financial industry where she planned and managed the operating budget for the customer service division of a national credit card company. After the death of her parents and a failed attempt at early retirement, she […]

In New Article, Professor Heiny Describes Value of Out-of-Classroom Experiences

In a new Student Lawyer article, Louisa Heiny, an adjunct professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, discusses why she requires the judicial interns who take her judicial process class to attend five different court hearings. From observing the importance of professionalism before the bench, to being introduced to new practice […]

3L Smurthwaite Publishes Articles in Diplomatic Courier Reflecting on his Experiences Interning in China

Last summer, Alan Smurthwaite, a 3L at the University of Utah S.J. College of Law, completed an international law internship in China through the Utah-Qinghai EcoPartnership. Upon returning to Utah, he published two co-authored articles, “Improving Water Quality in Qinghai Province” and “Open Innovation and IP Trends in China: Insights on the Utah Qinghai EcoPartnership,” […]

2L Walsh Publishes St. George Spectrum Op-Ed

Vanessa Walsh, a 2L at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, recently published an op-ed in the St. George Spectrum. Titled “School-to-prison pipeline in Utah can be minimized,” Walsh’s editorial comments on her work as part of the Public Policy Clinic with Professor Emily Chiang. Click here to read Walsh’s St. George Spectrum op-ed.

‘Pro Bono Works Keeps Me Grounded’: 3L Scarber Describes Experiences at October 20 Event

At the Celebrate Pro Bono Event on October 20, Pro Bono Law Student Award recipient Bill Scarber, a 3L, said that providing volunteer legal service to the underrepresented reminded him of why he was attracted to law school in the first place. “I love pro bono work because it keeps me grounded,” he detailed. “It […]

Serving the Needy through the Clinical Program

 A Clinical Law School Panel 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., Room 106 Students are invited to attend this event. Panel members include representatives from Utah Legal Services, Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association, Open Legal Services, Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, and Jensie Anderson and Emily Chiang representing the SJQ in-house Public Policy Clinic. Lunch provided.

Chiang Interviewed by Salt Lake Tribune About Dropout Rates in Utah

Professor Emily Chiang was interviewed by the Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The article titled “Report: 1 in 3 Utah inmates is a high school dropout” highlights the work of the Public Policy Clinic. “Minorities, those whose first language isn’t English, more likely to quit school, U. students find.” Read the complete […]

2L Lowe Accepts White House Grant to Support U’s Pay for Success Lab

Trent Lowe, a 2L at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, traveled to Washington, D.C. on October 1, 2014, to help accept a $1.15 million grant from the White House Office of Social Innovation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant, which Lowe co-wrote, was awarded to the Pay […]