About Res Gestae

Giving Back


As part of the University of Utah’s annual Giving Day campaign, the law school focused on scholarship donations so that we may continue to attract the best and brightest students to our wonderful institution. Scholarships are crucial to the success of the law school. We depend on donations, earnings from our endowments, and some available operating funds to support our students (state funding is generally not used for scholarships). The Giving Day campaign featured a matching $10,000 gift from Jessica Lowrey and Jeff Habib. Dan Johnson and the Utah Tribal Relief Fund also sponsored a $2,000 match for native law student scholarship.

The College of Law had over $35,000 donated with over 100 donors. The previous year’s Giving Day raised around $15,000.

Pandemic Pickleball: 1Ls find unique way to bond on the court


During the first year of law school, students usually get to know each other through a variety of networking events, study groups, and the traditional swearing-in ceremony at the end of orientation week. But with the social distancing and virtual events brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the class of 2023 found themselves feeling a bit estranged from their classmates.

That’s why 1Ls Anna Paseman, Dylan Raymond, and Madalin Rooker decided to think outside the box to find an activity that was social, safe, and fun. A pickleball league was the perfect option.

“By playing pickleball, we could safely social distance while still spending time together,” Paseman said. “We got to meet people we otherwise would have only known as faces on Zoom.”

Pickleball, a paddleball sport that combines elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis, is relatively easy to play. So when Paseman, Raymond, and Rooker extended the invite on the Class of 2023’s Facebook page, pickleball players of all skill levels answered the call and showed up to the first round of games.

“Pickleball is a great game for everyone to play because the barrier to entry is low,” Paseman said. “Anyone can pick up a racquet and learn the rules in 15 minutes. And it is a social game! That made it a great activity to get to know our classmates, especially during the pandemic. Everyone learned the rules, improved their skills, and had a lot of fun”

Every Wednesday throughout fall semester, a group of 15-20 1Ls would gather at the pickleball courts (colloquially referred to as “jars,” since jars are where pickles belong) at the 11th Avenue Park for a few hours of good-natured pickleball competition.

“The ‘one more game’ syndrome always takes over,” Raymond said. “Without fail, someone says ‘one more game,’ and people can’t resist. We keep playing. And it’s never just one more game.”

The 1L pickleball league culminated in a tournament at the end of fall semester, the 1st Annual Salty Jar Battle of the Courtroom Invitational. The prizes were jars of pickles (very fitting for pickleball) and were conferred upon Raymond and his wife Payton for besting all other pickleball pairings. 1Ls Paris Wagner and Aisea Odencrantz also received pickle jar prizes for their costumes, themed “the RuthLESS Bader Ginsburgs”.

The 1L pickleball league is currently on hiatus due to the winter weather, but the plan is to start up again as soon as the weather is nice.

“I hope this weekly tradition continues throughout our law school careers,” Raymond said. “Law school is demanding, and we need Wednesday pickleball—it’s like recess but better.”

Why it’s called Salty Bar

According to Anna Paseman, the students began to refer to the courts as "The Jar" because pickles come in jars. They then decided to name their tournament "The Salty Jar." This referenced not only that pickles are salty, but also the initials matched S.J. (as in S.J. Quinney, but they couldn't come up with a good Q word) 🙂

Letter from the Director of Alumni Relations Summer 2021

Lessons from the Pandemic


When I last wrote to you we were struggling with the ongoing pressures of the pandemic. And it continued, on and on and on. Throughout the last year we have gotten more used to living in a virtual world, working from home and juggling all the respective demands on our time. It has been hard to balance home-schooling for children, demanding pets, work (which probably should have been first on the list, but often fell to last) and not getting enough sleep because work happened after everyone else had gone to bed. Despite the challenges, difficulties and stress, one thing I have learned from the last year is that we can make anything negative or positive and a lot of positive has come from the pandemic.

I have changed the way I connect with people. Instead of not connecting in person, I now connect using different tools. I will say, however, that many of my co-workers dread getting a phone call from me because they know it will go on forever. Phone calls have been the one time there is one-on-one connection instead of being in a meeting environment. That need for human connection never goes away but we have learned that we can reach out to people using virtual tools. The added bonus is that we can reach people we have never reached before using those tools.

One prime example of this is the Class of 1995 online reunion. Three members of that class took charge, found classmates, sent out emails, made phone calls and sent reminders. The reunion was scheduled for an hour and half and went over twice that long. Many of the class members on that call had never been to a reunion before because they couldn’t afford it in terms of time, travel, or money. It was heart-warming to see people connect that had been prevented by external forces from being able to attend a reunion before now.

Another benefit is the ability to put on webinars quickly and with high-quality presenters. In the past it was a challenge to coordinate everyone’s schedule, including the availability of venues. (Thank you to all the Salt Lake firms that hosted us!!!) Now that we are able to do them virtually, presenters are able to step out of whatever they are doing instead of having to travel, even across the street. Plus, we are able to present to all of our alumni instead of just those in Utah.

Our students have also been brave and resilient. They will leave law school with the new skills necessary to practice law in any environment: in-person, virtually or over the phone. The pandemic has required all of us to change and adapt and we have learned and grown from the experience. We have attained new abilities and are able to deliver our best whatever the circumstances demand.

Because we are now moving into a brave new world that will be some combination of in-person and virtual I would love to have you host a class event without the worry of travel schedules or venue availability. We can create the event you want for your class, and I promise you, it will be a richly rewarding experience.

Thank you all for the things you do to promote the law school by being the best lawyers in your community and for all the other ways you provide a benefit to our school and students. You are the BEST.

Letter from the President Summer 2021

Virtual vs. In-person: Where do we go from here? 


If you had told me in January of 2020 that soon I would be spending a good part of each day working and socializing on Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams and other videoconferencing platforms, I would not have believed you. I’m not sure I had ever done a video conference before the pandemic. And those of you who know me know that I have been referred as a Luddite more than once. So it was no easy transition. But I did it. You did it. Even cat lawyer did it (sort of). And here we are. But what is next?

I have very mixed emotions about going back to work in the office. I am sure I am not the only one. I don’t like “home schooling” but I love seeing my kids more during the day. I don’t enjoy “attending” conferences virtually, but it is much more convenient. I miss my co-workers, but I love working next to my two dogs (two votes for staying home).

As the number of vaccinated people (get your vaccine) rises across the U.S., we are all preparing to “go back to work” and figure out the new normal (I am really starting to hate that term). And in assessing the pros and cons of a socially distanced life over the past year, a new question now rises: What should be keep from our lifestyle in the COVID-19 era?

For example, I always look forward to the College of Law’s annual alumni dinner. It’s a chance to gather together with old friends and celebrate the law school. In 2020, we of course had to cancel the event and this year we did a virtual event in combination with some retirement parties. We managed to celebrate and connect as a broad S.J. Quinney community through a series of virtual events over the course of the year. I suspect that we will keep some of these virtual events while introducing in-person events.

A personal highlight for me was participating in my class reunion (go class of 95!) online with a number of classmates who I hadn’t seen in years. A virtual format allowed us to connect online, and a number of participants would not have been able to attend the reunion had the pandemic not brought people together via Zoom. It was truly a great chance to visit with classmates and have some good laughs about “back in the day.” I hope we keep can some aspect of these online reunions so everyone can participate.

Another successful element during the pandemic has been fundraising for the College of Law. At the beginning of the pandemic, I assumed that fundraising would be difficult. I was wrong. You all came through. Campaigns hosted on social media for scholarships have helped law students navigate a difficult time.

So here is my top five “to keep” list:

  1. Working in pajamas all day
  2. Dogs at work
  3. No traveling for depositions
  4. Walks around the block
  5. And, of course, cat lawyer (court costume day?)

Here is top five “can’t wait to ditch” list:

  1. Scrounging up lunch from the fridge (are these leftovers from this week?)
  2. Dogs barking during zoom calls
  3. Children barking during zoom calls
  4. Grown up household members barking during zoom calls
  5. The most exciting part of my day being when mail arrives

I am hopeful as I end my time as president of the Board of trustees that we can continue with the successes that we’ve had in both hosting virtual events and fundraising events to elevate students as they work to become the next generation of lawyers.

I invite you to join me as we work together as an SJQ community to build on the successes we found during the pandemic’s virtual experience. And I can’t wait to see you all in person. Let’s go to lunch!

Letter from the Dean Summer 2021


Dear S.J. Quinney College of Law alumni and community,

With a collective sigh of relief, we welcome the end of the academic year and salute our amazing students, faculty and staff for their resilience and perseverance during trying times. A year ago, we were trying to adjust to life in a pandemic without a clear sense of what the future held. Although there is still some uncertainty in our lives today, I think we have all felt a sense of hope for a return to “normal”.

When I joined this wonderful community two years ago, I couldn’t have foreseen the challenges that awaited all of us. We have all learned to adapt and learn new skills (although I still sometimes forget to unmute myself on Zoom calls). During all of challenges, I have been so impressed that we have maintained a sense of compassion and concern for each other. I am so grateful for the support that each of you have given. Our law school family is strong and caring. We have grown and we have lifted each other up. I appreciate the numerous calls and emails from many of you, asking what you could do for the law school and our students.

This spirit of caring has been very evident in the area of giving. In spite of the pandemic and uncertainty, we have had a very successful fundraising year, thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends. Our contributions are up by roughly 29% over fiscal year 2019, for a total of $3.9 million. As impressive as this sounds, it doesn’t begin to reflect the meaningful stories behind the donations. For example, we have a large group of donors and organizations that has raised $150,000 to honor the legacy of Judge Dee Benson. The yearly Benson scholarship will help instill his values in the hearts and minds of future generations of law students (see the giving section for more information on this scholarship).

Last fall I had the opportunity to meet with William and Caroline McQuade (’87) as they established an endowed scholarship as a way to show appreciation for the opportunities afforded to them through William’s legal education (class of ’87). They represent so many of our wonderful alumni who are helping future generations of law students.

Of course, we are also recognizing the 20th anniversary of the law school’s naming gift from the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation. This transformational gift has truly lifted the college into the national spotlight and enhanced our margin of excellence. This issue of Res Gestae has additional information regarding this wonderful celebration and our opportunity to recognize the legacy of Joe Quinney.

Again, my deepest appreciation to each of you for the impact you have on the law school, students, and your communities. At the end of the day, it is the spirit of caring and generosity that truly makes the SJQ community so special. It is my great pleasure to associate with you and I look forward to having the opportunity of gathering with you in person soon.

Research from Kronk Warner and Adler makes sustainable development recommendations


Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner and Professor Robert Adler recently contributed to “Making America A Better Place for All: Sustainable Development Recommendations for the Biden Administration,” an article in the April issue of the Environmental Law Reporter.

The article’s purpose is to make recommendations to the Biden administration on how to accelerate progress toward meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in the U.S.

In 2015, the United Nations Member States unanimously approved 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. In this article, 22 experts (including Kronk Warner and Adler) recommend steps the Biden-Harris Administration should take now to advance each of the SDGs, both domestically and abroad.

The article argues that the SDGs are a framework the United States should use to improve human quality of life, freedom, and opportunity by integrating economic and social development with environmental protection.

Within the article, Adler wrote the section on “Clean Water and Sanitation” and Kronk Warner contributed to the section titled “Affordable and Clean Energy”.

The Environmental Law Reporter has made this article the “featured article of the month” for April 2021, highlighting its importance and making it available for all to download for free.

The article is part of a forthcoming book that will recommend not only federal actions, but also actions by state and local governments, the private sector, and civil society. Both Kronk Warner and Adler will be contributing full chapters to the forthcoming book.

 

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law alumna pays it forward with creation of nonprofit designed to help single moms

The COVID-19 pandemic inspired Lisa Sledge to create a network of support for single moms pursuing a higher education. The nonprofit Freedom for Resilient Women officially launched on Feb.5 with a $1 million fundraising goal aimed at helping women who are disproportionately impacted by the recent economic downturn.


Lisa Sledge’s legal career started with a Google search. Newly divorced and struggling to make ends meet, the mother of two left behind her career as an English teacher to search for an occupation that would help her to better provide for her children.

When a connection pointed her to a job opening as a litigation legal assistant at Salt Lake City-based law firm Kirton McConkie, Sledge hoped it might be a good fit. But first, a minor detail: she had to figure out the type of work she would be doing.

“I actually had to look up the word 'litigation',” Sledge recounted. “I realized, 'Oh, they sue people. I guess I can do that.'”

Fast forward six years and Sledge has come a long way from her days as a mom praying for child support to arrive on time so she could pay bills. While once-upon-a-time she didn’t know the term litigation, today she is an inspiring 2019 graduate of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law whose road to success didn’t come without a few speed bumps.

Some of those life lessons are what drove Sledge, in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic began to rage around the world, to incorporate a nonprofit called Freedom for Resilient Women (FRW). The organization’s mission is to increase the graduation rate of students who are single mothers and to help single mother graduates achieve financial independence. So far, the non-profit has created a social media platform and mentorship series to support single mother students from the time that they first consider returning to school, through their time enrolled in courses, and beyond graduation until they achieve their financial goals, Sledge said.

Freedom for Resilient Women officially launched on February 5 this year with a $1 million fundraising goal aimed at helping women who are disproportionately impacted by the recent economic downturn. At the heart of the nonprofit’s mission is a desire to ease the disproportionate effect the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on single mothers attending school.

“When the pandemic hit, I couldn’t sleep at night, because I couldn’t stop thinking about, what if this would have happened a year earlier,” said Sledge, who is now a contract analyst at Workday in Salt Lake City.

She worried about fellow single moms and how they’d make it through. For those juggling higher education on top of shifting homeschooling and work demands, she wanted to help.

“I started thinking about, what do I wish that I had when I was as a single mother in school and as a single mother who recently graduated? What can I offer that really you don’t find anywhere else?” said Sledge.

“You have to focus so intensely as a student and as a single mother. You don’t have time for friends. You don’t have time for anything except for school and your children. I want to give single moms a place where they can gather. I also want people to have easy access to mentors.”

A demographic in need of support

The new organization led by Sledge will have no shortage of a community open to services. In the United States, nearly 1.7 million undergraduates alone are single mother students, she said.

According to a 2019 report from the Washington-D.C. based Institute for Women’s Policy Research, only 8 percent of single mothers graduate from college with a degree or certificate within 6 years of enrolling. Other studies, published by the Hechinger Report, a national nonprofit newsroom that focuses on education issues, have pointed out that students who are parents were struggling to pay rent and buy food long before the coronavirus became a public crisis. For single mothers who are also students, the pandemic piled more challenges on top of existing hardships.

The workload of mothers —and the disproportionate burden placed on caretakers during the crisis —have been well-documented as COVID-19 continues to uproot daily life. According to a report by the National Women’s Law Center, of 1 million workers older than 20 who left the workforce in September, 865,000 of them were women. Other research suggests there were more than 2 million fewer women in the labor force in October than there were in February 2020, an exit believed to be influenced by job loss and childcare shortages brought on by the pandemic.

“When daily survival is top of mind, staying on top of coursework can easily slide,” Sledge noted. She hopes a new community, created by Freedom for Resilient Women, will become a support network among single mother peers as well as a way for them to find informal mentors and make professional connections. Sledge’s nonprofit will support women across the nation who are pursuing any type of degree in higher education —not only students at the University of Utah, an institution where students already have access to great support services such as the U Law Office for Student Affairs, Women’s Resource Center and other channels.

Sledge emphasized that the nonprofit will focus on financial aid for rent, utilities, internet, childcare, and awards for student loan repayment. Access to the social media platform and mentorship will come with a modest subscription fee to help offset costs and to take away from the stigma of single moms asking for help. With a small payment from users, there’s dignity in seeking a service instead of asking for a handout, Sledge said.

A goal to give back

Helping women succeed is personal to Sledge. In the fall of 2016, after encouragement from her colleagues at Kirton McConkie led her to take the Law School Admissions Test and apply to the SJ Quinney College of Law, Sledge found herself swept up in a whirlwind that landed her at her first day of law school.

As her peers at the College of Law introduced themselves and described how they’d known they’d one day be lawyers since birth, Sledge’s path to law school was closer to acting on a whim. She took the LSAT two weeks after finalizing a contentious divorce that had lasted for months and left her emotionally depleted as she tried to get back on her feet.

“The whole time I was in school, all three years I thought, ‘I hope I’m smart enough to be here.’ It was a challenging, exciting experience. But it was scary and it was hard,” said Sledge.

The grueling pace of law school presented unique challenges for Sledge, whose children were ages 4 and 6 when she started. She sought out mentorship from professors Louisa Heiny and Bill Richards, who met with her regularly to go over notes and outlining as well as to make sure she was in a good headspace for the rigors of school.

Heiny, who volunteered her expertise on a series of videos about how to take notes and study for the nonprofit’s mentorship series, said Sledge’s perseverance through law school made her stand out among peers.

“The word that most describes Lisa is grit. She came to law school with little confidence but a lot of ability. I had her as a student in three classes over her three years at SJQ and watched her grow and develop. She ended up receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award in one of my writing classes,” said Heiny.

“It wasn’t costless. She was dealing with the stress and workload of law school, but simultaneously worried how she would feed the kids that week or pay rent or whether her decision to go to law school had been the right choice for her kids. I know she had immense support from family, friends, and her church.”

The College of Law community embraced her children along the way.

There were days when Sledge couldn’t find daycare, so her kids came with her to class. They’d often draw pictures to hand out to the class and professors at the end of the lecture. A civil procedure review for finals one year meant Sledge listened while putting together a My Little Pony puzzle at the same time. Classmates and professors high-fived her kids in the hallway, making them feel like superstars.

She didn’t sleep much, putting in time outlining and reviewing long after her kids had gone to bed. Money was tight and her kids became accustomed to “pajama parties at the law school” where they stayed with their mom so she could access Internet to study, a luxury she didn’t have at home. A family study room at the College of Law became a lifeline and administrators also found an empty fourth-floor office that Sledge temporarily could use to study while her children napped.

As Sledge made it through one day at a time, her confidence grew. On the day she passed the Utah Bar Exam, she burst into tears.

“That was the moment when I finally knew I was smart enough and I knew that I hadn’t made the biggest mistake of my life in dragging my kids through three years of law school,” said Sledge. “I was sobbing.”

Now, she wants to help other single moms make it to their own moments of redemption.

Sledge knows the $1 million fundraising campaign for a new nonprofit may seem audacious to some, but she also knows what determination and uniting people through a common cause can do.

She is aided with her new organization by her College of Law classmate and single mother, Adrienne Ence, who is now a family law attorney, and the corporate secretary for Freedom for Resilient Women. Sledge said she’s grateful to the U for all the support she received and is ready for her chapter to give back.

“I think the University of Utah is the best school on the planet. I wouldn’t have made it at any other school. I don’t know that I would find as much love and support at any other school,” said Sledge. “And my kids knew they were loved by the S.J. Quinney College of Law too.”

Utah Supreme Court hands S.J. Quinney College of Law alums major victory in transgender rights case


In a landmark case argued by two S.J. Quinney College of Law alums, the Utah Supreme Court ruled on May 6, 2021, that transgender Utahns have a legal right to change the name and gender marker on their birth certificates and other state records.

Chris Wharton, J.D. '09, and Kyler O’Brien, J.D. '16, represented Angie Rice and Sean Childers-Gray in the case—In Re Gray and Rice (20170046) 2021 UT 13—along with attorneys Troy Booher, Beth Kennedy, and Alexandra Mareschal. Beth Jennings, adjunct assistant professor and assistant librarian in the college’s James E. Faust Law Library, provided substantial research support.

The case came before the state’s top court in 2018 after a judge in Utah’s 2nd District Court in Ogden denied petitions filed by Rice and Childers-Gray on the grounds that how birth certificates can be changed is purely the Legislature’s prerogative.

Not so, said the court in its 4-1 decision. “A person has a common-law right to change facets of their personal legal status, including their sex designation,” the majority said in the decision. The court said the Utah Legislature has, by statute, provided a process to seek court approval of a change in name or sex identification. If granted, that court order then can be filed with the state registrar with an application to change a birth certificate.

“Today, we provide a plain-meaning interpretation of the duly enacted law allowing individuals to change their sex designations,” the majority wrote, noting the requirements had been met by the appellants. It reversed the district court’s decision and remanded the case with instructions to enter orders granting the sex-change petitions filed by Rice and Childers-Gray.

In a footnote, the majority noted that “language matters” and said addressing petitioners by their preferred pronouns is important and “amplifies” the need to match government identification documents to held-out identities. The majority also rejected “with hammer and tongs” assertions made by both the district judge and in the dissenting opinion that approving name and gender change applications would have general “slippery-slope” impacts, noting “other courts have addressed arguments like those made by the dissent and thoroughly rejected them."

Rice and Childers-Gray are “kind of on cloud nine right now,” Wharton said. “Sean says he hasn’t slept this well in four years. This means that their applications are now going to be treated the same as hundreds or thousands of gender and name change applications across the state.”

Previously, judges within a single district were making differing decisions about applications. “If you drew the right judge, you could get a name and gender change with no problem. If you drew the wrong judge, you were stuck,” Wharton said. “That is shocking to most people in this country to think that a law is not applied uniformly to you and your neighbor, depending on which area of the state you live in and what judge you drew.”

Wharton said the decision also means that other transgender Utahns no longer must worry about how their applications will be handled no matter what county or courtroom they find themselves in.

“We have a clear, workable standard that has been in place since the statute was created back in the 1970s and we have clear instructions from the state’s supreme court about how that is going to be applied uniformly across the state.”

More broadly, Wharton said, the case is significant for the legal community and jurisprudence in the state because it demonstrates that the Utah Constitution doesn’t require a case or controversy for an issue to be resolved in state court. “No one opposed this from the beginning,” Wharton said, “it was just the refusal of the judge to grant the relief requested.”

Wharton said the Utah Attorney General’s Office declined to intervene in the case early on. When asked by the justices to provide the court with briefs on three issues, the office “basically said they were satisfied with our briefing and, since we weren’t challenging the constitutionality of any statutes, didn’t have any objection to the remedy we were asking for.”

While statutes governing how birth certificates can be changed vary from state to state, the Utah Supreme Court’s analysis about individuals having a common law right to change their name or gender on these documents adds to the body of law nationally reaching the same conclusion.

“The Utah Supreme Court’s analysis will be really helpful as a persuasive authority” on the common law nature of this right, Wharton said.

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Ranks Among Top 20 Public Law Schools in the Nation


The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law is ranked 43 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 edition of Best Graduate Schools.

The College of Law gained two spots from last year to the ranking of #43 on the publication’s competitive list of top American Bar Association-approved law schools. Among public institutions on the list, U Law climbed to an impressive 20th place.

“We are an institution on the rise,” said Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner, who set a goal to improve the College of Law’s national reputation in 2019 when she became the first Native American and female leader in the college’s then 106-year existence. “Our national ranking reflects the quality of faculty scholarship, job placement rates, and our impressive pool of newly-admitted candidates.”

Rankings matter to alumni, current students and prospective students, Kronk Warner noted, and a higher ranking increases the prestige of an institution’s law degree. It’s also a tool by which prospective students compare law schools.

Generous support from alumni and donors bolstered efforts to fundraise for scholarships, allowing the College of Law to expand its reach of prospective applicants and bring new students to the institution. The institution’s peer reputation score also improved, as colleagues around the country recognized the quality of the College of Law.

Support from alumni and friends of the College of Law, many who contributed to scholarships for students in difficult times, has helped advance the institution’s mission despite the recent global pandemic, said Kronk Warner.

“Our law school community has been so willing to help out in so many ways during this past year, whether it has been helping students find jobs, sharing knowledge and expertise in webinars, or providing financial donations. Our students have greatly benefited from this support,” she said.

The College of Law’s strengths as a top-tier public law school, national leader in environmental law, and growing powerhouse in the fields of health and criminal law are reflected in the ranking. Several specialty programs rose notably this year.

For the seventh year in a row, the College of Law retained its position as a top 10 program for environmental law. Several other specialty programs also secured notable placements, including criminal law at #30; intellectual property at #33, and health law at #32 in the nation.

Kronk Warner has instituted new measures focused on improving diversity while also supporting a heightened focus on student wellness at the College. She worked with Brigham Young University Law School Dean Gordon Smith to help make Utah the first state in the nation to institute diploma privilege in reaction to the Spring 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

The school has continually scored well among the top public law schools in the country over the past decade, but Kronk Warner has worked to build programs to new heights.

The rankings of specialty programs reflect the steady improvements to the caliber of the College of Law’s faculty, said Associate Dean of Faculty and Research Shima Baradaran Baughman: “Our faculty are producing top-notch research in various fields—both in quality and quantity—and people are beginning to notice. Utah will be a school to watch in the next five years, as we are not even close to finished with our rise.”

College of Law launches new 3 in 5 podcast about legal research


Want a bite-sized version of the latest research from the faculty at the S.J. Quinney College of Law?

Introducing 3 in 5, a new podcast from the College of Law exploring the latest legal research from faculty. Melinda Rogers, former communications director at the College of Law, developed the concept with veteran journalist and Master of Legal Studies student Diane Maggipinto.

Each episode features a law professor answering three questions in five minutes about newly published legal research.

Initial episodes highlight the work of professors Shima Baradaran Baughman, Anna Carpenter, Amos Guiora, RonNell Anderson Jones, Matthew Tokson, and Jorge Contreras. New episodes will post in the In the News section of sjquinney.utah.edu.

Check out the first episodes here:

  1. https://sjquinney.utah.edu/news-articles/3-in-5-shima-baughman/
  2. https://sjquinney.utah.edu/news-articles/3-in-5-anna-carpenter/
  3. https://sjquinney.utah.edu/news-articles/3-in-5-ep-3-amos-guiora/
  4. https://sjquinney.utah.edu/news-articles/ep-4-jorge-contreras/
  5. https://sjquinney.utah.edu/news-articles/ep-4-matthew-tokson/
  6. https://sjquinney.utah.edu/news-articles/ep-6-ronnell-andersen-jones/