Closing Argument

Issue: Winter 2022

Richards to Retire

Bill Richards, a longtime clinical professor at the College of Law, will retire this spring.

Richards received a B.A. with honors from the University of Utah in 1981, and a J.D. from the College of Law in 1984, where he served on the Utah Law Review and was a member of Order of the Coif. Upon graduating from the College of Law, Richards clerked for The Honorable Stephen H. Anderson, 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Before joining the faculty at the College of Law in 1996, Richards served as vice resident and assistant counsel for KeyCorp and as a Utah assistant attorney general. He also was a shareholder with the Salt Lake City firm of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy, where he specialized in the areas of natural resource and environmental law, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy. Richards taught courses including legal methods, legal profession, document drafting, lawyer-ing skills, and pretrial practice. Richards was awarded the University Distinguished Teaching Award for 2015.