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Walls or Bridges: What Law Can Do in Conflicts Between Religion and Equality

For BYU Law’s annual lecture honoring former BYU Law dean Bruce C. Hafen (1985-89), we welcomed Martha L. Minow, former dean of Harvard Law School (2009-2017) and 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University. Professor Minow’s remarks focused on resolving tension between protecting religious liberty and upholding principles of antidiscrimination. Observing the deep divisions present […]

The Honorable Diane J. Humetewa: Tips from Her Trailblazing Journey to the Federal Bench

As we continue to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, the Native American Law Students Association welcomed the Honorable Diane J. Humetewa at our Law Forum on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Confirmed in 2014 as a United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, Judge Humetewa—a citizen of the Hopi Tribe—is the first female Native […]

Neural Nets Upgrade Legal Research

For BYU Law’s “Future of Law” Forum on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, we welcomed Pablo Arredondo, cofounder and chief innovation officer of Casetext, a technology platform applying artificial intelligence (AI) to legal research. Arredondo, a graduate of Stanford Law School, grew frustrated with the “keyword prison” of Lexis and Westlaw and became determined to find […]

Wisconsin v. Yoder at 50: Still Here, Still Relevant

For BYU Law’s Wednesday Law Forum on October 19, 2022, we welcomed Professor Richard W. Garnett of Notre Dame Law School, a leading authority on the role of religious believers and beliefs in politics and society. Professor Garnett presented themes from the 1972 case Wisconsin v. Yoder, in which the US Supreme Court found that […]

Legal Services Innovations Inside the Sandbox

For BYU Law’s first Wednesday Law Forum of the semester, we welcomed John R. Lund, a prominent trial lawyer and Of Counsel at Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City. Lund chairs the Office of Legal Services Innovation, a joint task-force of the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Bar that is recommending significant […]

BYU Law’s JD/MAcc: only three top-25 law schools offer this high-value joint degree

BYU Law’s JD/MAcc gives students the opportunity to concurrently earn a juris doctor and a master of accountancy degree. The first year focuses exclusively on MAcc courses, the second year focuses exclusively on law courses, and the third and fourth years include a combination of MAcc and law school courses. A maximum of 24 credits […]

Graduation Spotlight: Liam Smith

Liam Smith, ’22, is passionate about international law, human rights, and international development. After serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Madagascar he did internships in Ghana and Uganda prior to making the decision to attend law school.  “I wanted to pursue a dual degree and was attracted to […]

Graduation Spotlight: Eyad Alsamhan

For Judge Eyad Alsamhan (‘22), pursuing the LLM from BYU Law is the fulfillment of a long term goal.  After receiving graduate degrees in intellectual property law from the University of Jordan, in Amman Jordan and from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, he became one of the youngest judges ever appointed to the Jordinian […]

Graduation Spotlight: Marianna Richardson

“One of my passions has always been education. I love to learn, but I also love to teach and to educate others,” says Marianna Richardson, ’22.  After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from BYU, Richardson went on to have 12 children with her husband of forty-five years, Stephen D. Richardson. During these years […]

Graduation Spotlight: Kate Raynor

“Law school is a great jumping off point for any path one might want to pursue,” says Kate Raynor, ’22. “I always tell people, ‘you can get where you want to go from BYU Law.’” Prior to law school, Raynor interned with Human Rights Without Frontiers International, a nonprofit in Brussels, Belgium, that seeks to […]

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