Author: Rachel Edwards

Graduate Spotlight: Andrew Navarro

Andrew Navarro has always been self-motivated. “Whenever I do anything, I try to go at it with all my heart,” he says. A first-generation college student, Navarro was born in Miami, Florida, to parents who immigrated to the United States from Colombia and Mexico. “Both my mother and father had to quit school by the […]

Graduate Spotlight: Ben Forsgren

“In middle school, I had an ambitious social studies teacher who involved her students in world events,” says Ben Forsgren. “She introduced us to the genocidal activities that were occurring in Sudan. It shocked me––I had never heard of anything like that before, and I wanted to help.” Forsgren went on to establish a local […]

Graduate Spotlight: Tanner Schenewark

“Becoming comfortable with change and new experiences has been an important part of my journey,” says Tanner Schenewark. “I didn’t know what type of law I wanted to practice coming into law school. BYU Law gave me a lot of options and flexibility while I was figuring that out.” A formative influence for Schenewark was […]

Graduate Spotlight: McKenna Rammell

“Looking back on my life, I see the seeds of desire and motivation that made law feel like the right fit for me,” says McKenna Rammell, an accomplished pianist who studied music as an undergraduate. “My original intention was to open a piano studio,” she says. However, persistent hand pain sent Rammell “back to the […]

Graduate Spotlight: Martha Wingate

While living in Boston, Massachusetts, Martha Wingate founded a nonprofit organization that connected families experiencing homelessness to community resources with the goal of helping them get back into housing. That’s when she first considered law school. “I realized how much the clients I was working with needed legal help,” she says. “I was constantly interacting […]

Graduate Spotlight: Laura Kyte

Laura Kyte first became interested in law as an undergraduate history major. “My senior thesis was on slavery in the United States,” she says. “It became so apparent to me how important the law was in creating meaning and identity for people. I was inspired by attorneys who were willing to help fight against a […]

Melinda Bowen: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

For Melinda Bowen, working as the executive director of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion (UCLI) is particularly meaningful; Bowen not only helped found the Center in 2017, she considers it “a passion project.” UCLI is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in Utah’s legal community. “We want to create a space […]

BYU Law Welcomes New Faculty

BYU Law is pleased to welcome two excellent additions to our already exceptional faculty: Bradley Rebeiro and Lucy Williams.  Rebeiro, who received a BA in Political Science from BYU, holds a JD from BYU Law, and is completing a PhD in Constitutional Studies and Political Theory at the University of Notre Dame, joins us this […]

Alusine Conteh: Giving Back and Making an Impact

Alusine Conteh (2L) is originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa. He is vice president of BYU Law’s Black Law Students Association and a member of the BYU Law Trial Advocacy Team. Alusine has interned with the Utah Supreme Court and Hayes Godfrey Bell, PC, and has served as a faculty research assistant and student ambassador. […]

Simone Aldredge Senior (‘20) says Black History Month has always been meaningful to her family. “I have parents that made Black history very important in our home and because of their influence, it’s important to me,” she says. Being raised in a home filled with artwork and sculpture depicting African culture helped Senior feel connected […]

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