Law in Action

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 […]

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 […]

“I’m not a person who says we should be colorblind. We should celebrate people for who they are. Black History Month is an opportunity for non-Black Americans to learn about some of the great history that is all of our history,” says Timothy Overton (‘07). “There are countless heroic stories about Black Americans that most people […]

Deborah Burand: Law and Social Enterprise

Deborah Burand, associate professor of clinical law at NYU School of Law spoke with BYU Law students about the intersection of business law and social entrepreneurship at the Law and Social Change forum. Burand directs the NYU International Transactions Clinic and writes and lectures on issues related to impact investing, social finance innovations, and microfinance. […]

Christopher Wharton: Effective Advocacy for LGBTQ Clients

On Monday, March 2, BYU Law was pleased to welcome back Christoper Wharton, senior attorney and partner at Wharton O’ Brien, PLLC, a leading advocacy firm for LGBTQ individuals and families in Utah. Wharton is a Salt Lake City native, who has done pro bono work for the Utah Pride Center and the Rainbow Law […]

BYU Law Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the American Inns of Court

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the American Inns of Court (AIC), BYU Law students and faculty gathered for a forum featuring Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Dr. Mark W. Cannon, former Counselor to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of […]

Nicole Black Speaks on Artificial Intelligence and the Practice of Law

How is technology impacting the practice of law? Nicole Black, attorney and legal technology evangelist at MyCase addressed this question in a presentation to students and faculty at the Future of Law Lecture Series. Black discussed how the confluence of advancements in many areas of technology are automating and streamlining essential legal tasks and forecasted […]

Jonathan McClurg Wins Essay Contest on Dispute Resolution

Each year the James B. Boskey Competition invites law students across the United States to submit original essays on a current alternative dispute resolution. The purpose of the competition is to create greater interest in the field and students may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory, or research. Past winners have come from […]

Building Open and Democratic Societies Through Education

Each spring for the past 20 years, BYU Law Professor J. Clifton Fleming has traveled to Budapest, Hungary, to teach international taxation to students attending the Central European University (CEU). “My hope is that by teaching these very bright and promising students important lessons on how to be excellent professionals…we are building a cadre of […]

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