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Getting Proximate by Advocating for Vulnerable Populations

Each semester, BYU Law students and faculty volunteers sit across the table from desperate but strong women who are seeking asylum. Having often traveled hundreds of miles through rough terrain and unspeakable circumstances, the majority of these women and children who arrive at the South Texas Family Residential Center will be sent back to the […]

Graduation Spotlight: Athelia Graham

Athelia Graham, ’19, was constantly interacting with immigrants throughout her childhood due to her father’s position as the Director of the English Language Center at Brigham Young University and as a linguistics professor. “[My dad] was heavily involved in helping immigrants learn English, so we had many people come to our house for dinner,” Graham […]

Graduation Spotlight: Brianna Rosier

Even before coming to BYU Law, Brianna Rosier, ’19, recognized the vital importance of advocacy. This realization came, in part, while working with autistic students in a classroom setting. Although she appreciated her ability to help the students, Rosier observed that there were limits to the influence she could have in that sphere. A legal […]

Graduation Spotlight: Scott Balsmeier

Scott Balsmeier, ’19, learned the value of hard work and investing in family relationships as he worked at his family’s janitorial services company throughout his childhood. When he was 13 years old, Balsmeier’s father unexpectedly passed away. He was left with a strong work ethic as well as his father’s example of resilience and persistence. […]

An Innovative Approach to Legal Education With Storytelling

Recognizing that storytelling is a critical skill in the practice of law, BYU Law is taking an innovative approach to legal education and is implementing an initiative to teach its students the theory and practice of storytelling. LawStories rests on three core pillars: LawReads, Proximate Cause, and LawStories on the Mainstage. “The deeper I delve […]

Graduation Spotlight: Sara Jarman

Government service has always been one of Sara Jarman’s, ’19, passions. Whether as an undergraduate political science major, a Senate Page, or a working professional in Washington, D.C., Jarman has consistently looked for ways to incorporate public policy and government service into her experience. Now, as a graduating BYU Law student, Sara hopes to take […]

BYU Law Student Takes Best Oralist at NAAC Moot Court Competition

Students from BYU Law participated in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC), a moot court competition described by the American Bar Association as an event that “emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience.” Claire Bradford (3L), who was part of the team representing BYU Law, was ultimately awarded Best […]

Graduation Spotlight: Nick Hafen

When Nick Hafen, ’19, invited a representative from Encircle, a Provo-based resource center for LGBTQ individuals and their families, to speak on a civil rights panel, he didn’t realize the impact it would have on his law school experience. Since then, Hafen has led positive efforts to connect BYU Law students with the Encircle community. […]

BYU Law’s Professor Stephanie Barclay to Clerk for Justice Neil Gorsuch​​​​​​​

BYU Law Professor Stephanie Barclay will clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in the Fall 2021 term. “I am excited and humbled that Justice Gorsuch would give me this opportunity, and I am indebted to many mentors and colleagues who helped me along this path,” Barclay said. Professor Barclay joined the BYU Law faculty in 2018 […]

Reflecting on the Legacy of Black Leadership

In honor of Black History Month, students and faculty gathered for a conversation with John Kwarm (‘13) about the legacy of black leadership in his life, as well as about his experience as a black law student, and now, a black lawyer. Today, he works as a public defender in Utah County. Kwarm’s commitment to […]

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